Southern Grandeur: A Private Voyage on the Mississippi

Come aboard a luxurious paddlewheeler for a classic voyage along the Mississippi, sailing to small river towns, Civil War battlefields and cultural hubs from New Orleans to Memphis.
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Program No. 23087RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

There’s no better way to delve deep into the story of the American South than on a journey along the Mighty Miss. On a private voyage that begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis, join us as we sail along the Mississippi River on board the modern American Duchess, the first all-suite paddle wheeler in the U.S. We’ve reserved the entire ship for this learning adventure, and along the way, you’ll learn about the origins of blues and jazz, trace the stories of the Civil War and learn about the people who inhabited the many plantations and towns along the Mississippi, as well as those who have made working on the river their way of life.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Cultural Discoveries in Memphis

Extend your Southern discoveries as you dive into the unique story of Memphis, from its blues and rock ’n’ roll heritage to its role in Civil Rights history.
Activity Level
Easy Going
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 ...

  • Spend three nights in New Orleans, experiencing the city’s diverse cuisine, music and French traditions.
  • Set out on expert-led explorations to study the architecture and complex history of several southern plantations.
  • Trace the history of the Civil War during field trips to Vicksburg National Military Park and at several plantations and historic homes.

General Notes

Maximum of 146 participants, divided into smaller groups for activities.
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Brian Altobello
Brian is a native of New Orleans with a master’s in U.S. History and 29 years of experience teaching at the high school level. He is a U.S. Army veteran and author of two books: “New Orleans Goes to War” and “Into the Shadows Furious,” a narrative on the U.S. invasion of New Georgia Island. Currently, Brian is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies at Renew Schools, a five-school charter organization in New Orleans. He is married to a travel-writing English teacher.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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