American Duchess - New Orleans to Memphis

  • 9 Days

  • Southern USA

Get an authentic taste of southern culture as you journey along the Mississippi River on this nine-day adventure. We transport you back in time to the Antebellum era, introducing you to cities that sing with history and culture. Tour the grand plantation mansions, sample quintessential southern cuisine and explore the African-American experience during these challenging times.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 11th March 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Get an authentic taste of southern culture as you journey along the Mississippi River on this nine-day adventure. We transport you back in time to the Antebellum era, introducing you to cities that sing with history and culture. Tour the grand plantation mansions, sample quintessential southern cuisine and explore the African-American experience during these challenging times. 

At a glance

  • New Orleans
  • Nottoway
  • St Francisville
  • Natchez
  • Vicksburg
  • Greenville
  • Mississippi River Cruising
  • Memphis

Extensions

  •  2 nights hotel stay in Memphis

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - New Orleans

On arrival in New Orleans you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. The evening is free for you to relax or explore the city. The hotel hospitality desk is open from 1pm to 8pm if you need information or sightseeing suggestions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans

After breakfast, head to the Voyage Check-In area where a representative will arrange your transfers to the vessel later that day. Use the remainder of your time in New Orleans to explore. You may want to join the premium morning city tour, or perhaps you want to discover the city at your own pace. Embankment onto American Duchess begins at 3:30pm.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Nottoway

Today, take a step back to 18th Century America at the Nottoway Plantation, the south’s largest remaining sugar cane estate. Nicknamed the ‘The White Castle of Louisiana’, this grand plantation sits in a great location along the great River Road, overlooking the grand Mississippi River. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, including the ‘White Ballroom’ and its beautiful landscaped gardens.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

St Francisville

Get a taste for Louisiana’s southern charm in the small town of St. Francisville. You will be dropped off at Royal Street in the heart of the Historic District, a great place to stroll and admire the 19th century architecture. Take a look inside Grandmother Buttons, a unique boutique that offers jewellery made out of 100 year-old buttons, or visit the former magistrate’s office, Market Hall. Perhaps you would like to sample the local art at the Harrington Gallery or just relax and watch the day go by at a quaint cafe. The day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Natchez

Arrive in Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi River, and enjoy a day of guided sightseeing. Your shore excursions include a number of grand 19th century mansions, including Rosalie Stanton Hall and Magnolia Hall. You also explore the city’s poignant history with visits to the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, and the William Johnson House Museum, which features diary excerpts from a former freed slave.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vicksburg

Today your journey along the Mississippi River takes you to Vicksburg, a southern town with plenty of history. Described as the "Key to the South" by Abraham Lincoln, this Civil War city is home to a number of museums, including the Old Court House Museum, Anchuca Mansion, the Old Depot Museum and the Lower Mississippi River Museum. As Vicksburg is the town where Coca-Cola was first bottled, the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is also a popular stop for visitors.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Greenville

Located a short drive from the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, Greenville is a city with an artistic soul. The city is famous for being home to a number of renowned authors and writers, including the author of the Muppets. Learn more about its most famous citizens at the Greenville History Museum and explore the greatest natural disaster to have touched the city at the 1927 Flood Museum. Other attractions you can see today include the Hebrew Union Congregation Temple and Museum, E.E Bass Cultural Arts Center, Percy Library and Washington County Courthouse.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Leisurely 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, take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facilities, Business Centre, Cinema and Grand Lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activities.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Memphis - UK

Disembark in Memphis and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or extend your stay in the city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New Orleans: The Roosevelt Hotel

Notes

All included excursions are subject to change.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Your ship

American Duchess

The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.

Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accomodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.

Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining onboard is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The Grill, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Classic
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 80
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Gross tonnage: 3560
  • Length (m): 103
  • Launch year: 2017
Available cabins on this cruise
2017 Loft Suites with Private Balcony (AD - LFS)

The spacious, elegant Loft Suites are your new home away from home. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. A large picture window in front of the staircase affords river views from the upper level bedroom. These expansive suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in our grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Loft Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Details

  • 550 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (2) Full Bathrooms with Tub/Shower Combination
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Observation Deck
  • Exclusive Commodore Services including personal River Butler

2017 Owners Suites with Private Balcony (AD - OS)

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, the 2-room Owner's Suites will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Slide open the glass doors, accessible from both the bedroom and lounge areas, and step out onto your expansive, private balcony to unwind and take in the beauty of riverside America. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a queen sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in the grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Owner's Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Details

  • 550 sq. ft with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (1) Full Bathroom with Tub/Shower Combination
  • (1) Half Bathroom
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin Deck
  • Exclusive Commodore Services including personal River Butler

2017 Deluxe Suites with Private Balcony (AD - DS)

The 2-room Deluxe Suites give you the feeling of a fine estate home. Upon entry you will discover a lounge area with half bath, a queen sofa-bed and small desk area. Off of the lounge you will enter your private bedroom complete with a full bath, plentiful closet space and sliding doors to your private balcony. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up and read through the River Times, their daily program, to discover the delights that await you.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 450 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (1) Full Bathroom with Tub/Shower Combination
  • (1) Half Bathroom
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

2017 Veranda Suites with Private Balcony (AD - VS)

The Veranda Suites offer the perfect respite from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your desk or relax on the couch, slide open the doors to your private balcony and peacefully watch the river banks of America's heartland drift by. Enjoy the finest amenities in these luxurious accommodations featuring generous closet space and a full bathroom.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 240-330 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • Full Bathroom with Shower
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

2017 Interior Suites (AD - IS)

Surrounded by every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entry to the welcoming Inside Suites. These tranquil retreats feature ample closet space, a full bathroom and a curtain divider to provide optional privacy between your sleeping space and seating area.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 180-200 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • Full Bathroom with Shower
  • Furnished Seating Area
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

Life onboard

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. 

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