The American Duchess will be the only Deluxe 'All Suite' steamboat sailing on the Mississippi starting in June 2017...
Nashville to Memphis (9 Nights/10 Days)
|10 Sep 2017|
|15 Dec 2017
River Cruise Package (9 Nights / 10 Days)
AMERICAN MUSIC CRUISE - 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 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
New 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 adding a two night 'American Music' City Stay in Memphis - see details below.
Day 10: Arrive London UK
MEMPHIS - 'AMERICAN MUSIC'
Post Cruise 2 Night City Stay
Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis. End your American Duchess journey with our “American Music” City Stay and enjoy an additional three days and two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle.
Our hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues.
Visit the Rock and Soul Museum before heading to the legendary Sun Studio and the historical National Civil Rights Museum. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Historic Peabody Hotel to see the world famous Peabody Ducks.
Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:
Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £3395 per person
Veranda Suite (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £4895 per person
Memphis - American Music City Stay - Double Occupancy
From £499 per person