American Queen

15 day sample itinerary

Deep South Discover and American Queen Cruise

Discover the Deep South

Experience some of the Deep South's most interesting destinations as you journey from Country Music capital Nashville to the Jazz filled streets of New Orleans. Your 15 day adventure will start in the Country music Mecca that is Nashville where you can explore the lively Honk-tonks along Broadway, learn more about the history of this very American music tradition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and experience it first hand at the Grand Ole Opry. From Nashville hit the open road as you make your way to Memphis, known as the Birthplace of Rock n Roll. Discover Sun Studios where Elvis recorded his first record and visit to his former home Graceland before boarding historic paddle steamer, the American Queen for a luxurious seven day steamboat voyaged down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Your Mississippi river expedition will include plenty of stops along the way at some of the fascinating cities and sights which thrive on the banks of this might river. Take advantage of the included standard shore excursions or upgrade to a premium shore excursion for an unforgettable Deep South experience. Round out your adventure with a stay in vibrant New Orleans where you can discover the cobbled streets and hanging balconies of the historic French Quarter, the beautiful mansions of the Garden District and the lively bars of Bourbon Street.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Visit a Nashville Honky Tonk on Broadway
  • Experience the livley atmosphere of Beale Street in Memphis
  • Cruise down the Mississippi River on a traditional paddle steamer
  • Take a stroll through New Orleans' Historic French Quarter

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
15 days
Destination Breakdown
  • Nashville

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Historic RCA Studio B
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Southern cuisine
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Elvis' former home Graceland
    • National Civil Rights Museum
    • Memphis BBQ
    • Lively Beale Street
    • Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Luxury Mississippi River cruise
    • Standard shore excursions included in every port of call
    • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian (on board history and culture expert)
    • Broadway worthy on board entertainment
    • Lavish award-winning dining on board the American Queen
  • New Orleans

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Historic French Quarter
    • Creole and Cajun cuisine
    • Vibrant Bourbon Street
    • Beautiful Garden District
    • St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Nashville

The State Capital of Tennessee, Nashville is famous for its strong connection to country music. Explore some of Music City's iconic sights from the Ryman Auditorium the original home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show or catch the show for yourself at its new home at the Opryland complex. Downtown Nashville is brimming with music related museums from Historic RCA Studio B where Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley recorded some of their greatest hits and the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Johnny Cash Museum. For a firsthand taste of the fantastic music created in Nashville head to Downtown's Second Avenue and Broadway district and discover the lively Honky-tonks.

Memphis

Hit the open road as you make your way by car from the Country Music filled streets of Nashville to Memphis, Home of the Blues. You can take the I-40 directly to Memphis however a stop en-route at Casey Jones Village in Jackson is a great way to break up the drive. Stop for lunch at Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store for an authentic southern buffet before heading back on the I-40 to Memphis. This vibrant southern city is known not only as the 'Home of the Blues' but also as the 'Birthplace of Rock n Roll'. Discover the rich musical history of this energetic city at Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and of course no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Elvis' former home Graceland.

Highlights

Mississippi

Board the elegant American Queen to start your seven night voyage down the mighty Mississippi River. Enjoy decadent dining and Broadway quality entertainment as you meander through Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Learn more about the fascinating history of the region from the on board Riverlorian and enjoy included standard shore excursion when you dock in Greenville, Vicksburg, Natchez, St Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation on your way to New Orleans.

New Orleans

Explore the lively streets of the 'Big Easy' during your stay in New Orleans. Take a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of the history French Quarter, stop by the Café du Monde for a delicious beignet, board a trolley and take a ride through the beautiful Garden District or sip a cocktail in the city where they were first invented.