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American Queen - Mississippi River Cruise

16 days from £3399*
Departing: March - November 2017
* Price shown: 24 November 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR - QMI
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New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and the Mississippi

This wonderful journey through the American South combines seven nights cruising the mighty Mississippi aboard a classic paddlewheel steamer with two-night stays in New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. Discover some of "Ol' Man River's" most enthralling and historic settlements, as you enjoy the luxury of life on board.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A night in Montgomery, resting place of Hank Williams
  • Two nights in New Orleans, the 'Big Easy', and a guided tour that includes the famous French Quarter
  • A seven-night Mississippi cruise aboard American Queen - the world's largest paddle steamer
  • Call in Oak Alley, historic Natchez, Vicksburg and pretty Delta music centre Helena
  • Included guided excursions at each port of call
  • Elvis Presley's Memphis, and visits to Sun Studio and Graceland
  • Discovering the Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B in Nashville
  • Seven nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Montgomery (1 night), New Orleans (2), Memphis (2), and Nashville (2)
  • Seven nights' full-board cruise aboard American Queen, beer and wine at dinner included, based on the shared occupancy of an inside cabin
  • Guided excursions at each port of call while aboard American Queen
  • Return scheduled flights to Atlanta
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
  • (The ship's staff will take care of you while on board)

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Atlanta, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your hotel in the Alabama state capital, Montgomery. Rest and relax, and enjoy your first taste of Southern hospitality this evening.

Day Two

Today you'll cross the sleepy countryside of Harper Lee's Alabama into Louisiana, and head along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Check in to your second hotel then make the most of your first evening in this intoxicating place.

Day Three

This morning's included guided tour is the perfect introduction to the Big Easy. See the iron balconies and covered sidewalks of the French Quarter, and Treme's colourful clapboard houses.

Later, join our optional Louisiana swampland excursion for a glimpse of the city's surrounding countryside and a taste of Creole life, then head back to the 'Quarter', to immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

Day Four

Head to the quayside, this afternoon, and board American Queen. Settle into your cabin, or enjoy your first evening on board as the stern-mounted paddlewheel of your magnificent floating home makes its first turns through the waters of the mighty Mississippi.

Day Five

American Queen's first stop is Oak Alley, one of the finest examples of an antebellum plantation mansion in the USA, and named for the 800-foot avenue of southern live oak that runs from the river to the main house.

Back on board, you'll enjoy a wonderful lunch and have ample time to relax and enjoy your luxurious surroundings.

Day Six

Today American Queen calls at St Francisville, the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Explore the town (which boasts 140 register historic buildings), and perhaps head to forbidding Angola Penitentiary for a remarkable encounter with tales of redemption and rehabilitation on an award-winning optional premium excursion.

Day Seven

Natchez, the Mississippi's oldest permanent settlement, welcomes us today. Stroll around "the prettiest town in the south", and perhaps stop in one of the riverside cafes and restaurants in notorious Natchez-Under-the-Hill - once a haunt of highwaymen and river pirates!

Day Eight

Vicksburg, described by Abraham Lincoln as "the key to the South", was the site of one of the American Civil War's most significant turning points. Learn about the siege and the subsequent Confederate surrender, then explore the historic port or join an optional premium excursion for a tour of the battlefield and National Cemetery.

Day Nine

Make the most of American Queen's wonderful amenities as you spend a day on board. Visit the gym or the spa, listen to a lecture or simply curl up with a good book in a comfortable lounge or on-deck rocking chair.

Don't miss the chance to visit the Captain's Pilot House or the Engine Room Viewing Area, next to the giant paddlewheel, to see how the wonderful ship operates.

Day 10

American Queen's last call is pretty Helena on the Mississippi Delta - home of the King Biscuit Time KFFA daily radio show that first broadcast Delta Blues to the world, and that still runs over 60 years later. Step ashore, perhaps listen to the lunchtime show, and wander the streets this, one of Mark Twain's favourite spots.

Day 11

Bid farewell to your floating palace as you disembark in Memphis early this morning. The King's hometown boasts musical heritage to match anywhere in the world, and you'll have the chance to explore it as we visit Sun Studio, where rock 'n' roll was born, and the preserved majesty of Graceland.

Later head to Beale Street for an evening of barbecue, blues and rock 'n' roll.

Day 12

Today's optional tour includes more musical high notes at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, as well as a visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel - which stands on the site where Martin Luther King was shot.

Day 13

We'll head east today, stopping in Tupelo for the chance to take a tour of the 'shotgun shack' where Elvis was born, as we make our way to Nashville.

Day 14

Nashville's place in country music history is unrivalled. The historic Ryman Auditorium, was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop still stands at 417 Broadway, and you'll be able to follow the footsteps of greats around legendary Studio B and explore the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Later, make the most of your final evening with a visit to one of the city's 150-plus live venues.

Day 15

Enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded hills of Tennessee, calling at Chattanooga (of "Choo Choo" fame!), as we make our way to Atlanta airport where you'll board your overnight flight home.

Day 16

Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QMJ14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 May 2017 £5141.00 NF7QMJ14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QMJ14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QMJ14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QMJ14
Belfast City
Belfast City 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QMN14
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 May 2017 £5141.00 NF7QMN14
Belfast City
Belfast City 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QMN14
Belfast City
Belfast City 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QMN14
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QMN14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QMK14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 May 2017 £5141.00 NF7QMK14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QMK14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QMK14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QMK14
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QMM14
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 May 2017 £5141.00 NF7QMM14
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QMM14
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QMM14
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QMM14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 March 2017 £5032.00 NF7QMI14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 May 2017 £4941.00 NF7QMI14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 September 2017 £5866.00 NF7QMI14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 29 September 2017 £4991.00 NF7QMI14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 November 2017 £3399.00 NF7QMI14
Manchester
Manchester 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QML14
Manchester
Manchester 12 May 2017 £5141.00 NF7QML14
Manchester
Manchester 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QML14
Manchester
Manchester 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QML14
Manchester
Manchester 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QML14
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 March 2017 £5232.00 NF7QMO14
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 May 2017 £5599.00 NF7QMO14
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 September 2017 £6066.00 NF7QMO14
Newcastle
Newcastle 29 September 2017 £5191.00 NF7QMO14
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 November 2017 £3599.00 NF7QMO14

Mississippi Touring Hotels and Cruise Vessel 

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. You will also enjoy seven nights on board the American Queen paddle steamer.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink. When on board your cruise, tips are included in the tour price.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink. When on board your cruise, tips are included in the tour price.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

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