Duration
12 Nights
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
30 April 2020
Destination
USA
Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland. The latest addition to the American Queen Steamboat Company’s fleet of authentic paddle wheelers, the “American Countess” offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Take your time to explore and dive into the mystical culture of the vibrant New Orleans during the Jazz Festival
  • Visit three of the highest rated sites in Memphis: Sun Studio, The Rock n Soul Museum and The National Civil Rights Museum
  • Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert
  • Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “ in Natchez

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to New Orleans and ex Memphis on return inc tax
One way transfer from New Orleans airport to hotel
3 nights accommodation at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, New Orleans (or similar)
One way transfer from New Orleans hotel to port
7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from New Orleans to Memphis
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-Hour Room Service onboard cruise
This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Free onboard WiFi
Port charges of USD $199 per person
Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person
Transfer and tour to Graceland from port to hotel on disembarkation day
2 nights accommodation at The Guest House at Graceland (or similar) with daily breakfast
Admission to three of the highest rated sites in Memphis: Sun Studio, The Rock n Soul Museum and the The National Civil Rights Museum
Transfer from hotel to airport, Memphis

  • TRAVEL DATE

30 April 2020


ITINERARY  
  • Day 1: 30 April 2020 – Fly Australia, Arrive New Orleans and Transfer to hotel
  • Day 2: 01 May 2020 – New Orleans at leisure
  • Day 3: 02 May 2020 New Orleans at leisure
  • Day 4: 03 May 2020 – Transfer to port, embark American Countess ship
  • Day 5:  04 May 2020  – Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
  • Day 6: 05 May 2020 – St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
  • Day 7: 06 May 2020 –  Natchez, Mississippi, USA
  • Day 8:  07 May 2020 – Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
  • Day 9: 08 May 2020 – Greenville, Mississippi, USA
  • Day 10: 09 May 2020 –  River Cruising
  • Day 11: 10 May 2020 – Memphis Tennessee, USA. Transfer from port with Graceland Tour – end at hotel
  • Day 12: 11 May –  Memphis at leisure with entry to 3 popular sites
  • Day 13: 12 May – Transfer to airport, Fly Memphis to Australia
  • Day 15: 14 May –  Arrive in Australia
  For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
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  • Fly/Cruise & Stay Save up to $820 pp
  • Valid for travel: 30 April 20
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30 April 2020 - Fly Australia, Arrive New Orleans and Transfer to hotel

2

01 May 2020 - New Orleans at leisure

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02 May 2020 - New Orleans at leisure

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03 May 2020 - Transfer to port, embark American Countess ship

New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It is tis a top tourist destination, despite being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The city is known for its historical roots, jazz music, Creole food and year round Mardi Gras atmosphere. The city of New Orleans has many world-class tourist attractions, including the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Bourbon Street – the city’s world-famous strip of lively bars and jazz clubs, the French Market and Jackson Square – forming the center of the lively French Quarter.
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04 May 2020 - Nottoway, Louisiana, USA

Nottoway is Nottoway is the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the Southern United States and splendidly rests along Louisiana’s Great River Road in White Castle, at the heart of Plantation Country. Nottoway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the very few antebellum plantations that survived the Civil War and is the largest remaining plantation home in the South. Nottoway has 64 rooms in its three floors, six interior staircases, three modern bathrooms, 22 massive square columns, 165 doors and 200 windows.
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05 May 2020 - St Francisville, Louisiana, USA

St. Francisville is a quaint historic town in and the parish seat of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, thirty minutes from Baton Rouge. The historic district of St Francisville is listed on the Historic Register for its historic homes, gardens, churches, and commercial buildings. Three streets primarily encompassed in the Historic District, Royal St, Ferdinand St and Commerce St.
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06 May 2020 - Natchez, Mississippi, USA

Natchez is a city near the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Mississippi. This historic town is perched on a high bluff above the Mississippi River 100 miles upriver from New Orleans. It was an important, wealthy city before the Civil War. That history gave it the South’s grandest collection of antebellum homes.
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07 May 2020 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

Vicksburg is a city in Warren County, Mississippi, United States. It is the only city in Warren County. It is located 234 miles (377 km) northwest of New Orleans on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers, and 40 miles (65 km) due west of Jackson, the state capital. Vicksburg boasts America’s most monumented national military park. Other attractions include its historic downtown area which offers a variety of restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries. Also of interest is Biedenharn’s Coca-Cola Museum, and the floodwall along Levee Street which features over thirty-two murals depiciting the history of Vicksburg.
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08 May 2020 - Greenville, Mississippi, USA

Greenville is a city in Washington County, Mississippi, United States. on the eastern bank of Lake Ferguson, an oxbow lake left from an old channel of the Mississippi River. Two floating casinos are located on the lake near the downtown area. Greenville is known for its importance in the history of the development of the blues in Mississippi. Nelson Street is a historic strip of blues clubs that drew crowds in the 1940s and 1950s to the flourishing club scene.
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09 May 2020 - River Cruising

Note : Between river ports, ship may pull into the bank for the night.
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10 May 2020 - Memphis Tennessee, USA

Arrives : 08:00 Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. The city’s claims to fame include Graceland, the mansion Elvis Presley lived in during his later years. Maybe more importantly, Memphis is the considered by many to be the home of blues music. In addition to Graceland, Memphis has many extremely popular tourist attractions, including Libertyland – a popular family amusement park featuring around many rides and attractions; Memphis Zoo – including two giant pandas and regular animal shows; and Sun Studio – known as ‘the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll’, being the studio where Elvis Presley first recorded. Other prominent sights in Memphis include the Pyramid Arena the Cotton Exchange Building, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Memphis Botanic Gardens, Audubon Park – a large parkland popular with Tennessee locals; and the Tom Lee Park – a major spot for lively festivals and open-air music events.
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11 May - Memphis at leisure with entry to 3 popular sites

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12 May - Transfer to airport, Fly Memphis to Australia

15

14 May - Arrive in Australia

FLIGHT 
Flights are included in the package promotion  from Sydney/Brisbane  or Melbourne! Call us on 1300 404 606 for more information
TRANSFER
  • All transfers are included in this deal.

SHIP The latest addition to the American Queen Steamboat Company’s fleet of authentic paddle wheelers, the American Countess, offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Guests will enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in America. With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms in four categories, this lovely paddlewheeler will become a home away from home on six- to 15-day itineraries, including her own epic Mighty Mississippi cruise. Cabins feature a sleek and modern design that will provide guests with the perfect place to relax after enjoying an included shore excursion or an evening Broadway-calibre performance presented in The Theater onboard. As an award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, the gracious staff charms guests with friendly, courteous attention to their needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace. It’s easy to stay active onboard the American Countess in her well-appointed Fitness Center, while the Card Room provides a perfect spot for guests to mingle with fellow travellers and newfound friends. American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America’s waterways clean. Each American Countess cruise includes: • All meals • Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches • Free on board internet • 24 hour room service • Complimentary cappuccino, expresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage • The attentive service of an all-American staff • Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert • Evening entertainment

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 361 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 245
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Flat screen television

Ship Facilities

  • Sun Deck
  • Theatre
  • Grand Dining Room
  • River Grill
  • Fitness Centre
  • Card Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Walking Track
  • Library
  • The Theatre
  • Grand Dining Room
  • Grand Lobby
  • Card Room
  • The Library
  • River Grill
  • Chart Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Perks Spa

WEATHER The average temperature in the USA in May is around 25°C with higher temperatures of up to 31°C. It can be quite wet at times and the US experiences 128mm of rainfall spread throughout the month.
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