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Journey on the Mighty Mississippi

15-day cruise from £6,199 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Save up to £200 per cabin

Summary

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Nashville
  • 2 Nights Memphis
  • 1 Night Memphis - Mississippi Cruise
  • 1 Night Mississippi (Greenville)
  • 1 Night Mississippi (Vicksburg)
  • 1 Night Mississippi (Natchez)
  • 1 Night Mississippi (St Francisville)
  • 1 Night Mississippi (Baton Rouge)
  • 1 Night Mississippi (Nottoway)
  • 2 Nights New Orleans

About

Recommended for:
Exploration cruise | River cruise

The laid-back world of Mark Twain’s riverside America has long been a fascination to many a visitor. For centuries the mighty Mississippi River has coursed its way through America’s heartland as a life-source and a witness to many changes in fortune - be they political or cultural. Steamboating presents a unique mode of travel and a wonderful new perspective from which to view the river and its inhabitants. Join the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America - the American Queen - sailing down the Mississippi, from Memphis to New Orleans, Tennessee to Louisiana, with excursions included in every cruise port of call. Combined with two-night stays in the two music meccas of Nashville and Memphis and culminating in New Orleans - ‘The Big Easy’ - this holiday is a unique blend of American beauty, history and lifestyle.


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London - Nashville

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for your indirect, scheduled American Airlines flight to Nashville. On arrival in Nashville transfer to the Opryland Resort, or The Inn at the Opryland for two nights.

Day 2
Nashville

The country music capital of the world and home to the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville is a must for any fan of music, yet it is also known as the ‘Athens of the South’, for its full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. A morning tour takes you to the Country Music Hall of Fame - packed full with little-known information and memorabilia. After spending time here, continue to Studio B - where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton and many other celebrated stars recorded their first or early records - a real trip down memory lane. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

Day 3
Nashville - Memphis

From Nashville head south-west to another music mecca, Memphis. Closely associated with Elvis Presley and Graceland, the city was also the infamous location for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. On arrival, check in at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown, where you stay for two nights.

Day 4
Memphis

After a short orientation tour of the city, continue to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the mansion he purchased at the age of 22. Preserved in the decorated style in which he left it, the house is tastefully presented and your visit includes a guided tour. Also on display are a collection of his cars. After spending time at this unique museum, the rest of the day is free.

Meals: B

Day 5
Memphis - Mississippi Cruise

This morning you are free to further explore the city of Memphis; perhaps visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or take a tour of the Gibson guitar factory. This afternoon,  embark the American Queen to begin your voyage along the mighty Mississippi. Set sail in the evening.

Meals: B D

Day 6
Mississippi (Greenville)

Today will be spent enjoying the sights and sounds as you sail down ‘Ol’ Man River’. Stop in Greenville, a city with many different cultural backgrounds, rich in customs and folklore, where historical sites take you back to a time when fortunes were made in cotton. The ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Steamcoach tour’ offers opportunities to visit the Greenville History Museum, Hebrew Union Temple and 1927 Flood Museum, all offering insights into Greenville’s past, or the Trop Casino for some light hearted entertainment.

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Mississippi (Vicksburg)

Arrive in Vicksburg, Mississippi today, a city that blends modern elements with the charm and elegance associated with the Old South. As you disembark here, join a narrated ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Steamcoach Tour’ of this city bursting with character. See the shopping district, The Church of the Holy Trinity, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Pemberton’s Headquarters and the Old Courthouse Museum - home to thousands of artefacts dating from pre-Columbian times to the Civil War. The last stop is Washington Street, for shopping or visiting the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum and the Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Mississippi (Natchez)

Named for the Natchez tribe of Native Americans, who lived in the area prior to the arrival of Europeans, this charming city today is proud of its rich, vibrant history. The starting point for the Natchez Trace, continuing all the way to Nashville, Natchez became home to many antebellum homes and today numerous restored mansions are the highlight of this part of the South. On another ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Steamcoach Tour’, visit some of these grand homes, including Stanton Hall, built in 1857 and considered the grandest of the Natchez mansions.

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Mississippi (St Francisville)

Cross into Louisiana and the quaint town of St Francisville, located on a narrow ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. Today’s ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Steamcoach Tour’ makes stops at Grandmother’s Buttons or the West Florida Republic Park. Perhaps visit the Old Market Hall, Commerce Street or the Spring Creek Shopping Center, before you re-board the vessel.

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Mississippi (Baton Rouge)

The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge has much to offer. Join another ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Steamcoach Tour’, including the USS KIDD and Veterans Memorial - the WWII Fletcher-class destroyer and the museum’s historic exhibits are a must for any military enthusiast. ‘Louisiana’s White House’ - The Old Governor’s Mansion is the next stop. The Main Street Market has many lunch options before continuing to Capitol Lake and the Louisiana State Capitol building. Take the lift up to the 27th floor for wonderful views over the city and the Mississippi. The last stop is Louisiana’s 160-year-old, Old State Capitol building.

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Mississippi (Nottoway)

Experience living history as you explore the largest remaining antebellum mansion of the deep south.

Meals: B L D

Day 12
New Orleans

This morning you arrive into your final port of call, New Orleans, and disembark near historic Jackson Square. You will be taken on a tour around the city, before checking in to your hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans, Marriott New Orleans, or Astor Crowne Plaza, where you will stay for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure to perhaps stroll around the French Quarter, the perfect place to dine al fresco and absorb the character and atmosphere of this multi-cultured city.

Meals: B

Day 13
New Orleans

Today is also free in this lively bohemian city - the birthplace of jazz. Visit the Jackson Square Katrina Museums, or take a ride on the famous St Charles Streetcar. In the evening, venture to Bourbon Street to sample Creole and Cajun cuisine in one of the many restaurants, or stop in a bar and listen to the live traditional jazz drifting along the street.

Day 14
New Orleans to UK

Today we travel to New Orleans Airport for your indirect, scheduled American Airlines flight to London, arriving the following the day

Day 15
Arrive UK

Arrive in the UK and make your way home.

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

15-day cruise on board American Queen (Titan) from £6,199 incl. flights

Departure: 30 May 2018

Save up to £200 per cabin

16 days from £6,199 – Save up to £100pp

What is included

  • 6 nights in hotels, 7 nights cruise on American Queen and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 4-12) 6 lunches (days 6-11) 7 dinners (days 5-11)
  • Complimentary coffee, bottled water and soft drinks, plus wine and beer with dinner, throughout the cruise

Included excursions and visits: 11

  • City tour of Nashville with local guide
  • Visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Entrance to Studio B
  • Memphis orientation tour
  • Entrance to Graceland
  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port on the cruise
  • ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ coaches in Vicksburg, Natchez, St Francisville, and Baton Rouge
  • City tour of New Orleans with local guide

Plus all these benefits:

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Free connecting flights from regional airports
  • Check-in service by Titan staff with porterage
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
  • Scheduled American Airlines flights
  • Best available coaches (with Wi-Fi), with experienced drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

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