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

New Orleans to Memphis (12 nights / 13 days)

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Blues City’ … journey upstream 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. 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.

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!
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 New Orleans, USA

Fly from London to New Orleans, USA. Private transfer to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for a two night stay including New Orleans Premium City Tour.

Day 2 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi!  Indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Day 3 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on the luxurious American Queen to begin an unforgettable journey! Join us for an American Queen Exclusive excursion as guests experience New Orleans' rich historic past, eclectic beauty and return to glory as ongoing efforts continue to bring this American gem back to her original lustre.

The morning Premium Excursion is a narrated driving tour where you will experience the city 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 including the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Garden District, where elegant mansions stand as a testament to Greek revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorian styles. After the excursion you will be taken to the American Queen for embarkation.

Day 4 - 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.

Day 5 - 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.

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 - 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 8 - Port of the Mississipi Delta / Greenville, Mississippi

2020 - 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 9 - Scenic River Cruising

Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel or take in a guided tour of the Pilot House where you can witness the latest high-tech electronics that help us navigate our innovative paddlewheeler up the changing currents of Old Man River in modern-day America. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!

Day 10 - Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee

Tie up in Memphis and bid your steamboat adieu.

Experience the city that “The King” called home on a guided journey through Memphis! Put on your blue suede shoes and board the luxury river coach as it departs toward Memphis’ heart and soul – Beale Street! Here, we will walk the most famous street in Memphis as our local guide leads us through the vibrant city he calls home. The journey continues with Beale Street in our rear view and the home of “The King” himself ahead, Graceland! An interactive audio tour will guide us through the mansion before we enjoy free time to explore the recently opened Entertainment Complex. Experience the life and legacy of Elvis before transferring to your hotel for your two night stay.

Day 11 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience. 

Day 12 - Memphis, Tennessee

Enjoy your last few hours in the city before transferring to the airport to check in for your return flight home.

Day 13 - Arrive London, UK

Flight from Memphis arrives London, 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

Memphis - The Complete Memphis Experience City Stay Package - Double Occupancy
From £665 per person

Memphis/Nashville - The Ultimate Music of America City Stay Package - Double Occupancy
From £825 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 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Queen including all meals, unlimited drinks package, complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river
  • Two nights post-cruise stay in Memphis
  • New Orleans City Highlights Premium Excursion and complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off'  coaches
  • Elvis Experience Premium City Tour
  • 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)


Memphis - The Complete Memphis Experience 2 Night City Stay Package

Don't let your lower Mississippi Cruise end at the dock.  Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis.  Extend your American Queen Cruise with our Post Cruise City Stay and explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle.  Our Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street home to such musical genres as Rock N Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues.  Visit the Rock and Soul Museum before heading to the legendary Sun Studio.  Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Historic Peabody Hotel to see the world famous Peabody Ducks. 

  • The American Queen exclusive Post Cruise The Elvis Experience Premium Tour with transfer to the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • A two-day Memphis trolley pass
  • Two nights at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • Two full American breakfasts
  • Admission to Sun Studio, Rock 'n' Soul Museum and The National Civil Rights Museum
  • Local American Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfer from the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to Memphis International Airport.

Memphis/Nashville - The Ultimate Music of America 2 Night City Stay Package

3 May / 6 September / 4, 18 November 2022

This is the most inclusive music experience ever offered by the American Queen Steamboat Company. These three days are jam packed with all of the highlights that this hot bed of music can offer. From the iconic home of the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley, with the final stop and show on “Country’s most famous stage”, the Grand Ole Opry. This package is highly inclusive with deluxe accommodations, transportation, lunches and breakfasts, and American Queen staff to guide you through the experience.

  • The American Queen exclusive Post Cruise The Elvis Experience Premium Tour with transfer to the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • One night at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel including American Breakfast
  • Transfer to Nashville
  • One night at The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville including American Breakfast
  • Music City USA Nashville City Tour including the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Included Grand Ole Opry Show in Nashville
  • Local American Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfer from the Gaylord Opryland Resort to Nashville International Airport.

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

 

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