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Adventures Afloat: Steamboat Into Southern Culture: A Louisiana and Mississippi Voyage

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Program #20664RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Totally flat terrain walk up to 8 blocks

Itinerary for Feb 25 — Mar 7, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Ship Information: See info on American Queen

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
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

Additional nights before: $139 plus tax prices can vary
Book pre and post stay early. New Orleans is popular and some nights might be sold out or be more expensive. No pre-stay available on Feb 17,2015

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Wednesday, February 25 - Orientation, dinner, music
Note: Walking in the hotel only

Afternoon: Registration 3:45pm and Orientation 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: Lively musical performance just for you at the hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Ship Information: See info on American Queen

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
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

Additional nights before: $139 plus tax prices can vary
Book pre and post stay early. New Orleans is popular and some nights might be sold out or be more expensive. No pre-stay available on Feb 17,2015

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Thursday, February 26 - Overview of city, Lecture Longue Vue House and Ga...
Note: A Short walk in an above ground cemetery in the morning,see the lower 9th Ward and Katrina devastation. In the afternoon, we will visit Longue Vue House and Gardens.

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: Located on the western edge of the city, just past the Cemeteries and hidden among the trees off Metairie Road, is Longue Vue House and Gardens. 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, “Dean of American Women Landscape Architects.” It has been classified as a National Historic Landmark since May

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Tonight you may want to try one of our great restaurants and then stay in the French Quarter and listen to some Jazz on your own at Fritzel's, with a voucher that is provided.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Ship Information: See info on American Queen

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
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

Additional nights before: $139 plus tax prices can vary
Book pre and post stay early. New Orleans is popular and some nights might be sold out or be more expensive. No pre-stay available on Feb 17,2015

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Friday, February 27 - Drive on St. Charles Avenue and take a walk in th...
Drive on St. Charles Avenue and take a walk in the Garden District, Mardi Gras Indians and cooking school.

Note: Take a 8 block walk in the Garden District with your instructor in the morning. After your class in the afternoon, 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 is in the French Quarter.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District to learn about many architectural styles. The walk will be approximately 8 blocks in the garden district and the bus will be available if you decided not to walk.

Lunch: 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 pehenomenon 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.

Afternoon: 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 in Jackson Square. You can 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 for 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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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, February 28 - Jazz Brunch at the Court of 2 Sisters, WWII Muse...
Note: 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: Preparing to depart for American Queen.

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.

Afternoon: Board American Queen

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening performance and welcome onboard.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 01 - 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

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 Mississippi River and Making of a Nation. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the boat.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 02 - Rosedown Plantation, downtown St. Francisville
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 tour before we return to the boat. You will have time to explore the quaint little town of St. Francisville if you care to.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard American Queen

Morning: This quaint town of St. Francilville 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: Preparing for our visit to Natchez--"Four 20th Century Views of Slavery".

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening show. Late night music in the lounge.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 03 - Natchez plantations, Gospel choir
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 onbard the American Queen

Morning: Lecture:"Southern Sociology and Plantation Architecture".

Morning: In Natchez 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: 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: 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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 04 - Vicksburg Battlefield and Cemetery
Note: There are golf carts to take you to the bus if needed. We take a bus to the Battlefield and only get off the bus 3 times. Very little walking.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

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

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. Visit downtown Vicksburg. Lecture: American Civil War Causality

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: 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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 05 - Excursion in Baton Rouge, Rural Life Museum
Note: The walk to the bus is 2 blocks or limited amount of wheel chairs are available if needed. In the morning you can choose the attraction you would like to visit, and in the afternoon we will go to the Rural Life Museum where there is standing and walking inside and outside. Grass and gravel terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer—visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present experiencing authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, the outdoors is tempting and the attractions abound. No wonder this is one of the south's fastest growing cities. You can visit the U.S.S. Kidd, Old Governor's Mansion, the current State Capitol or Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Encounter the past at one of the Top Ten Outdoor Museums in the world, the Rural Life Museum. Travel back in time to the three unique areas of the Museum containing the largest collection of material culture of 19th century Louisiana. The Exhibit Barn, The Plantation Quarters and the Louisiana Folk Architecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard 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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship

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 06 - Nottoway Plantation House
Note: The Plantation is across the levee and there are golf carts to bring anyone who needs help across. There is some walking to the plantation through the gardens and standing during the tour. This is a 3 story plantation. No Elevator

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

Morning: The Nottoway Plantation House, one of the largest antebellum plantation houses in the south, is composed of 64 rooms, 7 staircases, and 5 galleries. This 53,000-square foot plantation home, constructed by John Hampden Randolph in 1858, is a fine example of an antebellum home. Nottoway sits about 200 feet behind the Mississippi River Levee surrounded by oaks, magnolias, pecan trees, and sweet olives. Nottoway House is distinctive for being an essentially Italianate Style plantation house built in an era dominated by Greek Revival architecture. Nottoway contains an elegant, half-round portico as the side gallery follows the curve of the large ballroom bay window. Nottoway's thin Italianate pillars stretch vertically to touch all of its three levels, extending from the house's one-story brick base to the paramount height of the third-story made of wooden frame. From the front gallery the Mississippi River is in view. The interior of Nottoway is white in color, including Corinthian columns, lace curtains, carved marble mantels and even the floor, creating an elegant environment.

Lunch: Lunch onboard American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture: Mardi Gras, The celebration, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. Learn the history of this centuries-old celebration.

Dinner: Dinner onbard the American Queen

Evening: Farewell Entertainment tonight

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, March 07 - Depart New Orleans
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen. Disembark boat by approximately 9am.Return to the airport or to the Holiday Inn by 10:30am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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