American Countess
Highway to the Soul of the South

Itinerary and Prices

Memphis to New Orleans (10 nights / 11 days)

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 Countess! This is the beginning to Complete Elvis Experience like no other with a stay at a luxury hotel at Graceland. You will have full access to State-of-the-Art Visitor Entertainment Complex, to venture at your leisure. The hotel shuttle will be available for transportation to downtown Memphis to explore at your own time and pace.

Day 3 – Memphis, Tennessee

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

The morning Premium Excursion starts with a driving tour exploring the “Home of the Blues” while being treated to musical performances every step of the way. Our expert guide, also a professional Beale Street musician, will play and sing soulful selections while showcasing Memphis’ history and musical heritage. Then following to Elvis's former home, Graceland, for an intimate insight into the man behind the legend. Explore the mansion and view his aeroplanes and fascinating car collection. After inclusive lunch at a Graceland eatery of your choice, embark on the American Countess with priority boarding for an evening departure.

Day 4 – Port of the Mississippi Delta

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.

Discover a unique blend of old and new from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station and enjoy the sweeping river views.

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. 

Private transfer to New Orleans Airport for flight to London, UK or extend your stay by choosing the two night New Orleans Big Easy City Stay - see details below.

Day 11 - Arrive London, UK

New Orleans - The Big Easy 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 Countess. 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 Countess exclusive Post Cruise New Orleans Highlights Premium Excursion with transfer to the InterContinental Hotel
  • Luggage handling
  • Two nights at the InterContinental 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 InterContinental Hotel to New Orleans Airport

Special Offer

Save £200 per person on selected dates in 2020.
Please enquire for details.

Prices

Inside Stateroom (Category E) Cabin/Observation Decks
From £3495 per person

Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda (Category B) Observation Deck
From £4795 per person

Memphis - American Music City Stay Package - Double Occupancy
From £599 per person

Please call for more details.

Cruise Prices

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 Sheraton Downtown Memphis including Full American Breakfast
  • Complete Elvis Experience at Graceland plus full access to State-of-the-Art Visitor Entertainment Complex
  • Access to eateries on-site at Graceland for an included lunch on their own
  • Priority boarding on embarkation day
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Countess including all meals, complimentary coffees, bottled water, soft drinks and ice cream included throughout the voyage
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident
  • Riverlorians relevant to the cruise and history of the river
  • New Orleans City Highlights Premium Excursion and complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off'  coaches
  • Private transfers to and from airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • All Port Charges
  • Gratuities
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • Alcoholic Beverage Package £160 per person (available for pre-purchase)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

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

 

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