Mississippi River
The Best of the Mississippi River: Voyage Into Southern Heritage
Explore the Mississippi River aboard a steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat, attending jazz performances, learning about Civil War history and enjoying three nights in New Orleans!
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Program No. 20994RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Board a magnificent steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat for a classic Mississippi River voyage. Experience the music, food, natural beauty and architectural grandeur of Dixie in lively Memphis, historic Natchez and Vicksburg and small river towns. Plus spend three days exploring incomparable New Orleans in depth.
Activity Level
Please note that this program may require embarking and disembarking from the boat up and down steep embankments. Assistance is available if needed in each port. The ability to stand for up to an hour during field trips may be required.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go back in time to the antebellum South at sprawling riverside plantations.
  • Learn about the Siege of Vicksburg at the fascinating Vicksburg National Military Park.
  • Experience the music, food and architecture of New Orleans with a local expert and enjoy a jazz show at Fritzel's Jazz Club.

General Notes

Please note: In 2017 the April 23 and December 3 dates operate from Memphis to New Orleans and include one night before the cruise in Memphis. In 2017, the December 3 date will include extra holiday activities including opportunities to shop at unique holiday markets and a special holiday ball.
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Jerry Mccurdy
Jerry was born in New Orleans and studied economics at Loyola University. He spent the following decades raising twin sons, working at Texaco, going to carnival parades, wandering the French Quarter, reading books, taking courses and collecting local folklore. Jerry has a serious appreciation for the history, culture and architecture of his home city. "I have always lived in New Orleans, and assuming the choice of living elsewhere, I would definitely remain here. The texture of life here engages my mind and delights my spirit.”
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