America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy

On this Mississippi cruise vacation, you’ll enjoy some of the South’s grand cities and historical towns along the river. Begin your trip in Nashville with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and a performance by John Carter Cash. In Memphis, board the paddlewheel steamboat American Queen to set sail for your Mississippi cruise. But first, visit Sun Studios, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and many more, and visit Elvis’ mansion, Graceland.

As you cruise along the Mississippi River, stop to see beautifully restored antebellum plantation homes, sample marvelous American and Southern cuisine, and feel like you’ve stepped right into the pages of a Mark Twain adventure. You’ll stop in Vicksburg, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the important Civil War battle; Natchez, a town with more antebellum homes than any other city in the United States; St. Francisville, a quaint river town with historic sites, charming restaurants, and fantastic shopping; Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; and Houmas House, a quintessential Southern plantation. The cruise ends in exciting New Orleans, where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit to the National World War II Museum.

From the exciting cities to the quant river towns, this cruise vacation along the Mississippi River is sure to delight.

City Highlights

Cruise: 7-night Mississippi River cruise in an outside stateroomNashville: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; private performance and discussion with John Carter CashMemphis: guided visit to Sun Studios; sightseeing with a Local Guide; dinner on famous Beale Street; visit Elvis Presley’s GracelandNatchez: Avalon Exclusive—visit famed chef Regina Charboneau’s homeHoumas House: visit the grand antebellum estate & gardensNew Orleans: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the National World War II Museum; special farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Hotels

Nashville Opryland Hotel (MD)Memphis The Peabody Memphis (MD)New Orleans Hilton New Orleans Riverside (MD)

Meals

American breakfast daily (B), 6 lunches (L), and 9 three-course dinners (D) including a farewell dinner in New Orleans

Notes

NOTES:Cruise itineraries are provided by American Queen Steamboat Co. and are most up-to-date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

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