New Orleans - Memphis - 9-Day Journey
Enjoy a 9-day journey between New Orleans,Louisiana and Memphis,Tennessee. Steamboat into the historic towns that line the Lower Mississippi River; enjoying stops in places like Natchez, Mississippi and Helena, Arkansas.
• Blues & Barbecue
• Joyce Cobb
• The Alabama Blues Brothers
• The Platters
Fares will include:
- Complimentary shore excursions in every port
- Complimentary overnight stay in a select luxury hotel before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
- The family recipes of acclaimed Southern chef Regina Charboneau
- The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
- Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff
- Casual elegance abounds, no formal wear required
- Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
- Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
- Our own dedicated fleet of Steamcoaches
- The most all-inclusive American river voyage
- The only authentic steam-powered overnight paddlewheel riverboat in America
- The greatest vacation value in America
Parking In Memphis
For your convenience, the American Queen Steamboat Company has arranged the discounted parking rate of $7.50 per day at Shoppers Garage in our hometown of Memphis. Click here for details.
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans
Included in your voyage is a luxury hotel stay. For this itinerary, we will reserve a room for you at one of these properties: The Westin New Orleans Canal Place or Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.
Day 2: New Orleans, LA
Departure: 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. Kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.
Day 3: Steamboating
Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.
Day 4: Natchez, MS
Arrival: 12:00 p.m. — Departure: 5:00 p.m.
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.
Day 5: Vicksburg, MS
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 p.m.
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.
Day 6: Steamboating
The Great Waters of the Mississippi river system originate in Lake Itasca and roll relentlessly to the Gulf of Mexico. This force of nature is your constant companion during a magical day of uninterrupted cruising.
Day 7: Helena, AR
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 p.m.
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.
Day 8: Memphis, TN
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
The American Queen will arrive in Memphis today, just in time for the Memphis in May Festival. Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the festival and then return home to the comforts of your home away from home, the American Queen.
Day 9: Disembark in Memphis, TN
Disembark in Memphis and enjoy the city or continue your journey home.
Blues & Barbecue
Blues music and the aroma of barbeque fill the air. Join us as we explore the birth of blues and its history in this region. Along the way enjoy all that’s good about Southern barbecue!