American Countess – Memphis to New Orleans
American Queen's Newest Paddlewheeler
9 Days | April 25, 2020 | October 10, 2020 | November 7, 2020
Starting At $Custom
Discover America and the heartland —aboard the American Countess, the newest paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers. River cruising is a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively Broadway-calibar entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America. You’ll discover a side of our country that few ever see, from the indescribable perspective of the river. So step onboard and experience America in style as the American Countess takes you on a journey that you will never forget.
Ports and itineraries are subject to change by AQSC.
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Day 1 – Memphis
Today your group arrives in Memphis and checks into the Sheraton Memphis (or similar) for a pre-cruise stay. The remainder of the evening is on your own to explore this music filled, historic city.
Day 2 – Memphis
After an included breakfast at the hotel, depart for a Memphis MoJo Tour”. Tour with a musician tour guide showing you the sights of the city while history sings. As you rock on down the road you will also visit Sun Studio’s, the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and walk the halls where Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny, Carl Perkins and a hundred others made music. After time for lunch on your own, you will board the beautiful new American Countess.
Aboard the American Countess, you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere with modern amenities, premium linens and plush bedding. Enjoy the all included shore excursions, historical lectures, and nightly entertainment, not to mention the amazing regionally inspired cuisine that is prepared by highly trained chefs. (B,D)
Day 3 – River Cruising
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. Browse gift shop for that perfect keepsake, take a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Perks and enjoy the outdoor decks or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Vicksburg
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Natchez
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.” (B,L,D)
Day 6 – Baton Rouge
Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana has rich cultural history. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the tallest in the United States. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day! (B,L,D)
Day 7 – 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! 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – 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, 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Disembark New Orleans
This morning after breakfast, disembark the American Countess and begin your journey home. You may want to consider including the New Orleans City Tour for your group. Contact our Sales Staff for more information. (B)