AMAZING OFFER! As seen in Saturday Telegraph & Sunday Times

Enjoy an extra 2 nights post-cruise hotel stay and Elvis Experience Tour PLUS receive a one category stateroom upgrade (selected departure dates only)

MUST BOOK BEFORE 30 JUNE 2022

Memphis to New Orleans (12 nights / 13 days)

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Blues City’ to the ‘Big Easy’ … journey downstream through the southern states and experience the culture, the music, the food, America’s Civil War and Antebellum history along with the true hospitality of the Deep South. Music is the heart and soul of Memphis and is home to many artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Otis Redding and, of course, Elvis who has solidified it’s reputation as a musical Mecca – the association is special with Priscilla Presley being Godmother to the American Queen Steamboat!

In New Orleans take in the ambience of the fine restaurants and cafes in the French Quarter, the Jazz Clubs in Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square. Your journey will take you to Louisiana favourites Nottoway and St Francisville and in Mississippi, enjoy the historic towns of Vicksburg and Natchez. In between you will find traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. This is the real soul of the Mississippi River, sit in a rocking chair on the American Queen’s Front Porch and watch it unfold before you.

Day 1 – Arrive Memphis, USA

Fly from London to Memphis, USA. Private transfer to the Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel for a two night stay.

Day 2 – Memphis, Tennessee

Welcome to the "Home of the Blues", the "Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll", and exactly the place you want to be as we prepare to board the American Queen!  Enjoy an Elvis Experience Premium Tour with visits to the famous Graceland Mansion, the all-new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex, and a guided excursion through Memphis, including a walk on Beale Street.

Afterwards venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene.

Day 3 – Memphis, Tennessee

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to board the opulent American Queen and embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

Day 4 – Port of the Mississippi Delta / Terrence Landing, Mississippi

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Day 5 – Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Day 6 - Natchez, Mississippi

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 7 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 8 – St Francisville, Louisiana

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere. 

This historical quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi has over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops.

Day 9 – Nottoway, Louisiana

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.
Experience living history through romantic antebellum mansions of the Deep South.

Day 10 – Disembark in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu. 

Enjoy the rest of the day on an exclusive New Orleans City Highlights Premium Excursion. Experience a city filled to the brim with history and culture from an intimate, first-person perspective.  Relax in the comfort of our motorcoach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city, from the French Quarter to St. Louis Cemetery #3.  Along the way, explore the lively Jackson Square, where you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries.  We will also make a relaxing stop in City Park before retiring to your hotel for your two night stay.

DAY 11 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the unique southern culture that New Orleans has to offer. Take a stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, explore Harrah's Casino, Jackson Square and the legendary Bourbon Street.

Day 12 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Take advantage of your last day in New Orleans before you check in at the airport for your return journey home.

Day 13 - Arrive UK

Arrive in the UK

OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

04, 11, 18, 26 June 2022 and 19, 26 November 2022

Prices

Inside Stateroom (Category E) Texas/Observation Deck
From £3395 per person

Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window (Category D) Cabin Deck
From £4595 per person

New Orleans - The Ultimate New Orleans Experience City Stay Package Double Occupancy
From £665 per person

Please call for more details.

Cruise Prices FROM £3,395pp

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Queen
  • Two nights post-cruise stay including Full American Breakfast
  • Elvis Experience Premium City Tour in Memphis
  • Full board
  • Unlimited drinks
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river
  • New Orleans City Highlights Premium Excursion 
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off'  coaches
  • Transfers to and from overseas airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • Onboard WiFi
  • Gratuities
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection


Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)


    OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Offer based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability on 04, 11, 18, 26 June and 19, 26 November 2022 ONLY.  Free one category stateroom upgrade applies to selected outside staterooms categories only. Inside and suite categories are not applicable. Standard terms & conditions apply. Applies to new bookings only. Lead price based on 19 November 2022 departure.


    New Orleans - The Ultimate New Orleans Experience 2 Night City Stay Package

    Our Big Easy City Stay package enriches the overall value of your river cruise experience by giving you an opportunity to explore the diverse culture of New Orleans after your voyage. Immerse yourself in Southern Culture as you enjoy an additional three days and two nights in New Orleans. Unwind in the New Orleans Intercontinental Hotel located in the fabulous French Quarter which has everything you need to make your stay as enjoyable as your voyage on the American Queen. Imagine, located just a short stroll from your door is everything that makes this city famous; The French Quarter, Jackson Square, Harrah’s Casino, The Central Business District and New Orleans’ legendary Bourbon Street.

    • The American Queen exclusive Post Cruise New Orleans Highlights Premium Excursion with transfer to the Le Meridien Hotel
    • Luggage handling
    • Two nights at the Le Meridien Hotel
    • Two Full American breakfasts
    • Included admission to SEVEN attractions in New Orleans (Mardi Gras World, The National WWII Museum, Audubon Zoo, Treme Walking Tour, Old U.S. Mint, Confederate Memorial Hall Museum and Longue Vue House & Garden)
    • Street Car Transportation Pass (Jazzy Pass for Tram) for transportation throughout downtown New Orleans
    • Local American Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
    • Transfer from the Le Meridien Hotel to New Orleans Airport

    For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

     

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