Overview

Memphis - 2 nights
Cruise - 7 nights
New Orleans - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

OL' MAN RIVER

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 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!’

Key Features

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

 

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Memphis, via Dallas. 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.

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

Notes

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.

2018

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

Date Price
November 24 £3695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2195

Cabin Upgrades

Category D £1400
Twin for Sole Use £4195
Category C £1700
Twin for Sole Use £4550
Category B £2000
Twin for Sole Use £4915
Category A £2300
Twin for Sole Use £5185
Category AA £2400
Twin for Sole Use £5455

Flight Options

World Traveller Plus from £245*
British Airways Club World from £3200
*Upgrades on International flights only

Independent Arrival

Save £600

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, two premium excursions, itinerary as described, private lecture and cocktail party, UK Tour Manager, services of local guides and a cruise director.

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

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