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Mississippi River Cruise aboard the American Queen

Mississippi River Cruise aboard the American Queen

Join Perkiomen Tours as we travel to Memphis to cruise the Mississippi to New Orleans. This is the soul of the Mississippi River. Inhale the sweet fragrance of magnolia blossoms, sit in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea and watch the essence of the South unfold around you.

The lower stretch of the Mississippi, from vibrant Memphis to carefree New Orleans, is the river of legends. Old Man River has been celebrated in print, song and film for many generations. Control of the Mighty Mississippi was the key strategic goal of the Civil War and even today it is still the lifeblood of commerce in the old South. This is the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions. Hear the river’s music in blues, jazz, zydeco and rock & roll and savor its diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun culinary delights. The world of Mark Twain’s revered book Life on the Mississippi is best experienced from the vantage point of the graceful American Queen, the most opulent riverboat in the world. 

 

  • Escorted (Motorcoach portion)

  • Memphis, Tennessee

  • American Queen Cruising from Memphis to New Orleans

  • Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • Natchez, Mississippi

  • St. Francisville, Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Plantation Road, Louisiana

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 23 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

 

Day 1

This morning we depart on our 12-day journey traveling south to Abingdon, Virginia and our overnight accommodations.

Day 2

After a continental breakfast we will check-out of the hotel and continue southwest to Memphis, Tennessee. Upon arrival we will check-in to our accommodations and enjoy an evening at your leisure.

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Day 3

Music is the heart and soul of Memphis - from Elvis' inspiring Graceland to the blues joints of Beale Street. The city's National Civil Rights Museum chronicles a long journey to freedom and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music records the rise of a beloved musical art form. You are free to explore this city of music at your leisure this morning. Later this afternoon you will board the American Queen…warm, inviting and comforting and ready to take you away on vacation! The American Queen is the world's largest, most opulent authentic steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat. You will be transported not just through America, but also through time.

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Day 4

Today you can sit back and relax as we enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising.

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Day 5

Vicksburg, MS is our port of call today where southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. Thousands of tombstones which mark the fallen in Vicksburg reflect the tragic sacrifices of the Civil War. Today we will learn the history and culture of this historic river town during your hop-on-hop-off tour.

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Day 6

Today we visit Natchez, MS where the captivating historic district shines in the lovingly restored antebellum mansions of Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and the William Johnson House. The plantations lifestyle of the south is highlighted today on your included tour.

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Day 7

St. Francisville, Louisiana is on our schedule for today. The quaint town is your window into the past. Historic buildings, uniquely southern shops and the historical society's museum will immerse you in the southern culture, both past and present.

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Day 8

Today we visit the state capital of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is here where French Canadian fur trappers defined Cajun culture. Visit both the old and the new Capitol Buildings, the Capitol Museum, the Arsenal Museum and the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer.

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Day 9

Today we get to know Plantation Road, Louisiana. Oak Alley transports you back to the era of hoop skirts, cotillions and cotton fields. The flowers, fountains and pathways found on the plantations in the area we affectionately refer to as Plantation Road are a testament to the Louisiana way of life before the Civil War. A visit to Nottoway Plantation, the south's largest remaining antebellum mansion, and its expansive, beautiful grounds is sure to be memorable.

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Day 10

Today we arrive in New Orleans, where we disembark the American Queen. After touring New Orleans, we will depart for Montgomery, Alabama, the location of our lodging for this evening. Fond memories, shared stories and content smiles follow us home.

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Day 11

Today we travel from Montgomery to Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Day 12

Today we complete our homeward journey arriving back in Pennsburg by early evening.

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Please note


Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

Please be aware that optional Travel Protection/Insurance offered by the cruise line may not cover transportation (airfare or Motorcoach) to and from the cruise terminal. If you would like coverage for this portion of your trip, please inquire with a Perkiomen tour reservationist.

CB=Continental Breakfast, B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $500.00 is due at time of booking in order to confirm a seat on this tour. $250 of that deposit is non-refundable upon reservation.

Final payment is due December 4, 2020.

 

American Queen Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance):

Prior to 12/12/2020 - $250 per person non-refundable

12/13/2020 - 91 Days Prior - 25% per person non-refundable

1/12/2021 - 61 Days Prior - 50% per person non-refundable

2/11/2021 - 31 Days Prior - 75% per person non-refundable

3/13/2021 - 0 Days Prior - 100% per person non-refundable

 

Tour Includes:

Shipboard Accommodations including:

  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions in each port of call

  • All on board meals

  • Non-premium wine & beer with dinner

  • Enrichment & Broadway-caliber entertainment

Taxes, Fees & Port charges

Meals listed in the itinerary: Indicated by B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner)

 

Items Not Included:

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (including on-board premium dining)

  • Gratuities for Perkiomen drivers and escorts

  • Gratuities for American Queen Staff. Gratuities of $136.50 per person will be automatically charged to your onboard account.

  • Items of a personal nature like: Phone Calls, Laundry & Medical Assistance

  • Fuel surcharge, fees, taxes, etc. are subject to change without notice & may result in additional charges

 

Cancellation\Interruption Protection:

Because of cancellation penalties that can be incurred, Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your vacation. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

 

Dining Venues:

All Dining assignments are subject to availability at time of reservation and will be allocated on a first come, first confirmed basis.

 

Bedding Options:

Bedding preferences must be requested at the time of booking.

  • Options are 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed.

Please note that some staterooms have fixed bedding and cannot convert between 2 twins and a queen.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Easton - Shuttle William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10
Rt 33, Easton, PA
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Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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