American Music Holiday River CruiseStarting from $2,399
River Cruise Description
Vessel: American Duchess
Spend time away from home for the pre-holidays and get away from the hustle and bustle during this fabulous 2019 American Duchess 9 day Mississippi River cruise from Memphis to New Orleans. Take in the Cajun and Creole holiday traditions, as each port is filled with holiday sparkle and decorations galore. You’ll visit mansions in full holiday regal, and visit Christmas markets along the shore. Onboard holiday activities will include making your own ornaments and decorating Christmas cookies. Relax and enjoy the slower pace of life on the river.
|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Dec 15, 2019||American Duchess||$2,399||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Hotel Stay – Memphis, TN
Stay at the memorable Peabody Hotel after you arrive in downtown Memphis. Take time to explore all the Memphis has to offer. Be sure to take in a jazz or blues show while here. The AQSC Hospitality desk will be open for your convenience during the day.
Day 2 Memphis, TN
Departure 5:00 PM
Before boarding the American Duchess, be sure to continue your exploration of Memphis on your own. Our AQSC staff and local hotel concierge can help direct you, book shows for you, and also help you book Premium Shore Excursions before getting on the boat. Then sit back and enjoy your holiday vacation during this 9 day American Queen Mississippi River cruise from Memphis to New Orleans.
Day 3 Helena, AR
In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the town of Helena, Arkansas. Established in 1833 as a productive port city, Helena is currently encountering a resurgence of business and Southern hospitality. Visit the Helena Museum, filled with local historical exhibits, then take in Freedom Park and Fort Curtis. There’s plenty to do in Helena!
Day 4 Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg is well-known for its ties to the Civil War. While here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Anchuca Mansion built in 1830 and the Old Court House Museum (now a National Historic Landmark). For something totally unrelated to the Civil War, visit the Biedenharn Coca-Cola® Museum, where you’ll appreciate the wide assortment of Coca-Cola memorabilia in authentic candy store and soda fountain setting. This building is the place Coca-Cola was bottle in 1894.
Day 5 Natchez, MS
This enchanting waterway town was first occupied by Natchez Indians and French pioneers who shared the region. It was established in 1716, which make Natchez the oldest city located on the banks of the Mississippi. Visit the Rosalie Mansion, built in 1823 by a wealthy cotton planter, or Magnolia Hall, a Greek Revival Mansion built in 1858. You’ll have the opportunity to visit King’s Tavern and Charbonneau Distillery on an exclusive American Queen tour, ending with a custom drink on the house.
Day 6 Baton Rouge, LA
Visit the USS Kidd DD-61, docked near the American Queen. The USS Kidd has received 12 fight stars during its service in WWII and the Korean War. Baton Rouge is the Capital of Louisiana, and is filled with culture and history. Named by French pioneer, Sieur D’Iberville noted a red cypress tree stripped of its bark that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the tree “le baton rouge” or red stick. You can take a tour of the Louisiana State Capitol building, or explore the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.
Day 7 St. Francisville, LA
St. Francisville has much to offer the welcomed visitor. Stroll down tree-lined Royal Street and visit the many shops, tour the majestic Grace Episcopal Church built in 1860. You’ll enjoy yourself in this quaint town, where life has slowed down to an easier, simpler pace. Built in 1809, St. Francisville is known as the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. The town is built on top of structures and artifacts left over from flooding and fires in the early 1800’s, and is described as “two miles long and two yards wide”.
Day 8 Nottoway Plantation, LA
The epitome of Southern hospitality and charm, this mansion boasts of three floors, 64 bedrooms and features 22 white square columns which contribute to its nickname, “The White Castle of Louisiana.” Be sure and take a stroll through its lavish grounds and gardens. Nottoway Plantation remains the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion, in all of its splendor and glory. Dating back to 1859, the plantation sits proudly along the great River Road overlooking the Mississippi River.
Day 9 New Orleans, LA
Arrival 8:00 AM
As you Memphis to New Orleans American Duchess Mississippi River cruise comes to an end, take time to explore all the sights and sounds of New Orleans before you leave to fly home today.
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