Memphis to New Orleans
March 28 - April 8, 2021 (10 Days)
PRICES START AT $2995 PER PERSON
Airfare ABQ to Memphis / New Orleans to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
All airport/hotel/ship transfers
Transportation by deluxe motor coach
8-night cruise with all meals onboard
2 nights at excellent hotels
Shipboard gratuities (mot including optional activities)
Admission to all listed attractions
Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
Government fees and air taxes
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
DEPOSIT: $500 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 22, 2019
$250 - Through November 22, 2019
50%* - November 23 – January 23, 2020
75%* - January 24 – February 21, 2020
100% - After February 21, 2020
*Percentage of total price
STARTING AT $172
Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles on the American Queen. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere - in silent Civil War cemeteries, and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course, The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We enjoy our stay at our pre-cruise hotel. The evening is ours to get self-acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.
DAY 2 D
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river. 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 3 B,L,D
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse the Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.
DAY 4 B,L,D
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by 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.
DAY 5 B,L,D
Natchez is a charming river town that was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.
DAY 6 B,L,D
Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. 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!
DAY 7 B,L,D
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! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
DAY 8 B,L,D
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 overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.
DAY 9 B
Today we fly home, remembering our wonderful trip on the Mississippi River.
Itinerary subject to change