Bourbon, Blues & The Mighty Mississippi Steamboat
Onboard American Steamboat Company - American Queen
Hays Cruise Extras
  • International flights from the UK
  • All Overseas Transfers
  • 2 night pre stay hotel in Memphis
  • 7 nights full board plus Mississippi Steamboat - MEM > MSY
  • 2 night post stay in New Orleans
  • Authentic paddlewheel riverboats
  • Regionally inspired fine dining
  • Broadway-caliber entertainment & enrichment
  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions
  • Free internet
  • 24 hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities and port fees
Why book…
  • While in Memphis why not explore the Victorian Village for a look at 18th century Victorian-style homes that were once filled with riverboat tycoons and cotton magnates, and have now been carefully restored and are available for visitors to tour
  • Wander the streets of the French Quarter and visit restaurants serving traditional Creole fare and listen to street musicians playing lively Jazz
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
American Queen, the largest steamboat in the world, is inspired by the grand riverboats of the past. Combining the design and charm of America's Victorian Era with modern facilities and exciting on-board entertainment; American Queen offers an unforgettable experience for lovers of nature and history. Sample some of the best in American cuisine with a delicious range of sweet and savoury treats available throughout the day. The award-winning entertainment on American Queen offers a mesmerising insight into the culture and heritage of the Deep South. With exciting shore excursions, expertly-designed accommodation, and enchanting Mark Twain tales as you sail, you'll truly feel like you're travelling through time.

Food
Experience traditional American dining on board American Queen. The spacious and traditional J M White Dining Room is the centrepiece of the ship serving tasty breakfasts, varied lunch menus, and five-course dinners. Front Porch Cafe is a more relaxed setting serving classic American dishes and traditional favourites, alongside a menu of tasty ice creams and American cookies. Complimentary in-room dining service is available 24 hours a day - so you can eat whenever you wish in the comfort of your cabin.

Drink
The American Queen offers complimentary cappuccinos, espressos, bottled waters, and soft drinks throughout your stay on board. Enjoy complimentary wine, sourced from the Pacific Northwest, and local beers to accompany your dinner.

Entertainment
The ship's very own Riverlorian is on board each voyage to provide you with important history and exciting insights; while a diverse selection of guest historians transport you through the culture and heritage of America's Heartland and the Deep South. The fitness centre offers a range of facilities to help you maintain your exercise routine. Unwind after a busy day at AQ Spa by Pevonia and make the most of the extensive menu of treatments. The American Queen's impressive Grand Saloon spans two decks and is the setting for the spectacular evening entertainment; comprising a variety of acts, cabaret performances, musical revues, and unique College on the Mississippi shows. After the show, head to the Engine Room Bar and dance the night away to jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country, and rock'n'roll music. Alternatively, visit the Main Deck Lounge and join a lively piano sing-a-long.
Day 1: UK to Memphis, Tennessee
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Memphis and be transferred to the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel for a two-night stay. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment. American Steamboat Company's Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Memphis.
Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is set on the Mississippi river and combines history and a host of attractions for visitors to uncover. The city is well-known for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll that originated there, so it's worth paying a visit to B.B. King's Blues Club for a taste of Tennessee nightlife. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is also a top spot for an insight into the real name of rock 'n' roll; here you can find the roots of the rhythms that move us to this day, from the funky sounds of soul to the irresistible beat of rock. History lovers can pay a visit to Cotton Row and relive the days of cotton traders and discover how their empires were created and how cotton changed the nation. Explore the Victorian Village for a look at 18th century Victorian-style homes that were once filled with riverboat tycoons and cotton magnates, and have now been carefully restored and are available for visitors to tour.
Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee (Embarkation Day)
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river. If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk (Open at 8:30 AM!) for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time, and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin. It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!
Day 4: Port if the Mississippi Delta / Terrene Landing, Missouri
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.
Day 5: Vicksburg, Missouri
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Included Excursions: Church of the Holy Trinity This Episcopal Church is more than 125 years old and houses six Tiffany stained-glass windows. This incredible church spans over 125 feet long, is 52 feet wide, and reaches 61 feet high to the apex of the roof. The church was constructed in Norman style, finished in red brick, though it showcases zigzag tracery which was highly unique to the style at the time. The stained glass windows may be the main draw – there are 34. They were given as memorials and six of them were created by Tiffany Studios in New York under the supervision of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Anchuca Mansion Anchuca, meaning “happy home” is one of the most significant antebellum homes in Vicksburg and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1830 and provided shelter for those suffering during the War. The word Anchuca derives from an Indian word meaning, “happy home”, which is the exact vibe this home gives off. Built in 1830 by politician J.W. Mauldin, Anchuca is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the war, the house was used as a shelter for those who had suffered. Tour the home and its beautiful furnishings. Old Court House Museum Built in 1858, this building stands as the most historic structure in Vicksburg, hosting speakers and guests like Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, and others! Construction for this colossal courthouse began in 1858 and was completed miraculously just two years later in 1860 for $100,000. It was restored by Eva Whitaker Davis after the tornado of 1953 swept through Mississippi. Now, the courthouse is filled with countless artifacts including, confederate flags, portraits, the trophy antlers won by steamboat Robert E. Lee in an 1870 race, an original Teddy Bear given by Theodore Roosevelt, and much more! Lower Mississippi River Museum Listen to the risks and benefits of life surrounding the Mississippi River and learn the Federal Government’s role the Mississippi River’s past and present. This museum’s mission is to show the role of the government in Mississippi’s past and future, to maintain a healthy river. Guests can explore showcases of the history of Vicksburg and the region or exhibits about the 1927 flood and how it affected Vicksburg and the Mississippi River. Learn about the fish of the river up close in the museum’s 1,515 gallon aquarium or choose your own adventure on the river with the Mississippi Trail Interactive exhibit! (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) Yesterday's Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum This museum was featured in Southern Living, Delta Magazine and Dolls Magazine. Enjoy a self-guided tour featuring over 1,000 dolls and toys dating back to 1843. At the Biedenharn Coca-ColaTM Museum, enjoy the wide variety of Coca-ColaTM memorabilia in an authentic candy store and soda fountain setting. This building is where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894.
Day 6: Natchez, Missouri
Included Excursions: Rosalie Mansion Built in 1823, this was a Union headquarters for Natchez during the Civil War built in 1823. This 1716 mansion was built by the French as a fort on the bluffs of Natchez. The Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution have since gained ownership and have been maintaining the house and grounds since 1938. On this guided tour, hear the history of the house and the artifacts from an expert tour guide dressed in period clothing. Guests can explore the extensive gardens, gift shop, library, or carriage house before they leave. Natchez Visitor’s Center Learn about the river in this beautiful southern town, visit exhibits, or shop at the gift shop! Enjoy a short, 20-minute video in the Visitor’s Center Theater and hear about the history of Natchez upon arrival. Then, explore the building at your leisure. At the entrance a scaled display model of the city is showcased. Stop in the office for some general information and questions about the town and its history, including town highlights and points of interest. William Johnson House Museum An incredible, historic 3-story brick house constructed after the 1840 Natchez tornado. William Johnson was known as the “Barber of Natchez”; he began as a slave and gained his freedom at age eleven. After his freedom, he began to work his way up in society, eventually becoming almost fully accepted within society. As the town barber, William Johnson was able to hear the stories and gossip of many of the residents, which he documented in his diary for more than 16 years. His 3-story brick home was built in 1840 and showcases many. Magnolia Hall This fully restored mansion was owned by a wealthy cotton broker and merchant and was built in 1858. This Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1858. The house was built before the breakout of the Civil War in town but did suffer some damage – a cannon ball was actually launched into their kitchen! It is now fully restored – the main floor offers a showcase of many antiques and furnishings and the upper floors offer a costume collection located in the Historic Clothing Museum. Tour the house and then stop in the gift shop for some souvenirs. Stanton Hall A magnificent, Antebellum Greek Revival Mansion built on an entire city block of Natchez. Irish Immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton built this Palatial Greek Revival mansion in 1857. It was appraised at $83,000 during that period, even before it was furnished. Take a 30-minute tour of the house – which takes up the entire block and is fully furnished. Afterwards you can stop for lunch in the Carriage House Restaurant, known for their fine southern cuisine. King's Tavern and Charbonneau Distillery Step off the motorcoach and walk through the front gate leading to the second floor porch of this 1789 building - the oldest structure in the city of Natchez. Join us for an American Queen exclusive tour of King's Tavern - a newly opened restaurant and bar, owned by Regina Charbonneau, a nationally renowned chef, and her husband Doug. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the distillery followed by a guided tour of the bar, located just next door. Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum View photographs and artifacts or hear the history of African-American heritage in Natchez and Adams County. Here, learn the history and culture of the African Americans in Natchez over time. Guests can hear the stories or explore the many exhibits that portray the hardships that African Americans suffered and those that prevailed in a time period which allowed for minimal success to the entire race. Add another dimension of Natchez history by stopping at this museum.
Day 7: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana has rich cultural history. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the tallest in the United States. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day! Included Excursions: USS Kidd DD-661 Known as the “Pirate of the Pacific,” she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor men and women of our American armed forces. Just a short walk from the American Queen’sdock, guests can explore a Fletcher-Class Destroyer that fought in many battles in U.S. history. Named after Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship during Pearl Harbor, the USS Kidd has received 8 battle stars for WWII service and four battle stars for Korean War service. This 2,050 ton, 376 foot-long vessel has since been converted into a museum, with exhibits of extensive collections of war artifacts, ship models, memorial hall, real fighter planes, bombers and memorials. Capitol Park Museum Here you can step onto a simulated Mardi Gras float, discover the difference between Cajun and Creole, and experience multimedia presentations of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. This impressive museum showcases collections of visual arts, jazz, costumes, textiles, and artifacts from Louisiana history. It was founded in 1906 and holds over 450,000 artifacts and works of arts. Permanent exhibits include: “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond,” “Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America,” and “Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana”. Louisiana’s State Capitol The tallest capitol building in the nation was constructed during the Depression. Get a birds-eye view of the city and mighty Mississippi River from the 27th floor observation deck. This prime example of Art Deco Architecture was extremely popular in the 1930’s and stands 450 feet tall. The building holds 34 floors making it the tallest state capital in the United States. Guests can admire the uniquely constructed rooms throughout the building or take a ride up to the 34th floor to the observation deck where an impressive panoramic view of the city can be found. LSU Museum of Art Located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts, the LSU Museum of Art seeks to enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education. Founded in 1959, the Louisiana State University Museum of Art has been fully accredited by the AAM and offers over 14 impressive galleries. Admire showcases from American, European, British, Chinese, and African influences and over 5,000 art pieces. Learn about the history of art and the influences it has on modern art styles and explore the extensive collection of original paintings, sculptures, photography, and more! Louisiana’s Old State Capitol A Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. This incredible building has withstood war, fire, scandal, and abandonment. It is now referred to as the Museum of Political History and has received awards for the architecture, exhibits, and preservation. Learn the history of Louisiana’s capital city, art, culture, and politics while you explore the original artifacts and interactive exhibits! Louisiana Art & Science Museum Hop off at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to explore the new and exciting displays and exhibits they have to offer. The museum features more than 4,000 piece of art and artifacts. Temporary displays of selected objects from the permanent collection are often on view in two small galleries. Also on display in the Ancient Egypt Gallery - one of the museum’s most popular year-round attractions - is a mummy dating back to 300 BC, resting inside a reconstructed Ptolemaic era tomb. You won’t want to miss this incredible stop!
Day 8: St Francisville, Louisiana
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. Included Excursions: Royal Street Guests can hop off here and walk over to The Republic of West Florida Historical Site. Or choose to stroll into Grandmother’s Buttons, a very unique southern boutique. Take a stroll down Royal Street at any of the shops or just to admire the beautiful trees and houses. Or stop into Grandmother’s Buttons – a unique boutique that offers jewelry made out of 100 year old buttons. Inside the store, you can visit the button museum to learn the history of the business and the inspirations of the art. The store is located inside of a former historic bank lobby with 16-foot ceilings and a bank vault, even if jewelry is not in your plans – the architecture is beautiful! Old Market Hall Become steeped in southern charm and local artistry. Stop at Harrington Gallery to experience one-of-a-kind paintings and beautiful pieces by local artists. Visit the Shanty Too, a quaint boutique featuring artisan jewelry and gifts. The structure was built in 1819 and has a beautiful open layout. Now, the building is used as a market center for the town to host their small businesses. Every day is different, you may see anything from jewelry and makeup, scarves and dresses, or snacks and produce! West Feliciana Historical Society Museum Learn about St. Francisville and Louisiana’s history and culture. Also, feel free to stop at the West Feliciana Parish Library and relax with a good book or newspaper. This museum is dedicated to the history, people, and architectures of West Feliciana Parish. Built inside a former hardware store built in 1896, the Historical Society Museum displays many artifacts, photos, costumes, and articles all portraying the history of St. Francisville. Just across the street, you can stop in any of the fine boutiques and shops! Grace Episcopal Church Originally built in 1827, this restored Gothic structure is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Louisiana. Learn about its significance during the Civil War and its’ historical Civil War cemetery. Built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1893 after the Union caused heavy damage in 1863, Grace Episcopal Church stands tall in St. Francisville. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the church and the grounds and make sure to check out the organ located inside – it dates all the way back to 1860! This church is one of the state’s oldest Protestant churches that still stand today.
Day 9: Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana
Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the Great River Road, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery. Included Excursions: Nottoway Plantation Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. The mansion flaunts three-floors, 64-bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its’ nickname—“The White Castle of Louisiana.” The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white and displays elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings—one for each day of the year. Enjoy a guided walking tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.
Day 10: New Orleans, Louisiana
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to your four-star hotel, Hotel Monteleone, for a two-night stay to explore New Orleans.
Day 11: New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans — known as the 'Crescent City' and the 'Big Easy' — sits on the Mississippi River and is home to world-class restaurants, lush green landscapes and a vibrant music and night-time scene. Wander the streets of the French Quarter and visit restaurants serving traditional Creole fare and listen to street musicians playing lively Jazz. Take a steamboat cruise along the river, visit historic Jackson Square or experience the carnival atmosphere of Mardi Gras World.
Day 12: New Orleans, Louisiana to UK
Today your adventure comes to an end. After check out be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.
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February 2020 - 11 Nights - Flying from selected UK airports to Memphis
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