Duration
13 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
07 May 2020
Destination
USA
Discover the sights and sounds of America’s rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Enjoy special onboard entertainment and focused lectures highlighting the music of the regions.  Whether it’s the sounds of New Orleans jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, or the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville, it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river. American Duchess was the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Take the hop-on, hop-off bus and discover San Francisco
  • Enjoy Dover and Stewart County known as the perfect gateway to a simple, cozy, quiet, country experience.
  • Open bar with unlimited beverages on board (2020 cruises onwards)
  • Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert
  • Evening entertainment with jazz, blues and a six-piece orchestra
  • Elvis Experience tour in Memphis!

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Nashville (via San Francisco) and ex Memphis on return inc. tax
  • Return airport – hotel – airport transfers, San Francisco
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, San Francisco
  • FREE! San Francisco city sightseeing pass with Alcatraz: A ticket valid for 72 hours on Downtown Loop, Golden Gate & Sausalito Loop, Park Loop and Night Loop Double-Decker tours. Your Alcatraz Island tickets include the ferry service from centrally located Pier 33 in the heart of San Francisco.
  • One way transfer from airport – hotel, Nashville
  • 1 nights accommodation in Nashville pre-cruise
  • One way transfer from hotel – port, Nashville
  • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from Nashville 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
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner onboard
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage
  • This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
  • Port charges of USD $199 per person
  • Prepaid ships gratuities
  • Premium shore excursion on departure day – The Elvis Experience: set off through the streets of Memphis towards its heart and soul-Beale Street. Enjoy a personal walking tour led by a charismatic and spirited local musician. Following your special Beale Street tour, continue on to the home of The King, Graceland Mansion. Included is a Graceland Platinum ticket which gives you access to all of the most sought-after exhibits! This special premium tour includes: – Self-guided iPad tour through Graceland Mansion | Graceland Platinum Ticket | Walking Beale Street tour | Tour concludes at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel with daily breakfast
  • One authentic Memphis-style barbeque meal at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street
  • Three day trolley pass valid in Downtown Memphis
  • A Memphis attraction pass including admission to three of Memphis`s most popular attractions: Legendary Sun Studio, Rock `N` Soul Museum and The National Civil Rights Museum
  • Escorted walking tour to the Peabody hotel with duck parade
  • Transfer from Memphis hotel to airport

TRAVEL DATE 07 May 2020
ITINERARY
  • Day 1: 07 May 2020 – Fly to San Francisco and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 2: 08 May 2020Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass
  • Day 3: 09 May 2020Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass
  • Day 4: 10 May 2020 – Transfer to airport, fly to Nashville, transfer to hotel 
  • Day 5:  11 May 2020  – Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
  • Day 6: 12 May 2020 – Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
  • Day 7: 13 May 2020 – Dover, Tennessee, USA
  • Day 8: 14 May 2020 – Paducah, Kentucky,USA
  • Day 9: 15 May 2020 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
  • Day 10: 16 May 2020 – New Madrid, Missouri, USA
  • Day 11: 17 May 2020 -River Cruising
  • Day 12: 18 May 2020 – Memphis Tennessee, USA
  • Day 13: 19 May – Sightseeing Memphis
  • Day 14: 20 May – Transfer to airport, Fly Memphis to Australia
  • Day 16: 22 May – Arrive in Australia
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
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WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: 07 May 20
  • Advertised price based on 07 May 20 departure at time of publishing, on an Inside cabin. Note some cabins may have obstructed views.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: flights, visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
Book your tour now, online at www.mydiscoveries.com.au or on the phone 1300 404 606
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07 May 2020-Fly to San Francisco and transfer to your hotel for 3 nights

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08 May 2020/Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass

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09 May 2020/Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass

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10 May 2020-Transfer to airport, fly to Nashville, transfer to hotel

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. It is sometimes called the “Country Music Capital of the World” or more often “Music City, USA”. Nashville is also a very historic town with many museums and sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville, and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River. Nashville has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, Fisk University’s Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University’s Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, and the Parthenon. The Nashville Zoo is one of the city’s newer attractions.
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11/ 12 May 2020 - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, in Central Tennessee. Founded in 1784, Clarksville is one of the south’s most historic cities. Today, visitors can experience that history through memorable attractions, unique historic architecture and a variety of annual festivals and events. Clarksville features a re-emerging downtown district with restored brick sidewalks and intersections, period lighting, benches and planters. The area also features great opportunities for dining and shopping.
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13 May 2020 - Dover, Tennessee, USA

Dover is a city in Stewart County, Tennessee, United States, 67 miles (108 km) westnorthwest of Nashville on the Cumberland River. Dover is known for playing a key role in the Civil War of the 1860’s.
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14 May 2020 - Paducah, Kentucky,USA

Paducah is the largest city in Kentucky’s Jackson Purchase Region and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. It is located at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River, halfway between the metropolitan areas of St. Louis, Missouri to the west and Nashville, Tennessee to the east. Paducah’s riverfront downtown boasts a charming restaurants, shops, museums and an active farmer’s market. A particularly unique offering is that of the mural-covered Ohio River flood walls, which are well worth a visit. Lowertown Arts District plays host to a dozen or so art galleries.
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15 May 2020 - Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA

Cape Girardeau is a city located in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in Southeast Missouri in the United States. It is located approximately 115 miles (185 km) southeast of St. Louis. Cape Girardeau is home to numerous Civil War sites and memorials such as Fort D, Old Lorimier Cemetery, Common Pleas Courthouse, Confederate War Memorial and Minton House. Reflecting the area’s rich appreciation of history, numerous murals create a beautiful backdrop to some of the city’s most charming areas. The largest, and most dramatic of these, is the Mississippi River Tales Mural, located on the city’s downtown floodwall. Covering nearly 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), this mural spans the length of the downtown shopping district and features 24 panels that tell the tales of Cape Girardeau and the mighty Mississippi River. Behind the floodwall lies the Riverfront Park of Cape Girardeau Missouri, where riverboats dock and visitors can view the lazy Mississippi River.
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16 May 2020 - New Madrid, Missouri, USA

New Madrid is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri, 42 miles (68 km) south by west of Cairo, Illinois, on the Mississippi River. The area is famous for being the site of a series of over 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, ranging up to approximately magnitude 8, the most powerful non-subduction zone earthquake recorded in the United States.
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17 May 2020 -River Cruising

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

Arrives : 08:00 On disembarking join the Elvis Experience Tour. Set off through the streets of Memphis towards its heart and soul-Beale Street. Enjoy a personal walking tour led by a charismatic and spirited local musician. Following your special Beale Street tour, continue on to the home of The King, Graceland Mansion. Included is a Graceland Platinum ticket which gives you access to all of the most sought-after exhibits! This special premium tour includes: – Self-guided iPad tour through Graceland Mansion | Graceland Platinum Ticket | Walking Beale Street tour. Your tour concludes at your hotel where you will spend two nights. Memphis 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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19 May - Sightseeing Memphis

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20 May - Transfer to airport, Fly Memphis to Australia

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22 May - Arrive in Australia

FLIGHT 
Flights are included in the deal! Call us on 1300 404 606 for more information
TRANSFER
  • All transfers are included in this deal.

SHIP American Duchess was the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddle wheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the loveliest river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises. Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space. Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining on board is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavours and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The River Club and Terrace, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace. 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 Duchess cruise includes: • All meals • Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay • Beer and Wine with Dinner onbaord (2019 cruises) • Open bar with unlimited beverages on board (2020 cruises onwards) • 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 with jazz, blues and a six-piece orchestra • Prepaid ship’s gratuities (2020 cruises onwards)

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 320 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 166
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • Keurig® Coffee Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Writing Desk with chair
  • In Room Safe

Ship Facilities

  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Grill Room
  • Baristas
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar
  • Auditorium
  • Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service
  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Show Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • The River Club & Terrace
  • Perks Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar

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.
VISA Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
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What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
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