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Southern Highlights From New Orleans – 06 September 2019

Mississippi river - Bridge

  • Stay in the heart of the famous New Orleans French Quarter.
  • 7 nights full-board basis on board the American Duchess.
  • Complimentary excursions in each port of call.

Experience the best plantations, gardens, music and cuisine all in one incredible journey. From the legendary jazz of Bourbon Street to the wonderful mansions of the Antebellum South, this voyage is an immersion in Southern culture. Soak in the Antebellum spirit as stately Southern belles greet you at the impressive tree-lined entrance to Oak Alley Plantation and discover a decorative wonderland of romance at Nottoway Plantation. Prepare to be astonished by historical revelations and embrace the relaxing pace of life on the river.

Enjoy a private transfer from New Orleans Airport to the Wyndham New Orleans in the heart of the popular French Quarter where you will stay for 3-nights. With a fabulous Royal Street address and smartly appointed accommodations, this is the ideal French Quarter hotel to start your New Orleans adventure.

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history on the American Duchess Steamboat for your seven-night cruise.

Your journey ends with a private airport transfer from the dock of the American Duchess to the New Orleans International Airport.

6th September 2019Fly from the UK to Memphis
On arrival transfer to the Wyndham New Orleans hotel for a 3-night hotel stay.
9th September 2019Private Transfer from Hotel to Cruise Port where today is the day you have been waiting for! It’s time to start your unforgettable voyage and begin a luxurious journey down the Mississippi River.
10th September 2019Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendour 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.
11th September 2019Established 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 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 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. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
12th September 2019This 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.”
13th September 2019Vicksburg 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.
14th September 2019There 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 on-board. 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 The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cosy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business centre, movie theatre and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.
15th September 2019Nottoway 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.
16th Septmber 2019Transfer to New Orleans airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
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AccommodationPrice from (pp)
Inside £3199
Veranda Suite with Private Balcony £4699
Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony £6399
  • Return flights from the UK.
  • All private overseas transfers.
  • 3-night pre-cruise and stay in New Orleans French Quarter
  • 7 nights on board the American Duchess.
  • American Duchess port excursions

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