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Cruise Overview

Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Once divided by these very waters, when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth dying for. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell. Then celebrate the living, breathing places where southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.
 Century-old oak trees, indigenous wildlife, Civil War memorials and vast plantations await you on a Lower Mississippi River Cruise. Take in the sights of the river from the decks, and explore from on-shore stops in some of the South’s most famous cities. While indulging in luxury amenities on board this paddlewheeler you’ll learn about the area’s history and landscape. And on shore, you can experience the very best of true Southern culture.

  • Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
  • American Queen Steamboat Company
  • American Queen
  • US East Coast
  • 16 November 2019
  • 14 nights
  • New Orleans
  • CDT29713
  • Cruise and Stay

      Included in this Package

    • International Scheduled flights from London
    • Private transfers
    • Three nights' four-star room-only accommodation in Memphis
    • Memphis Attraction pass with VIP upgrade
    • 7 Night cruise accommodation aboard the American Queen
    • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
    • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
    • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
    • Two nights' four-star room-only accommodation in New Orleans

1 London Heathrow Airport / London

Fly from London to New Orleans Transfer on arrival to you 4* hotel.

2 New Orleans, USA
3 New Orleans

Embark 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!

4 Nottoway Plantation

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 overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery. Please ask for included excursion details

5 St Francisville

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! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere. Please ask for included excursion details

6 Natchez

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It 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 throughout Natchez. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas. Please ask for included excursion details

7 Vicksburg

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by 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. Please ask for included excursion details

8 Greenville

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul! Please ask for included excursion details

9 At Sea

Cruising the Mississippi River There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.

10 Memphis

Private transfer to 4* hotel. Overnight, Memphis.

11 Memphis

Memphis Attraction Pass with VIP upgrade. Overnight, Memphis.

12 Memphis

Day at leisure.

13 Memphis

Private transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to London

14 London Heathrow Airport / London

Arrive in London

* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.

What's Included

  • Drinks Package
  • Full Board Cruise & Taxes
  • Post Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Pre Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Private Transfers
  • Scheduled Flights


  • 24-Aug-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3669
  • 07-Sep-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3669
  • 21-Sep-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3669
  • 05-Oct-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3669
  • 19-Oct-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3669
  • 30-Nov-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3499
  • 14-Dec-2019
    Lower Mississippi on the American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis
    £3499
* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.
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