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Jewels of the Lower Mississippi and The Big Easy – 29 September 2018

Jewels of the Lower Mississippi on-board American Queen

  • Includes The Elvis experience and The New Orleans highlights.
  • 7 nights on board the American Queen.
  • Complimentary excursions in each port of call.

Explore the jewels of the Lower Mississippi on a river cruise on-board the American Queen steamboat. This once-in-a-lifetime journey will transport you to America's musical heart, incorporating pre-cruise and post-cruise stays and tours that will totally immerse you in the Mississippi River's fascinating history.

Enjoy a private transfer from Memphis airport to the Sheraton Memphis downtown hotel: a stunning starting point with spectacular views over the city. This is where your two-day 'American Music' river cruise and stay package begins, enabling you to explore the musical roots of Tennessee. From your hotel you will take a trolley ride to Beale Street, home to iconic musical genres like Rock N Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues. Your package also includes a Memphis Attraction Pass, an authentic Memphis BBQ meal, a three-day Memphis Trolley Pass, The Elvis Experience and more.

From here you will embark American Queen for your seven-night Jewels of the Lower Mississippi river cruise. Flowing as smoothly as the iconic Southern drawl, the river will transport you to dramatic landscapes, palatial mansions and historic landmarks from the Civil War on a fascinating bucket list voyage. Explore the museums and picturesque towns of the Mississippi Delta, which does indeed shine like Paul Simon's national guitar! Visit unique shops and restaurants in charming Natchez and experience the distinctive French influence in Baton Rouge.

Your journey ends with a post-cruise stay in New Orleans as part of 'The Big Easy' package. You will immerse yourself in Southern culture in the French Quarter's Intercontinental Hotel. Just a stone's throw from Jackson Square, Harrah's Casino, Bourbon Street and other top sights, this is the perfect base for your final two days of discovery. You will receive a New Orleans Attraction Pass, a traditional dining experience, New Orleans-style coffee and a beignet treat, a New Orleans Jazzy Pass and, to end your Mississippi river cruise in style, a private transfer back to New Orleans Airport.

29 September 18Fly from the UK to Memphis
On arrival transfer to Sheraton Memphis Downtown for a 2-night hotel stay
Included in your 2 night pre-cruise stay in Memphis is an Attraction Pass, an authentic Memphis BBQ meal, witness the famous Peabody Duck Parade at the Historic Peabody hotel, a three day Memphis trolley Pass and an American Queen exclusive Pre Cruise Premium Excursion - The Elvis Experience
1 October 2018Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historic river.
It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious journey down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!
2 October 18Greenville is at the very heart of the Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Ferguson, 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-steeped 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 renowned writers! The town is also known for its gardening, and was recognised for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation. The town also boasts countless museums, of which there is one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its Southern charm!
3 October 18Vicksburg 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 in 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.
4 October 18 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 can enjoy unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which contribute to Natchez's ranking in Hugh Bayless’ book, 'The 100 Best Towns in America'.
5 October 18Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a rich culture and history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville, after a pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city; locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and architecture to the shops and cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!
6 October 18 St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. In the 1790s, below where St. Francisville is currently located, there was a settlement called Bayou Sara. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artefacts 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 doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historic homes, beautiful churches or breathtaking parks and you will agree! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, creating a beautiful Southern atmosphere.
7 October 18Nottoway 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.
8 October 18New Orleans. Disembark and transfer to the Intercontinental New Orleans for a 2-night stay.
Included in your 2 night post-cruise stay in New Orleans is a New Orleans Attraction Pass, a traditional dining experience, a coffee and beignet treat and a three day New Orleans jazzy pass
10 October 18Transfer to New Orleans airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
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AccommodationPrice from (pp)
Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda £6399
  • Return flights from the UK.
  • All private overseas transfers.
  • 2 night pre-cruise and stay in Memphis with tours.
  • 7 nights on board the American Queen.
  • 2 night post-cruise and stay in New Orleans with tours

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