Sun, Nov 4: Fly to New Orleans, Louisiana and check in to your hotel for one night. Spend the remainder of the day exploring New Orleans at your leisure. Visit the French Quarter or the Garden District, dine on Creole and Cajun classics, listen to jazz and let the good times roll in the Crescent City!
Mon, Nov 5: Spend the day exploring New Orleans on your own, and in the afternoon transfer to the American Queen. Or, choose a premium shore excursion of a New Orleans Highlights tour ending at the riverboat. Get settled in your stateroom as you set sail up the Mississippi River. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Tue, Nov 6: Today visit Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. With a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery. Enjoy a guided walking tour as you explore within the pristine walls of the plantation, followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens. (B,L,D)
Wed, Nov 7: Visit St. Francisville, located on highland bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. This quaint town has more than 140 buildings on the National Register, including plantation homes. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, bringing a beautiful Southern comfort to the atmosphere. Included in your Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour are visits to the Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, handmade items and music; the new Grace Episcopal Church; and the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. (B,L,D)
Thu, Nov 8: The charming river town of Natchez, Mississippi 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. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, The 100 Best Towns in America. Highlights of the included Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour include narrated tours of three mansions: Rosalie Mansion, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall—widely regarded as the grandest of the Natchez mansions. (B,L,D)
Fri, Nov 9: Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by 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 site in the Civil War, and today it is a popular spot to learn about the battles of the city. You might opt for the Premium Shore Excursion “On the Front Lines of the Civil War,” which includes the battlegrounds at Vicksburg National Military Park and other stops for a more in-depth exploration highlighting how Vicksburg was so critical in Civil War history. (B,L,D)
Sat, Nov 10: Greenville is at the very heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers. So naturally, Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture! Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; Local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers! The town is also known for its gardening, and was recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation, and for its museums of which the town has one for practically everything. This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its Southern charm and soul. (B,L,D)
Sun, Nov 11: Spend a leisurely day river cruising. There is always plenty to do on the river, and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, enjoy the scenery from a rocking chair on deck or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. (B,L,D)
Mon, Nov 12: Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee and fly to Indianapolis. (B)
Steamboat American Queen
The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Highlights: cozy staterooms to opulent suites • two restaurants • complimentary 24-hour room service • complimentary wine and beer at dinner • Mark Twain Gallery (library) • entertainment in the two-deck tall Grand Saloon • spa • fitness center • complimentary shore excursions • optional shore excursions (fees apply).