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  • A cruise along the Mississippi River will take you to centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant Antebellum plantations, cotton fields, and Civil War memorials - it's like taking a step back in time.
  • Experience the historic authenticity of the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen!
  • We've got 3 different experiences for you choose from so watch the mesmerising 4th July fireworks from the river, discover the literary genius of Mark Twain or relish the glitter & elegance of Christmas down South.

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Booking 35 days in advance and spending over £500 per person? No need to pay in full today! Just select the 30% deposit option on our payment page (terms & conditions apply)

For any additional information on this offer or assistance in making your reservation please call one of our dedicated team on 0844 8262098 or email sales@voyageprive.com

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Your Destinations

Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Traveling on the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the American Queen, you will be transported back in time, not only by the breathtaking unspoilt beauty but also by the palatial steamboat.

Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities are dotted amidst peaceful fields of gold, majestic, soaring mountains and high bluffs. Sweeping panoramas and deep blue lakes are the same visions that compelled the works of Mark Twain.  There’s no better way to see America than from the perspective of the river, for the river has played a tremendous role in the shaping of this beautiful country and the lives of the people who inhabit it.

Your Itinerary

The mighty rivers of the United States once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, the American Queen Steamboat Company© recreates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspiration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard one of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen®. Traveling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.

Itinerary 1: Memphis, Tennessee - Alton Illinois (2nd July)

Uniquely American experience!  Blues & BBQ can be easily identified as cherished Southern staples & are just 2 of the fabulous highlights you will encounter as you journey from lively Memphis to welcoming St. Louis.

Celebrate the birth of a nation aboard a genuine national treasure, the iconic American Queen, certainly a rare treat. Before you embark on your river journey to the charming ports of authentic America, relish your time in Memphis as the city will be abuzz with patriotic festivities, live music and local vendors.

Explore the many attractions at your leisure or opt for a premium shore excursion tour through the city. Once boarding begins, it is time to celebrate American Queen style! Delight in a fabulous pre-fireworks dinner and then grab a patriotic-inspired cocktail and head up to the top deck where you will be treated to unobstructed views of the city’s grand fireworks display against the backdrop of the beautiful Memphis skyline.

As a special tribute to this uniquely American voyage, Lewis Hankins will enhance the onboard celebration with his highly acclaimed one-man show bringing to life the literary legend Mark Twain.

Day 1-2: Memphis, Tennessee
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to venture out and explore the city's famed eateries, unique boutiques and lively arts and entertainment scene.

Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee
Explore Memphis before boarding your steamboat at 5pm.

Day 4: River Cruising
Gain insight into our nation’s history and heritage through the stories, facts and fables related by our onboard Riverlorian.

Day 5: New Madrid, Missouri
Relive scenes out of the battle of New Madrid, site of the Cherokee Trail of Tears crossing.

Day 6-7: Paducah, Kentucky
Observe elegant displays at the National Quilt Museum highlighting the colorful rebirth of quiltmaking.

Day 8: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Visit the Old Bridge Overlook and Park for spectacular vistas of the river.

Day 9: Chester, Illinois
Affectionately referred to as the "Home of Popeye," this colorful city will enchant you with its fun pop culture atmosphere and charming Popeye Character Trail.

Day 10: St. Louis, Missouri
After disembarking at 8am, spend a leisurely day exploring local attractions such as the Gateway Arch and Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

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Itinerary 2: St Paul, Minnesota - St Louis, Illinois (30th July)

Mark Twain's Mississippi River - Set out on a vacation steeped in the history, culture & traditions that define America.

An American literary icon – visit Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri from where much of his inspiration for his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is derived. Witness his words and wit brought to life by expert tribute artist Lewis Hankins.

Delve deep into the life and work of Samuel Clemens through special daily presentations from special guest speakers Cindy Lovell and Henry Sweets, executive directors of Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri and Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut respectively. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share the Mississippi River with Mark Twain.

Day 1-2: St Paul, Minnesota
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay just south of Minneapolis in Bloomington. Take the Light Rail to downtown Minneapolis or use the hotel skywalk to access the many attractions located in the illustrious Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States.

Day 3: Red Wing, Minnesota
Explore the surrounding area before your transfer to the American Queen.

Day 4: Red Wing, Minnesota
Enjoy breathtaking views of Minnesota and Wisconsin bluffs from Memorial Park and Bush & Main Street’s shopping district.

Day 5: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Take a stroll along the inviting Riverwalk and through Riverside International Friendship Garden.

Day 6: Dubuque, Iowa
Experience this town’s unique flavor from Cable Car Square to the Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum.

Day 7: Quad Cities (Bettendorf), Iowa
Explore the lively Quad Cities area or enjoy interactive exhibits at the John Deere Pavilion.

Day 8: Burlington, Iowa
Uncover the rich history of the Sauk Indians, Heritage Hill and Snake Alley.

Day 9: Hannibal, Missouri
You will be enchanted by Mark Twain's hometown as you explore the sites that inspired his beloved American classics and learn everything there is to know about this literary icon.

Day 10: Alton, Illinois
Disembark at 8am.

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Itinerary 3: Memphis, Tennessee - New Orleans, Louisiana (10th December)

A taste of the true south!  Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era.

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures.

Bask in the glitter and elegance of an American Queen holiday as you sip a glass of eggnog and listen to the soothing serenade of carolers perform from the levees as you depart enchanting ports.  This exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something extra for everyone including music, seasonal goods & locally produced crafts.

Day 1-2: Memphis, Tennessee
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to venture out and explore the city's famed eateries, unique boutiques and lively arts and entertainment scene.

Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee (Ship departing at 5pm)
Explore Memphis at your leisure before your afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Day 4: Greenville, Mississippi
Here in the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta lies a rich cultural heritage nearby the birthplace of blues icon B.B. King.

Day 5: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern gem delivers a rich history unlike any other Civil War city.

Day 6: Natchez, Mississippi
First inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers, this oldest city on the Mississippi will captivate you with lovingly restored mansions such as Stanton Hall and Rosalie Mansion.

Day 7-8: Nottoway, Louisiana
Explore the South’s largest remaining Antebellum mansion on the grounds of Nottoway Plantation.

Day 9: Oak Valley, Louisiana
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.

Day 10: New Orleans, Louisiana
Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure after disembarking at 8am.

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Your Ship

As you make your way up the gangplank  you can't help but feel you're stepping into one of Mark Twain's novels.  Each day spent on these palatial steamboats will delight, while onboard the American Queen, get a full workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center; then relax with a dip in the small Sun Deck pool.  And don't forget to set aside some time for pampering in the steamboat's spa!

Each day and evening aboard the American Queen lends a splendid variety of entertainment to keep you fully engaged throughout your voyage. Whether it is a themed voyage special event, a captivating tale told by our onboard Riverlorian or an energized musical performance led by top entertainers, there is always an impressive line-up of entertainment that is sure to satisfy.

Your Stateroom

This offer is based on a Suite with open veranda

Adults
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2 Adults
These spacious, elegant suites furnished with authentic Antebellum décor and fabulous antiques provide the warm ambiance of a fine Southern estate home. Open your French doors and delight in sweeping river views as you sip a beverage and share conversation in your cozy sitting area.

Your Board Basis

This offer is based on a Full Board basis (Breakfast, lunch and evening meal served in the main restaurant - drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout your voyage)

Dining aboard the American Queen is as decadent as it is delightful.  The steamboat's award-winning culinary teams take full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh ingredients to prepare uniquely exquisite dishes while our gracious, staff charms you with friendly, attentive service so that you may enjoy each meal in a most relaxed atmosphere.

Your first decision each morning: whether to relax in bed with a cheerful breakfast tray of freshly brewed coffee and piping hot beignets, linger in the elegant dining room, or enjoy the informal atmosphere of an alternate venue.

Choices are equally abundant for lunch. Make it as light or as hearty as you wish, sampling from an extensive buffet in the Front Porch Café  or enjoying traditional service in the main dining
room.

The nightly five-course dinner in the American Queen’s elegant J. M. White Dining Room showcases the varied cultural and culinary influences of this vast nation. Inspired by the American Heartland and Southern heritage, each dish is a celebration of flavor.

Please note: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally.  Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Shared transfers are included between the hotels & ship only.

Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change.  We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given.  Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator.  Flights/trains are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.

What's Included

  • Two nights pre cruise at a luxury hotel including breakfast and transfer to the American Queen
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Queen including all meals,
  • Drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout your voyage
  • On board ‘showboat’ entertainment each evening
  • Daily talks from the resident Riverlorian
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the ‘Hop On Hop Off’
  • American Queen coaches
  • Two nights post cruise at a luxury hotel including breakfast see below
  • Port charges

Not Included

  • To pay onboard:
  • Alcoholic drinks not listed above
  • Gratuities of $16.50 per person, per day
  • Premium Excursions

Meet & Greet

If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

Your Contract

The flight inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé’s ATOL number is 10170. Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

Once the booking process is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Voyage Prive detailing your chosen travel arrangements.

Your official ATOL receipt and booking confirmation issued by the Tour Operator will follow within 5 days.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure. Generally, travel documents are sent via email however, in some cases they will be sent by post.

If you have booked Meet & Greet, you will receive a separate voucher for this via email.

Please do make sure that you add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list and check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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