Complete Mississippi

22 day Cruise - from £10,075

Starting in Lower Mississippi, explore southern plantations, stately antebellum houses and Civil War battlefields. In Memphis, known for blues and barbeque, immerse yourself in the rich culture of one of the South’s most vibrant cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore plantations and antebellum homes
  • Vicksburg’s history and battlefields
  • Blues and barbeques in Memphis
  • Beautiful landscapes along the Mississippi River
  • A great way to see the South
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in New Orleans

Your Mississippi Cruise comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and we’ll handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and you’ll be transported to the ship to begin the cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

Day 2 - New Orleans

New Orleans is commonly referred to as the birthplace of Jazz. There is something for everyone in this historic city where art and culture prevail. The open-air artist colony proudly displays local works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city’s 45 museums carefully preserve its past. Consider staying an extra day or night to enjoy this lively city.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Oak Alley

Once serving as an antebellum sugar cane plantation, Oak Alley Plantation is rightfully named after its most distinguishing feature, a canopy of 300 year old oak trees that form a quarter-mile path leading to the Mississippi River. Restored to its 19th century grandeur, this classic Greek Revival-style antebellum mansion is purely breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Houmas House

The historic Houmas House takes you back to the pre-Civil War era of stately mansions and expansive plantations. Featuring over 38 acres of lush gardens, ponds and ancient oak trees, this shore excursion is full of beauty and history. Enduring floods, war and the Great Depression, Houmas House underwent a renovation in 1940 and today offers a detailed look into the South’s legacy.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Baton Rouge

Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of cultural attractions. Enjoy a grand tour of one of the most historic cities in the South. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - St. Francisville

Established in 1809 and overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Francisville is a quaint southern town that offers a glimpse into history. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi River prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience this town’s rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown and The Myrtles, or explore the areas’ captivating gardens.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - Natchez

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez was first established as a French fort site in 1716, later becoming part of the United States as the first capital of Mississippi in 1817. Perched 200 feet above the Mississippi River with 30-mile views, the bluff of Natchez is a place to marvel in the grandeur of the river. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Vicksburg

Around every corner, U.S. history is alive in Vicksburg. This “Queen City of the Bluff” offers plenty of opportunities to take a step back in time. Civil War battlefields, century old churches, cotton fields, and restored train depots are just a few of the many intriguing landmarks that await your visit. Marvel in the beautiful antebellum-style homes and learn about Vicksburg’s history as depicted on the riverfront murals. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - Greenville

Known as the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta, the city of Greenville offers visitors a unique insight in to traditional southern living. Enjoy a relaxing trip through the historic sites of the largest city in Mississippi including visits to Cotton Row, the Mount Holly Plantation, and the Weatherbee House.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - Memphis

Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for Blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge creates a dramatic backdrop for it all. As you disembark, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the mid-South’s most remarkable cities .

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 - New Madrid

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, the Trail of Tears, and Veterans Park. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12 - Cape Girardeau

Enjoy the charming features of this historic town that was once a French trading post and lively river port in the late 1800s. Today it boasts Civil War sites and a tranquil setting commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Marvel at the outdoor murals reflecting the area’s rich heritage and enjoy shore excursions to Cape River Heritage Museum and the Red House Interpretive Center.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13 - Chester

Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. This city has a diverse and storied history, beginning with the establishment of a ferry system by Jane Thomas in the early 1800s. Chester is home to Popeye’s creator Elzie C. Segar; you may see the sailor man’s likeness in the town’s own six-foot-tall bronze metal statue. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 - St. Louis

Reflect upon the role St. Louis played in the opening of the American frontier as you cruise past the famed Gateway Arch Riverfront, the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15 - Day of River Cruising

Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges, or relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Hannibal.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16 - Hannibal

Hannibal, ‘America’s Hometown,’ is where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn come to life in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans, filled with speciality shops unique to Hannibal.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 17 - Day of River Cruising

Enjoy as onboard experts share their knowledge of the history of the river as you cruise between the borders of Missouri and Iowa.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 18 - Davenport

Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This vibrant city features the Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native Jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 19 - Dubuque

Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque’s state-of-the-art casinos. View colourful Victorian mansions, stroll through a whimsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 20 - Day of River Cruising

Reflect on the incredible history you have experienced so far on your cruise and get ready for the final leg of the trip, where we explore the Upper Mississippi River.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 21 - La Crosse

Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you will enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance centre, and inspiring sculptures.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 22 - Red Wing

Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing’s beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople, and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment, and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 23 - St. Paul

St. Paul is a thrilling place to end your adventure on the Mississippi River. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Meals: Breakfast

22 day Cruise - from £10,075

OPTIONS

  • Add a 4 day New York City Stay – from £355
  • Add a beach stay in Miami– from £83
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 2021
31 July 2020 25 June 2021

Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date.

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YOUR CRUISING EXPERIENCE

Luxury cruising with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your cruise includes:

  • 21 nights on a cruise ship
  • Complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Free cocktail evenings
  • Daily shore excursions
  • Evening entertainment
  • Return airport transfers

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