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Southern Grandeur

April 22–30, 2018

Tour Operator: Go Next

Activity Level: Easy

Relax into the heat, history and hospitality of the Southern Mississippi on this week-long river-boating experience aboard the stately American Queen. From hoppin’ blues bars to Civil War battlefields, Southern culture is on full display as you cruise south from Memphis to New Orleans.


Day 1

Fly to Memphis and explore this fascinating city.

Day 2

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen.

Day 3
Helena, Arkansas

The queen of the Arkansas Delta, Helena is filled with fascinating 19th-century architecture from before and after the legendary Battle of Helena. The Delta Cultural Center lays out Helena’s antebellum roots and is also home to King Biscuit Time, the nation’s longest running blues radio program.

Day 4
River Cruising

Discover river cruising — a lifestyle born of both restless ambition and the pursuit of pure relaxation. Aboard the American Queen, the richness of this timeless river culture comes with plenty of added modern luxuries as you cruise the day and night away at one of the distinctive dining venues, the impressive Grand Saloon or your elegant stateroom.

Day 5
Vicksburg, Mississippi

Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.

Day 6
Natchez, Mississippi

One of the oldest European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is a charming and authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British and Spanish descent.

Day 7
St. Francisville, Louisiana

With over 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to history. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows and the Turnbulls — families who helped build the South.

Day 8
Oak Alley, Louisiana

Located in Saint James Parish, Oak Alley plantation combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of 300-year-old oak trees. Walk its antebellum halls, spend time strolling beneath its canopy of trees and learn about the rich history of this Southern estate.

Day 9
New Orleans

Disembark and bid farewell to the American Queen.

Cost Details

Cruise rates start at $1,699 and vary by cabin category. Please see tour brochure for details.

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I love cruises because we only have to unpack once. There is a nice balance between activities and free time.
Claudia and Russell, ’65, Christensen

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