American Queen

9 day cruise itinerary

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Authentic southern culture

Enjoy a quintessentially American experience as you journey down the Mississippi aboard the opulent American Queen. This luxurious paddle steamer offers exquisite staterooms, modern amenities and Broadway quality entertainment, not to mention award-winning dining and signature shore excursions. Start your Mississippi adventure in Memphis, spend some time exploring the fantastic museums in this lively city from Stax Museum of American Soul to Elvis’ former home Graceland and be sure to try some Memphis BBQ before you board the American Queen to start your voyage. The friendly American Queen staff will be on hand to make sure your time aboard this opulent riverboat is carefree. Enjoy the complimentary standard shore excursions as you stop off at fascinating ports along the Mississippi River or opt for one the American Queen’s premium shore excursions of an extra special Deep South experience. Your voyage ends in the vibrant city of New Orleans where you can explore the historic French Quarter and sample some delicious Creole cuisine.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Cruise down the Mississippi River on a traditional Paddle Steamer
  • Visit beautiful Antebellum mansions
  • Enjoy the acclaimed on-board entertainment
  • Take advantage of the included Standard Shore Excursions

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
9 days
Destination Breakdown
Included
  • International flights
  • One night hotel stay and transfer from hotel to the American Queen before voyage
  • 7 nights cruise aboard the American Queen
  • Bottle water and soft drinks
  • Select wine and beer at dinner
  • All meals aboard the American Queen
  • All regular shore excursions
Not included
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities

Itinerary Breakdown

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. Enjoy an evening at leisure exploring this vibrant city. Why not take a walk down Beale Street and savour some of the city's famous BBQ.

Points of Interest

Explore the city at your own pace or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.
Cruise Departs 17:00

Points of Interest

Explore the town's many museums and discover Greenville's facinating history, spend a fun time at the new Trop Casino for a day of gaming or venture out on a Premium Shore Excursion to B.B. King's hometown of Indianola.

Points of Interest

Described as the Key to the South by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern gem delivers a rich history unlike any other Civil War city.

The oldest city on the Mississippi, Natchez captivates visitors with its old world charm offering tours of lovingly restored mansions such as Rosalie, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall.

St. Francisville is home to iconic locations such as Old Market Hall and Royal Street, explore the town at leisure or join the American Queen's award-winning Premium Shore Excursion, Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary.

Points of Interest

Enjoy a day exploring the beautiful city of Baton Rouge, from the museums and architecture to the shops and local cuisine.

Points of Interest

Tour Nottoway Plantation, the South's largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history.

Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or join a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

Points of Interest

  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sun Studios
    • Stax Museum of American Soul
    • Graceland
    • Beale Street Entertainment District
    • Memphis BBQ
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Greenville's fascinating history
    • Vicksburg National Military Park
    • Antebellum mansions in Natchez
    • Trop Casino Greenville
    • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum in Vicksburg
  • Louisiana

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Old Market Hall in St. Francisville
    • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
    • Old Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge
    • Nottoway Plantation
    • New Orleans' historic French Quarter