Nashville to Memphis (8 nights / 9 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Nashville, USA
Fly from London to Nashville, USA.
Before boarding the vessel later this afternoon, take the opportunity to independently explore Nashville - America’s beloved “Music City” where music is historically woven into its social, professional and cultural foundation.
Special Event: Opry at the Ryman
The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. The Opry features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist's musical style.
After a delicious dinner onboard, join us as we make our way to the iconic Ryman Auditorium for a Grand Ole Opry show! Don’t miss out on this exclusive included event as the perfect beginning to your voyage on the American Duchess.
Day 2 - Nashville, Tennessee
From its humble beginnings in the late 1700s to its modern day prominence, this vibrant city cultivates a unified environment of creativity that pervades the culinary, literary and musical scenes. From the Grand Ole Opry at historic Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” to literary hubs like Ann Patchett’s Parnassus bookstore and celebrated restaurants such as The Catbird Seat, the diversity of Nashville offers an unimaginable number of ways to experience the city from a perspective all your own.
Day 3 - 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 our Gallery adorned with ornate 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, business center, movie theater 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 4 - Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville is the fifth fastest growing city in the United States while keeping their small town charm. Founded in 1784 and incorporated as a town in 1785, Clarksville was named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. The town is lined with history ranging for centuries and can be seen through prime examples of Victorian and Roman styles of architecture that are prevalent throughout the city.
Day 5 - Paducah, Kentucky
Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!
Day 6 - New Madrid, Missouri
New Madrid was founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodríguez Miró who welcomed Anglo-Saxon settlers but required them to become citizens of Spain and live under the guidance of his appointed impresario, Revolutionary War veteran, Colonel William Morgan of New Jersey. Some 2,000 settled in the region. In 1800, Spain traded the territory to France in the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, who promptly sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The city is remembered as being the nearby location for the Mississippi River military engagement, the Battle of Island Number Ten, during the Civil War. The city is famous for being the site of a series of over 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Today, explore this quaint river town that will surely steal the hearts of all guests.
Day 7 - 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 Lincoln Library adorned with ornate 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, business center, movie theater 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 8 - 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 9 - Arrive London, UK
Memphis - The American Music 2 Night City Stay Package
Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis. Continue your American Duchess journey with our “American Music” City Stay and enjoy an additional two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle. Our iconic Peabody Hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues. The exclusive attractions pass affords you the freedom to choose your own path with admission to numerous museums that you may visit at your leisure.
- The American Duchess exclusive Post Cruise The Elvis Experience Premium Tour with transfer to the Peabody Mempis Hotel
- Luggage Handling
- Two nights at the Peabody Memphis 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 Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
- Transfer from the Peabody Memphis Hotel to Memphis International Airport
Save up to £150 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £3595 per person
Veranda Suite with Private Balcony (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £4935 per person
Memphis - American Music City Stay Package - Double Occupancy
From £599 per person
Please call for more details.
Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:
- Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
- Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Duchess including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), 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
- One American Duchess 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
- Full ATOL financial protection
In 2019 this itinerary will include a pre cruise night. Duration will be 9 nights / 10 days
- Additional Premium shore excursions
- Gratuities - $17.50 per person, per day (2018) and $18.50 per person, per day (2019)
- Alcoholic drinks not listed above (Beverage Package available for pre purchase)
- Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)