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9 Days | Memphis to New Orleans


Day 1 | Memphis, Tennessee. Hotel stay. For this itinerary, we will reserve a room for you at The Memphis Marriott Downtown.  The following day, you will board the American Queen.

Day 2 | Memphis. Embark. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage.

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Tour 1 - The Bluff City & Elvis

Day 3 | Helena, Arkansas. Let gospel voices lift your heart, hear soulful Delta blues, and sample King biscuits and sausage during an eventful day.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Hop aboard your deluxe Steamcoach and begin an adventure by visiting the Cherry Street Historic District. Many of the exteriors were used in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Along the way you’ll find a number of treasures including the famous theatre from the movie "Walk the Line," the Malco Theater; boutiques such as the Delta Gypsy Caravan; the Handworks Boutique; the Cotton and Kudzu Mall which was featured on “ABC World News Tonight”; and the Gist Music Company whose rare collectibles will transport you back in time.

Discover historic downtown Helena with two museum sites that preserve and present the heritage of the 27-county region of eastern Arkansas at the Delta Cultural Center. If you are into the Blues, Bubba’s Blues Corner offers the best selection of hard-to-find Blues music in the nation. Next is Biscuit Row, a future development project trying to rehabilitate several buildings at this gritty intersection that was once the home of the Blues in Helena.

Our next stop is the Helena Museum and its eclectic collection of artifacts from prehistoric times through the Civil War and on to the present. Then, connect to two pieces of Civil War History at the magnificently restored Moore-Hornor House and the nearly full-size replica of the Union’s Fort Curtis rebuilt just a short distance from where it originally stood. Our final stop highlights some of the most beautiful historic architecture in the region, the Pillow Thompson House, a late 19th century mansion that serves as the location for many weddings, parties, and other special events.

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Tour 1 — GOSPEL, BLUES and a TASTE OF SOUL, Exploring the Delta Roots in Helena, Arkansas
Tour 2 — Mississippi ECO Wildlife "Safari", by Private Canoe

Day 4 | Vicksburg, Mississippi. Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Board your hop-on hop-off Steamcoach for a narrated tour experience of Vicksburg Mississippi, a city bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. The Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Your deluxe Steamcoach will first take you through Vicksburg’s shopping district. You will stop at The Church of the Holy Trinity, a place of spiritual refreshment to Vicksburg for more than 125 years. Two blocks from the church you will find the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.

The next stops are Pemberton’s Headquarters; as you return to the downtown area, continue to the Old Courthouse Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements. Finally, visit Washington Street for more shopping, or discover other interesting museums including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and Lower Mississippi River Museum.

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Tour 1 — The Battle of Vicksburg, the "Up-Close" Tour

Day 5 | Natchez, Mississippi. Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace. Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Natchez is the center of the Antebellum South. From Spring Pilgrimage to Christmas, there’s no shortage of excitement in this small town as you tour the antebellum mansions of Natchez, drink in the history and enjoy the entertainment.

Stop at the Natchez Visitors Center to peruse the gift shop and bookstore, or view exhibits and films illustrating the rich history of Natchez. Take a narrated tour of Stanton Hall which was built in 1857 and is considered the grandest of the Natchez mansions. See the Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and William Johnson House. Also on our route is Twin Oaks, the antebellum mansion of Regina Charboneau, the Chef de Cuisine of the American Queen, and the Eola Hotel for shopping.

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Tour 1 — Entertaining Southern Style with Regina Charboneau
Tour 2 — Music, Mistresses and Marriage

Day 6 | St. Francisville, Louisiana. This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour. As you board your deluxe hop-on hop-off Steamcoach, you will turn onto Royal Street where you may want to stop off at Grandmother’s Buttons, a Victorian button museum and jewelry boutique, or the West Florida Republic Park. Visit the Old Market Hall, where you will see art, jewelry, handmade items and music albums. When you reach Commerce Street, there are several places for lunch, snacks, spirits, coffee and ice cream. Once you are refreshed, hop back on the Steamcoach which will take you up to the Spring Creek Shopping Center. Finally, you will visit the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street and the Grace Episcopal Church.

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Tour 1 — Mystery, Mansions and Mayhem

Day 7 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer—visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present experiencing authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, the outdoors is tempting and the attractions abound. No wonder this is one of the south’s fastest growing cities.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. In Louisiana’s capital city, you will see something unique at every turn! Begin your day with a tour for the military enthusiast at the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer. You will also visit historic exhibits in the adjoining Veterans Memorial Museum. Then, visit the Old Governor’s Mansion, built in 1930 by Governor Huey P. Long as “Louisiana’s White House.”

The next stop is the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral, built in 1853. Next, walk through the Main Street Market where dining options include down-home Southern cooking, sandwiches, salads, Chinese, Greek and Lebanese. This is also a great opportunity to pick up Louisiana souvenirs. Then, the loop will take us around Capitol Lake through Arsenal Park for a beautiful view of the current Governor’s Mansion which was built in 1963, when Jimmie Davis was Governor. Also included is a stop by the Old Arsenal Museum, which was built in 1838 and used by the U.S. military during the Mexican and Civil Wars.

Tour the Louisiana State Capitol building, standing proud as the nation’s tallest capitol building. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and mighty Mississippi River from the 27th floor observation deck. Next, stroll across the intricate Capitol Gardens and tour the Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana State Museum. Here you can step onto a simulated Mardi Gras float, discover the difference between Cajun and Creole, and lose yourself in multimedia presentations. For the art lover, your next stop is the LSU Museum of Art, located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts and featuring a diverse art collection. The last stop on the loop is Louisiana’s Old State Capitol building, the 160-year-old statehouse that has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and the occasional fistfight.

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Tour 1 — History and Politics of Baton Rouge

Day 8 | Houmas House, Louisiana. Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. Experience the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace" when you step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.

Complimentary Tour. (No Hop-On Hop-Off Option) Disembark the American Queen and experience the magic of time gone by when you enter the grounds of historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Your 4-hour stay will take you on a journey through a time when the Sugar Barons reigned supreme along the Great River Road. As you begin your walking tour of the grounds, you will be greeted with the sights and scents of 16 acres of lush gardens, cool fountains and moss-draped live oaks that stand witness to the extraordinary lives spent in this beautiful setting. Circle the mansion to find the Turtle Bar nestled beside a garden path, where you will find a cool respite and an opportunity to try a Mint Julep, the famous bourbon cocktail that was first concocted at Houmas House.

Take your drink with you while continuing your stroll among the formal gardens, where you may happen upon the kitchen crops from which the sous chefs harvest each evening in preparation for meal service inside the mansion. You will enjoy full access to every room of the mansion and photography is permitted throughout. Finally, should you want to take a piece of Houmas House home with you, the 8,000-square-foot gift shop is filled with treasures to commemorate your visit.

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Tour 1 — Laura: A Creole Plantation, Houmas House
Tour 2 — Life in the Bayou, a Swamp ECO-Tour

Day 9 | New Orleans, Louisiana. Disembark. Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today, before you begin your journey homeward.

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Tour 1 — The Big Easy City Tour

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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