Memphis to New Orleans
March 19 - 28, 2023 (10 Days)
Airfare ABQ to Memphis / New Orleans to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
All airport/hotel/ship transfers
Transportation by deluxe motor coach
7-night cruise with all meals onboard
2 nights lodging at excellent hotels
Shipboard gratuities (not 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)
*Cat E - Double Occupancy per person
DEPOSIT: $500 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 11, 2022
$250 through November 11, 2022
25%* - November 12 - December 13, 2022
50%* - December 14, 2022 - January 13, 2023
75%* - January 14 - February 14, 2023
100%* - after February 14, 2023
*Percentage of total price
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’ll enjoy an overnight stay at the pre-cruise hotel in Memphis. The evening is ours to get acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.
DAY 2 D
In the morning, we have free time to explore Memphis, home of Elvis Presley. Later, it’s time to start our voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime.
DAY 3 B,L,D
We cruise the ‘Big Muddy’ and see the many small towns that have inspired authors, musicians and painters. Today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. We stop in Greenville, center of Mississippi delta history.
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
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 7 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 8 B,L,D
Nottoway Plantation 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
We disembark in New Orleans and overnight, allowing us time to explore this fascinating city.
Today we fly home, remembering our wonderful trip on the Mississippi River.
Itinerary subject to change