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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

Itinerary for Nov 13 — Nov 23, 2013

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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, November 13 - Orientation, dinner, music performance
Afternoon: Registration is at 3:45pm followed by orientation at hotel.

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

Evening: Music 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, November 14 - Overview of city. Museums and Jazz
Note: Enjoy real New Orleans Jazz at Preservation Hall.

Breakfast: 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: Expert lecture on "Paddlewheelers, Packets and Floating Palaces" by a former 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, November 15 - New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture garden. M...
Note: Short walk in garden. Some standing in museum.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden

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

Afternoon: Enjoy Cafe au Lait and Beignets.Vouchers for Presbytere Museum, Cabildo Museum.

Afternoon: Expert led lecture on Black Culture in New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians

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

Evening: Voucher for Jazz Performances at Preservation Hall and Fritzel's Jazz Club to be used at your leisure on your own.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 16 - Brunch at historic Court of Two Sisters
Morning: Preparing to leave hotel

Brunch: Jazz Brunch at historic Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter with

Afternoon: Board American Queen

Afternoon: Time to use vouchers for museums and last minute visits in the French Quarter..

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 Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 17 - Oak Alley, Laura and Evergreen Plantations, Lectu...
Note: Some walking and standing at Plantations

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.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 18 - Audubon's home at Oakley Plantation, Lecture
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. "John James Audubon--the man and his Milieu". Visit Oakley where Audubon lived and worked.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Preparing for our visit to Natchez--"Four 20th Century views of the Plantation Regime"

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening show. Music each night 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 Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 19 - Natchez Plantations and Gospel Choir, Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast onbard the American Queen

Morning: Natchez Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions.

Morning: "Plantation Architecture-- Rural and Urban Expression". Visit Longwood Plantation- a unique unfinished plantation as well as Stanton Hall and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Enjoy time with a Natchez Gospel Choir in Natchez.

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: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased AC is available throughout the ship Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 20 - Vicksburg Battlefield and Cemetery, Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

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

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit downtown Vicksburg, billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.

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 Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 21 - Excursion in Baton Rouge, LA state Museums and Ru...
Excursion in Baton Rouge, LA state Museums and Rural Life Museum,Lecture

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Lecture: "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks", your instructor is an expert on the subject. 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. Also visit the Louisiana State Museum.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit the Rural Life Museum.

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 Hair dryers are available in all cabins

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, November 22 - Houmas House Plantation and a Swamp tour, Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

Morning: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. Experience the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace" when you step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.

Lunch: Lunch onboard American Queen

Afternoon: Enjoy a swamp tour-wildlife included. Lecture: "Carnival in New Orleans"

Dinner: Dinner onbard the American Queen

Evening: Farewell Entertainment tonight

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, November 23 - Depart from New Orleans
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen. Depart boat at 9am. Return to the airport at 10:30am or to the Holiday Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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