American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis

  • 10 Days

  • Southern USA

Sail the mighty Mississippi River and explore the South aboard the American Queen: the grandest river steamboat afloat. Discover the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis and stand on the Vicksburg Civil War battlefield.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Sail the mighty Mississippi River and explore the South aboard the American Queen: the grandest river steamboat afloat. Discover the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis and stand on the Vicksburg Civil War battlefield. 

At a glance

  • New Orleans Visit the birthplace of jazz.
  • Nottoway Discover the Nottoway Plantation
  • St Francisville Explore the historic sites of this quaint river town.
  • Natchez Admire this charming river town
  • Vicksburg Explore the forts, trenches and cannons of this important Civil War battle site.
  • Greenville Find the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta
  • Memphis Explore the iconic Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.



Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Memphis

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

Day 1

UK - New Orleans

Fly to New Orleans where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night. A local representative of American Queen will be able to help you with any questions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans

Morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, board your cruise ship, American Queen and set sail on the mighty Mississippi.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Nottoway

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

St Francisville

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Natchez

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.”

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vicksburg

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. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Greenville

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Scenic Mississippi 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. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Memphis - UK

Arrive in Memphis and disembark after breakfast to transfer to the airport. Alternatively, extend your stay in Memphis for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New Orleans: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Notes

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. 

The cruise itinerary may vary slightly by departure date.

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