November 8-16, 2020
Antebellum South River Cruise
A relaxing river cruise on the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the American Queen. Highlights include one night pre-voyage hotel stay in New Orleans and visits to Nottoway Plantation, Vicksburg Mississippi and Greenville Mississippi to name a few. Option for post voyage package in Memphis.
Booking Deadline: July 17, 2020
|Stateroom Category||Double Occupancy Rate Per Person|
|DS Deluxe Suite||$6,509|
|D Deluxe Bay Window||$5,399|
All non-members must add $60 to the above rate
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full-fare passengers. The Post Voyage Package is based on a minimum of 10 full-fare paying passengers and requires a minimum of 10 full-fare paying passengers to operate.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to airport
- Seven nights aboard the AMERICAN QUEEN
- All onboard meals and entertainment
- Roundtrip airfare from local airport/New Orleans, LA/Memphis, TN/local airport
- One night pre-voyage hotel stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside
- Transfers airport/hotel
- Onboard gratuities
- Baggage handling
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
OPTIONAL POST VOYAGE PACKAGE - COMPLETE
MEMPHIS EXPERIENCE - INCLUDED FEATURES:
- The Elvis Experience
- Self-guided iPad tour through Graceland Mansion
- Graceland Platinum ticket
- Walking Beale Street tour
- Two night deluxe accommodations at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
- 2 breakfasts, 1 authentic Memphis-style BBQ meal at Blues City Café on Beale Street
- 3-day trolley pass for transportation throughout Downtown Memphis
- Exclusive attraction pass to Legendary Sun Studio, Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum, & The National Civil Rights Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
A taste of the true south – memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. You will arrive via air to New Orleans International Airport where you will be transported to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day on your own in New Orleans.
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.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in what is known as the Florida Parishes of Louisiana. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790s. 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.
This charming river town 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. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America”.
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.
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.
Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis. Today, you will disembark and be transferred to the Memphis International Airport for your return flight home, or you can choose to continue your American Queen journey with an additional three days and two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle. The Complete Memphis Experience includes two nights at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel, which is just a short trolley ride to Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul, and the Blues. Visit the Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum before heading to the legendary Sun Studio. This special package also includes a visit to the Historic Peabody Hotel to see the world famous Peabody Duck Parade.
*Please see your Travel Agent to reserve your choice of shore excursions.*
Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
Domestic flights traveling after October 1, 2020 require U.S. citizens to travel using a REAL ID or a passport.
Deposit of $1,000 per cabin will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by June 27, 2020.
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus…
From day of deposit – July 10, 2020 $250 per person/$500 per cabin, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
From July 11 – August 9, 2020 25% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
From August 10 – September 8, 2020 50% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
From September 9 – October 8, 2020 75% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
After October 8, 2020 NON-REFUNDABLE
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Average temperature in the Lower Mississippi area for November is in the 70's. Daytime, casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Evenings require casual or semiformal attire.
Two suitcases per person will be allowed by the cruise line. You may also bring a small carry-on bag. Baggage fees and other charges may be assessed by airlines at the airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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