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Program #20994RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Dec 6 — Dec 16, 2014

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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: Saturday, December 06 - 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: Sunday, December 07 - Steamboating all day
Note: American Queen

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"

Lunch: Lunch onboard AQ

Afternoon: Lecture: "American Civil War:Names and Casualties"

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: Monday, December 08 - 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 and Battlefield.

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: Tuesday, December 09 - Tour city, visit plantations, gospel choir
Note: Little walking--some standing in plantations

Breakfast: Breakfast onbard the American Queen

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

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: Wednesday, December 10 - Visit Rosedown Plantation. Enjoy quaint small tow...
Visit Rosedown Plantation. 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 Slavery" 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: Visit Rosedown plantation

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: Thursday, December 11 - 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 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.

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: Friday, December 12 - Nottoway Plantation
Note: Leisure walk at plantation and grounds

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the AQ.

Morning: Nottoway, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion. The home consists of 53,000 sq. ft. of living area. There are a total of 3 floors, 6 staircases, 64 rooms and what was once a 10-pin bowling alley for the children on the first floor.

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: 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: Saturday, December 13 - 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

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: Sunday, December 14 - Continuation Overview of city. Mardi Gras Indian ...
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: Visit on your own Louisiana State Museums which house the Mardi Gras, Katrina Devastation or History exhibits.

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 and Fritzels with vouchers provided on your own to attend at your leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Monday, December 15 - Architecture, Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans S...
Architecture, Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans School of Cooking, and WWII Museum

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: Visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans which opened on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum. Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world — why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. In 2003, Congress officially designated it as America’s National WWII Museum.

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: Tuesday, December 16 - Depart New Orleans
Depart From: After breakfast at hotel, depart from boat at approximately 9:00am. Arrive at airport by 10:30 am-- transportation provided.


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

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