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The Gateways of the Mississippi: New Orleans to St. Louis

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Trip Length: 11 Days/ 10 Nights

Prices from: $5,510 pp/do*

Single Price: $7,070 pp

2018 Dates: June 7; July 15, 25; Sept 22.

Ships: America
The Queen of the Mississippi

Notes: Port charges not included in fare.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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This unique itinerary on the Lower Mississippi takes you from the ‘Gateway to the West’ in St. Louis to New Orleans – our original ‘Gateway’ to the Mississippi and America’s Heartland!

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Most of the 2018 departures are Northbound, cruising from New Orleans to St. Louis. But our July 25th departure cruises Southbound, and there is something quintessential about starting a journey in the shadow of the St. Louis Gateway Arch!

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Day 1: Embark in New Orleans, LASt. Louis to New Orleans

Day 2: Baton Rouge, LA

Beginning at the Louisiana Old State Capitol, you’ll enjoy the exclusive tour of the Old and New State Capitols, with expansive views of the Mississippi River.

Day 3: Natchez, MS

Enjoy a private city tour with a local expert guide who can point out the influences of different groups of people who have left their mark in Natchez, from the indigenous Native American to the European and African cultures. Other optional activities for today include 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: River Cruising

Day 6: 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 7: New Madrid, MO

Founded in 1776, original settlers of New Madrid were required to become official citizens of Spain. A number of Americans settled there. In a three year period, the territory was traded to France and then sold to the United States. Today, the two remains committed to remembering its history, with sites including the Trail of Tears Park and the Kochtitsky Home.

Day 8: Paducah, KY

Where rivers come together, so do people. At the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, you’ll find the building of history quite tangible. Walk through Paducah and remember the Chicasaw village which preceded the town. View the history through the Wall-to-Wall mural collection of more than 50 murals.

Day 9: River Cruising

Day 10: St. Louis, MO

Parked on the riverfront, you’ll have the best view of the Gateway Arch! Ride the arch to the top (630 feet) to get the best view of the city and the river. You can also visit the Museum of Westward Expansion to learn about the people who created the nation we live in now: the explorers, cowboys and Native Americans. Other popular destinations in St. Louis include: the Anheuser Busch Brewery, home of the Clydesdale horses; a driving tour of the 1371 acre Forest Park in the city; the art museum, science center and so much more. Check the MLB schedule to see if you can fit in a Cardinals game!

Day 11: Disembark in St. Louis, MO


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