New for 2020

Southern Sampler from New Orleans

9 day Cruise - from £1418

With flights from £1885

The grandeur of the South unfolds before your eyes on this glorious and enlightening trip along the waters of the Lower Mississippi River.

  • New Orleans and Plantation tour
  • Vicksburg and Battlefields
  • Historic Baton Rouge tour
  • Lively onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary pre-cruise hotel in New Orleans
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in New Orleans

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavours of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Day 2 - New Orleans

Today is the big day! Spend your last hours here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!

The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM in your hotel. During this fast and easy procedure, cruise representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have.

After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave goodbye to New Orleans as you set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Leisurely River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen’s spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - 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 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, this can be 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 - 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 7 - 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 features all the history and wonder you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down home flavour that makes it truly unique.

Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

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. Welcome back to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Culture and arts abound around every corner of this unique city. 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 rich history. Stay an extra day or even a few nights to enjoy the famed French Quarter

Meals: Breakfast

9 day Cruise - from £1418

With flights from £1885

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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

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2020-11-29

2020-12-20

2020-12-27

2020-12-29

2021-02-21

2021-02-28

2021-11-14

2021-11-20

2021-11-21

2021-11-27

2021-12-26

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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.

For the latest Government advice regarding travel to any particular country please visit the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice