A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH

Main destination New Orleans, Louisiana · About River or Ocean Cruises

9 Days | A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH

Main destination New Orleans, Louisiana · About River or Ocean Cruises
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. 

April 5-13, 2020

Inside Cabin - $4495
Window Cabin - $6495
Open Veranda Cabin - $6795
Private Veranda Cabin - $7395
Prices are per person based on double occupancy in CAD
 
Deposit is $500pp
Final is due November 15, 2019
 

This package includes:

  • New Orleans highlights tour -5.5 hours
  • The Elvis Experience – 5 hours
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel
  • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
  • Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
  • Roundtrip flight from Calgary
  • Port Charges and transfers
Please check the tour tab for our terms and conditions

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans. 

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in New Orleans.

Day 2: New Orleans, LA

Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!

Embark on an adventure through a city radiating an eccentric and authentic atmosphere and filled to the brim with history and culture close to the heart of America. Explore the history of New Orleans including the first settlers, religion, culture and Mardi Gras. On an exclusive New Orleans narrated driving tour, you will experience the city from an intimate first-person perspective. Relax in the comfort of our River Coach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city including the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Garden District, where elegant mansions stand as a testament to Greek revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorian styles.

A stop in Jackson Square will be the perfect location to find a memorable souvenir or treat yourself to an authentic New Orleans style lunch at one of the many cafes and eateries. Then we will travel down St. Charles Avenue, along the famous street car line where New Orleans’ most prestigious and beautiful colleges, Tulane University and Loyola University, are located.

Continue the day in New Orleans’ breathtaking City Park. Comprising about 1300 acres, City Park is one of the oldest and largest urban park in the country. It is in uptown between St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River and built on the site of the 1884 World's Fair. Here we will take a short break to relax and soak in the awe inspiring scenery of the 'Big Easy.” No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a stop at St. Louis Cemetery #3, known better as the “The City of the Dead,” which is where we will conclude our complete journey through the city of New Orleans!

Our experience ends at the dock where you will board the American Queen.

After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!

Day 3: Nottoway Plantation, LA

Nottoway Plantation, 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, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 4: 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 5: Natchez, MS

This charming river town 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. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” 

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President 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 7: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Greenville, MS

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 8: River Cruising

Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river! 

Day 9: Memphis, TN

Arrival 8:00 AM
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.

Experience the city that “The King” called home on a guided journey through Memphis! Put on your blue suede shoes and board the luxury river coach as it departs toward Memphis’ heart and soul – Beale Street!

Oozing with the gritty feeling of the blues and rock `n' roll, Beale Street's musical history is alive in every store front lining the road, street band performing on the corner, and brick paving our way. A larger-than-life iconic brass statue of Elvis marks the starting point of the “Walking in Memphis” portion of this exclusive excursion. Here, we will experience the most famous street in Memphis as our local guide leads us through the vibrant city he calls home. From blues to barbeque, Beale Street is a must for any visitor to Memphis!

The journey continues with Beale Street in our rearview and the home of “The King” himself ahead, Graceland! Enter through “The King's” front door where the presence of Elvis can still be felt within the walls as you walk through the same rooms as he did after a long day's performance. An interactive iPad audio tour will help guide us through each room, providing thoughtful narration by actor and Elvis enthusiast John Stamos, as well as personal commentary by Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie.

At this musical mecca, discover the personal side of Elvis. See the famous Jungle Room, an homage to “The King's” love for Hawaii. Featuring green shagged carpets, a built-in rock waterfall, plastic plants, and lacquered wood furniture, the Jungle Room was Elvis’s man-cave turned recording studio. Then view the office where Elvis' father Vernon managed his career, as well his living room, kitchen, TV room, and pool room. See the Trophy Building and Racquetball Building, newly-restored to how it looked in 1977. Then take a short stroll through the Meditation Garden, where the grave site of Elvis and his family are located. Pay your respects to “The King of Rock and Roll” and his contributions to American music and entertainment, knowing his legacy resonates throughout the world and spans multiple generations.

But the adventure doesn't end there! Your complete Elvis experience also includes exclusive exhibits with full access to the state-of-the-art Visitor Entertainment Complex, Elvis Presley Car Museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum, Elvis Discover Exhibits, and Elvis’ two custom airplanes!

This excursion begins at the dock of the vessel and concludes at the Memphis International Airport.

Optional Shore Excursions available – please request more details

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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