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11 Days | 10 Nights
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Itinerary for Mar 11 — Mar 21, 2015

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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, March 11 - Orientation, dinner, lecture
Note: Walking in the hotel

Afternoon: Registration and Orientation is 3:45 pm at the hotel. Start off your New Orleans experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow Participants.

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, March 12 - Overview of city, Katrina Devastation, Lake Pontc...
Overview of city, Katrina Devastation, Lake Pontchartrain, City Park and cemetery

Note: Overview of city, view Lake Pontchartrain and walk in the Cemetery,visit Longue Vue House

Breakfast: Huge breakfast Buffet at hotel

Morning: Overview of City with instructor. View Lake Pontchartrain, walk in an above ground cemeteries with instructor, see and learn about Bayou St. John. Stop in City Park and drive through the 9th ward where some of the Katrina devastation is.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Longue Vue House is Located on the western edge of the city, just past the Cemeteries and hidden among the trees off Metairie Road. This magnificent city estate with a Classical Revival-style mansion is surrounded by eight acres of breathtakingly landscaped gardens designed by some of the finest outdoor architects of the early 20th century. The home was built by the late philanthropists Edgar Bloom Stern, a New Orleans businessman and cotton broker, and his wife Edith Rosenwald Stern, an heiress of the Sears department store family. It was designed by renowned architects William and Geoffrey Platt and Ellen Biddle Shipman.

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

Evening: Jazz performance at Fritzel's Jazz Club with a voucher provided so that you may attend on your own at your leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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, March 13 - St. Charles and the Garden District, and lecture...
St. Charles and the Garden District, and lecture: Mardi Gras Indians, cooking school

Note: Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District .The walk will be approximately 8 blocks in the garden district (walking and standing) The bus will be available if you decided not to walk. The bus will take us to lunch and our class. After your class, you can walk to the museums approximately 6 blocks, in the heart of the French Quarter in Jackson Square, or take a cab. Cooking School for dinner in the French Quarter

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District .The walk will be approximately 8 blocks in the garden district (walking and standing) The bus will be available if you decided not to walk.

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

Afternoon: Lunch at the Golden Feather Restaurant and museum of Mardi Gras Indians.Have the unique experience of learning about the Mardi Gras Indians from an "Indian"(see his incredible costumes)--a cultural phenomenon in New Orleans. You will hear about the connections to the Black Culture in New Orleans and to the famous early faubourg of New Orleans called Treme. After class enjoy Cafe au Lait and Beignets. Use your vouchers to visit the Louisiana State Museum of your choice in the heart of the French Quarter You walk 6 blocks or take a cab to Jackson Square.Listen to the music there or enjoy some of our local art.

Dinner: Dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You will have a fun filled evening watching the chef demonstrate what you will have for dinner. Recipes are included of this delicious meal.

Evening: Lecture: Paddlewheelers, Packets and Floating Palaces Clarke “Doc” Hawley, retired riverboat captain will be giving the lecture at the hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

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 Four: Saturday, March 14 - Brunch at Court of two Sisters, WWII Museum Board...
Note: Prepare luggage to be picked up for boat, Get ready for the Famous Jazz Brunch at the Court of 2 Sisters, a 3 block walk from the bus to the restaurant. After brunch we will walk back to the bus and continue to the WWII Museum for a self guided experience.

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

Brunch: Jazz Brunch at famous Court of Two Sisters in historic French Quarter. enjoy a wonderful buffet with everything from turtle soup to Bananas Foster and everything in between. While you relax and visit with your fellow participants, listen to the jazz that will be playing while we eat.

Afternoon: Visit the WWII Museum, formerly known as the D Day Museum, focuses on the contribution made by the United States to victory by the Allies in World War II and the Battle of Normandy in particular. The museum maintains an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.

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, March 15 - Oak Alley and Laura Plantations
Note: You will have to walk 6 blocks from the boat to the front of the Oak Alley Plantation (golf carts not allowed on the brick path) There are stairs to the second floor and a video of it if you are not able to climb stairs. We will take a bus to Laura Plantation from Oak Alley, The grounds are grass and gravel.There is a second floor, also.

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: 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. The plantation is 2 stories, but there is a video of the second floor if steps are a problem. Laura is a 2 story sugar plantation built in 1805. This is a story of the fascinating world of the Creoles who, lived here for over 200 years.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture:"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, March 16 - Tour Rosedown PLantation, Downtown St. Francisvil...
Note: There are golf carts to take you to the bus up on the levee if needed. Rosedown Plantations is a 2 story building. The grounds have grass and paths where you are allowed to explore after your experience in the house, before we return to the boat. Also, you will have time to explore the quaint little town of St. Francisville if you care to.

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 Plantation and Gardens built in 1835. This was a cotton plantation and consisted of 3,500 acres and at its height, 450 slaves worked at this and three other plantations.

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, March 17 - Longwood and Stanton Hall Plantations, Natchez G...
Note: There are golf carts to take you to the bus if needed. We have a native from Natchez as our instructor. Longwood and Stanton Hall plantations are short walks from the bus. There is standing in the plantations. We are dropped off right in front of the church and listen to the choir in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Longwood Plantation began construction in 1860 and is very unique looking. Octagonal, multistory, Oriental Revival style.As the house was near completion, the Civil War broke out and construction was halted. The house has 32 rooms and only 9 were finished. Stanton Hall, 1858, located on an entire city block. Carrera Marble, mahogany doors 2 1/2 inches thick, huge Corinthian columns, and granite steps adorn the facade.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Natchez Gospel Choir performs just for you. We will drive to a small church in Natchez and listen to a local choir sing some of their favorite songs for us. Get ready to join them in their love of music.

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, March 18 - Vicksburg Battlefield and Military Park,
Note: We will drive to the park and make 3 stops during our drive with instructor in the park. Very little walking

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. We will make 3 stops, the visitors center, one of the larger monuments and the U.S.S. Cairo ironclad gunboat and museum.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture:"American Civil War Casuality" Enjoy activities on the boat or just watch the river go by.

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, March 19 - Steamboating all day
Note: Cruising on American Queen

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

Morning: Lecture:"Atlantic Slave Trade" Relax and enjoy all that this beautiful boat has to offer.

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Lecture:"Atlantic Slave Trade" Relax and maybe take time and go to the Engine Room and visit with the people that keep the boat rolling.

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, March 20 - Explore Helena Arkansas
Note: There are golf cart that can take you up the levee to where the bus is. Some walking and standing.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the AmericanQueen

Morning: Helen, Arkansas was incorporated in 1833.The Union Army occupied the area in 1863 during the American Civil War. It was also the site of the Battle of Helena. Included in your excursion to Helena are Delta Cultural Center, Moore-Hornor House, Helena Museum and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture:"Free People of Color" The last day to enjoy the beautiful American Queen.

Dinner: Final dinner onboard American Queen.

Evening: Farewell performance

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, March 21 - 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

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10 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
11 Performances

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