AUTHENTIC AMERICA
 MISSISSIPPI STEAMBOAT CRUISE

7th - 29th August 2021
22 Days New Orleans to Redwing
Cruise Aboard The American Countess All Port Taxes, Meals & Touring Included
 


Cruise-Stay Package Prices Includes: · 1 night hotel accommodation pre-cruise with breakfast and taxes  · One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day  · 21 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from New Orleans to Red Wing  · All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine  · Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call  · 24-Hour Room Service onboard cruise  · Complimentary wine and beer with dinner onboard  · This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches  · Port charges of approximately USD $599 per person  · Prepaid ships gratuities 

From US$7964 per person share twin*  

AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI- Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Traveling on the Mississippi and its tributaries, you will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities combine with the sweeping panoramas that inspired the works of Mark Twain. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be explored, and after three fabulous weeks of historic discovery, you will forever be changed. This voyage is packed with special events, such as blues by Memphis legend Joyce Cobb and her band, a solo cabaret by Glenn Springs, and a homespun show by Dave Para and Cathy Barton featuring a variety of stringed instruments. Two beloved historic figures come to life through expert tribute artists Lewis Hankins, as Mark Twain, and George Buss, as President Abraham Lincoln. Guest favorite Michaelyn Oby puts her own spin on songs by Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, and others, while even more blues will come from Big A and the All-Stars featuring Anthony Sherrod. If you love classic pop, be sure to catch Phil Westbrook’s musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me.” That’s just a sampling of the many gems to be enjoyed on this amazing journey, where the past meets the present and the river provides the perfect backdrop for friends old and new to celebrate this beautiful land.

 

GENERAL ITINERARY:


Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA: 

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: New Orleans, LA: 

New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Day 3: Nottoway Plantation: 

American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 4: St. Francisville, LA: 

St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, 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. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 5: Natchez, MS: 

It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”  SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS:  

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 7: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Greenville, TN: 

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 8: River Cruising:

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 available on board. Gaze at beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life.

Day 9: Memphis, TN: 

Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.

Day 10: River Cruising:

Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 11: New Madrid, MO: 

New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 12: Paducah, KY: 

In the hands of artists, modern Paducah was thrown into form. Fingertips muddied with passion and eased by the vision of river water glided along the surface to pull up the community and create the National Quilt Museum. Residents backstitch past into present, then bind appreciation for culture – ensuring that the seams of history will not soon come undone. The people of Paducah have taken great care to orchestrate every crevice of its community into a symphony of craft and color. Life is a work of art, and the town of Paducah certainly is alive and well. Feast in this foodies’ fantasy. Uncover mastership. Catch a glimpse of Paducah. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 13: Cape Girardeau, MO: 

Cape Girardeau has shown hospitality to the likes of Mark Twain, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and now greets our guests in the same vein. Peeking through the long-standing architecture and handsome panoramas are moments that will mature into golden memories. They say sometimes the little things make the biggest impact, and here, a million little things have built an empire. Take time to dance among the light of day or pedal along the sliver of bike lanes that strip along city streets. Embrace legends, discover a simpler time and relive the wonders of the past. Here, exploration of young America is at your fingertips. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 14: Chester, IL:

 Let the us transport you back to the good ol’ days – an era of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons. Before he sailed the Seven Seas, Popeye the Sailor Man was but a twinkle in the eye of Elzie Segar, a Chester native. This is your opportunity to seize nostalgia in the birthplace of one tough gazookus. Chester not only groomed Segar’s creative talent, but also acted as a muse, providing character inspiration in the form of its own residents. So, enjoy the origin of this childhood classic and keep good behavior – that’s your one life-saver with Popeye the Sailor Man – toot-toot. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 15: St. Louis, MO: 

St. Louis, famously referred to as the Gateway City, is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultural traditions each one brings forth. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.

Day 16: Alton (St. Louis), IL: 

This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic, but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance. Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer. 

Day 17: Hannibal, MO: 

Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal’s past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi,” and the town’s preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 18: River Cruising: 

Because history plays such a large part of your river cruise experience, spend some time with our onboard Riverlorian to gain insight into our nation’s history and heritage. Relive a tale from Mark Twain, or simply enjoy fascinating stories, facts and fables about the very stretch of river on which you are cruising.

Day 19: Clinton, IA: 

At the height of its economy during the late 19th century, Clinton was regarded as the lumber capital of the nation. Today, agriculture plays a big part in Clinton’s economy, which is visible in beautiful rolling fields filled in late summer with luscious, fresh harvest crops. Explore the history of this fascinating river town, and discover a lifestyle that will stand out from today’s norm. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 20: Dubuque, IA : 

Explore Dubuque, the roots from which Iowa sprouted. It’s brimming with opportunity for river travelers to experience an All-America City. Check off your outdoor bucket list in the perfect nature getaway for any adventure, and explore historic districts peppered with preserved history. From the architectural delight of Tiffany-designed windows in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to the exhibits of the Dubuque Museum of Art, this city captures artistry. Victorian meets bohemian in this ever-growing Mississippi River gem that’s sure to leave dazzling memories. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 21: La Crosse, WI: 

This river town has a long-standing romance with the steamboat era, and as our paddlewheeler kisses its port, guests are welcomed by its eye-catching vistas and expansive waterfront park. Within its depths, La Crosse harbors a vibrant community; the cultural exchange among it and its six sister cities showcases a deep appreciation for enrichment through diversity. Influences from far-off destinations such as Bantry, Ireland, and Bavaria, Germany, woven into the history and charm of this scenic port, will certainly stir a traveler’s soul. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 22: Red Wing, MN: 

Red Wing was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of the world’s most historic places. The city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and pioneers who occupied the land before today, or admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the present and the past. A walk through the city streets showcases an array of elegant hanging flower baskets from which shades of red, purple, orange and pink drape. Also home to the famous Red Wing Shoes, this is a place you’re going to love to explore. SEE INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

Day 23: Red Wing, MN: 

Red Wing was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of the world’s most historic places. The city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and pioneers who occupied the land before today, or admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the present and the past. A walk through the city streets showcases an array of elegant hanging flower baskets from which shades of red, purple, orange and pink drape. Also home to the famous Red Wing Shoes, this is a place you’re going to love to explore.

EARLYBIRD DEALS

Interior Stateroom (E) From US$7964 per person share twin

Single Cabins  From US$13851**  per person

Outside Stateroom  With Open Veranda (B) From US$12619 per person share twin

Deluxe Outside Stateroom  with Private Veranda (A) From US$13474  per person share twin

* Earlybird Deals are available for Sale until 30 June, and require a US$1500 per person deposit
** Please note Solo Traveller Prices: Category E: US$13851, Category B: US$23161, Category A: US$24871


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