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Program #20994RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Totally flat terrain

Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 26, 2013

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Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 16 - Embark on American Queen. Boarding not allowed pr...
Note: Meet in Boat Theater (level 3) between 3-4:30pm.

Afternoon: Meet in boat theater (level 3) between 3-4:30pm to pick up your informational packet.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen at early seating, 5:15pm. Special tables reserved for Road Scholars so that you may mingle with your fellow travelers each evening.

Evening: Every evening is a special performance in showboat style after dinner. Varied venues for music.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 17 - Stopping in Helena, Arkansas today
Note: Visit Biscuit Row and Helena Museum

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

Morning: Prior to your lecture brief orientation and introduction of your fellow participants. "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation" Excursions in Helena are Biscuit Row, Helena Museum, Freedom Park (site of Underground Railroad) and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard AQ

Afternoon: Lecture: American Civil War

Dinner: Dinner onboard AQ--you may choose main dining room or go to Grill area for dinner.

Evening: Every evening includes a special performance after dinner along with piano music in various locations on boat.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 18 - Vicksburg Battlefield
Note: Short stroll in Vicksburg if you wish.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. "Flowing unvexed to the Sea" lecture preceding the visit to the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Vicksburg National Military Park

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment followed by buffet

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 19 - Tour city, visit plantations, gospel choir
Note: Little walking--some standing in plantations

Breakfast: Breakfast onbard the American Queen

Morning: Natchez Lecture: "Southern Sociology" Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. 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 and learn more about the African American community in Natchez.

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: As always, more entertainment in New Orleans style and, of course, more food.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 20 - Visit John James Audubon 's home--Oakley. Enjoy ...
Visit John James Audubon 's home--Oakley. Enjoy quaint small town of St. Francisville.

Note: Easy walking on flat land.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard American Queen

Morning: Lecture:"Four 20th Century views of the plantation regime" This quaint town of St. Francislville 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.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: John James Audubon-- Visit Oakley where Audubon lived and worked.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening show followed by buffet--late music each night in the lounge.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 21 - lecture on Huey Long, visit Rural Life Museum
Note: Easy walking on flat land

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about "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.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit the Rural Life Museum and see the Louisiana State Museum.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Entertainment in Grand Saloon

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

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 in Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, June 22 - Houmas House Plantation, Swamp Tour
Note: Leisure walk at plantation and sitting on bus and boat.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the AQ.

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: Lecture: Carnival In New Orleans

Dinner: Dinner onbard the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment tonight

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Sunday, June 23 - City overview
Note: Easy walking on flat land.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard AQ

Morning: Depart boat at 9am. Overview of City with instructor.Visitors information center and lower ninth ward.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculptor Gardens. Check into hotel at 3pm

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel this evening.

Evening: New Orleans Jazz played just for you at hotel with local musicians.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Monday, June 24 - Continuation Overview of city. Mardi Gras Indians...
Note: Enjoy real New Orleans Jazz on your own at Preservation Hall.

Breakfast: Huge breakfast Buffet at hotel

Morning: St. Louis Cemetery, City Park, lake Pontchartrain, 17th St. Canal breach.

Lunch: Lecture and Lunch:"Treme and Mardi Gras Indians" Golden Feather Gallery and Restaurant. Lunch at Golden Feather-authentic African food.

Afternoon: Swamp Tour-venture out past the city for field trip to swamp with alligators and wildlife.

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

Evening: VOUCHERS: Jazz performance at Preservation Hall and Fritzels on your own.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 25 - Architecture, Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans S...
Architecture, Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans School of Cooking, Free Time

Note: Easy walking on flat land

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: "Intro to New Orleans Architecture" Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District to learn about many architectural styles.

Lunch: Lunch at the Court of Two Sisters with Jazz performance

Afternoon: VOUCHERS_Enjoy Cafe au Lait and Beignets and visit Louisiana State Museums on your own with your vouchers.

Dinner: New Orleans School of Cooking-Demonstration and Dinner, Recipes included.

Evening: Packing for home

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 26 - Depart New Orleans
Depart From: After breakfast at hotel, depart for Louis Armstrong airport at 9:00 am. Arrive at airport by 10:30 am-- transportation provided.


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27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
11 Performances

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