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Jewels of the Lower Mississippi

9 day Cruise - from £1509

Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl.

Highlights:

  • Complimentary pre-cruise stay in Memphis
  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions
  • Travel on an authentic Paddlewheel Riverboat
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Regionally inspired fine dining and entertainment
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Memphis

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to get acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

There will be a hospitality desk located in your hotel for your convenience between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. It’s here that the friendly cruise staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. A cruise representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sight-seeing suggestions so that you can maximise your time in Memphis.

Hotel: Peabody Hotel

Day 2 - Depart Memphis

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history.

If you haven’t had your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the hospitality desk in the morning for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. During this time, representatives will arrange for your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time. If you have any additional questions, the hospitality desk will be at your service until the complimentary transfers begin at 3:00 pm.  

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Port of the Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It’s a way of life – a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Vicksburg

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President 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.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Natchez

This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book ‘The 100 Best Towns in America’.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Baton Rouge

Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a rich cultural history. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the tallest in the United States. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and wonderful cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - St. Francisville

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 1790s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artefacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they still stand today. The town is referred to as ‘two miles long and two yards wide’, but that doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, with a rich history dating back to 1859. Set in a fabulous location along the Great River Road, this ‘White Castle’ of the South transport’s visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Sitting amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors, 64 rooms and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. Nottoway Plantation will captivate you with its brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - Depart New Orleans

Today marks the end of your cruise, you will arrive in New Orleans and disembark. Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure before you depart for the airport or onward to your next adventure. Why not add some extra time here in the ‘Big Easy’?

Meals: Breakfast

9 day Cruise - from £1509

With flights from £1975

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Itineraries may vary for cruises departing from 1 April 2021 onwards.

 

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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:

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

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Departure Dates

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2020-09-20

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2020-11-08

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2021-09-26

2021-10-10

2021-10-24

2021-11-07

2021-11-13

2021-11-21

2021-12-05

2021-12-19

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