• American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis

Sit back, relax and unwind as you voyage up the iconic Mississippi River. Climb aboard the luxurious American Queen River Cruise, the world’s largest river boat, and discover a wealth of fascinating, rich history along the way, while admiring the stunning, scenic waterways around you.

Our American Queen River Cruise is so much more than your average paddle steamer trip, with its wealth of excursions which appeal to all tastes. Step back in time and immerse yourself in periods of America’s inspiring history as you journey through the Deep South. Your adventure will begin in world famous New Orleans, before we head on to quaint St Francisville and historic Natchez. You’ll also have time to explore the Civil War battle site of Vicksburg and the home of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis. Discover century old oak trees, impressive grand antebellum plantation homes and a treasury of America’s Civil War memorials along the way.

Aboard the American Queen, you’ll receive first class customer service within opulent and lavish surroundings. Explore the elegant staterooms and sample fine, world class cuisine as you enjoy some deluxe, pamper time. There is a wealth of entertainment on board too, with an array of live shows and productions appealing to all ages. You can also select from a vast programme of exciting shore excursions, alongside a large helping of authentic, warm, southern hospitality

9 days
Private basis, Self-Guided
Start your journey
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

Trip highlights

  • Voyage along the majestic Mississippi River
  • Step back in time and experience authentic paddle steamer life
  • Indulge in a host of exciting shore excursions
  • Make the most of acclaimed on board entertainment
Creole Queen

Your exciting adventure will begin with a deluxe hotel stay in New Orleans. Enjoy an evening at your leisure to get to know “The Big Easy”, a diverse and dynamic city full of rich history, quirky vibes, creole flavour and a mind blowing soundtrack.

Take a trolley ride through the exquisite Garden District or soak up the musical vibes in the vibrant French Quarter. For dinner, indulge in rich and delicious traditional Creole cuisine before you spend the evening bar hopping along famous Bourbon Street, listening to some incredible contemporary artists.

St. Louis Cathedral

Today you can get acquainted with New Orleans at your own pace or experience a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion followed by an afternoon transfer to the American Queen. If you are exploring at your leisure, then be sure not to miss Bourbon Street’s music scene, a New Orleans Creole barbecue and buzzing Jackson Square. History lovers should visit the majestic Saint Louis Cathedral, an 18th century church soaring in the distance and providing a stunning backdrop to this exciting city.

Spend the evening aboard the American Queen steamboat, which will depart New Orleans at 17:00pm.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen
a bench in front of a building

Today you will travel back in time to the 1850s and experience authentic plantation life. Visit the spectacular Nottoway Plantation, the picturesque sugarcane estate on the banks of the Mississippi River. Admire the inspiring Antebellum architecture and history of the River Road, which offers an extraordinary glimpse into days long gone.

As an optional extra, you can also join the American Queen's award winning Premium Shore Excursion - Life in the Bayou Cajun Swamp Tour: Nottoway or Grand Southern Plantation Tour: Nottoway (subject to change without notice).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen
Royal Street

Step back in time to historic St Francisville, which is the home of famous Royal Street and Old Market Hall.

Add in an optional tour and book American Queen’s Premium Shore Excursion, Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary. This fascinating excursion allows you to experience life inside Angola Prison. Alternatively, the included shore excursion consists of a hop on hop off bus tour around the city. You’ll see all of the top highlights and attractions, including Grace Episcopal Church, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, Old Market Street and Royal Street. If you prefer, you can also explore the town at your leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen
Mississippi River

Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi and was once home to the Natchez Indians and French explorers. This fascinating blend of cultures still influences the town today, giving it a unique architecture and feel.

Immerse yourself in Southern hospitality and over 300 years of inspiring history. Start your exploration with a visit to the town’s grand antebellum mansions, including Stanton Hall, Rosalie and Magnolia Hall. Next we’ll enjoy a hop on hop off bus shore excursion, where you can explore the Natchez Visitors’ Centre, the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, William Johnson House Museum, the King’s Tavern and the Charbonneau Distillery.

As an optional extra, you can also join the American Queen's award winning Premium Shore Excursion - The Ultimate Cajun Adventure (subject to change without notice).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen

Abraham Lincoln described Vicksburg as the “Key to the South” and it certainly has a fascinating historical tale to tell. Wander around Vicksburg at your leisure and discover a wealth of inspiring museums, the Southern Cultural Heritage Centre and an array of beautiful antebellum homes.

Your hop on hop off bus tour may include Anchucha Mansion, Biedenharn Coca Cola Museum, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Lower Mississippi Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum, Old Court House Museum and the Old Depot Museum.

As an optional extra, you can also join on of the American Queen's award winning Premium Shore Excursion - On the Front Lines of the Civil War or A Round of Golf at the Vicksburg Country Club (subject to change without notice).

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  • Onboard the American Queen

Today we’ll spend the day in beautiful Greenville, which is home to stunning parks, waterfalls, a suspension bridge and a fine collection of museums showcasing the town’s interesting history. If you fancy trying your luck then head over to Trop Casino for an afternoon of gaming.

We offer an optional Premium Shore Excursion to Indianola, which is the home of world famous B. B. King, who was nicknamed the King of the Blues. Check out the included hop on hop off bus excursions which allow you to explore highlights such as the 1927 Flood Museum, Greenville History Museum, Washington County Courthouse, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hebrew Union Temple and E E Bass Cultural Art Centre.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen
a large ship in a body of water

Sit back and relax on the river today aboard the lavish American Queen. Delve into the USA’s history and cultural heritage guided through stories, fables and facts by the on board Riverlorian.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the American Queen

On the last day of this spectacular American Queen River Cruise, you can enjoy Memphis at your leisure, or book the Post Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer for a guided tour. See the bustling streets, experience the many bars which host incredible contemporary acts and immerse yourself in Memphis’ history. Music lovers will enjoy exploring the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of Elvis, Graceland or immerse yourself in the bars and music of Beale Street.


  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 8 nights - one night in New Orleans and 7 nights aboard the American Queen
  • All meals aboard the American Queen
  • Bottle water and soft drinks
  • Select wine and beer at dinner
  • All regular shore excursions
  • Port charges
  • Gratuities aboard the American Queen
  • Local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for local guides and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional Premium Shore Excursions