American Duchess - Memphis to New Orleans

  • 9 Days

  • Southern USA

This nine-day adventure takes you on a stirring tour of the Deep South. Journeying down the iconic Mississippi River, we open your eyes to some of the most important eras in America's past. Visit Graceland, the home of the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll', tour the South's largest remaining sugar cane estate and explore the African-American experience during the challenging Antebellum period. You will travel on the elegant American Duchess, enjoying dramatic landscapes, quaint towns and plenty of southern hospitality along the way.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 18th March 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

This nine-day tour takes you on a stirring tour of the Deep South. Journeying down the iconic Mississippi River, we open your eyes to some of the most important eras in America's past. Visit Graceland, the home of the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll', tour the South's largest remaining sugar cane estate and explore the African-American experience during the challenging Antebellum period. You will travel on the elegant American Duchess, enjoying dramatic landscapes, quaint towns and plenty of southern hospitality along the way.

At a glance

  • Memphis
  • Helena
  • Vicksburg
  • Natchez
  • Baton Rouge
  • St Francisville
  • Nottoway
  • New Orleans

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in New Orleans

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Memphis

On arrival in Memphis you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. The evening is free for you to relax or explore the city. The hotel hospitality desk is open from 1pm to 8pm if you need information or sightseeing suggestions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Memphis

After breakfast head to the Voyage Check-In area where a representative will arrange your transfers to the vessel later that day. Use the remainder of your time in Memphis to explore. You may want to join the premium morning city tour to Graceland and Beale Street, or choose to tour the city at your own pace. Embankment onto American Duchess begins at 3.30pm.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Helena

Your first stop along the Mississippi River is the small town of Helena in Arkansas. Today’s sightseeing includes the Delta Cultural Center, where you can learn more about the Delta through interactive exhibits. You will see historic architecture at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Pillow-Thompson House, as well as exploring the town’s cultural history at Freedom Park and the Helena Museum of Phillips County.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Vicksburg

Arrive in Vicksburg, a southern town with plenty of history. Described by Abraham Lincoln as the ‘Key to the South’, this Civil War city is home to a number of museums, including the Old Court House Museum, Anchuca Mansion, the Old Depot Museum and the Lower Mississippi River Museum. As Vicksburg is the town where Coca-Cola was first bottled, today’s shore excursions also include the very popular Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Natchez

Today your journey brings you to Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Learn more about your surroundings with a day of guided sightseeing. Your shore excursions include several 19th century mansions as well as a visit to the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum. Here you can view poignant multimedia exhibits on Afro-Americans during the Civil War and Civil Rights era. Continue your learning at the William Johnson House Museum, which showcases diary extracts from a former freed slave.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Baton Rouge

Louisiana’s capital, Baton Rouge is a city with a rich culture and poignant history. Home to the largest building in the United States and a number of antebellum mansions, the city is great for sightseeing. Spend the day exploring what Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and architecture to the shops and southern cuisine. You can explore Louisiana’s cultural heritage at the Capitol Park Museum and LSU Museum of Art, and there is an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the Mississippi River from the iconic State Capitol building. The Old Arsenal Museum and St. Joseph Cathedral are also included in your shore excursions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

St Francisville

Experience Louisiana’s southern charm in the small town of St. Francisville. Your day begins at Royal Street in the heart of the Historic District. Spend some time wandering around admiring the 19th century architecture. There are a number of quirky cafes and boutiques for you to enjoy, including Grandmother Buttons, a unique shop that offers jewellery made from 100 year-old buttons. Browse the local art at the Harrington Gallery, or for a little history, you can visit the former magistrate’s office, Market Hall.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Nottoway

Today, take a step back to 18th Century America at the Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining sugar cane estate. Nicknamed the ‘The White Castle of Louisiana’, this grand plantation sits in a great location along the great River Road, overlooking the grand Mississippi River. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, including the ‘White Ballroom’ and its beautiful landscaped gardens.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

New Orleans - UK

Disembark in New Orleans and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your stay in the city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Memphis: Peabody Memphis or similar

Notes

All included excursions are subject to change.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Your ship

American Duchess

The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.

Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accomodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.

Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining onboard is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The Grill, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Classic
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 80
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Gross tonnage: 3560
  • Length (m): 103
  • Launch year: 2017
Available cabins on this cruise
2017 Loft Suites with Private Balcony (AD - LFS)

The spacious, elegant Loft Suites are your new home away from home. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. A large picture window in front of the staircase affords river views from the upper level bedroom. These expansive suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in our grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Loft Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Details

  • 550 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (2) Full Bathrooms with Tub/Shower Combination
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Observation Deck
  • Exclusive Commodore Services including personal River Butler

2017 Owners Suites with Private Balcony (AD - OS)

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, the 2-room Owner's Suites will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Slide open the glass doors, accessible from both the bedroom and lounge areas, and step out onto your expansive, private balcony to unwind and take in the beauty of riverside America. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a queen sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in the grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Owner's Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Details

  • 550 sq. ft with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (1) Full Bathroom with Tub/Shower Combination
  • (1) Half Bathroom
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin Deck
  • Exclusive Commodore Services including personal River Butler

2017 Deluxe Suites with Private Balcony (AD - DS)

The 2-room Deluxe Suites give you the feeling of a fine estate home. Upon entry you will discover a lounge area with half bath, a queen sofa-bed and small desk area. Off of the lounge you will enter your private bedroom complete with a full bath, plentiful closet space and sliding doors to your private balcony. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up and read through the River Times, their daily program, to discover the delights that await you.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 450 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • (1) Full Bathroom with Tub/Shower Combination
  • (1) Half Bathroom
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa-bed and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • (2) Flat-screen TVs
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

2017 Veranda Suites with Private Balcony (AD - VS)

The Veranda Suites offer the perfect respite from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your desk or relax on the couch, slide open the doors to your private balcony and peacefully watch the river banks of America's heartland drift by. Enjoy the finest amenities in these luxurious accommodations featuring generous closet space and a full bathroom.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 240-330 sq. ft. with Private Balcony
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • Full Bathroom with Shower
  • Furnished Lounge Area with Sofa and Desk
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Sliding Glass Doors to Balcony
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

2017 Interior Suites (AD - IS)

Surrounded by every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entry to the welcoming Inside Suites. These tranquil retreats feature ample closet space, a full bathroom and a curtain divider to provide optional privacy between your sleeping space and seating area.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Details

  • 180-200 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
  • Full Bathroom with Shower
  • Furnished Seating Area
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker and Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cabin and Observation Decks

Life onboard

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. 

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