American Queen

9 day cruise itinerary

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Authentic southern culture

Enjoy a quintessentially American experience as you journey down the Mississippi aboard the opulent American Queen. This luxurious paddle steamer offers exquisite staterooms, modern amenities and Broadway quality entertainment, not to mention award-winning dining and signature shore excursions.

Start your Mississippi adventure in Memphis, spend some time exploring the fantastic museums in this lively city from Stax Museum of American Soul to Elvis’ former home Graceland and be sure to try some Memphis BBQ before you board the American Queen to start your voyage. The friendly American Queen staff will be on hand to make sure your time aboard this opulent riverboat is carefree.

Enjoy the complimentary standard shore excursions as you stop off at fascinating ports along the Mississippi River or opt for one the American Queen’s premium shore excursions of an extra special Deep South experience.

Your voyage ends in the vibrant city of New Orleans where you can explore the historic French Quarter and sample some delicious Creole cuisine.

2018 Departure Dates
11th, 25th March 2018
8th, 22nd April 2018
6th, 20th May 2018
3rd, 17th June 2018
30th September 2018
14th, 28th October 2018
11th, 25th November 2018
9th, 23rd December 2018

2019 Departure Dates
24th February 2019
10th, 24th March 2019
7th, 21st April 2019
5th, 19th May 2019
2nd, 16th June 2019
1st, 15th, 29th September 2019
13th October 2019
10th, 24th November 2019
8th, 22nd December 2019

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Cruise down the Mississippi River on a traditional Paddle Steamer
  • Visit beautiful Antebellum mansions
  • Enjoy the acclaimed on-board entertainment
  • Take advantage of the included Standard Shore Excursions

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

9 days
Guide Price
£3,789 per person
Price based on
Based on 10 March 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with American Airlines, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • 2 Nights
  • Greenville
    1 Night
  • Vicksburg
    1 Night
  • Natchez
    1 Night
  • St. Francisville
    1 Night
  • Baton Rouge
    1 Night
  • Nottoway
    1 Night
  • 1 Day
  • International flights
  • One night hotel stay and transfer from hotel to the American Queen before voyage
  • 7 nights cruise aboard the American Queen
  • Bottle water and soft drinks
  • Select wine and beer at dinner
  • All meals aboard the American Queen
  • All regular shore excursions
  • Port charges
Not included
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities

Itinerary Breakdown

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. Enjoy an evening at leisure exploring this vibrant city. Why not take a walk down Beale Street and savour some of the city's famous BBQ.

Points of Interest

Explore the city at your own pace or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with an afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Cruise Departs 17:00

Points of Interest

Explore the town's many museums and discover Greenville's fascinating history, spend a fun time at the new Trop Casino for a day of gaming or venture out on a Premium Shore Excursion to B.B. King's hometown of Indianola.

Included shore excursions generally consist of guided hop-on hop-off bus tour of the town allowing you the freedom to explore at leisure and may include the Greenville History Museum, Hebrew Union Temple, 1927 Flood Museum, E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, Washington County Courthouse and Trop Casino.

Points of Interest

Described as the Key to the South by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern gem delivers a rich history unlike any other Civil War city.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Vicksburg may include the Church of the Holy Trinity, Anchuca Mansion, the Old Court House Museum, Yesterday's Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum, Biedenharn Coca-Cola™ Museum, the Lower Mississippi River Museum and the Old Depot Museum.

The oldest city on the Mississippi, Natchez captivates visitors with its old world charm offering tours of lovingly restored mansions such as Rosalie, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Natchez may include the Natchez Visitor’s Centre, William Johnson House Museum, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, the King’s Tavern and Charbonneau Distillery and the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum.

St. Francisville is home to iconic locations such as Old Market Hall and Royal Street, explore the town at leisure or join the American Queen's award-winning Premium Shore Excursion, Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in St. Francisville may include Royal Street, Old Market Hall, the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and Grace Episcopal Church.

Points of Interest

Enjoy a day exploring the beautiful city of Baton Rouge, from the museums and architecture to the shops and local cuisine.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Baton Rouge may include the USS Kidd DD-61, Capitol Park Museum, Louisiana’s State Capitol, LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

Points of Interest

Enjoy an included tour of the beautiful Nottoway Plantation, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion and discover the rich history of this impressive structure.

Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or join a post-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with an airport transfer.

Points of Interest

  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sun Studios
    • Stax Museum of American Soul
    • Graceland
    • Beale Street Entertainment District
    • Memphis BBQ
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Greenville's fascinating history
    • Vicksburg National Military Park
    • Antebellum mansions in Natchez
    • Trop Casino Greenville
    • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum in Vicksburg
  • Louisiana

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Old Market Hall in St. Francisville
    • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
    • Old Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge
    • Nottoway Plantation
    • New Orleans' historic French Quarter