Southern Grandeur: New Orleans to Memphis Aboard American Queen

Southern Grandeur: New Orleans to Memphis Aboard American Queen



Sail along the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans and glimpse the tumultuous and haunting history of the south—an anguish that gave life to the heartfelt chords of blues, jazz, and rock and roll. The lower Mississippi delta region, considered the birthplace of the blues, compels music connoisseurs and fans alike to pay homage to the history and legends that shaped American music.

Daily lectures by the onboard Riverlorian and –


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Departure Dates
Apr 7, 2019 - Apr 15, 2019


Pre-Cruise Program
APR 6–8

$449 per person, double occupancy

• 1 additional night at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel or similar accommodations, with breakfast

• Full-day Shiloh National Military Park excursion, with lunch

– Visit Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

– Motorcoach tour through Shiloh battlefield

• APR 10 – Included Vicksburg

Premium Excursion: On the Front Lines

– Motorcoach tour through

Vicksburg battlefield

– Tour of USS Cairo and Museum

– Visit Illinois State Monument & National Cemetery

Post-Cruise Program
APR 15–16

$399 per person, double occupancy

• 1 night at the Hotel Monteleone or similar accommodations, with breakfast

• Half-day Big Easy tour of New Orleans

– Take in the French Quarter’s famous landmarks: St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square

– Drive along St. Charles Avenue and follow the country’s oldest streetcar line

– Admire the stately mansions of St. Charles Avenue

– Get an insider’s view of Mardi Gras.

Programs include accommodations, sightseeing, transfers between the riverboat and hotel, an exclusive Go Next Program Manager/hospitality desk, and professional tour guides




  • day 1


    Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel. Located on the vintage Memphis Main Street Trolley line, this inviting hotel is just a short walk from Beale Street and the scenic Riverwalk.

  • day 2

    APR 8 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. Depart 5pm

    Spend the morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.


  • day 3


  • day 4

    APR 10 VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI. Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

    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 luxury river coach stops at the Church of the Holy Trinity; Anchuca Mansion; the Old Court House Museum, which showcases Civil War artifacts; Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum; Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum; the Lower Mississippi River Museum; and the Old Depot Museum.


  • day 5

    APR 11 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 Experience historic sites with stops at the Natchez Visitors Center, William Johnson House, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery, and the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • day 6

    APR 12 BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

    Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the gracefully furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing Old State Capitol. Included Excursion Your experience includes USS Kidd Veterans Memorial Museum; Capitol Park Museum; Louisiana State Capitol, renowned as the nation’s tallest state capitol building; Old Arsenal Museum; LSU Museum of Art; Louisiana’s Old State Capitol; and Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

  • day 7

    APR 13 ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA. Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

    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 river coach takes you to historic and modern attractions, including Royal Street; Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum; and the Grace Episcopal Church.

  • day 8

    APR 14 NOTTOWAY PLANTATION. Arrive 8am–Depart 6pm

    Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, twelve hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and twenty-two 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 Nottoway, a Greek-Revival and Italianatestyle mansion, and explore the lush grounds and gardens.

  • day 9


    Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen

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