Days 1-3 - Memphis
Day 4 -  Mississippi Delta
Day 5 - Vicksburg 
Day 6 - Natchez
Day 7 - Baton Rouge
Day 8 - St. Francisville 
Day 9 - Nottoway 
Days 10 & 11 - New Orleans
Day 12 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets


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

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 during the magical season of Thanksgiving cruising 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!'

Key Features

Drinks with Meals
On Board Gratuities Included
Historic Vessel
On Board Lectures
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 6 – 18

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow indirect to Memphis. Transfer to the 4-star Sheraton for two nights.

Day 2 Free day to explore independently, perhaps visit Graceland, Sun Studio or the National Civil Rights Museum. (B)

Day 3 Morning free. Embark the American Queen for a seven night cruise. (B, D)

Day 4 Spend the day cruising through the Mississippi Delta. (B, L, D)

Day 5 At Vicksburg, a vital river port city and major component to the Civil War visit the Holy Trinity church, Anchuca Mansion and the museums of the Old Court House and Lower Mississippi River. (B, L, D)

Day 6 At Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi visit the mansions of Rosalie, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall. Visit the William Johnson House Museum and an exclusive tour of the King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Full-day visit to Baton Rouge, home to Louisiana’s capitol building. Visit the art and capitol museums, the Art Deco State Capitol, the Gothic Old State Capitol. (B, L, D)

Day 8 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 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 two nights. 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 with its historic buildings, public parks and squares, the Plantation area, the French Quarter or even the cemeteries. (B)

Day 12 Return overnight flight. (B)

Day 13 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Sailing takes place through the night, arriving in the morning and departing in the early evening.
Groups will be divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes a maximum of 436 passengers.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in twin room/Cat. E inside cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
November 20 £3845

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1995

Cabin Upgrades

Category D £1295 
C £1495 
Category B £1795
Category A £1995

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £795*
British Airways Club World from £1995
*Upgrades on International flights only

Independent Arrival

Save £750
Arrival and departure transfer with group included.

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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