The American Duchess will be the only Deluxe 'All Suite' steamboat sailing on the Mississippi starting in June 2017...
Memphis to New Orleans (10 Nights/11 Days)
|DEP DATES 2017||DEP DATES 2018|
|16, 30 Sep||03, 17 Mar
|14, 28 Oct||12, 26 May, 09 Jun|
|11 Nov||22 Sep, 06, 20 Oct|
| 21 Dec* (9 Nights)
Lower Mississippi River Cruise Package (10 nights / 11 Days)
This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Blues City’ to the ‘Big Easy’ … journey down 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.
Inbetween these glittering cities you will find traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. This is the real soul of the Mississippi River..sit in a rocking chair and watch it unfold before you..
Starting in Memphis, 'The Blues City' then steamboating the Lower Mississippi River, the American Duchess will take you to the historical Mississippi towns of Vicksburg and Natchez and Louisiana favourites St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation. Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Each of the cruises has a general theme and the on board Riverlorian and guest speakers will give daily lectures around the history and culture surrounding the theme and the entertainment will also follow along the same lines.
Day 1 – Arrive Memphis, USA
Fly from London to Memphis, USA.
Private transfer to the Peabody 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 Duchess! 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 4 – Helena, Arkansas
In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas. Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city. Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot. While the rest of the country was building shopping centers and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress. Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls. Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood. Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. For in through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging. Helena welcomes American Duchess guests to play a large part in their re-birth.
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.
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Board your hop-on hop-off Steamcoach for a narrated tour experience of Vicksburg Mississippi, a city bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. The Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Your deluxe Steamcoach will first take you through Vicksburg’s shopping district. You will stop at The Church of the Holy Trinity, a place of spiritual refreshment to Vicksburg for more than 125 years. Two blocks from the church you will find the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.
The next stops are Pemberton’s Headquarters; as you return to the downtown area, continue to the Old Courthouse Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements. Finally, visit Washington Street for more shopping, or discover other interesting museums including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and Lower Mississippi River Museum.
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 – 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 blufs of the Mississippi has over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: As you board your deluxe hop-on hop-off Steamcoach, you will turn onto Royal Street where you may want to stop off at Grandmother’s Buttons, a Victorian button museum and jewelry boutique, or the West Florida Republic Park. Visit the Old Market Hall, where you will see art, jewelry, handmade items and music albums. When you reach Commerce Street, there are several places for lunch, snacks, spirits, coffee and ice cream. Once you are refreshed, hop back on the Steamcoach which will take you up to the Spring Creek Shopping Center. Finally, you will visit the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street and the Grace Episcopal Church.
Day 8 – 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 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 Duchess. 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.
Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:
Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £3995 per person
Veranda Suite (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £5665 per person
New Orleans - The Big Easy City Stay Package - Double Occupancy
From £585 per person