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The American Queen

American Queen Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

13-day tailor-made river cruise from £3,920 pp incl. flights


Short description

Sail the Mississippi in paddleboat style between luxury stays in Memphis and New Orleans

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  • Sail the Mississippi in all-inclusive luxury aboard an opulent paddleboat
  • Showcase the region’s heritage on included shore excursions throughout
  • Begin with a luxury stay among Memphis's musical legacy
  • Enjoy a post-cruise stay and tour of New Orleans’ vibrancy

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Memphis
  • 7 Nights Onboard The American Queen
  • 2 Nights New Orleans


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | River cruise

Evoke all the grandeur of yesteryear with a trip down the Mississippi aboard a luxurious paddlewheeler, all Victorian antiques and wrought iron. Onboard, you’ll enjoy full-board dining, expert lectures and Broadway-worthy shows as you stop off at the river’s historic towns. At each, you’ll enjoy a full spread of included excursions, with expert guides bringing you between grand mansions, Civil War sites and state capitol grandeur. Either side, luxury stays in Memphis and New Orleans will see you explore with everything from city tours and VIP attraction passes to showpiece dinners.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2

Begin in style with complimentary airport lounge access before your day flight to Memphis where you’ll met by a private driver and brought to your central accommodation. To help you explore, we’ve included a three-day trolley and attraction pass, so you can knit together the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ soul Museum, National Civil Rights Museum and birthplace of rock – Sun Studio – with the city’s historic tram network. You’ll also be treated to everything from an authentic Memphis barbecue dinner and a walking tour of Beale Street’s blues bars to the Peabody Hotel’s famous duck parade and an iPad-led tour of Elvis’s Graceland.

Stay: The Sheraton Memphis (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 3
Memphis/Mississippi River

Today, an included transfer will bring you to the American Queen – a luxurious river ship from which you'll take in the ever-changing landscapes, grand antebellum mansions and unique culinary flavours of the southern Mississippi River. Check into your opulent suite before enjoying your first taste of the ship's renowned on-board entertainment and superb full-board dining as you set sail towards Greenville.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4

Your first stop is the aptly named Greenville, a picturesque town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta that’s famed for its verdant garden walks. Your included shore excursions will also bring you between its 200-year-old heritage with museum visits, turn-of-the-century courthouses and stained-glass synagogues.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Then, it’s on to Vicksburg, a river port described by Lincoln as ‘The Key to the South’. And, you can trace its crucial Civil War past in battlefields, tours of its grand antebellum mansions and a string of superb museums, all part of your included shore excursions.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6

Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi, shares its heritage between the Natchez Indians and French explorers. It’s a unique blend, showcased in a series of excellent exhibitions and remembered by a string of grand mansions. Nearly 700 antebellum mansions line its leafy boulevards, with everything from Greek revival flourishes to stunning gardens on display. Your guided tour will bring their highlights to life.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
St. Francisville

From the oldest settlement on the Mississippi to the oldest town of the Florida Parishes, St. Francisville enjoys a similarly diverse past. The opulent homes of its plantation millionaires are paired with a certain bohemian charm. It’s perhaps best surmised by Grandmother’s Buttons, a fin-de-siècle bank that today sells jewellery made from antique buttons. And, between 200-year-old market halls, Gothic churches and manicured parks, it’s not difficult to fall in love with this Southern belle.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Baton Rouge

Arriving into Lousiana’s capital, your included tours will bring you between Baton Rouge’s premier highlights. There’s a WWII-era battleship converted into a museum, the excellent LSU Museum of Art and the Louisiana State Capitol – the tallest of its kind and an Art Deco masterpiece. However, it’s perhaps its elder brother that’s most impressive; the Old State Capitol is a great Gothic monument that boasts bluff-top views of the Mississippi River.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9

As the South’s largest – and most glorious – antebellum mansion, Nottoway is the perfect introduction to plantation life. Its three-storey rotunda and oak-draped lawns have been lovingly restored to their former glory, offering a peek into this grand era. The numbers are impressive, too, with 64 bedrooms, 53,000 square feet of living space and 22 columns that have given Nottoway its nickname – ‘The White Castle’. You’ll take it all in on an expert-led guided tour.

Stay: The American Queen (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11
New Orleans

A private transfer will see you to the contemporary luxury of your central hotel. It’s the perfect launchpad for your included driving tour of New Orleans’ diverse delights, taking in the French Quarter’s fading European beauty, Bourbon Street’s famed bars, the ornate tombs of St. Louis Cemetery and Jackson Square’s turreted cathedral. You’ll also stop for that New Orleans favourite – coffee and beignet pastry. Then, with the use of your streetcar and attraction pass, you’ll have the flexibility to explore. There’s everything from Mardi Gras World and the WWII Museum to Audubon Zoo and the Old US Mint. Lastly, you’ll also be treated to a traditional N’Orleans dinner, packed full of creole flavour.

Stay: Intercontinental New Orleans (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 12-13
Depart for UK

A private transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Meals: B



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

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

13-day tailor-made river cruise from £3,920 incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,920 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,540 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Memphis and New Orleans to London
  • 7 nights aboard the American Queen on a full-board basis (Inside Stateroom)
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • Private airport transfers
  • Pre-cruise city stay package including Memphis Premium excursion ('The Elvis experience' including Graceland), Memphis attraction pass, authentic Memphis BBQ meal, visit to the Peabody to witness the famous 'duck parade' and 3-day Memphis trolley pass
  • Post-cruise city stay package including New Orleans Premium excursion 'New Orleans Highlights tour', New Orleans attraction pass, New Orleans traditional dining experience, coffee and beignet, 3-day jazzy pass

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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