ANTEBELLUM SOUTH ONBOARD AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT

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Experience authentic Southern culture as you cruise through the South on the Lower Mississippi River. You feel as if time stands still as you explore the culture and history of the area. From the early 1800’s until the Civil War, the country’s economy began shifting and a cotton boom made plantations the center of southern commerce. With its rich soil, warm climate and ample moisture, the land is among the most fertile in the world and agriculture flourishes.

From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, all along the great River Road, sugar cane is still grown as it was a century ago. In the late 1800’s Mark Twain noted on his adventures down the mighty Mississippi that there were so many plantations and dwellings along the river that is looked like a spacious street. Towering homes lay nestled in large patches of moss-draped oak trees and still today, you can catch a glimpse of what Mark Twain once saw as you journey along on one of our river cruises and then tour the historic locations and iconic plantation homes.

FLY, CRUISE & STAY PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Return economy airfare to New Orleans, return from Memphis#
  • 3 Nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in New Orleans#
  • 7 Night Antebellum South cruise onboard American Queen from New Orleans to Memphis
  • All meals onboard including both fine dining & casual cuisine
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Complimentary selected wine or beer with dinner onboard
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
  • Broadway style entertainment
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • River history by our Riverlorian
  • 2 Nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Memphis with breakfast#
  • Air taxes, Port charges and Government fees
  • Onboard gratuities
E – Inside Stateroom  $6,099*pp  
D – Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window  $8,399*pp  
A – Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda  $9,399*pp

Offer Ends: 31 March 2019

Secure your American Queen Steamboat with travel key today on 1300 852 182

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Disclaimer:

*Conditions apply. Prices are per person, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. Offer correct as at 08 Feb19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views and Suite cabins comprises Junior Suites, Mini Suites and any other type of suite that represents the best value for each cruise. ~Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare and taxes within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Air taxes are included in package price and are subject to change depending on departure city. Airfare subject to change depending on departure city. Onboard gratuities are included and may not be removed from pricing. #Land & air arrangements are based on 2019 prices and as such are subject to change until bookable later in the year. ^^2019/20 Early Booking Discount ‘International Promo’ is per person, amount varies per cruise, is valid
on selected categories and is included in advertised price until 31 March 2019. For new bookings only, cancellation penalties and conditions apply. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. Cancellation penalties & conditions apply. Discount is included in advertised price. An ESTA visa is required for travel to the USA & Canada and is the responsibility of the passenger to obtain this before travel. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level - please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees not included. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer ends 31Mar19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Please note only residents with an Australian address are eligible to book Australian rates in Australian dollars.
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TOUR DETAILS

26 Jun 2020: Fly from Australia to New Orleans
Make own way from airport to hotel & check-in

26 June 2020: 3 night stay in New Orleans
Enjoy New Orleans at own Leisure

29 June 2020: Embark American Queen
Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!

30 June 2020: Nottoway, LA
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.

01 July 2020: St. Francisville, LA
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.

02 July 2020: Natchez, MS
This charming river town 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 enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

03 July 2020: Vicksburg, MS
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.

04 July 2020: Greenville, MS
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.

05 July 2020: Leisurely River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies’ Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen’s Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen’s Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!

06 July 2020: Memphis, TN
Arrival 8:00 AM

06 July 2020: Memphis, TN
Make own way from airport to hotel & check-in

07 July 2020: 2 night stay in Memphis
Enjoy Memphis at leisure

08 July 2020: Own way from Hotel to Airport for flight home to Australia