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Trip Highlights

Immerse yourself in glorious Southern culture and the compelling Civil War history that shaped our nation on this outstanding Mississippi River cruise. Begin with a stay in dynamic Memphis, home to legendary Beale Street, and encounter fascinating Civil War relics at the famed Shiloh National Military Park. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to Greenville, a charming city with a rich cultural heritage. Browse the intriguing museums of Vicksburg, or step back in time at the renowned Vicksburg National Military Park. Take in Natchez’s stunning gardens and palatial antebellum mansions. Stroll along St. Francisville’s Royal Street, the historic heart of the city, and admire the Georgian-style Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. Before concluding your journey in New Orleans, explore the impressive halls of Nottoway, the largest plantation house in the South.

Dates

June 03 to June 12, 2017

Region

North America

Tour Operator

Go Next

Physical Activity Level

Mildly Active

Duration

9 Days

Price

$ 2,199.00

Type

River Cruise

Make a Reservation

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Itinerary

Day 1: Memphis, Tennessee
Arrive, overnight in hotel
Your journey begins with a two-night hotel stay in Memphis, a vibrant cultural hub and mecca for music-lovers.

Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee
Overnight in hotel
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Included Excursion: Visit the renowned Shiloh National Military Park.

Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee
Morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.
Depart 5pm

Day 4: Greenville, Mississippi
The “Heart and Soul of the Mississippi Delta,” this pleasant town is characterized by its plentiful museums, gardens, and authors; local legend says that Greenville water grows writers. Situated near Indianola, the birthplace of blues musician B.B. King, Greenville beckons with its own colorful attractions, including the new Trop Casino and E.E. Bass Auditorium & Cultural Center.

Included Excursion: Visit the Greenville History Museum; the Hebrew Union Congregation Temple and Museum; the 1927 Flood Museum; the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, home of the oldest functioning Armitage carousel; the Washington County Courthouse; and Trop Casino.
Arrive 12pm; depart 6pm

Day 5: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.

Included Excursion: The coach tour stops at the Church of the Holy Trinity; Anchuca Mansion; the Old Court House museum, which showcases Civil War artifacts; the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum; the Lower Mississippi River Museum; and the Old Depot Museum that highlights the siege of Vicksburg.
Arrive 8am; depart 5pm

Day 6: Natchez, Mississippi
One of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is an authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.

Included Excursion: Take in historic mansions on a tour with stops at the Natchez Visitor’s Center, the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, the William Johnson House museum, and Stanton Hall.
Arrive 8am; depart 9pm

Day 7: St. Francisville, Louisiana
With more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to history. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South.

Included Excursion: The Hop-on Hop-Off coach tour takes you to historic and modern sites, including the Republic of West Florida site; the Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum; and the Grace Episcopal Church.
Arrive 8am; depart 5pm

Day 8: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boasting a storied past and vibrant present, Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing Old State Capitol.

Included Excursion: Your tour includes the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum; the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral; Capitol Park Museum; Louisiana’s State Capitol, renowned as the nation’s tallest state capitol building; the Old Arsenal Museum; the LSU Museum of Art; and Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.
Arrive 8am; depart 9pm

Day 9: Nottoway, Louisiana
Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, 64 bedrooms, 12 hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and 22 soaring exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows—an opening for each day of the year.

Included Excursion: Walk through the halls of this Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion on a guided tour, and explore the lush grounds and gardens.
Arrive 8am; depart 6pm

Day 10: New Orleans, Louisiana
Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen. Please ensure that your return flight departs after 10:30am.
Arrive 8am

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