Day 1: Embark in New Orleans, LA
Begin your Deep South adventure with a city tour of 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. The tour will end with transportation to the ship, ready for you to board!
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: 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 4: 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 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. Back onboard, you’ll enjoy Dan Knowles and some of the best banjo playing on the Mississippi!
Day 6: 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 Louisiana State Museum with Baton Rouge native, Ira Bobin. Back onboard, Tom Hook will introduce you to the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton.
Day 7: Houmas House, LA
The final plantation on our itinerary, Houmas House is often considered one of the favorites. 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 8: Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Might our agents interest you in booking a post-cruise hotel, so that you’ll have enough time to explore all that New Orleans has to offer?