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Program #20994RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Mar 26 — Apr 6, 2014

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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 26 - Orientation, dinner, lecture
Afternoon: Registration and orientation begin at 3:45pm at Holiday Inn.

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

Evening: Private musical 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 27 - Overview of city. Museums and Jazz
Note: Enjoy real New Orleans Jazz at Preservation Hall.

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: 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: Lecture: Paddlewheelers, Floating Palaces, and Packets" given by retire 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, March 28 - Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras Indians, Sw...
Note: flat terrain

Depart From: New Orleans by bus to the South Louisiana swamps

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: "Mardi Gras" Expert led lecture on Black Culture in New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians

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

Afternoon: Venture outside the city for wildlife and scenic bayous as you take a fascinating guided Swamp Tour by boat. Bring your cameras. This is must see while in our region.

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

Evening: Jazz performance at Preservation Hall or Frtizels with voucher provided so that you can 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
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 29 - Brunch at Court of Two Sisters in French Quarter,...
Brunch at Court of Two Sisters in French Quarter, New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Gardens, Board American Queen Board American Queen

Morning: Still time to use vouchers for museums and last minute visits in the French Quarter..

Brunch: Brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters with a Jazz trio

Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Gardens.

Dinner: Dinner onboard American Queen.

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

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
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 30 - Oak Alley, Laura, and Evergreen Plantations
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: Lecture:"Mississippi River and Making of a Nation" Visit Oak Alley Plantation

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit Laura and Evergreen Plantations

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
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 31 - Lecture,Rural Life Museum,LA State Museum
Note: Mostly on bus--flat walking

Breakfast: Breakfast onbard 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. Lecture: "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks"--your instructor is well versed on the subject.

Morning: L.S.U. Rural Life Museum is located on the 450 acre Burden Center.The museum is home to an extensive collection of tools, farming implements to preserve an important part of the state's and nation's rural heritage. The museum includes many buildings and the main museum. The Louisiana State Museum features state of the art exhibits exploring Louisiana's fascinating culture and history.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit LA State Museum

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: More entertainment after dinner

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
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, April 01 - Rosedown Plantation,Downtown St. Francisville
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the 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.

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: 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
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, April 02 - Longwood and Stanton Hall Plantations, Natchez Go...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Lecture"Southern Sociology and Plantation Architecture".Visit Longwood Plantation- a unique unfinished plantation as well as Stanton Hall and much more.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Enjoy a private performance by the Natchez Gospel Choir

Dinner: Dinner aboard the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment in the 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
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, April 03 - Vicksburg Battlefield and Military Park, Downtown...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship.

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.

Lunch: Lunch aboard American Queen

Afternoon: Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival, as you explore the quaint town of Vicksburg.

Dinner: Dinner in the J.M. White dining room

Evening: Entertainment in the 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
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, April 04 - Steamboating all day
Breakfast: Breakfast on the AmericanQueen

Morning: Lecture:"The Atlantic Slave Trade"

Lunch: Lunch onboard American Queen.

Afternoon: Free time to explore or enjoy more events onboard the American Queen.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

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
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 Eleven: Saturday, April 05 - Downtown Helena Arkansas
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen

Morning: Included in your excursion to Helena are Biscuit Row, Helena Museum, Freedom Park (site of Unerground Railroad) and much more.

Lunch: Lunch on the American Queen.

Afternoon: Lecture:"Free People of Color"

Dinner: Dinner in J.M. White dining room.

Evening: Entertainment nightly

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Sunday, April 06 - Depart American Queen,Transportation to Airport. ...
Note: Depart boat at approximately 9:00 am Arrive at Memphis airport by 10:30am.Transportation provided. Activity Notes

Breakfast: Final breakfast American Queen.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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

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