New Orleans to Memphis (10 nights / 11 days)

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.

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! Relax at your premium hotel before indulging in the elegant traditional New Orleans Jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters. Make the most of the New Orleans Attraction Pass which includes admission to seven highest rated attractions. Also included is a Famous Street Car Transportation Pass through downtown New Orleans valid for 3 days.

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 Countess to begin an unforgettable journey!

Join us for an American Countess 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. On an exclusive New Orleans narrated driving tour, experience a city filled to the brim with history and culture from an intimate, first-person perspective. Relax in the comfort of our River Coach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city, including the French Quarter, the Garden District, and the Lakefront Area. We’ll stop at Jackson Square to grab a bite to eat before continuing to St. Louis Cemetery #3 and City Park’s Morning Call for inclusive coffee and beignets. Following embarkation on the American Countess with priority boarding for an evening departure.

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 souvenier.

Day 8 - Port of the Mississippi Delta, 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 9 - Scenic River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Library adorned with bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, Card Room and Grand Lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 10 - Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee

Tie up in Memphis and bid your steamboat adieu.

Private transfer to Memphis Airport for flight to London, UK or extend your stay by choosing the two night American Music City Stay - see details below.

Day 11 - Arrive London, UK

Memphis - The American Music 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 Countess 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 Countess exclusive Post Cruise The Elvis Experience Premium Tour with transfer to the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • Luggage Handling
  • 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.
  • A two-day Memphis trolley pass
  • Local American Countess Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
  • Transfer from the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to Memphis International 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 Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • 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
  • 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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