Day 1 New Orleans, LA
In New Orleans, explore the French Quarter, with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. Intimate and special, the city’s oldest neighborhood has exerted a spell over writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon.
Day 2 Baton Rouge, LA
Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capitol. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of attractions. There is everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its seductive charm. Enjoy a grand tour of one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South.
Day 3 Natchez, MS
Perched on a bluff above the Mississippi River, Natchez is a city 300 years in the making. Over 1,000 of its historic structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Upon closer inspection, you will soon discover that Natchez, while indeed a reflection of the past, is also alive in the present, filled with arts, music, culture, events, commerce and natural beauty.
Day 4 Vicksburg, MS
In Vicksburg, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. It’s a city bursting at the seams with history at some of its most poignant turns, art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage along with hallowed stories of Civil War battles.
Day 5 Day of River Cruising
As we make our way from historic New Orleans to St. Louis, revel in the sights and sounds of the spectacular Mississippi River. Spend time chatting with other passengers in the lounges or enjoy a cocktail on your private balcony.
Day 6 Memphis, TN
The largest city in Tennessee offers plenty of attractions. Visit Graceland, and then tour the W.C. Handy Museum; Shelby Farms, the largest urban park in the country; or the “twisted” Ornamental Metal Museum. In the heart of “Blues City,” you’ll find the Peabody Memphis, one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Day 7 New Madrid, MO
Originally founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodriguez, early settlers of New Madrid were required to become citizens of Spain in order to reside here. Today, New Madrid is a living monument to early American history with sites including the Kochtitsky Home and the Trail of Tears and Veterans Park.
Day 8 Paducah, KY
From quilting and shopping to learning about Civil War history, there is plenty to do in Paducah. Tour the American Quilt Museum and search for fabrics in the Lower Town Arts District. Shop at Paducah’s galleries. You may also take tours retracing the town's tumultuous Civil War history.
Day 9 Day of River Cruising
Sit back and enjoy the gentle sounds of the paddlewheel as it churns through the placid waters of the Ohio River. One of the highlights of this cruise is the chance to watch the ever-changing scenery pass by and experience the river as early explorers did centuries ago.
Day 10 St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, known as the “Gateway to the West,” is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, which is the largest manmade monument in the U.S. There’s something for everyone at St. Louis’ many world-class, free attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum.
Day 11 St. Louis, MO
Departure day. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top public gardens.
This intriguing itinerary cruises the Mississippi River from the banks of the Bayou to the shores of St. Louis. Cruise in modern comfort as our professional staff caters to your needs aboard the ship. Enjoy spirited on board entertainment and presentations from regional experts who will turn each guided shore excursion into a fun and informative outing.
Dining service, snacks and complimentary cocktail parties.
Entertainment aboard the ship.
Oversized staterooms – largest in industry.
Most with private balconies.
Flat screen satellite TV and DVD players in all staterooms.
Wireless internet access shipwide.
Hairdryers in all staterooms.
Individual climate control in all staterooms.
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.