9 days, from Sunday, May 3 to Monday, May 11, 2020


Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. Jazz lovers may want to add a pre-cruise stay in the “Big Easy” where the jazz Festival will be taking place.  Escorted by Sandra Pauwels and Steve Thomas.


May 03 - 11, 2020

$4,398 US per person based on double occupancy in Cabin D

Other cabin prices outlined in the itinerary



*If the tour is SOLD OUT, please contact us to be added to the waitlist.


Day 1 - Sunday, May 03: New Orleans

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans. 


A Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in New Orleans. Welcome drink with your tour escorts Sandra and Steve in the evening.

Day 2 - Monday, May 04: Embarkation

Today after breakfast there will be walking tour of the French Quarter including a stop to try some of New Orleans’s famous beignets.   At 2 pm we will transfer to the ship.  It’s time to start your luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!

Day 3 - Tuesday, May 05: Nottoway Plantation

We visit the plantation. Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the Great River Road, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 4 - Wednesday, May 06: St. Francisville, LA

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. A number of excursions are available and are outlined in the attached itinerary.

Day 5 - Thursday, May 07: Natchez

This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” See the attached itinerary for today's excursions.

Day 6 - Friday, May 08: Vicksburg

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Excursions are outlined in the attached itinerary. 

Day 7 - Saturday, May 09: Port of the Mississippi Delata/Greenville

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta. A number of exciting excursions are offered.

Day 8 - Sunday, May 10: River Cruising

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Day 9 - Monday, May 11: Memphis

Arrival 8:00 AM.  Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.




- Transfers from New Orleans Airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the ship - 1 night accommodation in New Orleans - 7 night cruise in cabin type selected on the American Queen Steamship - Daily breakfast, all lunches and dinners on the cruise - Beer and wine with Dinner - Non-alcoholic beverages - Sightseeing as per the program - Fully escorted - Cruise port charges


- Airfare - Gratuities on cruise - ship staff, local guides, drivers – approximately 19 USD per person, per day - Meals and beverages in New Orleans other than breakfast - Items of a personal nature - Optional Travel insurance please contact Pauwels Travel for premiums


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