American Duchess – Memphis to New Orleans
9 Days | March 22, 2020
Starting At $Custom
Aboard the American Duchess, explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.
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Day 1 – Overnight in Memphis – Today, arrive in Memphis, TN for an overnight pre-cruise stay with the American Queen at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown (or similar). The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.
The American Queen 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 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 Memphis.
Day 2 – Set Sail on the American Duchess – Today is the day you have been waiting for! After breakfast at the hotel, board the American Duchess and prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river while discovering the rich history and cultural diversity of the Old South.
Welcome aboard the luxurious American Duchess, where you can relax in a lavish atmosphere with the finest amenities. Inspired by America’s heartland, the cuisine on board showcases the varied cultural and culinary influences of our great nation. You will quickly discover that dining aboard this vessel is an epicurean affair that pleases the palate and warms the soul. Premium linens and plush bedding will ensure that you are well-rested to fully enjoy all included sure excursions, historical lectures and nightly entertainment.
Day 3 – Helena, AR – In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas. Founded in 1833 as an industrious port city, Helena is now experiencing a rebirth with a blend of thriving entrepreneurship and Southern hospitality. In the 1940s and 1950s, blues music became extremely popular and Helena was the center of it all. King Biscuit Time is the longest running blues radio show in the entire country and it has served as an inspiration for many famous musicians.
Day 4 – Vicksburg, MS – 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.
Day 5 – Natchez, MS – 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.
Day 6 – Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. 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!
Day 7 – 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! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
Day 8 – Nottoway Plantation, LA – Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. Situate in a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports you 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.
Day 9 – New Orleans, LA – After breakfast onboard this morning, disembark the American Duchess and meet your transportation for your journey home. You may want to consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion for your group. This is not included and would be an additional cost.