May 15 - 24, 2014 • From $2,749
per person, double occupancy. Airfare is additional.
FREE 2-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM AND A $100 ONBOARD CREDIT PER STATEROOM IF BOOKED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Immerse yourself in glorious Southern culture and the compelling Civil War history that shaped our nation on this outstanding Mississippi River cruise. Board the luxury riverboat American Queen, and sail to charming river towns steeped in classic antebellum grandeur and momentous history. From cobbled downtown districts and opulent mansions to haunting battle sites—step back into the 19th century on this remarkable voyage.
Begin with a stay in dynamic Memphis, as much a bustling riverboat port today as it was in the early 1800s, and take in Civil War history at the famed Shiloh National Military Park. Then board the grand American Queen, the largest riverboat in the world, and sail to fascinating ports in Mississippi and Louisiana. Head ashore in Vicksburg, where you’ll find a rich Southern heritage and the Vicksburg National Military Park, which commemorates the 47-day siege of the city in 1863. Continue to Natchez, a city of Southern charm and antebellum mansions, followed by the lovely town of St. Francisville, home to almost 150 historic buildings on the National Register. Stop in Louisiana’s vibrant capital, Baton Rouge, a modern metropolis bursting with Old Southern flavor, and visit Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before concluding your journey in New Orleans.
Delve into Southern culture and the American Civil War, while gaining insight from lectures given by Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor at the University of Virginia; David L. Carlton, Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University; William R. Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor at the University of North Carolina; Antonio D. Tillis, Associate Professor at Dartmouth College; and Elizabeth R. Varon, Langbourne M. Williams Professor at the University of Virginia.
This voyage offers the unique opportunity to cruise the Mighty Mississippi while exploring one of the most pivotal times in America’s history. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by October 30, 2013 to receive a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis and a $100 onboard credit per stateroom.