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Program #20994RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
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Itinerary for Nov 12 — Nov 22, 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: Thursday, November 12 - 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: Friday, November 13 - Overview of city, Katrina Devastation, Lake Pontc...
Overview of city, Katrina Devastation, Lake Pontchartrain, City Park and cemetery

Note: A short walk in the cemetery, 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.

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: Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue under the beautiful old oak trees. Then walk in the Garden District to learn about the many architectural styles, up close and personal. Enjoy getting right in the heart of the neighborhood, smell the fragrance of jasmine and gardenias, go back in time.

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: Saturday, November 14 - Sculpture Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art and ...
Sculpture Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art and lecture:Mardi Gras Indians

Note: We will take a bus to the Sculpture Gardens and view the gardens followed by visiting NOMA, that is adjacent to the gardens. 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.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is a 5 acre garden opened in 2003 with over 60 works of art by modern and contemporary artists, including Henry Moore and George Segal. Adjacent to the gardens is the New Orleans Museum of Art that was founded in 1910 with a gift from Isaac Delgado. It is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass and African and Japanese works.

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

Evening: Jazz performance at Frtizel's with voucher provided, 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: Sunday, November 15 - 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: Monday, November 16 - 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" Lecture: "Mardi Gras," The celebration, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. Learn the history of this centuries-old celebration. 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: Tuesday, November 17 - 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: Wednesday, November 18 - 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: Thursday, November 19 - 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: Friday, November 20 - Steamboating all day
Note: Cruising on American Queen

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Lecture:" Four 20th Century Views of Slavery" The riverlorian is always available for some unanswered questions you may have about the river.

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: Saturday, November 21 - 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 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: Sunday, November 22 - 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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27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
11 Performances

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