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New Orleans to Memphis

The grand American Queen is the largest steamboat ever built and epitomises the grace and grandeur that made river cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. There are six decks featuring a lounge, library, small swimming pool, gym, spa, restaurants and bar. Enjoy acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway, daily lectures and country club casual ambience.

New Orleans 1 night
American Queen Steamboat 7 nights
Memphis 2 nights

Day 1: Fly to New Orleans. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 New Orleans/American Queen: Check-in this morning before a tour of New Orleans. Return to the vessel for an early evening departure along the mighty Mississippi.

Day 3 Nottoway, Louisiana: 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 overlooking the Mississippi River, this 'white castle' of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Take a tour of this fascinating mansion which flaunts 64 bedrooms and then continue with a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.

Day 4 St Francisville, Louisiana: This historical quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi has over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops. A hop-on-hop-off coach tour is included today with a variety of stops.

Day 5 Natchez, Mississippi: 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 and is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical houses as you explore the beautiful downtown areas. Sights include Rosalle Mansion, William Johnson House Museum, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall.

Day 6 Vicksburg, Mississippi: Discover a unique blend of old and new from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station and enjoy the sweeping river views. Billed as the "Red Carpet City of the South," Southern hospitality is at its best. Today there is a hop-on-hop-off tour included with sights including the shopping district, Old Court House Museum and the Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Day 7 Greenville, Mississippi: Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianopla, the birthplace of BB King and many other Blues singers. The hop-on-hop-off tour includes stops at Greenville History Museum, 1927 Flood Museum and Trop Casino.

Day 8 Scenic river cruising: Enjoy a leisurely day on board. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the many activities that are available on board, or perhaps book an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the spa?

Day 9 Memphis, Tennessee: Disembark this morning and enjoy The King's Memphis Tour along with Platinum Admission to Elvis's former home, Graceland. Later, embark on a short, narrated driving tour of Music City before transferring to your hotel.

Day 10 Memphis, Tennessee: Today you have an escorted walking tour which includes the historic Peabody Hotel and the famous Peabody Duck Parade. An Attraction Pass is also included which gives admission to Sun Studio, the Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Day 11 Memphis: Chance for final sightseeing or shopping before your transfer to the airport where your tour ends.

What you need to know

Departures: Tour departs on specific dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 4* hotels in New Orleans and Memphis; inside stateroom has TV, en suite shower and toilet.

Meals: Breakfast in New Orleans and Memphis hotels. Full board on the American Queen including wine and beer at dinner, and snacks throughout the day.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to New Orleans and return from Memphis, 1 pre night in New Orleans, 7 nights in an inside stateroom on the American Queen, 2 post-nights in Memphis, pre and post cruise excursions as outlined, shore excursion in every port of call, private transfers between the airport, port and hotels.

10 nights River Cruise & Stay £3299pp

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