Encounter authentic southern culture and living history as you soak in the essence of the Old South amid the backdrop of sugar cane plantations and fertile cotton fields on the lower Mississippi
Memphis - 2 nights
Cruise - 7 nights
New Orleans - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
The steamboat is a distinctly American invention, in the days of Mark Twain they were a regular feature serving the transportation needs of an expanding country. Once again steam-boating has become a gracious, romantic and stylish way to experience the ever-changing vista of the American riverside.
The stretch of the river from vibrant Memphis to carefree New Orleans is the river of legends; centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions. Savour its culinary diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun delights, recount Mark Twain’s revered book ‘Life on the Mississippi’ from the decks of the graceful American Queen and the music! Hear the river’s music in rock and roll, blues, jazz and zydeco.
Music is the heart and soul of Memphis, from Elvis’ inspiring Graceland to the blues joints of Beale Street. The city’s National Civil Rights Museum chronicles a long journey to freedom and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music records the rise of a beloved musical art form. Celebrate New Orleans’ unabashed and unapologetic joy in the fine restaurants and sidewalk cafés of the French Quarter, the jazz clubs lining Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square.
Join us on this fabulous journey on the Iconic American Queen, commencing with two nights in Memphis, seven nights on the lower Mississippi, concluding with two nights in New Orleans – ‘The Big Easy!’
Drinks with Meals
On Board Gratuities Included
Vessel of Historic Importance
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 2 - 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Memphis, via Dallas (Chicago 2019). Arrive Memphis. Orientation tour before transferring to the 5-star Sheraton for a two night stay. The evening is free to venture out and explore the city's famed eateries, unique boutiques and the lively arts and entertainment scene.
Day 2 Full day at leisure, you may wish to visit Graceland, Sun Studio and the Civil Rights Museum. (B)
Day 3 Explore Memphis independently in the morning, afternoon transfer to the American Queen for a 7-night cruise. (B, D)
Day 4 In Greenville, discover the town’s interesting history with its many museums or join an optional excursion to B. B. King’s hometown of Indianola. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Vicksburg, described by Lincoln as the “Key to the South,” delivers a rich, military history unlike any other Southern City. (B, L, D)
Day 6 First inhabited by Natchez Indians, then by the French explorers, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi and will captivate you with lovingly restored mansions such as Rosalie, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall. (B, L, D)
Day 7 In St. Francisville, explore the iconic locations of Old Market Hall and Royal Street. Optional excursion to Angola Penitentiary to experience the Redemption and Rehabilitation programme. (B, L, D)
Day 8 In Baton Rouge, delight in the seamless blend of past and present with something unique at every turn. (B, L, D)
Day 9 In Nottoway, visit the south’s largest remaining Antebellum mansion dating back to 1859. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Disembark in New Orleans. City tour of ‘The Big Easy’ before transferring to the Maison Dupuy Hotel, a heritage hotel in the French Quarter, for a two night stay. One of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities, New Orleans is a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. (B)
Day 11 Full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. Whether the historic homes and buildings, the public parks and squares, the Plantation area, the French Quarter or even the cemeteries, there is much to keep one busy through the day and night. (B)
Day 12 Depart from New Orleans on the overnight return flight. (B)
Day 13 Arrive London Heathrow.
Sailing takes place through the night, generally the vessel arrives into port in the morning and departs in the early evening.
Groups will be divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes a maximum of 436 passengers.
Connected to the Memphis Convention Centre by an indoor sky-bridge walkway, this 4-star hotel offers an indoor pool, restaurant, fitness centre and free WiFi. 590 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, TV and free WiFi.
With a prime location in the French Quarter, the 3-star Maison Dupuy offers spacious, comfortable guest rooms complete with Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. The newly renovated courtyard features one of the largest heated swimming pools in the French Quarter with poolside cabanas. Bistreaux restaurant and bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. 200 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, TV, coffee making facilities and free WiFi.
The 416 ft. American Queen Steamboat is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Filled with modern amenities, her rooms and public areas display the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Built in 1995 by the McDermott Shipyard and refurbished in 2017, there are six decks, a total of 222 staterooms for a capacity of 436 guests with an crew of 160. There is a lecture theatre, lounge, gallery and bars as well as a gentleman’s card room and ‘ladies parlor,’ an exercise room and pool. The vessel offers nightly entertainment in the Grand Saloon. Dinner is served over two sittings in the J.M. White dining room or at the front porch café. All cabins have twin or double beds, shower, hairdryer, safe and TV. Please see deck plan for cabin dimensions.
per person in twin room/Cat. E inside cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1795
Category D £1195 (Nov £895)
Twin for Sole Use £2795
Category C £1395 (Nov £1195)
Twin for Sole Use £2995
Category B £1695 (Nov £1295)
Twin for Sole Use £3195
Category A & AA £1895 (Nov £1395)
Twin for Sole Use £3295
Category AAA £2195 (Nov £1795)
Twin for Sole Use £3595
World Traveller Plus from £395*
Business Class from £2235
*Upgrades on International flights only
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, full board on cruise with complimentary tea/coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer with dinner, on-board gratuities, itinerary as described, UK Tour Manager, services of local guides and a cruise director. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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