American Queen, Jewels of the Lower Mississippi 2020 ex Memphis to New Orleans

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

Departure date: 1 March 2020
Embark port: Memphis Tennessee, USA
Cruise line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship: American Queen

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
01/03/20 Memphis Tennessee, USA Hotel
02/03/20 Memphis Tennessee, USA Embark
03/03/20 Greenville, Mississippi, USA
04/03/20 Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
05/03/20 Natchez, Mississippi, USA
06/03/20 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
07/03/20 St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
08/03/20 Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
09/03/20 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Disembark
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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere - in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

Day 2: Memphis, TN
Departure: 5:00 p.m.
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to board the opulent American Queen and embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

It’s time to start your voyage! Board the American Queen and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!

Day 3: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Greenville, TN
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Day 4: Vicksburg, MS
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.

Day 5: Natchez, MS
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.”

Day 6: Baton Rouge, LA
Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana has rich cultural history. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the tallest in the United States. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 7: St. Francisville, LA
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! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, 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: Nottoway, LA
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.

Day 9: Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.

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