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29th May 2024
12 night Mississippi Paddle Wheeler Cruise, Memphis & New Orleans
Embark on a captivating 12-night journey along the Mississippi River, from Memphis to New Orleans, aboard a historic paddle-wheeler.

Why American Cruise Lines?

American Cruise Lines stands out with its focus on small-ship cruising, personalized service, and unique itineraries that explore America’s waterways, offering passengers an intimate and enriching travel experience.

Embark on a captivating 12-night journey along the Mississippi River, from Memphis to New Orleans, aboard a historic paddle-wheeler. This unique voyage combines the musical heritage of Memphis, the historical richness of the Mississippi River, and the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Let’s delve into this unforgettable adventure.

Day 1: London to Memphis

Your adventure begins with a flight from London to Memphis. Upon arrival, prepare to immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage and lively atmosphere of this iconic city. Check into your hotel and perhaps take a stroll to get your first glimpse of the city, soaking in the local vibe. Enjoy a relaxing evening at one of Memphis's renowned barbecue joints or a live music venue.

Day 2: Graceland

Experience a VIP tour of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Skip the lines and explore the legendary mansion, gaining insight into the life of the King of Rock & Roll. Wander through the various exhibits showcasing Elvis's career, costumes, and cars. Cap off your visit by exploring the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his family are buried, a serene end to your Graceland experience.

Day 3: Explore Memphis

Spend the day exploring Memphis. Visit historic sites like Beale Street, Sun Studio, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy the city’s vibrant music scene and Southern hospitality. Don't miss the chance to sample some authentic Southern cuisine, from soulful comfort food to decadent desserts, as you wander through the bustling city streets.

Day 4: Cruising the Mississippi

Board your luxurious paddle-wheeler and begin your cruise down the mighty Mississippi River. Relish the all-inclusive meals and drinks as you take in the scenic river views. Engage in onboard activities such as live jazz performances, informative talks about the river's history, and opportunities to mingle with fellow travellers.

Day 5: Vicksburg

Explore Vicksburg, a city steeped in Civil War history. Take a guided tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park and learn about the pivotal battles fought here. Visit the Old Court House Museum to delve deeper into the local history and enjoy a leisurely walk through the charming downtown area, filled with quaint shops and eateries.

Day 6: Natchez

Visit Natchez, known for its well-preserved antebellum homes and rich cultural heritage. Wander through the historic districts and enjoy the charm of this Southern gem. Take a guided tour of one of the grand estates, such as Stanton Hall or Longwood, and gain insight into the opulent lifestyles of the past.

Day 7: St. Francisville

Discover St. Francisville, a quaint town with beautifully preserved antebellum architecture and lush gardens. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring its historic charm. Take time to visit the Rosedown Plantation and its extensive gardens, or simply enjoy a peaceful walk along the town's scenic streets, dotted with charming boutiques and cafes.

Day 8: Baton Rouge

Arrive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital. Tour the Old State Capitol, the USS Kidd, and other historic landmarks, soaking in the city’s vibrant history. Explore the lively downtown area, perhaps visiting the local farmers market or sampling some of the city’s diverse culinary offerings, from Creole to contemporary cuisine.

Day 9: Houmas House

Experience the grandeur of Houmas House, a historic plantation with stunning gardens and a rich history. Explore the estate and learn about its fascinating past. Enjoy a guided tour through the elegant rooms filled with period antiques, and stroll through the lush gardens, taking in the beauty and tranquillity of this impressive estate.

Days 10-11: New Orleans

Conclude your cruise in the lively city of New Orleans. Enjoy guided sightseeing tours, indulge in the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the vibrant French Quarter. Take a stroll down Bourbon Street, listen to live jazz music, and savour the city’s famous beignets at Café du Monde. Perhaps take a swamp tour or visit the historic Garden District for a different perspective on the city.

Days 12-13: Return to London

After a memorable stay in New Orleans, fly back to London, reflecting on the incredible experiences of your Southern States adventure.

5 things that are included and are sure to impress.

1) Accommodation: 2 nights at a 4-star hotel in New Orleans and 2 nights at the 4-star Guest House at Graceland, with breakfast included.

2) Cruise: 7 nights aboard a luxurious paddle-wheeler with all meals and drinks included.

3) VIP Access: Skip-the-line tickets for a VIP tour of Graceland.

4) Flights and Transfers: International flights from London and all necessary airport transfers.

5) Guided Sightseeing: Selected guided tours during your cruise to ensure you experience the best of each destination.

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