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Steamboatin’ the Mississippi River
A Deep South/Civil War Itinerary
Memphis – New Orleans
April 7 - 15, 2013

Come along for 7-nights of Steamboatin’ aboard the American Queen Steamboat as she returns to the legendary Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans. Noted Civil War historian and lecturer, and author of seven books on the Civil War, David J. Eicher, will be a special lecturer on board as we slowly meander past shorelines of tall pines, wide-reaching oaks, farmsteads with column porches and welcoming verandahs.

Deposit by December 31, 2012 and receive a $200 per person credit.

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Your Tour Includes:

  • 7-night cruise aboard the American Queen Steamboat
  • All Meals aboard the Steamboat
  • Complimentary shore tours on your voyage
  • One-night Post New Orleans
  • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks.
  • Complimentary wines and beers with dinner.
  • Captain’s Champagne Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Hot and cold Canapés at cocktail hour every evening
  • Distinguished Civil War author and historian – Dave Eicher

Sunday, April 7 , 2013 • Hometown – Memphis
A flight to Memphis home of birth to the blues, barbeque and Elvis.
Monday, April 8, 2013 • Helena, Arkansas
A lecture by Civil War historian, Dave Eicher, will inspire our Mississippi River cruise.

Included Tour: The Malco Theater, which was made famous in the movie “Walk the Line.” Visit Handworks Boutique, a store that was featured on “ABC World News Tonight.” Discover the Delta Cultural Center which preserves and presents the heritage of the 27-county region of eastern Arkansas.
Bubba’s Blues Corner offers hard-to-find blues music. Biscuit Row features the rehabilitation of buildings at this gritty intersection that was the home of the blues in Helena in the earliest days. Experience the cultural heritage at the Helena Museum.

Lastly, visit two preserved houses from the late 1880s and 1890s: the Fort Curtis/Moore–Horner House and the Pillow Thompson House.

Freedom Park, Arkansas’ first Network to Freedom site—a National Park Service designation for key Underground Railroad sites.   
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 • Vicksburg, Mississippi
A visit to the National Military Park and Battlefield is a must. Join Dave Eicher as you drive through these scenic hills on this optional guided tour of the Battle of Vicksburg.

Included Tour: The Old Court House Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements and a gift shop with authentic Civil War relics. The Duff Green Mansion and Levee Street Depot Museum are also part of the history Vicksburg has to offer.

 The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894, and the Yesterday’s Child Doll and Toy Museum has one of the largest collections in the USA of rare 19th- and 20th-century French and German bisque dolls.   
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • Natchez, Mississippi
After burning Vicksburg, the northern troops directed their march south to Natchez. A gathering of the fine folk of Natchez sent a delegation out to meet them to surrender Natchez rather than have it destroyed. The regiment had been ordered by Grant not to burn “such a beautiful town.” Natchez today welcomes you as much it was in 1863.

Included Tour: A narrated tour of the mansions Longwood, Stanton Hall, and Rosalie Mansion. Stanton Hall and the Longwood mansion were built in the early 1800s and are owned and preserved today by the Pilgrimage Garden Club. Stanton Hall is widely regarded as the grandest of the Natchez mansions.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 • St. Francisville, Louisiana
A springtime visit to Rosedown, built in 1835, offers a variety of blooming plants in both a wild and formal garden inspired 18th century French gardens. John James Audubon painted the many birds and flowers of St. Francisville.

Included Tour: The Grace Episcopal Church and the West Florida Republic Park, as well as Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, handmade items and music. The Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand St., has some great exhibits.
Friday, April 12, 2013 • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Included Tour: Visit Louisiana’s White House and historic house museum of Old Governor’s Mansion, then the home port of the Fletcher-class destroyer and “Pirate of The Pacific” The USS KIDD (DD-661), the 1940s–1950s. Louisiana old state capitol and the 1930s Louisiana state capitol. You’ll also learn some of Louisiana’s history, industry and culture at Louisiana State Museum and visit an ex-federal military post known today as the Old Arsenal Museum and St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 • Oak Alley Plantation
Today your paddle wheeler meanders the plantation riverbanks of the Mississippi and ties up at the beautiful Oak Alley. Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the history and culture of this southern estate.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 • New Orleans
Upon disembarkation you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight in the "city where care forgot". Spend the day and night exploring this beautiful, historic city rebuilt since Katrina. There are many new restaurants in the warehouse area as well as the French Quarter. End your evening with café au lait and beignets at the Café du Monde.
Monday, April 15, 2013 • New Orleans - Homeward
Depart for home or extend your stay a few more nights.