American Queen

9 day cruise itinerary

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis

A magical journey along the Mississippi

The mighty Mississippi River is famous around the world. Rich in history it is just waiting to be explored, so climb aboard the iconic and the world's largest riverboat the American Queen. This is more than just your average paddle steamer offering quaint staterooms, you will feel like you are stepping back in time. The southern regions the Mississippi uncovers stunning oak trees which are over a century old, grand antebellum plantation houses and America's Civil War memorials. A stay on the American Queen will give you a piece of America's history as well as being thoroughly entertained as you make your way up the Mississippi River with entertaining on-board shows and productions, great cuisine, standard shore excursions all included and true southern hospitality.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Journey along the mighty Mississippi River
  • A grand and traditional paddle steamer
  • Standard shore excursions included
  • Acclaimed on-board entertainment

Sample Itinerary Summary

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9 days
Destination Breakdown
Private basis, Self-Guided
  • 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
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional premium shore excursions

Itinerary Breakdown

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in New Orleans. The evening is yours to get acquainted with "The Big Easy". This culturally diverse city is steeped in history and brimming with culinary legacies of flavour. Take stroll around the French Quarter and soak up the lively atmosphere or take a trolley ride through the beautiful Garden District.

Points of Interest

Explore New Orleans at your own pace today or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen. Depart 5:00 pm

Points of Interest

Step back in time today with a visit to Oak Alley Plantation. Referred to as the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road". Oak Alley combines architectural splendour with the natural canopy of its 300 year old oak trees.

Explore St. Francisville's iconic locations such as Old Market Hall and Royal Street or experience life inside Angola Prison on American Queen's award-winning Premium Shore Excursion, Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary.

Points of Interest

First inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi. Explore the lovingly restored mansions such as Rosalie, Magnolia Hill and Stanton Hall.

Described as the "Key to the South" by Abraham Lincoln, Vicksburg enjoys a rich history. Take a stroll downtown and you will discover five museums and a host of historical sites such as antebellum homes and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.

Gain insight into the history and cultural heritage of the USA through stories, facts and fables conveyed by the American Queen's onboard Riverlorian.

Points of Interest

Quaint Helena would appear to be a town that time forgot, but today it is in the throes of a revival. Experience the best of this small southern town on the American Queen's Premium Shore Excursion, Mississippi Delta Gospel and the Birthplace of the Blues.

Points of Interest

Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or consider a Post Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

Disembark 8:00 am

Points of Interest

  • Louisiana

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover delicous creole cuisine
    • Stroll through New Orleans' historic French Quarter
    • Enjoy lively Bourbon Street in New Orleans
    • Visit the grand Oak Alley Plantation
    • Explore St. Francisville's Old Market Hall
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Admire the city of Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi
    • Visit Vicksburg National Military Park
    • Stroll downtown to a great selection of museums in Vicksburg
    • Visit beautifully restored mansions such as Rosalie and Magnolia Hill
    • Discover this mighty region from a range of shore excursions
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • The birthplace of rock 'n' roll and the home of the blues
    • Visit lively bars and restaurants down Beale Street
    • Head to Elvis Presley's former home Graceland
    • Take a digital audio tour of the Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    • Tour Sun Studios where Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded