New Orleans to Memphis (8 Days)

Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
New Orleans, LA, United States to Memphis, TN, United States
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DAY 1
New Orleans, LA, United States
5:00 PM

Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Countess.

DAY 2
Nottoway Plantation, LA, United States

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, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren't enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history, and mystery.

DAY 3
Saint Francisville, IL, United States

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as "two miles long and two yards wide", but that definitely doesn't mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.

DAY 4
Natchez, LA, United States

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 — found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless' book "The 100 Best Towns in America".

DAY 5
Vicksburg, MS, United States

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President 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 component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

DAY 6
Mississippi Delta, Mississippi, MS, United States

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life — a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music, and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians, and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a port of the Mississippi Delta.

DAY 7
River (Cruising)

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to the library, adorned with bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner, and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, Card Room, and Grand Lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

DAY 8
Memphis, TN, United States
8:00 AM

Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

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About the Ship

American Duchess
American Countess

The latest addition to our fleet of authentic paddlewheelers she offers exciting heartland and Mississippi River cruise itineraries.

The American Countess’s four decks, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms, will make cruising on this gorgeous paddlewheeler a truly unforgettable experience.

What's Included

Included

  • Regionally inspired fine dining

  • Broadway-caliber entertainment and enrichment

  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions

  • Authentic Paddlewheel Riverboat

About Us

American Queen Steamboat Company sets the standard for cruising on American rivers. Experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee Rivers onboard our authentic paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen®, the boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess.™ our our newest vessel arriving 2020, the American Countess. Or you may prefer to explore the great Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers onboard the elegant American Empress.® Our sister brand, Victory Cruise Lines operates the M/V Victory I and II on the Great Lakes and Canadian Maritimes.

Insider Tip

A Mississippi river cruise is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Join us for an unparalleled journey through authentic America; it is a unique experience unlike any other!

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