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Program #20994RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Dec 7 — Dec 17, 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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 07 - Embark on American Queen
Note: Meet your group leader in theater(level 3) between 3:00 and 4:30pm to pick up informational packet. Dinner is first seating 5:15pm

Afternoon: Meet in theater (level 3) between 3 and 4:30pm to meet your group leader and pick up informational packet.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen is first seating at 5:15pm. Special tables reserved for Road Scholars so that you may mingle with different people 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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 08 - Downtown Helena, Arkansas, Lecture
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: "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation" Enjoy the ralaxing beauty of the River as you roll along.

Lunch: Lunch onboard AQ

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

Dinner: Dinner onboard AQ.

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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 09 - Vicksburg Battlefield, Lecture
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. Take in the diversity from Vicksburg National Military Park to the Waterways Experiment Station. 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 Vicksburg is the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. Visit downtown Vicksburg

Dinner: Dinner on board 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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 10 - Tour Natchez, visit plantations,Natchez gospel c...
Note: Little walking--some standing in plantations

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.

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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 11 - Visit John James Audubon 's home--Oakley. Enjoy q...
Visit John James Audubon 's home--Oakley. Enjoy quaint small town of St. Francisville, Lecture

Note: Easy walking on flat land.

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.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Visit Oakley Plantation where Audubon lived and worked.

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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 12 - Rural Life Museum,Lecture, LA State Museum
Note: Easy walking on flat land

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Lecture: "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks". 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. Visit Rural Life Museum

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Downtown Baton Rouge and visit LA 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 and hair dryers are in the cabins?

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 13 - 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: Enjoy a swamp tour--alligators included!

Dinner: Dinner onbard the American Queen

Evening: Entertainment tonight

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: 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.

Ship Information: 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.

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: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Available


Day Eight: Saturday, December 14 - City overview, New Orleans Museum of Art and Scul...
City overview, New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculture Garden, Music performance

Note: Easy walking on flat land.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard AQ

Morning: Depart boat at 9am.Onsite class, Overview of City with instructor French Quarter ,Lower 9th Ward devastation

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden. Check into hotel at 3pm

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel this evening.

Evening: Music performance at hotel

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: 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.

Ship Information: 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.

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: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Available


Day Nine: Sunday, December 15 - Overview of city. Museums and Jazz
Note: Enjoy real New Orleans Jazz at Preservation Hall.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel

Morning: Onsite class -City overview continues with instructor. Above ground cemeteryLake Pontchartrain, and 17th street canal break and flooded area.

Lunch: Lecture and lunch at Golden Feather Restaurant . Lecture about Black Culture in New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians.

Afternoon: Vouchers for Presbytere and Cabildo Museum.

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

Evening: Vouchers for Jazz performance at Preservation Hall and Fritzel's Jazz Club to use at your leisure on your own.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: 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.

Ship Information: 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.

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: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Available


Day Ten: Monday, December 16 - Museum of Art, Mardi Gras Indians
Note: easy walking on flat land

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture:" Introduction to New Orleans Architecture" and walk in Garden District with local architect

Brunch: Brunch at famed Court of Two Sisters in French Quarter.

Afternoon: Take in sights and sounds of French Quarter before you leave to go home as our adventure is winding down.

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

Dinner: New Orleans School of Cooking for demonstrations, recipes and dinner.

Evening: Relax and pack for trip home tomorrow.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Tuesday, December 17 - Depart New Orleans at 9:00 am from hotel. Arrive ...
Depart New Orleans at 9:00 am from hotel. Arrive at airport by 9:45am. Transportation provided.

Depart From: After breakfast at hotel, depart for Louis Armstrong airport at 9:00 am. Arrive at airport by 9:45 am-- transportation provided.


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

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