New Orleans to Red Wing (24 nights / 25 days)
Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Travelling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Queen, you will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities combine with the sweeping panoramas and deep blue lakes which inspired the works of Mark Twain. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be explored and after three fabulous weeks cruising amidst the Antebellum charms and gracious style of the American Queen, you will forever be changed.
This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from New Orleans to Red Wing journey 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 close 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.
In between these magnificent cities you will find quaint American towns, traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. You will experience 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.