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! 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 souvenier.
Day 8 - Greenville, Mississippi
Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!
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.
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 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
- 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 Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
- Transfer from the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to Memphis International Airport.
Save up to £150 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Inside Stateroom (Category E) Texas/Observation Deck
From £2895 per person
Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window (Category D) Cabin Deck
From £4165 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
- 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, 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
- 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
- Full ATOL financial protection
- 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)