FROM £2,750 pp including flights and transfers.
07 May 2017 9 Memphis to New Orleans
14 May 2017 9 New Orleans to Memphis
21 May 2017 9 Memphis to New Orleans
28 May 2017 9 New Orleans to Memphis
04 Jun 2017 9 Memphis to New Orleans
11 Jun 2017 9 New Orleans to Memphis
18 Jun 2017 9 Memphis to New Orleans
25 Jun 2017 9 New Orleans to Memphis
02 Jul 2017 9 Memphis to Louisville
09 Jul 2017 9 Roundtrip Louisville
16 Jul 2017 9 Louisville to St Louis Music of 50’s and 60’s
23 Jul 2017 9 St Louis to St Paul
30 Jul 2017 9 Roundtrip St Paul
06 Aug 2017 9 Roundtrip St Paul Music of 50’s and 60’s
13 Aug 2017 23* St Paul to New Orleans
Join this wonderfully authentic cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on board the world’s largest paddle steamer and embrace the journey, history, scenery and music of Deep South USA at its very best. You will see landscapes which are largely unchanged since the days of fur traders from France, enjoy the musical history (Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll) along this iconic voyage and enjoy american style hospitality as you cruise down the Mississippi to New Orleans.
Note: All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change.
Day 1: Flight from UK to Memphis – Transfer to pre cruise hotel
Today you have a day at leisure to wander around Memphis, the birthplace of rock and rolland home of the Blues. See the many historic attractions like Beale Street, Graceland, Sun Studios, Stax Musuem, Rock and Soul Museum, National Civil Rights Museum and more.
If you need help a representative from American Queen is available at the hotel between 1.00 – 8.00 pm.
Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee
Departure 5:00 pm
Check in on the American Queen is from 9 am to 12.00 pm after which you still have time to explore Memphis before returning to the boat at 3.00 pm. A Memphis tour is available from the Hospitality Desk.
Day 3: Greenville, Mississippi
Greenville is found on the banks of Lake Fergusson and close to the birth place of B.B King and many other blues singers. There are also many writers who were born or lived here. Excursions included: Greenville history museum, 1927 Flood Museum, EE Bass Cultural Arts Center with the oldest functioning carousel, Washington County Courthouse and more.
Day 4: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Vicksburg is described as the “key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln. It was founded in 1811 and was a river port city. Visit a museum to learn about the battles of the city in the Civil War. Excursions included: Church of the Holy Trinity, Anchuca Mansion (an antebellum home, Biendemham Coca-Cola Museum, Lower Mississippi River Museum and more.
Day 5: Natchez, Mississippi
The Natchez Indians and French explorers were the first to live here. It is the oldest city on the Mississippi and was founded in 1716. You can enjoy restaurants, musuems, unique shops and historical homes. Included excursions: Rosalie Mansion, Natchez Visitor’s Center, King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery and more.
Day 6: St. Francisville, Louisiana
St Francisville is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide” because it was developed along a narrow ridge. It is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. In the 1790s underneath the town there used to be a settlement called Bayou Sara. It became one of the largest cotton ports on the river, however it was destroyed by fire and flooding and some of the structures got washed up to St Francisville. There is also plenty to see here churches, historical homes and beautiful parks. Excursions included: Royal Street, Old Market Hall, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and more.
Day 7: Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana
Baton Rouge was named by a french explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two hunting tribal grounds. It is now a cultural city and the people who live here speak a special version of French. Other included excursions: USS Kidd (World War II destroyer), Old State Capitol which is an architectural gothic landmark and more.
Day 8: Nottoway, Louisiana
This important Antebellum mansion dating back to 1859 is on an 1850s sugarcane estate. It overlooks the Mississippi river and looks like a “White Castle”. It has a rich history and is the largest remaining mansion in the South.
Day 9: New Orleans, Louisiana
You arrive at 8.00 am and disembark.
Optional three day stay in New Orleans package
Day 9: Transfer to airport and flight back to UK
Included in your fare
• One-night hotel stay and transfers before your voyage
• Bottled water and soft drinks
• Select wine and beer at dinner
• All meals onboard the vessels
• All regular shore excursions
• Port Charges
• Airfare to and from UK
Not included in your fare
• Alcoholic beverages
• Optional premium shore excursions
• Discretionary gratuities to vessel crew and tour operators
• Travel Protection
• Transfer to and from the airport