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 Queen! Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!
Day 3 – Memphis, Tennessee
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to board the opulent American Queen and embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.The morning Premium Excursion starts with a driving tour of the city and then 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 lunch embark on the American Queen for an evening departure.
Day 4 – 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 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 Queen. 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 Queen 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
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
New Orleans - The Big Easy 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 Sheraton Memphis Downtown 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
- One American Queen 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)