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The American Duchess will be the only Deluxe 'All Suite' steamboat sailing on the Mississippi starting in June 2017...

Nashville to Memphis - American Duchess Cruise

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Nashville to Memphis (9 Nights/10 Days)           

  DEP DATES 2018
  16 Dec


Nashville to Memphis - American Duchess Cruise
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River Cruise Package (9 Nights / 10 Days)

Discover the sights and sounds of America's rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Enjoy special onboard entertainment and focused lectures highlighting the music of the regions through which you are traveling. Whether it's the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville, it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river.

Starting in the heart of Nashville and steamboating the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the American Duchess will take you to many of Tenessee's favourites including Clarksville, Dover, Paducah before joining thr Mississippi at Cape Girardeau. Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the area as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Each of the cruises has a general theme (as stated above) 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 Nashville, USA

Fly from London to Nashville, USA.
Make your own way to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for your overnight stay. Tomorrow, you will board the American Duchess.





Day 2 - Nashville, Tennessee

Take your time to enjoy 'Music City', home of the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium, before boarding the vessel in the afternoon.




Day 3 - Scenic River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to our Gallery adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 4 - Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville is the fifth fastest growing city in the United States while keeping their small town charm. Founded in 1784 and incorporated as a town in 1785, Clarksville was named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. The town is lined with history ranging for centuries and can be seen through prime examples of Victorian and Roman styles of architecture that are prevalent throughout the city.


Day 5 - Dover, Tennessee

Stewart County is a small county enriched with history, picture-perfect scenery, and welcoming citizens. Guests are greeted with nature's beauty and wildlife surrounding the city. Located at the county's heart is Dover, its county seat and the home of Fort Donel­son National Park. This peaceful, picturesque town is the location of one of the most historic battles of the Civil War - a battle that changed the direction of the war for the North. Today, bald eagles call this park their home as and soar through the skies; a true symbol of freedom. Although small and rural, Dover has much to offer her visitors who can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many local restaurants or take in the comforting hometown charm found throughout the city. Dover and Stewart County are the perfect gateway to a simple, cozy, quiet, country experience.

Day 6 - Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!

Day 7 - Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River, the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri is found; a community rich in history and heritage. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront, where the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi, the inspiration that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army on the Mississippi in historic downtown, and the warmth and hospitality that community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark while on the journey of a lifetime as they set forth on their Corps of Discovery to explore the Louisiana Purchase.

Day 8 - New Madrid, Missouri

SteamboatingNew Madrid was founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodríguez Miró who welcomed Anglo-Saxon settlers but required them to become citizens of Spain and live under the guidance of his appointed impresario, Revolutionary War veteran, Colonel William Morgan of New Jersey. Some 2,000 settled in the region. In 1800, Spain traded the territory to France in the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, who promptly sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The city is remembered as being the nearby location for the Mississippi River military engagement, the Battle of Island Number Ten, during the Civil War. The city is famous for being the site of a series of over 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Today, explore this quaint river town that will surely steal the hearts of all guests.

Day 9 - 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 10 - Arrive London UK

Memphis - The American Music 2 Night City Stay Package

Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis.  Continue your American Duchess journey with our “American Music” City Stay and enjoy an additional two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle.  Our iconic Peabody Hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues.  The exclusive attractions pass affords you the freedom to choose your own path with admission to numerous museums that you may visit at your leisure. 

  • The American Duchess exclusive Post Cruise King's Memphis with Graceland Premium Tour with transfer to the Peabody Mempis Hotel
  • Luggage Handling
  • Two nights at the Peabody Memphis 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
  • Private black car transportation from the Peabody Memphis Hotel to Memphis International Airport


Nashville to Memphis - 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
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off' coaches
  • Private transfer to Memphis Airport and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection
Additional Charges
  • 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 £3795 per person

Veranda Suite (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck

From £5495 per person

Memphis - American Music City Stay Package - Double Occupancy

From £565 per person