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Program #20994RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for May 21 — May 31, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
330 Loyola Road
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day One: Wednesday, May 21 - Orientation, dinner, lecture
Afternoon: Registration and orientation begin at 3:45pm at Holiday Inn. DInner to follow.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel this evening so you can meet your fellow travelers.

Evening: Private Dixieland jazz performance at hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
330 Loyola Road
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Thursday, May 22 - Overview of city.
Note: Lecture, field trip

Breakfast: Huge breakfast Buffet at hotel

Morning: Overview of City with instructor. View Lake Pontchartrain, walk in above ground cemetaries with instruction, see and learn about Bayou St. John.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District to learn about many architectural styles.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Lecture:"Paddlewheelers, Floating Palaces and Packets" given by a retired riverboat captain.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
330 Loyola Road
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Friday, May 23 - Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras Indians, Swamp Tour
Note: flat terrain

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture:"Mardi Gras" as told by a New Orleans native who actively participates in the celebration and who just happens to be an architect as well. Expert led lecture on Black Culture in New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians

Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Feather Restaurant and museum of Mardi Gras Indians.

Afternoon: Venture outside the city for wildlife and scenic bayous as you take a fascinating guided Swamp Tour by boat. Bring your cameras. This is must see while in our region.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening so that you might enjoy a restaurant of your own choosing.

Evening: Jazz performance at Preservation Hall and Frtizels with voucher provided to attend on your own at your leisure

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, May 24 - Brunch at Court of two Sisters, Museums Board Am...
Note: Prepare luggage to be picked up for boat, French Quarter

Morning: Leisurely morning as you prepare for your departure from New Orleans.

Brunch: Brunch at Court of Two Sisters in historic French Quarter with Jazz Trio. Still time to use vouchers for museums and last minute visits in the French Quarter..

Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Gardens. Board American Queen

Dinner: Your first dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Musical performance as you float down the Mississippi.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, May 25 - Oak Alley and Laura Plantations
Note: Walking to around plantations

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen. American Queen offers several opportunities for breakfast from full sit down served meal to beignets on the Front Porch.

Morning: Tour the grounds and Oak Alley Plantation, Antebellum Mississippi River Mansion.Originally named Bon Secour, was built in 1837 by George Swainey. Leading up to the house is an alley of 300 year old oak trees. This alley runs between the house and the Mississippi River. Also visit Laura Plantation.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation" Enjoy the ralaxing beauty of the River as you roll along.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy great performances every evening.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, May 26 - Tour Rosedown PLantation, Downtown St. Francisvil...
Note: Mostly on bus--flat walking

Breakfast: Breakfast onbard the American Queen

Morning: This quaint town of St. Francisville 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. Visit Rosedown Plantion.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture:"Four 20th Century Views of Slavery" Time to relax and enjoy the boat as you float down the Mississippi River.

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: As always, more entertainment.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 27 - Longwood and Stanton Hall Plantations, Natchez G...
Note: on bus and walking on flat terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Lecture:"Southern Sociology and Plantation Architecture" Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Lecture"Southern Sociology and Plantation Architecture".Visit Longwood Plantation- a unique unfinished plantation as well as Stanton Hall and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Natchez Gospel Choir performs just for you.

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment in Grand Saloon

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 28 - Vicksburg Battlefield and Military Park, Downtown...
Note: mostly bus and flat terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Lecture: "Flowing Unvexed to the Sea" preceding the visit to the Vicksburg National Military Park and Battlefield.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival, as you explore the quaint town of Vicksburg. Lecture:"American Civil War Casuality"

Dinner: Dinner in the J.M. White dining room

Evening: Entertainment nightly

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, May 29 - Steamboating all day
Note: cruising on American Queen

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

Morning: Lecture:"Atlantic Slave Trade"

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Lecture:" Four 20th Century Views of Slavery"

Dinner: Dinner onboard

Evening: Nightly entertainment

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 188-887-4952 x80
web: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, May 30 - Explore Helena Arkansas
Note: bus and walking

Breakfast: Breakfast on the AmericanQueen

Morning: Included in your excursion to Helena are Biscuit Row, Helena Museum, Freedom Park (site of Underground Railroad) and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture:"Free People of Color"

Dinner: Final dinner onboard American Queen.

Evening: Farewell performance

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, May 31 - Heading home from Memphis
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen

Morning: Depart boat at approximately 9am. Transportation provided to Memphis airport by 10:30 am

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
11 Performances

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