From Blues to Country, discover America’s musical roots on this week-long riverboating experience. Spend your first night dancing around Memphis, Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, before embarking on the luxurious and stately American Duchess. Hike pristine trails and beautiful bluffs in Ashport Landing, and see the epicenter of the infamous New Madrid Earthquake in the city of the same name. In Paducah, the refurbished Hotel Metropolitan salutes the legends who played there like Ellington, Armstrong and Calloway. Hear Civil War hymns at Fort Donelson in Dover; and explore the local boutiques, breweries, and restaurants of Clarksville. Disembark the American Duchess in Nashville and learn why this vibrant, artistic hub is known as the Country Music Capital of the World.
NOV 04 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Peabody Memphis hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel offers easy access to many premier attractions.
NOV 05 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Spend the morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the elegant American Duchess in the afternoon.
NOV 06 ASHPORT LANDING, TENNESSEE
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM
Fort Pillow, now a National Historic Landmark, was the site of a brutal massacre of Union troops by Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Here you will learn the important role Fort Pillow played in securing the Mississippi River as a prized passage throughout the Civil War.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Visit Fort Pillow State Historic Park to go on a narrated driving tour with a stop at the Interpretive Center and Museum, enjoy a short film about the 1864 battle, watch a battle reenactment, and, if you’re feeling up for it, embark on an extensive walking tour to the battlefield site.
NOV 07 NEW MADRID, MISSOURI
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM
New Madrid, the oldest city west of the Mississippi, is famous for enduring powerful earthquakes in the early 1800s and for the Civil War’s Battle of Island Number Ten. Boasting a storied past, this Missouri city retains the Southern charm it’s held since the last days of the 1700s.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Stop at the Mississippi River Observation Deck; the New Madrid Historical Museum; the New Madrid County Courthouse; the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site; primitive Higgerson School Historic Site; and the River Walk Gallery in the Hart-Stepp House, New Madrid’s oldest home.
NOV 08 PADUCAH, KENTUCKY
Arrive 12PM–Depart 5PM
Founded by William Clark following his westward journey with Meriwether Lewis, Paducah bears the name of an Indian chief and the legacy of a Union supply hub on the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers during the Civil War. INCLUDED MORNING EXCURSION A tour of Paducah brings you to the National Quilt Museum, the Moonshine Company, the Lloyd Tilghman House and Floodwalls Murals, the Paducah Railroad Museum, and the River Discovery Center.
NOV 09 DOVER, TENNESSEE
Arrive 8AM–Depart 6PM
Discover the laid-back, small-town charm of Dover, where rich Civil War history comes alive at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, site of one of the first significant Union victories.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Traveling by deluxe motor coach, stop at Fort Donelson for a tour of the historic battlefield and cemetery. Gain insight into local history at the W.D. Sykes Historical Museum, the restored Dover Hotel, and the Fort Donelson Visitor Center & Museum.
NOV 10 CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE
Arrive 8AM–Depart 6AM NOV 11
Situated near the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, Clarksville is renowned for its lively downtown district where you’ll find local boutiques, restaurants, and the beautiful Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
INCLUDED EXCURSION The Hop-On Hop-Off coach tour takes you to the city’s premier attractions, including the majestic Smith-Trahern Mansion, built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith; the Montgomery County Courthouse; the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center; and Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center.
NOV 11 SCENIC RIVER CRUISING/NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Overnight on Riverboat in Nashville
NOV 12 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Duchess.
Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 10:30am if you would like to purchase Airport Transfer. If you are interested in an optional Premium Shore Excursion of Nashville, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2pm.