The American Queen
Sailing the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers
9 Days | May-December, 2021
Starting At $CUSTOM
Sail aboard the most opulent river boat on the world’s rivers. The flagship for the American Queen Steamboat Company is the largest overnight passenger steamboat ever built. Relax in a warm inviting atmosphere of southern charm without sacrificing modern amenities.
Additional itineraries available:
Louisville to Pittsburgh (or reverse): June 27-July 5, 2021, July 4-12, 2021, July 31-August 8, 2022, August 7-15, 2022
Memphis to Chattanooga (or reverse): October 24-November 1, 2021, October 31-November 8, 2021
Nashville to Louisville (or reverse): June 5-13, 2022, June 12-20, 2022, June 19-27, 2022
St Louis to Minneapolis (or reverse): August 21-29, 2022, August 28-September 5, 2022, September 4-12, 2022, October 9-17, 2022, October 16-24, 2022
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Day 1 – New Orleans
Today your group arrives in New Orleans and checks into the centrally located hotel for a pre-cruise stay. The remainder of the evening is on your own to explore this historic and unique city.
Day 2 – New Orleans
After an included breakfast at the hotel, embark on an adventure through a city radiating an eccentric and authentic atmosphere. On an exclusive New Orleans narrated driving tour, experience a city filled to the brim with history and culture from an intimate, first-person perspective. After time for lunch on your own, you will board the beautiful American Queen.
Aboard the American Queen, relax in an opulent 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 – Nottoway
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 4 – 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 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 – 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 7 – Port of the Mississippi Delta
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – 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 9 – Disembark Memphis
This morning after breakfast, disembark the American Queen and begin your journey home. You may want to consider including the Memphis City Tour for your group. Contact our Sales Staff for more information. (B)