From moss-draped oak trees and fragrant, idyllic gardens to stately pillared mansions and storybook downtown districts, the American South conjures up an array of enchanting images. Celebrate the region’s intriguing history and architectural elegance on a Mississippi River cruise aboard the magnificent American Queen. From New Orleans to Memphis, let our nation’s most iconic waterway carry you to welcoming towns in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Daily lectures by the onboard Riverlorian
APR 29 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel, located just four blocks away from the renowned French Quarter, or perhaps arrive earlier and enhance your travel experience with the Go Next New Orleans Pre-Cruise Program.
APR 30 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Spend the morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.
MAY 01 NOTTOWAY, LOUISIANA
Arrive 12PM–Depart 6PM
Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, 64 bedrooms, 12 hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and 22 soaring exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows—an opening for each day of the year. INCLUDED EXCURSION Walk through the halls of this Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion on a guided tour, and explore the lush grounds and gardens.
MAY 02 ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM
With more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town is a window to history. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South. INCLUDED EXCURSION The Hop-On Hop-Off coach tour takes you to historic and modern sites, including the Republic of West Florida site; Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum; and the Grace Episcopal Church.
MAY 03 NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 8AM–Depart 5PM
One of the oldest European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is an authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent. INCLUDED EXCURSION Take in historic sites on a tour with stops at the Natchez Visitor Center, the Museum of African-American History and Culture, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, the William Johnson House, and Stanton Hall.
MAY 04 VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM
Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area. INCLUDED EXCURSION The coach tour stops at the Church of the Holy Trinity; Anchuca mansion; the Old Warren County Court House Museum, which showcases Civil War artifacts; the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum; the Lower Mississippi River Museum; and the Old Depot Museum that highlights the Siege of Vicksburg.
MAY 05 GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 12PM–Depart 5PM
The “Heart and Soul of the Mississippi Delta,” this pleasant town is characterized by its plentiful museums, gardens, and authors. Situated near Indianola, the birthplace of blues musician B.B. King, Greenville beckons with its own colorful attractions, including the new Trop Casino and E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. INCLUDED EXCURSION Visit the Greenville History Museum, the Hebrew Union Temple, the 1927 Flood Museum, the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, the Washington County Courthouse, and Trop Casino.
MAY 06 RIVER CRUISING
MAY 07 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen.
Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 10:30am. If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of Memphis, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2pm.