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Memphis & American Queen Lower Mississippi River Cruise*
*Some sailings of the American Queen vary in ports of call - call the Bon Voyage hotline 0800 980 7092 to discuss your desired dates of travel.
DAYS 1-3 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Arrive in Memphis for your three night stay. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in the heart of this vibrant city. Spend the evening strolling along famous Beale Street. Pop into B.B Kings Blues Club and enjoy the live entertainment or sip a martini in the impressive Lobby Bar of the Peabody Hotel. Spend the next few days exploring Memphis. Your visit includes entrances to Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceland’ home, Sun Studios, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul. Also worth seeing is The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, quite somber, but a fascinating look back at this era. Also too, this is where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
Transfer from your hotel to the American Queen. Enjoy your welcome, get organised in your cabin, then sit back, relax and watch Ole Man River come alive as you cruise gently along the Mississippi. Your first stop, Greenville, is located in the very heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta. On your arrival, your organised tour of The Greenville Museum is home to memorabilia dating back to the 1800s. Remember, that's old for America!
Hospitality is alive and well and eagerly awaiting your arrival in the "Red Carpet City of the South"....Vicksburg. You'll discover the perfect blend of old and new south on the deluxe guided tour. Enjoy sights like the Church of The Holy Trinity, the Old Courthouse Museum and the Lower Mississippi River Museum. You'll love the on shops and galleries in the historic downtown district and make time to view the 32 murals by artist Robert Dafford on Levee Street, depicting the history of Vicksburg.
DAY 6 - NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI
Founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi and boasts more antebellum homes than anywhere else in the USA. Today's excursion begins at the Natchez Visitors Center with a film about this historic port. Then continue on with a narrated tour of the city including admission to the antebellum mansions: Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, Rosalie Mansion and the William Johnson House. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore downtown Natchez and do a spot of retail therapy before returning to the American Queen.
This quaint town is your window to the past. Boasting over 140 buildings on the National Register and home to some of the most beautiful plantation homes in Louisiana, they'll be plenty to keep your interest today. Highlights of your daily tour will include Old Market Hall, Commerce Street and the Grace Episcopal Church.
DAYS 8 - BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
With a year-round semi tropical climate, your next stop, Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana is a seamless blend of the past and the present. On your tour of Baton Rouge, you will see something different at every turn. Start with a tour of the USS Kidd, a WW11 Fletcher-class destroyer. Then a visit to the Old Governor's Mansion, known as "Lousiana's White House" and on to the beautiful St Joseph Cathedral, built in 1853.
Today you'll enjoy a tour of one of the most impressive homes on the Great River Road – Nottoway – the largest antebellum home in the south. Built in 1859, this "white castle" was owned by sugar magnate John Hampden Randolph where he lived with his wife and 11 children.
DAY 10 - NEW ORLEANS Arrive in New Orleans and disembark the American Queen for your private transfer to the historic French Quarter. Leave your luggage with the hotel for an afternoon check-in, then immerse yourself in this incredible city. Fancy spending a few nights in the Big Easy? Bon Voyage can certainly make that happen.
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