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American Queen<br>8 Night Thanksgiving Festival Cruise<br>New Orleans to Memphis

American Queen
8 Night Thanksgiving Festival Cruise
New Orleans to Memphis

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Duration: 8 Nights
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Enjoy a whole new list of things to be thankful for with this special holiday cruise on the American Queen. Whether you fancy a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings or perhaps something a bit different to change up your holiday on the river, your holiday dining will be equally delightful! As you travel the lower Mississippi River, you will encounter gracious towns, explore stunning plantations and palatial mansions, delve into the rich storied past of the Civil War and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Surrounded by new friends onboard with the river rolling by, savor a delectable Thanksgiving meal, partake in festive enrichment activities, delight in fabulous nightly entertainment and so much more. Choose to make our home your home for a uniquely American Thanksgiving holiday.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.

- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf
 
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavours of the city's past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
 
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf


Day 2: New Orleans, LA
American Queen check-in. Departure 5:00 PM




Day 3: Oak Alley, LA

Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

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Disembark from the American Queen and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road.”  Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting!  The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of the movie “Gone with the Wind” and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set.  During this included tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds while sipping a Mint Julep, a quintessential Southern staple




Day 4: 
St. Francisville, LA

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour, visit:
• Royal Street
• Old Market Hall
• West Feliciana Historical Society Museum
• Grace Episcopal Church




Day 5: Natchez, MS

Happy Thanksgiving! This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for their elegance, hospitality, and their impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. After returning to the American Queen after your Hop-on Hop-off tour, enjoy an exception Thanksgiving Day meal onboard. Surrounded by elegant decor and new friends with the river rolling by, you'll have a deep appreciation for your many blessings as you indulge in a delectable Thanksgiving dinner in the elegant J.M White Dining Room.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour, visit:
• The Christmas Market
• Rosalie Mansion
• Natchez Visitor’s Center
• William Johnson House
• Magnolia Hall
• Stanton Hall
• King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery
• Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum




Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: Visit
• Church of the Holy Trinity
• Anchuca Mansion
• Old Court House Museum
• Yesterday’s Child & Doll Museum & Biendemham Coca-Cola Museum 
• Lower Mississippi River Museum 
• Old Depot Museum




Day 7: S
cenic River Cruising

Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as you spend a leisurely day onboard.




Day 8: 
Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas.  Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city.  Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot.  While the rest of the country was building shopping centers and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress.  Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls.  Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood.  Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. For in through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging.  Helena welcomes American Queen guests to play a large part in their re-birth.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: Visit
• Delta Cultural Center
• St. Mary’s Catholic Church
• Freedom Park
• Fort Curtis
• Moore-Hornor House
• Pillow-Thompson House
• Helena Museum




Day 9: 
Memphis, TN

Arrival 8:00 AM
Disembark in Memphis and bid your steamboat adieu.
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.

- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.

- See more at: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/lower-mississippi/new-orleans-memphis-2016nov20/#sthash.CAlXxBMN.dpuf
 

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