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Join the American Queen Steamboat on an experience through the Lower Mississippi River with a New Orleans to Memphis - 10-Day Journey. The voyage visits historic port towns in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas and disembarks in Tennessee.

2014 Journeys

Dates Theme
March 28 - April 6 Southern Culture

To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Guests will enjoy a one-night luxury hotel stay at either The Westin New Orleans Canal Place or Hilton New Orleans Riverside before boarding the American Queen Steamboat the following evening.

Day 2: Embark - New Orleans, LA
Explore the vibrant offerings of New Orleans and take in the sights and sounds of the city. In the afternoon, guests will board the American Queen Steamboat to being the voyage and kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Day 3: Oak Alley, LA
A popular plantation in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley blends historic architectural magnificence with the natural wonder of 300 year old oak trees flourishing on the southern estate. Known as the 'Grand Dame of the Great River Road', Oak Alley Plantation is lined by a quarter-mile canopy of giant oak trees forming a stately pathway that leads to the iconic Greek revival antebellum home.

Day 4: Baton Rouge, LA
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is a melting pot of the state's unique attractions and culture. Guests will begin their day by exploring the city's military and political history at the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer, Veterans Memorial Museum, and the Old Governor's Mansion. On Main Street Market, a bounty of dining options will fuel guests for the rest of their tour which includes stops at the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral, Capitol Lake, Old Arsenal Museum, LSU Museum of Art, and the Louisiana State Capital building for a bird's eye view of the city and river from the 27th floor observation deck. With diverse cultural offerings, Baton Rouge boasts exciting options for every visitor.

Day 5: St. Francisville, LA
Home to over 140 buildings listed on the National Register and beautiful plantation homes along the rolling countryside, St. Francisville is a quaint town with a rich historic significance. Aboard the hop on-hop off steamcoach, guests can visit Royal Street, the Victorian button museum and jewelry boutique Grandmother's Buttons, the West Florida Republic Park, or the Old Market Hall for art, jewelry, handmade items, and music. Guests will have a chance for refreshments at Commerce Street before heading for shopping at the Spring Creek Shopping Center and exploring the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and the Grace Episcopal Church.

Day 6: Natchez, MS
Affording authentic antebellum charm, Natchez boasts numerous restored mansions, the historic Jefferson College, and the quaint Natchez Trace. Before drinking in the beauty of the grand plantations, including Stanton Hall, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, and William Johnson House, guests are encouraged to stop at the Natchez Visitor Center to peruse the gift shop or view exhibits and films illustrating the rich heritage of the town. Also included on the tour is a stop at the Eola Hotel for shopping and a special visit to Twin Oaks, the antebellum mansion of Regina Charboneau, the Chef de Cuisine of the American Queen Steamboat.

Day 7: Vicksburg, MS
Coined the "Red Carpet of the South," Vicksburg is a diverse town blending its historic Southern setting with exciting modern attractions. Guests will tour through the shopping district and stop at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Pemberton's Headquarters, and the Old Courthouse Museum before returning to the downtown area. Back downtown, guests will have the chance for more shopping on Washington Street or discover other enchanting museums, including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Day 8: Scenic River Cruising
Relax and take in the view of the river or join in a variety of onboard activities while the American Queen glides through beautiful American landscape.

Day 9: Helena, AR
A soulful town filled with beautiful gospel voices and hearty cuisine, Helena is filled with historic treasures. Aboard the deluxe steamcoach, guests will being their tour of the city at the Cherry Street Historic District where they will discover the Malco Theater and amazing boutiques, including the Delta Gypsy Caravan, the Handworks Boutique, the Cotton and Kudzu Mall, and the Gist Music Company for rare collectibles. At the historic downtown of Helena, the tour offers stops at two museum sites, Bubba's Blues Corner, Biscuit Row, and the Pillow Thompson House. Civil War buffs will enjoy visits to the Helena Museum, Moore-Hornor House, and Fort Curtis.

Day 10: Disembark - Memphis, TN
After breakfast, the American Queen Steamboat will dock in Memphis where guests can continue their way home or explore the sights of this exciting Tennessee town.

To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org.

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