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MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISE

AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMSHIP

SHORE EXCURSIONS AND AIRFARE INCLUDED

March 5 – 14, 2017 (#B7030502) - 10 Days

Inside cabins from $3199pp/Double

Outside cabins from $4799pp/Double

($1000 Deposit)

Join this “Big Band” themed cruise on the Mississippi River! Experience the best plantations, gardens, big band swing music and cuisine all in one incredible journey. Each evening you’ll enjoy the 13-piece “The Great American Swing Band” as they play the tunes you know so well, all in the original arrangements that made them legendary. Feel your worries drift away with the relaxing pace of life on the river.

 

 

DAY 1 – We depart today and fly to “The Big Easy” city of New Orleans. You might want to check out Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for dinner.

 

DAY 2 – This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of this historic city. In the afternoon, we will arrive at the American Queen to begin an unforgettable journey on the Mississippi!

 

DAY 3 – We port at Oak Alley, Louisiana today. Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road.” It is the much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. During this included tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds.

 

DAY 4 – We port in St. Francisville, Louisiana today. It is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Our included excursions today are: Old Market Hall, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, the Grace Episcopal Church and Royal Street.

 

DAY 5 – We port in Natchez, Mississippi today. 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. Included excursions today are: Rosalie Mansion guided tour, the William Johnson House Museum, Magnolia Hall mansion guided tour, Stanton Hall tour, King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery, the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, and the Natchez Visitor’s Center.

 

DAY 6 – We port in Vicksburg, Mississippi today. Vicksburg was described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln and carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Included excursions today are: the Church of the Holy Trinity (with 34 stained glass windows), the Anchuca Mansion tour, the Old Court House Museum, Yesterday’s Child & Doll Museum & Biendemham Coca-Cola Museum, the Lower Mississippi River Museum, and the Old Depot Museum.

 

DAY 7 – We port in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today. It is the Capital of Louisiana and has a deep culture and rich history. Included excursions today are: USS Kidd DD-61, St. Joseph Cathedral, Capitol Park Museum, Louisiana’s State Capitol, Old Arsenal Museum, the LSU Museum of Art, and Louisiana’s Old State Capitol

 

DAY 8 – We port in Nottoway, Louisiana today. It is a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River. Enjoy an included guided tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. You can also stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.

 

DAY 9 – We arrive back in New Orleans today. A coach will pick us up and take us to an interesting Swamp Tour through an area of alligators, turtles, snakes, waterfowl & exotic vegetation. After lunch we will check into our hotel where you’ll have free time to enjoy the French Quarter.

 

DAY 10 – We fly back home today.

 

The price above includes airfare, ship cabin, all hotel stays, transfers to/from ship, port charges, and daily shore excursions from the ship. While on the ship, all food is included. Earlier bookings get the best cabin selection.