Southern Grandeur

Trip Highlights

Relax into the heat, history, and hospitality of the Southern Mississippi on this week-long riverboating experience aboard the stately American Queen. From Civil War battlefields to hoppin’ blues bars, Southern culture is on full display as you cruise north from New Orleans to Memphis.


May 06 to May 14, 2018


North America

Tour Operator

Go Next

Physical Activity Level

Mildly Active


8 Days


$ 1,699.00


River Cruise

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Day 1: May 06, 2018, Memphis, Tennessee
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel.  Located on the vintage Memphis Main Street Trolley line, this inviting hotel is just a short walk from Beale Street and the scenic Riverwalk.

Day 2: May 07, 2018, Memphis, Tennessee
Spend the morning at leisure. Embark 5 pm on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.

Day 3: May 08, 2018, Greenville, Mississippi
Arrive 12 pm-depart 5 pm

The “Heart and Soul of the Mississippi Delta,” this pleasant town is characterized by its plentiful museums, gardens, and authors.  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 Cultural Arts Center.  Included Excursion:  Visit the Greenville History Museum, the Hebrew Union Temple, the 1927 Flood Museum, the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, the Washington County Courthouse, and Trop Casino.

Day 4: May 09, 2018, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Arrive 8 am-depart 5 pm

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 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 Warren County 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.

Day 5: May 10, 2018, Natchez, Mississippi
Arrive 8 am-depart 5 pm

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 American and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.  Included Excursion:  Take in historic sites on a tour with stops at the Natchez Visitor Center, the Museum of African-American History and Culture, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, the William Johnson House, and Stanton Hall.

Day 6: May, 11, 2018, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Arrive 8 am-depart 5 pm

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 gracefully furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing Old State Capital.  Included Excursion:  Your tour includes the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial Museum; the beautiful St Joseph Cathedral; Capitol Park Museum; the Louisiana 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.

Day 7: May 12, 2018, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Arrive 8 am – depart 5 pm

With more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places, 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 attractions, including the Republic of West Florida site; Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum; and the Grace Episcopal Church.

Day 8: May 13, 2018 Nottoway, Louisiana
Arrive 8 am – depart 5 pm

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway.  Showcasing three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, twelve hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and twenty-two 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.

Day 9: May 15, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
Arrive 8 am

Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen.

Note:  Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of New Orleans, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2 p.m.

Premium Choice Tours will also be offered in many ports of call for an additional charge.  All port times are approximate.  Itinerary, hotel, and short excursions are subject to change.

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