Southern Grandeur

Southern Grandeur

Indulge in the heritage and hospitality of the southern Mississippi River region aboard the stately American Queen riverboat. Depart from Memphis, home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, and head to Helena, Tenn., for an episode of King Biscuit Time, the nation’s longest-running daily blues radio broadcast. Venture on to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where Coca-Cola was first bottled and Civil War sites are perfectly preserved. Follow the antebellum pilgrimages to Natchez, Mississippi, and stroll the historic plantation at Oak Alley, Louisiana. Disembark in New Orleans, a unique American city that will cast its charms on you.

Trip Itinerary:

April 7 Memphis, Tennessee

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.

April 8 Memphis, Tennessee

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

Depart 5pm.

April 9 Cruise the Mississippi River

April 10 Vicksburg, Mississippi

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.

Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm

April 11 Natchez, Mississippi

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.

Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm

April 12 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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.

Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm

April 13 St. Francisville, Louisiana

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.

Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm

April 14 Nottoway, Louisiana

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s largest 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 Italianate style mansion, and explore the lush grounds and gardens.

Arrive 8am-Depart 6pm

April 15 New Orleans, Louisiana

Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen.

Arrive 8am


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