Mississippi River Cruise
With Memphis and New Orleans extended stays
June 5, 2021 – June 16, 2021
7 Days/Nights Cruising from Memphis to New Orleans & 4 Days/Nights on land in Memphis and New Orleans
American Queen Steamboat
Standard cabin -C- Balcony $5578.00/person
Please see cabin options at the bottom of this notice.
A deposit of $500 per person is required
Fully refundable until 2/2/2021
Arrive Memphis; we will stop at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 on our way to the Civil Rights Museum. This is a great museum that carries us back to the turbulent days of the 1950’s & 60’s, the very time when most of us were growing up. After the museum we will head to Beale Street for dinner on our own and take in the sights and sounds of the street renowned for the Blues. Back to our hotel.
This morning we will visit Sun Studio, the place where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash began careers. Following this visit we will tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Afternoon is free time with lots of options.
Late this morning we board the American Queen; the ship sails at 3 PM. There is plenty of time before we shove off to do more sightseeing in Memphis or simply enjoy the amenities of the boat. Mud Island River Park, visit the Bass Pro Shop Pyramid (its really quite interesting) or visit Graceland, Elvis Pressley’s Memphis home.
The American Queen Stern Wheeler is the largest steamboat ever built; the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. The paddle wheeler is a representation of the thousands of steamboats that steamed up and down the Mighty Mississippi.
Day of blissful cruising down the Mississippi River; a great time to re-read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn.
Day 5 Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums.
Day 6 Natchez, MS
It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”
Day 7 St. Francisville, LA
St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.
Day 8 Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge grants a strikingly different experience from those of the small-town stops throughout the journey. In this energetic port, history-facing museums and landmarks fraternize with forward-looking art and industry to offer a personalized encounter to each visitor. Allow the flowing, carefree words of denizens to dance through the eardrums during a meander through the city streets. Choose to hop on one of our deluxe motor coaches and explore the diversity this city has to offer, or take a walk down the river path alongside the boat.
Day 9 Nottoway
American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up.
Day 10 & 11 New Orleans, LA
Each person will receive a Hop On/Hop Off pass and a Public Transit Card, both of which we will use for all our transportation while in New Orleans. Our itinerary these two days will include a walking tour of the French Quarter, a stroll down the Famed Riverwalk, visits to St. Louis Cathedral and Cemetery, Jackson Square, 1850 House, the Garden District, and of course, evening visits to The French Quarter. Our visit will also include entrance to the WWII Museum which is one of the best WW II museums in the world.
Flight Charlotte to Memphis; return New Orleans to Charlotte
Memphis hotel for two nights
New Orleans hotel two nights
Entrance to museums and other sites in Memphis
7 days & nights aboard the American Queen
All meals while on board the American Queen
Sightseeing at every port
WHATS NOT INCLUDED:
Lunch & dinners in Memphis and New Orleans
Gratuities on the American Queen
Travel Insurance – a quote is available upon request
Cabin Options on board the American Queen:
Category B- $5878.00/person
Category D- $5278.00/person
Category E- $4278.00/person
These categories can be viewed at:
This trip itinerary, if purchased directly from American Queen Steamboat Company (including air) is $6376.00; our group pricing provides substantial discount.
To enroll please fill out the enrollment form and return it either by US Mail or email. No payment is required with the enrollment form.
$5578.00 per person
A deposit of $500.00 per person locks in this price.