Mississippi Gateway

12 day Cruise - from £4239

Cruise the Mississippi River from the banks of the Bayou to the shores of St. Louis. Journey from New Orleans and experience the best in southern hospitality.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complimentary pre-cruise hotel in New Orleans
  • New Orleans’ French Quarter
  • Visit Graceland in Memphis
  • Historic Homes and Grand Plantations
  • Southern Hospitality in Vicksburg
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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

Explore the French Quarter, with its architectural blend of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. Also known as the Vieux Carré, it is the oldest neighbourhood in the city of New Orleans. The distinctive and romantic character of the area has long inspired writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Baton Rouge

Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, and one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge has everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its charm.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Natchez

Settled in 1716, Natchez is rich in history and southern hospitality. Enjoy a guided exploration of this fascinating city which has retained its antebellum charm since its surrender during the Civil War. Visit Frogmore, a historic cotton plantation still in use today, or attend a special piano concert in the J. N. Stone House music room.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Vicksburg

U.S. history is alive in Vicksburg. This ‘Queen City of the Bluff’ offers plenty of opportunities to 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 rich history as displayed on the riverfront murals.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - 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.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - Memphis

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. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - 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 9 - Paducah

Residing at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River, Paducah will make you feel as if you stepped back in time. As you walk the streets of this Chickasaw village site, discover Paducah’s rich history. View the Wall-to-Wall Mural Program, a collection of over 50 murals that covers a number of subjects including Native American history, the Civil War, and area landmarks such as the Old Carnegie Library. Led by our expert guide, tour this enchanting city with a stop National Quilt Museum.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - 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.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 - St. Louis

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, the largest man-made monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis’ many world-class attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Centre, Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Missouri History Museum.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12 - Depart St. Louis

End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most popular public gardens.

Meals: Breakfast

12 day Cruise - from £4239

With flights from £4699

OPTIONS

  • Add a 14 day Southern Charms Self Drive – from £1227
  • Add a beach stay in Miami– from £83
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

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

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for cruises departing from 1st 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:

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

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Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2021-07-11

2021-07-31

2021-08-25

2021-10-09

2022-10-05

To confirm availability call 0333 234 0922

For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an America Expert on 0333 234 0922

Coronavirus – Notice for Customers

We are currently contacting all customers whose holiday may be affected by the current travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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