Day 1: New Orleans, LA
Begin your Deep South adventure by exploring the Big Easy! Enjoy the Cajun-inspired food and music, as well as the area’s most beautiful attractions, including the French Quarter, the garden district, and more.
Day 2: Oak Alley, LA
The paddlewheel will pull right alongside the riverbank, allowing you to step off the ship right in front of the leafy canopy of Oak Alley – row of perfectly aligned 300 year old trees that perfectly frame the path to the plantation. After the tour of the antebellum plantation, we’ll gather for mint juleps on the west lawn.
Day 3: Houmas House, LA
Houmas House is often considered one of the favorite plantations on the Mississippi River to visit. 38 acres of gardens. 16 rooms filled will period art and antiques. Your host will share many stories about the inhabitants of Houmas House, as well as lead many conversations about humor and songs in the South.
Day 4: Baton Rouge, LA
The great state capital has its own cultural flavor and flair. After breakfast, you’ll be greeted by those who will welcome you to Baton Rouge, and maybe provide a few Mardi Gras beads. Meet the ghost of the Old State Capital, Sarah Morgan, and tour the new Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest state capitol in the country.
Day 5: St. Francisville, LA
This is an exciting day! Your complimentary excursion is a tour of Rosedown Plantation. Learn about the family history of the Turnbulls, as well as time to relax in a rocking chair on the front porch, with a cold drink.
Day 6: Natchez, MS
Enjoy a private city tour with a local expert guide who can point out the influences of different people, from the indigenous Native American to the European and African cultures. You’ll visit the unfinished Longwood Plantation, left undone when the workers immediately left mid-job to fight in the Civil War. Other optional activities for today include an exclusive piano concert in the JN Stonehouse, or a tour of the Frogmore Plantation where you’ll be able to pick cotton from the fields and witness the technology that creates 900 bales-per-day.
Day 7: Vicksburg, MS
You cannot visit Vicksburg without touring the Battle of Vicksburg location, now a National Military Park. You’ll see the restored gunboat, the USS Cairo, as well as walk the battlefield of the Siege of Vicksburg.
Day 8: Greenville, MS
You’ve ventured to the soul of the Mississippi Delta. You can take a narrated city tour of the largest city in Mississippi, or visit the BB King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, located between Greenville and Greenwood.
Day 9: Memphis, TN
Visit historic Beale Street to hear the beat of ‘Blues City’ or head over to Graceland to pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley!
Day 10: New Madrid, MO
Originally built in 1776, New Madrid is a living monument to early American history. Sites you can visit include Veterans Park, the Kochtitsky Home and the Trail of Tears Water Route, which passed by New Madrid on their way to present-day Oklahoma.
Day 11: Cape Girardeau, MO
This old French trading post and river port remains loyal to its heritage and continues to share that history with all visitors. The complimentary excursion is a narrated city tour and visit to Old St. Vincent’s Church, an English Gothic Revival unique to still be standing in the U.S. Another possible activity would be to visit the Trail of Tears State Park, a memorial to the Cherokee Indians who were forced to march to Oklahoma
Day 12: Chester, IL
“The City of Popeye” is open to you! The birthplace of Popeye-creator Elzie Segar has marked the town with statues of beloved Popeye characters, and continues to add new statues each year. Everyone will line up to get their picture taken with the 6-foot-tall bronze statue of Popeye!
Day 13: St. Louis, MO
Explore the city, from the Gateway Arch on the riverfront to the Anheuser Busch Brewery stables to Forest Park.
Day 14: River Cruising
Day 15: Hannibal, MO
Learn all about the beginnings of the great Mark Twain in his boyhood hometown of Hannibal. Be sure to also visit the Interpretive Center, which houses 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings!
Day 16: River Cruising
Day 17: Davenport, IA
The complimentary shore excursion in Davenport visits the John Deere Pavilion and store. Learn the story of the company, and how John Deere continues to contribute to agricultural development. Another option in town is to visit the John Hauberg Indian Museum in the Black Hawk State Historic Site.
Day 18: Dubuque, IA
One of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, Dubuque is a fascinating town full of just about everything. The complimentary shore excursion includes a historic city tour. Dubuque has Victorian era attractions, and you’ll learn about the history of this beautiful town with stops at Mathias Ham House and the Old Jail Museum.
Day 19: River Cruising
Day 20: La Crosse, WI
Enjoy the day at Riverside Park, where the Black River and La Crosse River join the Mississippi waters. Surrounding the town are the 500 ft bluffs including the Grandad Bluff mentioned by Mark Twain in his ‘Life on the Mississippi’.
Day 21: Red Wing, MN
Red Wing is a fantastic river town with much to explore. Take a bald eagle viewing cruise with Captain Rusty. Or tour the town on the Red Wing Trolley to visit local shops, art galleries, and antique stores. Or tour the Red Wing Pottery workshop, where they’ve been producing stoneware for three generations.
Day 22: Disembark in St. Paul, MN