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Memphis, Tennessee
American Heritage, Mississippi Paddleboat, American Cruise Lines
Vicksburg Bridge, Mississippi River
Balcony View, American Symphony, Mississippi Riverboat, American Cruise Lines
Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA
Louisiana State Capitol Building, Downtown Baton Rouge
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
Street music, New Orleans

Memphis to New Orleans Cruise

9 day River Cruise – from £3175

With flights from £3825

Indulge in the timeless elegance of a Mississippi River Cruise. Meander from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana, along the Lower Mississippi on your luxury riverboat.

Highlights
  • Enjoy a pre-cruise hotel stay in the music city Memphis
  • Explore the exquisite townhouses and boutiques of Natchez
  • Visit the historical homes of Oak Alley and Houmas House
  • Listen to Jazz along Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Memphis, Tennessee

Day 1 – Welcome to Memphis

Memphis is perhaps best known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of…

Memphis is perhaps best known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of the legendary Elvis Presley. But Memphis is more than just Elvis. Dive into the city’s rich musical heritage at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music or the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, where you can trace the roots of blues, soul, and gospel music that have shaped American culture.

Settle in to your Memphis hotel and then take a walk down the legendary Beale Street to enjoy some local BBQ to the sounds of live music.

    Memphis Hotel

Memphis, Tennessee
American Heritage, Mississippi Paddleboat, American Cruise Lines

Day 2 – Cruising the Mississippi

This morning you will gather, with your fellow travellers, in the hotel lobby ready to be…

This morning you will gather, with your fellow travellers, in the hotel lobby ready to be transferred to your riverboat. Your bags will be collected and taken directly from the hotel and placed in your cabin aboard the ship.

Once you board your ship, you will be greeted at a Welcome Reception, where there is a chance to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you begin cruising along the majestic Mississippi, a river woven into the fabric of American history and culture.

You will also be able to enjoy some live musical entertainment provided by local performers who will bring to life the music that originated from along the river.

    All Inclusive
American Heritage, Mississippi Paddleboat, American Cruise Lines
Vicksburg Bridge, Mississippi River

Day 3 – Vicksburg, Mississippi

Your first stop along the magnificent Mississippi is the historic town of Vicksburg, a significant location…

Your first stop along the magnificent Mississippi is the historic town of Vicksburg, a significant location during the American Civil War.

You will have time to visit the National Military Park in Vicksburg, where a knowledgeable guide will lead you through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. Stop at the impressive Illinois Monument, modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The exploration concludes at the Visitors Center where life-sized exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg are on display.

A shuttle bus will also be running from your riverboat to Downtown Vicksburg, where you can visit the Old Courthouse Museum as well as the Jackson Street Gallery, that features more than 200 original paintings by local Mississippi artists.

    All Inclusive
Vicksburg Bridge, Mississippi River
Balcony View, American Symphony, Mississippi Riverboat, American Cruise Lines

Day 4 – Mississippi River Cruising

Today is your day to unwind and take it all in. Your riverboat will glide effortlessly…

Today is your day to unwind and take it all in. Your riverboat will glide effortlessly along the Mighty Mississippi, surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of cottonwood trees and graceful blue herons.

You can relax on your private balcony or on the rooftop sundeck, but there are also onboard events to keep you occupied. Choose from cooking demonstrations or mixology classes in the bar. Alternatively, take part in a quiz or join an art class to paint the scenery as it passes by.

    All Inclusive
Balcony View, American Symphony, Mississippi Riverboat, American Cruise Lines
Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, Mississippi, USA

Day 5 – Natchez

Natchez boasts more National Landmarks than any other town in Mississippi. Begin your exploration at the…

Natchez boasts more National Landmarks than any other town in Mississippi. Begin your exploration at the mighty Natchez Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Your local guide will entertain you with local lore and legends, in addition to historical facts. View historic architectural gems, African American sites, local favorites, and a few quirky place. Complete your experience with a guided exploration of Historic Rosalie Mansion, so exquisite, she’s known as “Our Lady on The Bluff.”

You may also like to visit Longwood, the only octagonal mansion in the region. It epitomizes the rise and fall of the South. As the Civil War began, the workmen stopped construction and the house was never completed. You can view the finished lower level, still adorned with original family furnishing, and the upper stories and rotunda that are still a work in progress. This truly is a place where time has stood still, preserved for all to experience.

    All Inclusive
Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA

Day 6 – St. Francisville, Louisiana

St. Francisville is most well known for its rich history. Take your time to explore some…

St. Francisville is most well known for its rich history. Take your time to explore some of the mansions in the area to get a feel of pre and post Civil War Louisiana.

Explore the beautifully preserved Rosedown Plantation, a historic estate dating back to the 1830s. Tour the stately mansion, stroll through the formal gardens filled with azaleas and camellias, and learn about the lives of the plantation’s former residents.

At first glimpse Myrtles, built in 1796, envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility. However, it is reputed to be one of the most haunted homes in America. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and ghosts.

    All Inclusive
Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA
Louisiana State Capitol Building, Downtown Baton Rouge

Day 7 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the bustling capital of Louisiana, where history, culture, and Southern charm converge. As…

Baton Rouge is the bustling capital of Louisiana, where history, culture, and Southern charm converge. As your Mississippi Riverboat docks in this dynamic city, prepare to embark on a journey through its rich heritage and lively atmosphere. A must-visit attraction is the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, located along the scenic riverfront. Here, you can explore fascinating exhibits that blend art, science, and history, making it a perfect stop for all ages.

Wander through the museum’s galleries showcasing fine art collections and discover the wonders of the universe in the planetarium. Beyond the museum, Baton Rouge offers a plethora of attractions including the historic Old State Capitol, the bustling downtown area with its diverse culinary scene, and the serene beauty of the LSU campus. Experience the warm hospitality and unique culture of Baton Rouge, making it a memorable highlight of your riverboat adventure.

    All Inclusive
Louisiana State Capitol Building, Downtown Baton Rouge
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana

Day 8 – Oak Alley & Houmas House

Oak Alley takes its name from the tree-lined avenue that stretches towards the Mississippi River. The…

Oak Alley takes its name from the tree-lined avenue that stretches towards the Mississippi River. The Mansion it leads to was built in the early 19th century and this Greek Revival building exudes charm with is grand architecture and lush gardens. The interiors have been meticulously preserved and visitors can learn about the land’s history and its role in the sugar industry.

Similarly, Houmas House and Gardens offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Louisiana’s plantation owners. Known as the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” this magnificent estate features equally stunning architecture, lush gardens, and luxurious interiors.

    All Inclusive
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
Street music, New Orleans

Day 9 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Your final port of call on the Lower Mississippi is the colourful city of New Orleans,…

Your final port of call on the Lower Mississippi is the colourful city of New Orleans, and before you depart, there is still time to explore the city.

Established in 1718, this jazz-centric city features notable locations such as the French Quarter, with its ornate architecture, and Bourbon Street, famous for its bustling nightlife. Explore the historic St. Louis Cathedral, built in 1794, and Jackson Square, a hub of artistic and cultural activity.

Indulge in the city’s culinary delights, including gumbo, po’boys, and beignets. Enjoy live music at venues like Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s, or any sidewalk where jazz, blues, and funk fill the air.

Your Lower Mississippi cruise has now reached its end as you disembark your riverboat back in New Orleans.

You could choose to return to the airport to continue your holiday or return home. Alternatively you may like to spend some more time exploring New Orleans and the neighbouring areas.

    Breakfast
Street music, New Orleans

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Memphis

Memphis is perhaps best known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of the legendary Elvis Presley. But Memphis is more than just Elvis. Dive into the city’s rich musical heritage at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music or the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, where you can trace the roots of blues, soul, and gospel music that have shaped American culture.

Settle in to your Memphis hotel and then take a walk down the legendary Beale Street to enjoy some local BBQ to the sounds of live music.

    Memphis Hotel

Memphis, Tennessee

Day 2

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Cruising the Mississippi

This morning you will gather, with your fellow travellers, in the hotel lobby ready to be transferred to your riverboat. Your bags will be collected and taken directly from the hotel and placed in your cabin aboard the ship.

Once you board your ship, you will be greeted at a Welcome Reception, where there is a chance to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you begin cruising along the majestic Mississippi, a river woven into the fabric of American history and culture.

You will also be able to enjoy some live musical entertainment provided by local performers who will bring to life the music that originated from along the river.

    All Inclusive
American Heritage, Mississippi Paddleboat, American Cruise Lines

Day 3

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Vicksburg, Mississippi

Your first stop along the magnificent Mississippi is the historic town of Vicksburg, a significant location during the American Civil War.

You will have time to visit the National Military Park in Vicksburg, where a knowledgeable guide will lead you through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. Stop at the impressive Illinois Monument, modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The exploration concludes at the Visitors Center where life-sized exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg are on display.

A shuttle bus will also be running from your riverboat to Downtown Vicksburg, where you can visit the Old Courthouse Museum as well as the Jackson Street Gallery, that features more than 200 original paintings by local Mississippi artists.

    All Inclusive
Vicksburg Bridge, Mississippi River

Day 4

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Mississippi River Cruising

Today is your day to unwind and take it all in. Your riverboat will glide effortlessly along the Mighty Mississippi, surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of cottonwood trees and graceful blue herons.

You can relax on your private balcony or on the rooftop sundeck, but there are also onboard events to keep you occupied. Choose from cooking demonstrations or mixology classes in the bar. Alternatively, take part in a quiz or join an art class to paint the scenery as it passes by.

    All Inclusive
Balcony View, American Symphony, Mississippi Riverboat, American Cruise Lines

Day 5

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Natchez

Natchez boasts more National Landmarks than any other town in Mississippi. Begin your exploration at the mighty Natchez Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Your local guide will entertain you with local lore and legends, in addition to historical facts. View historic architectural gems, African American sites, local favorites, and a few quirky place. Complete your experience with a guided exploration of Historic Rosalie Mansion, so exquisite, she’s known as “Our Lady on The Bluff.”

You may also like to visit Longwood, the only octagonal mansion in the region. It epitomizes the rise and fall of the South. As the Civil War began, the workmen stopped construction and the house was never completed. You can view the finished lower level, still adorned with original family furnishing, and the upper stories and rotunda that are still a work in progress. This truly is a place where time has stood still, preserved for all to experience.

    All Inclusive
Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, Mississippi, USA

Day 6

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St. Francisville, Louisiana

St. Francisville is most well known for its rich history. Take your time to explore some of the mansions in the area to get a feel of pre and post Civil War Louisiana.

Explore the beautifully preserved Rosedown Plantation, a historic estate dating back to the 1830s. Tour the stately mansion, stroll through the formal gardens filled with azaleas and camellias, and learn about the lives of the plantation’s former residents.

At first glimpse Myrtles, built in 1796, envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility. However, it is reputed to be one of the most haunted homes in America. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and ghosts.

    All Inclusive
Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA

Day 7

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the bustling capital of Louisiana, where history, culture, and Southern charm converge. As your Mississippi Riverboat docks in this dynamic city, prepare to embark on a journey through its rich heritage and lively atmosphere. A must-visit attraction is the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, located along the scenic riverfront. Here, you can explore fascinating exhibits that blend art, science, and history, making it a perfect stop for all ages.

Wander through the museum’s galleries showcasing fine art collections and discover the wonders of the universe in the planetarium. Beyond the museum, Baton Rouge offers a plethora of attractions including the historic Old State Capitol, the bustling downtown area with its diverse culinary scene, and the serene beauty of the LSU campus. Experience the warm hospitality and unique culture of Baton Rouge, making it a memorable highlight of your riverboat adventure.

    All Inclusive
Louisiana State Capitol Building, Downtown Baton Rouge

Day 8

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Oak Alley & Houmas House

Oak Alley takes its name from the tree-lined avenue that stretches towards the Mississippi River. The Mansion it leads to was built in the early 19th century and this Greek Revival building exudes charm with is grand architecture and lush gardens. The interiors have been meticulously preserved and visitors can learn about the land’s history and its role in the sugar industry.

Similarly, Houmas House and Gardens offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Louisiana’s plantation owners. Known as the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” this magnificent estate features equally stunning architecture, lush gardens, and luxurious interiors.

    All Inclusive
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana

Day 9

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Your final port of call on the Lower Mississippi is the colourful city of New Orleans, and before you depart, there is still time to explore the city.

Established in 1718, this jazz-centric city features notable locations such as the French Quarter, with its ornate architecture, and Bourbon Street, famous for its bustling nightlife. Explore the historic St. Louis Cathedral, built in 1794, and Jackson Square, a hub of artistic and cultural activity.

Indulge in the city’s culinary delights, including gumbo, po’boys, and beignets. Enjoy live music at venues like Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s, or any sidewalk where jazz, blues, and funk fill the air.

Your Lower Mississippi cruise has now reached its end as you disembark your riverboat back in New Orleans.

You could choose to return to the airport to continue your holiday or return home. Alternatively you may like to spend some more time exploring New Orleans and the neighbouring areas.

    Breakfast
Street music, New Orleans

This Cruise Includes

7 nights’ onboard your chosen Mississippi riverboat
1 nights’ hotel accommodation
Daily breakfast and dinner
Daily shore excursions
Evening entertainment

Flights & More

Lean more about the ships operating this cruise:

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for.

Next Step

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Memphis to New Orleans Cruise

9 day River Cruise – from £3175

With flights from £3825

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply.

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