Premium shore excursions
Experience the best of the lower Mississippi towns & sights
All meals included
10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
7 nights aboard the American Duchess
3 nights in outstanding hotels
Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada (Air gateways available across Canada)
Private car home pick-up service & return service
Jewels of the Lower Mississippi
Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles aboard the American Duchess, the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers and the most luxurious river cruising vessel in the country. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries, in the soulful gospel blues of Helena and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.
Complete information and assistance before your journey
Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)
During your Journey
24/7 professional Journey Manager services
Services of local guides
Porterage for one piece of baggage
Most meals as listed
All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed
4 premium shore excursions in Nottoway, St. Francisville, Natchez & Vicksburg
City tours of New Orleans & Memphis
Explore the Louisiana swampland & discover Elvis Presley's Graceland
Freedom of the Hop-On Hop-Off Coaches
7 nights aboard the American Duchess
3 nights in outstanding hotels:
2 nights in New Orleans
1 night in Memphis
Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
Air gateways available across Canada
CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST
ENJOY $200 OFF YOUR JOURNEY FARE
Pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 offyour journey’s fare.
Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.
All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other air gateways available.These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date.
Travel Insurance Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Here is a list of the plans we offer:
Cancellation / Interruption
Seniors Emergency Medical
Annual Medical Plan
All Inclusive Annual Plan
Baggage and Personal effects
Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.
Custom flight itineraries Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.
Pre Post overnights in Toronto We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.
Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to New Orleans, Louisiana. Join us in the evening for a casual welcome dinner. (D)
InterContinental New Orleans (2 nights)
NEW ORLEANS, “THE BIG EASY”
In New Orleans, we find a blossoming culture that is unlike anything else in the United States, rich with a mix of French, Creole, Caribbean, and Irish influences. In the morning, enjoy a city tour that showcases the highlights of the “Big Easy,” including the French Quarter, Jackson Square, the Garden District, and St. Charles Avenue. Relax with a beignet at “Café du Monde”, and amble through the “City of the Dead”. After a tasty local lunch, the afternoon is free for you to soak up the unique atmosphere of this vibrant but laid-back city! (B,L,D)
LOUISIANA SWAMP TOUR
Experience a morning out on the bayou during a classic Louisiana Swamp Tour. Journey through the heart of southern Louisiana’s swamplands. Experience real-life adventure as our Cajun guide shares the lore of Louisiana’s untamed wilderness. Tour through the meandering bayous filled with moss-draped cypress trees before enjoying the rich Cajun flavours of lunch at a local restaurant. Then, board the American Duchess, your home for the next seven days. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. (B,L,D)
The American Duchess (7 nights)
Nottoway Plantation is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion. Enjoy the stunning scenery along the Mississippi River during a morning cruise, followed by lunch on board and an afternoon excursion to this historic landmark. Set against the natural backdrop of the Mississippi River, vibrant gardens, and 200-year-old oak trees, the “White Castle” of Louisiana captivates all with a brilliant blend of true southern hospitality, history, and mystery. (B,L,D)
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Arriving shortly after breakfast, we embark on a morning excursion to two pre-Civil War plantations, Rosedown and Catalpa, where we learn about the lavish lifestyle of the antebellum South’s wealthiest planters. Catalpa is a charming private home that has remained in the same family since the early 1800s. The home’s current owner, Mar Thompson, is a gracious hostess who delights in sharing her grand home and its history. Before we leave, join Mary for a complimentary glass of Sherry and a traditional southern farewell on the front porch. Enjoy lunch on board before setting sail for a relaxing afternoon and evening of river cruising. (B,L,D) Iy Included excursion: Plantations of the Back Roads
The charming river town of Natchez is the oldest on the Mississippi. We begin the morning across the river in Louisiana with an excursion to historic Frogmore Plantation, where we learn about life on a cotton plantation. On our return to Natchez, we visit Longwood, an octagonal antebellum mansion, for a glimpse into the devastation caused by war. The afternoon is free for you to explore this quaint town at your leisure. (B,L,D) Included excursion: The Story of Cotton in the Antebellum South
Vicksburg perfectly blends southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Travel the frontlines of one of the most important battlefields in the country. At the historic Vicksburg National Military Park, our luxury motor coach travels the 16-mile road that weaves through 1,300 monuments and markers. Tour an ironclad river boat that was raised from the depths of the Mississippi River, and amble through the peaceful National Cemetery. Savour a delicious lunch on the American Duchess as she sets sail for a gentle cruise up the Mississippi. (B,L,D) Included excursion: On the Front Lines of the Civil War
CRUISING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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 on board. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. Retreat to the Lincoln Library, exercise in the fitness facility, enjoy a movie in the theatre, or relax in the grand lobby. However you wish to spend the day, make it your own and revel in every moment. (B,L,D)
At the northern reaches of the Mississippi, Tunica is one of the South’s leading entertainment destinations, home to nine casino resorts and three championship-level golf courses. It is also a popular starting point for the Mississippi Blues Trail, a scenic highway that winds through Mississippi. Take your time with breakfast today and enjoy a leisurely morning of river cruising. After lunch, we arrive in Tunica, where we can take full advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off River Coaches as we explore this charming town filled with history, food, and fun! (B,L,D)
A legendary city overflowing with blues, soul, and Rock ’n’ Roll, Memphis is a destination for the senses. In the morning, we bid farewell to the American Duchess and embark on a complete tour of the city’s most famed landmark— Graceland. Visit the former home of “The King” himself, Elvis Presley, and get a glimpse into the life of the rich and famous. Savour an authentic Memphis barbecue lunch at Vernon’s Steakhouse before transferring to the hotel. The rest of the day is then free for you to explore this iconic city. Dinner will be served at our hotel. (B,L,D)
The Peabody Hotel, Memphis (1 night)
Begin the day with a tour of Memphis, Tennessee, including a stop at Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock ’n’ Roll and the legendary recording studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers. Marvel at the museum’s hundreds of rare recordings, memorabilia, and vintage recording equipment. After gathering for a farewell lunch, we bid goodbye to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B,L)
As the first all-suite paddlewheeler in the US, the American Duchess offers guests large accommodations, vaulted ceilings, fine dining options, beautiful decks for strolling, and luxury amenities. Stop by the Grand Dining Room or the River Club & Terrace for delicious and fresh fine dining options, and enjoy Broadway-caliber entertainment. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Let her courteous staff and elegant furnishings welcome you aboard the American Duchess.
New Orleans, the "Big Easy"
Embark on an adventure through a city radiating an eccentric and authentic atmosphere and filled to the brim with history and culture close to the heart of America. On an exclusive New Orleans tour, experience the city from an intimate first-person perspective and explore its unique history. Relax in the comfort of our motor coach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city including the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Garden District. Then, travel down St. Charles Avenue, along the famous street car line, where New Orleans’ most prestigious and beautiful schools, Tulane University and Loyola University are located. Continue the day in New Orleans’ breathtaking City Park, a 400-acre park located in uptown between St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River, built on the site of the 1884 World's Fair. Here, take a short break to relax and soak in the awe-inspiring scenery of the “Big Easy” while savouring a New Orleans’ signature Morning Call beignet. Finally, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without a stop at St. Louis Cemetery #3, better known as “The City of the Dead.”
Nottoway Plantation, the “The White Castle” of Louisiana
Step back in time to pre-Civil War America on a guided tour of Nottoway Plantation which lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. The mansion flaunts 64 bedrooms across three floors and displays 22 white square columns which contribute to its nickname – “The White Castle”. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white and displays elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud and are all original to the house. As if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was built with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Enjoy a guided walking tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Travel the front lines of one the most important battlefields in the country – cross into enemy territory, hear the stories and hardships suffered by soldiers, and discover what makes Vicksburg such an important city in American history. The Siege and Battle at Vicksburg is a landmark in time that shaped the country and how wars would forever be fought. At the historic Vicksburg National Military Park, we will travel the 16-mile road that weaves through the 1,300 monuments and markers. As our luxury motor coach navigates the bluffs and fields that once served as crucial battlegrounds, we’ll cross both Union and Confederate lines and make a few stops to allow for a close-up experience at some of the key points of interest along the way. Tour the USS Cairo and Museum, an Iron Clad River Boat that was raised from the depths of the Mississippi River, and climb the steps at the Illinois State Monument, the largest of the 27 state monuments. Walk the National Cemetery, a peaceful location holding the largest amount of Civil War burials in the country, and visit the Vicksburg Battlefield Visitor’s Centre where an informative fiber-optic display depicts the progression of the siege.
Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis Presley
Experience a king’s treatment as we enjoy a day exploring Graceland Mansion – the home of the late, great Elvis Presley. Enter through “The King’s” front door where the presence of Elvis can still be felt within the walls, and discover the many rooms inside including the famous “Jungle Room” and “Vernon’s Office” on a fully guided tour. Visit the Trophy Building and Racquetball Building, where you’ll find hundreds of his awards and accolades, and stroll through the Meditation Garden to “The King’s” final resting place, located alongside other members of his family. Additionally, enjoy full access to the Visitor Entertainment Complex, see Elvis’ two custom airplanes, visit the Presley Motors Automobile Museum as well as Elvis: The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum, and explore the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.