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Memphis to New Orleans - American Duchess Cruise

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Memphis to New Orleans (10 Nights/11 Days) 

  DEP DATES 2018
  03, 17 Mar
  12, 26 May, 09 Jun
  22 Sep, 06 Oct

15 Dec



Memphis to New Orleans - American Duchess Cruise
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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 3 – Memphis, Tennessee

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to board the opulent American Duchess 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 Duchess for an evening departure.

Day 4 – Helena, Arkansas

SteamboatingIn 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.


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.


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. But give in to the temptation to hang around and explore with our three day, two night Big Easy City Stay package. - See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/memphis-new-orleans-2016mar20/#sthash.u3cG6og7.dpuf

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.

  • The American Duchess 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
  • Private black car transportaton transfer from the Intercontinental Hotel to New Orleans Airport

Memphis to New Orleans - American Duchess Cruise Special Offer
Save up to 200 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Cruise Prices

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 Peabody Hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • 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
Additional Charges
  • Any additional Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities - $16.50 per person, per day in 2017 and $17.50 per person, per day in 2018
  • Bar drinks (soft drinks complimentary)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request) 

Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck

From £4195 per person

Veranda Suite (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck

From £5795 per person

New Orleans - The Big Easy City Stay Package - Double Occupancy

From £595 per person