A Southern Steamboatin' Christmas
on the Lower Mississippi River

November & December

Day 1: New Orleans
We leave Philadelphia International and fly to New Orleans, Louisiana, the land of Cajun cuisine and Dixieland jazz. We'll board the grand American Queen where we will prepare for our steamboat experience on the Mississippi River and Mark Twain's America. This will be a heartwarming voyage filled with heartland traditions, including Cajun and Creole holiday customs. We are immersed with southern hospitality as we depart at 7:00 PM.

Day 2: Oak Alley
Our first port of call is Vacherie located in the peaceful area of grand Old South traditions and surrounded by historic plantations. Visit the Oak Valley Plantation and sample the southern architecture where the 19th century sugarplanters lived and worked or view the Laura Plantation, home of Br'er Rabbit and one of the last remaining Creole plantations. So much to see!

Day 3: St. Francisville
Today we dock in St. Francisville, an area famous for its magnificent plantation homes. Enjoy the exquisite beauty and tranquillity of the Old South here. Visit the Oakley Plantation, home of John James Audubon's "Birds of America," or step back in time and experience the Old South during a tour of the Greenwood Plantation.

Day 4: Natchez
Today our port of call is the historic town of Natchez, Mississippi. More than 500 antebellum structures, including more than 200 homes, can be seen here just as it was prior to the Civil War. Tour two or three mansions or learn the history of processing cotton on your visit to Frogmore Plantation and cotton gin near Vidalia.

Day 5: Vicksburg
Our next stop in Mississippi is Vicksburg, home of the Vicksburg National Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in America. We can take the Battlefield and Siege Tour and explore the gunboat Cairo, which after 75 years on the bottom of the muddy Mississippi, has been salvaged and reconstructed.

Day 6: Steamboatin'
We spend this day steaming down the Mississippi as we head toward our next destination on "the greatest steamboat the world has ever known." Relax on the Texas Deck--the Front Porch of America--enjoy entertainment in the Grand Saloon, meet for a game of gin in the Gentleman's Card Room or afternoon tea in the Ladies Parlor. Visit the Engine Room or the staff Riverlorian or read a book in the Mark Twain Gallery. Enjoy the Christmas caroling and delight in one of the many the festive dinners tonight!

Days 7: Baton Rouge
Today we arrive in Louisiana's state capital Baton Rouge! An important deep water port, this city was once the stomping grounds for some of the state's most colorful political characters. Take a guided tour of the most interesting locations in Baton Rouge. Visit the USS Kidd, the restored WWII Fletcher class destroyer, and the Nautical Center and special exhibit on the WWII Flying Tigers. Another option is the Cajun Heritage Tour where you can learn the history of the Acadians. We'll depart Baton Rouge around dinner time and head for our home port.

Day 8: New Orleans
This morning, we arrive in New Orleans, and we bid farewell to the Old South. We transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

Costs: Outside "B" Deluxe Stateroom - $1,980
Outside "C" Deluxe Stateroom - $1,805
Inside "D" Stateroom - $1,630

Price Includes: Round-trip airfare, air taxes, port charges, cabin, meals on ship, and insurance.

Deposits: $300.00 per person must be paid for reservation. To assure best cabin selection, deposit should be paid as soon as possible.

Not Included: Optional tours, gratuities

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