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11 Days | 10 Nights
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Itinerary for Nov 8 — Nov 18, 2015

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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, November 08 - Embark on American Queen. Boarding not allowed pr...
Note: Meet in Boat Theater (level 3) between 3-4:30pm. to pick up your schedule and packet with important information.

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, November 09 - Greenville MS
Note: You will be riding on the AQ motor coaches and we will visit the town of Greenville, MS. It was founded in 1824, named after Nathanael Greene. The town was destroyed during the siege of Vicksburg. Wonderful history in this little town.

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 there will be an orintation and introduction of your fellow participants. "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation"

Lunch: Lunch onboard AQ

Afternoon: Lecture: "American Civil War:Names and Casualties" Enjoy the free time and explore the boat. Get comfortable with your new home for the next 7 days.

Dinner: Dinner on board AQ- early Seating 5:15pm

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, November 10 - Vicksburg Battlefield, Downtown Vicksburg
Note: There are golf carts that can take you up the levee to where the bus is. Some walking and standing We will drive to the park and make 3 stops during our drive with instructor in the park. Very little walking. Short stroll in Vicksburg if you wish.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Lecture: "Flowing Unvexed to the Sea" Visit downtown Vicksburg.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi.Visit 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.

Dinner: Dinner on board the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment nightly.

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, November 11 - Tour city, visit 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: 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: As always, more entertainment

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, November 12 - Visit Rosedown Plantation. Downtown of St. Franci...
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 onboard American Queen

Morning: Lecture:"Four 20th Century Views of Slavery" 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: 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.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening show and 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, November 13 - Lecture on Huey Long, visit Rural Life Museum, do...
Note: The walk to the bus is 2 blocks or limited amount of wheel chairs 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.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks"--your instructor is well versed 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.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: 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.

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, November 14 - White Castle, LA
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.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the AQ.

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:"Carnival in New Orleans" Hear the other side of the story. Learn the history of this centuries-old celebration. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

Dinner: Dinner onbard the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment tonight

Lodging: American Queen

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 Eight: Sunday, November 15 - City overview, Longue Vue House
Note: We will have an overview of New Orleans including the 9th ward (Katrina Devastation) City Park and Lake Pontchartrain on the bus.A short walk in the cemetery. In the afternoon, we visit Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard AQ

Morning: Depart boat at 9am. Overview of City with instructor. We will see the French Quarter, Jackson Square, the 9th Ward, above ground cemetery, beautiful City Park and Lake Pontchartrain and the 17th street Canal breach.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Longue Vue House is located on the western edge of the city, just past the Cemeteries and hidden among the trees off Metairie Road. 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.” Check into hotel at 3:30pm

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel this evening.

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

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 Nine: Monday, November 16 - St. Charles Avenue and the Garden District Cour...
St. Charles Avenue and the Garden District Court of Two Sisters, WWII Museum

Note: 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.Jazz Brunch at the Court of 2 Sisters, a 3 block walk from the bus to the restaurant. We will walk back to the bus and continue to the WWII Museum for a self guided experience.

Morning: 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.

Brunch: Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

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

Evening: Jazz performance at Fritzel's with voucher provided attend at your leisure on your own.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

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 Ten: Tuesday, November 17 - Sculpture Garden and New Orleans Museum of Art, M...
Sculpture Garden and New Orleans Museum of Art, Mardi Gras Indians and New Orleans School of cooking

Note: Visit the Sculpture Garden and NOMA These are self guided and you may stroll at your leisure and view the spectacular art. .After your class, at Golden Feather and lunch 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. Dinner is at the New Orleans School of Cooking

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Ride down the famous St. Charles Ave. under the magnificent old oak trees along the street car line.We will walk about 8 blocks in the Garden District to get the feel of what this neighborhood is like. Quiet and gracious, smell the jasmine and gardenias and drift back in time.

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

Afternoon: 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. Enjoy Cafe au Lait and Beignets during this afternoon. 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. I

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

Evening: Packing for home

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, November 18 - Depart New Orleans
Depart From: After breakfast at hotel, depart at approximately 9:00am. Arrive at airport by 10:30 am-- transportation provided.


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25 meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
10 Performances

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