Mississippi River Cruises

The American Queen Steamboat portrays life on the Mississippi enjoying it's music, food, southern heartland culture and fascinating history ...

The River of Legends - Flight Inclusive Holidays

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New Orleans to Memphis (10 Nights/11 Days)          

DEP DATES 2017 DEP DATES 2018
15, 29 Apr 03, 17, 31 Mar, 14 Apr
13,  27 May, 10, 24 Jun 28 Apr, 12, 26 May
02, 16, 30 Sep 09, 23 Jun, 06, 20 Oct
11, 25 Nov, 09 Dec 03, 17 Nov, 01, 15 Dec

 

 

  

 

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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 ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Blue City’ … journey upstream 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.
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.
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 between 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 on the American Queen’s Front Porch and watch it unfold before you..



Steamboating the Lower Mississippi River, the American Queen will take you to Louisiana favourites Oak Alley and St Francisville. In Mississippi, enjoy the historic towns of Vicksburg and Natchez.The historical town of Helena in Arkansas then leads to Memphis 'The Blues City'. 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 (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 New Orleans, USA

Fly from London to New Orleans, USA.
Private transfer to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for a two night stay .

 

 

 

 


Day 2 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi!  Indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
 

 


 
Day 3 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on the luxurious American Queen to begin an unforgettable journey! Join us for an American Queen Exclusive excursion as guests experience New Orleans' rich historic past, eclectic beauty and return to glory as ongoing efforts continue to bring this American gem back to her original lustre.

The morning Premium Excursion is a narrated driving tour where you will experience the city from an intimate first-person perspective. Relax in the comfort of our motorcoach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city including the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Garden District, where elegant mansions stand as a testament to Greek revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorian styles.

After the excursion you will be taken to the American Queen for embarkation.

After you are comfortably aboard the American Queen, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!  

 

Day 4 - Oak Alley, Louisiana

Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

 



 


Day 5 - 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.

 


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 - 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 souvenier.

 



Day 8 - Scenic River Cruising

SteamboatingRelax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel or take in a guided tour of the Pilot House where you can witness the latest high-tech electronics that help us navigate our innovative paddlewheeler up the changing currents of Old Man River in modern-day America. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!
 



Day 9 - 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 Queen guests to play a large part in their re-birth.



Day 10 - 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 11 - Arrive London UK
 



Memphis - The American Music 2 Night City Stay Package

Don't let your lower Mississippi Cruise end at the dock.  Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis.  Extend your American Queen Cruise with our Post Cruise City Stay and explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle.  Our Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street home to such musical genres as Rock N Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues.  Visit the Rock and Soul Museum before heading to the legendary Sun Studio.  Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Historic Peabody Hotel to see the world famous Peabody Ducks. 

  • The American Queen exclusive Post Cruise King's Memphis with Graceland Premium Tour with transfer to the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • Luggage Handling
  • Two nights at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown 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 Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to Memphis International Airport


 

The River of Legends - Flight Inclusive Holidays 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 Hilton New Orleans Riverside 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 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)

Inside Double Cabin (Category E) Texas/Observation Deck

From £2895 per person

Outside Stateroom with Bay Window (Category D) Cabin Deck

From £4065 per person

Memphis - American Music City Stay Package - Double Occupancy

From £499 per person

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