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Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017

  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017
  • Luxury on the Mississippi - 2017

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Luxury on the Mississippi tour members meet their Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station throughout the afternoon.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., we’ll board the Amtrak train made famous in the song, The City of New Orleans, departing at 8:05 p.m. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All dining car meals are included, beginning with dinner tonight. You can enjoy the evening getting to know your fellow travelers.

Meal(s) D

Day 2: New Orleans

We’ll be rolling through the Mississippi Delta area this morning. We’re scheduled to arrive in the Crescent City at 3:32 p.m.

Upon arrival we will begin a two-and-a-half-hour sightseeing tour of the Greater New Orleans area. The tour will include the St. Louis Cemetery III where the above ground burial system will be explained; beautiful City Park; the Lakefront area; the uptown section with its antebellum and new homes; Tulane University; Audubon Park; and the French Market.

Our home in New Orleans is either the Hilton New Orleans Riverside or the Westin New Orleans Canal Place.

You’re in one of the most interesting cities in the world. Take full advantage of all there is to see, to do and to taste!

Meal(s) B & L

Day 3: New Orleans / Embark

Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today. This afternoon, you will board the beautiful American Queen, your home for the next seven days. The American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While onboard, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries.
The festivities will kick off with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Meal(s) B & D

Day 4: Oak Alley, LA

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 rich history and culture of this southern estate.

A tour of the plantation is included.

Meal(s) B, L & D

Day 5: St. Francisville, LA

This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville.

A hop-on, hop-off tour is included.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 6: Natchez, MS

Step into the plantation lifestyle of the Antebellum South in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.
A hop-on, hop-off tour is included.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 7: Vicksburg, MS

Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” the Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.

Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from Vicksburg National Military Park to the Waterways Experiment Station. A hop-on, hop-off tour is included.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 8 & 9: Steamboating

Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 10: Memphis / En Route

This morning we’ll disembark the steamship and embark on a tour of this dynamic city of 700,000. We’ll travel by Mud Island, the Pyramid, the Danny Thomas ALSAC Pavilion, Sun Studios and the Martin Luther King assassination site.

We’ll visit downtown and the Peabody Hotel where the famous Peabody ducks will arrive at their daytime fountain from their home on the hotel’s upper floor.

This afternoon we’ll arrive at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Our Platinum Tour package includes the mansion tour as well as self-guided tours the Elvis Automobile Museum and a memorabilia museum called “Sincerely Elvis.”

We’ll spend the evening on Beale Street. Dinner at Kings Palace is included.

Later this evening we’ll transfer to the Amtrak Station for the overnight trip back to Chicago on the City of New Orleans. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat or optional private sleeping room.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 11: En Route to Chicago

Following a full-course dining car breakfast, we’ll arrive in Chicago’s Union Station at 9:00 a.m. Tour members will depart for home destinations throughout the day.
Those returning to Eastern home cities will have time to take a Gray Line sightseeing tour, to shop or to visit some of Chicago’s major attractions.

Meal(s):  B

11 Days

Sat., Mar. 18 to Tues., Mar. 28, 2017

TOUR IN PROGRESS

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  • New Orleans
  • The American Queen
  • Oak Alley
  • St. Francisville
  • Natchez
  • Helena
  • Memphis
  • The City of New Orleans

Tour Highlights

  • Luxury travel on the American Queen™. From the glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques, you’ll experience the opulence of the American Victorian era.
  • In colorful and fun-filled New Orleans, you’ll be staying in a first-class French Quarter hotel, tour its major attractions and have time to wander the famous French Quarter on your own. Discover great shops and galleries plus exquisite dining and Dixieland jazz spots.
  • Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees.
  • St. Francisville is a quaint town with over 140 buildings on the National Register including beautiful plantation homes.
  • Step into the plantation lifestyle of the Antebellum South in Natchez.
  • Billed the Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg is home of the Vicksburg National Military Park.
  • Visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the Peabody Hotel (famous for the Peabody ducks) in Memphis.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and connecting motorcoach.
  • Inside cabin aboard the American Queen™ for seven nights.
  • Reclining coach seat on Amtrak for two nights.
  • 26 meals.
  • Sightseeing tours at each destination.
  • Baggage handling, taxes, tips.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$3,995 - 11 Days
Ship upgrades:
Cabin:    D + $1,140; $2,280 single
        C + $1,650; $3,300 single
        B + $1,905; $3,810 single
        A + $1,950; $3,900 single
        AA + $2,000; $4,000 single
        AAA + 2,200; $4,400 single
Train upgrade:    Roomette + $295
Bedroom + $445

Single    $5,745
Train upgrade: Roomette + $590
See above for ship upgrades.

FLY OPTION - Fly to New Orleans and return from Memphis. 9 Days
Price: $3,695
Single $5,445

America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare is not included in above price.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.


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SUITE AND STATEROOM CATEGORIES

  • E    Inside Cabin     
  • D    Deluxe outside stateroom with bay window - Cabin Deck
  • C    Outside stateroom with open veranda - Observation Deck or Texas Deck
  • B    Outside stateroom with open veranda - Observation Deck
  • A    Deluxe outside stateroom with private veranda - Texas Deck
  • AA    Superior outside stateroom with open veranda - Promenade Deck or Observation Deck

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