Lower Mississippi River Cruise
Departing by Air
Duration 12 Days
Available February - December 2020

Travelling the Lower Mississippi is an experience like no other. Our carefully selected onboard experts bring the history and culture of this region to life with award-winning enrichment programmes.

Delve deep into the history of the Civil War in Vicksburg as a Cruise Line historian leads you through the National Military Park commemorating the campaign, siege and defence of this city.

Price Includes

  • 7 night journey with river-view stateroom
  • Return flights from Edinburgh inculding overseas transfers
  • 2 night stay in Memphis at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel
  • 2 night stay in New Orleans at the Marriott Hotel
  • All gourmet meals during cruise, including cocktail hour
  • VIP Pass & Tour in Memphis
  • Shore excursions and gratuities

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*

Lower Mississippi River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: UK – New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

Day 2: New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

Free time.

Day 3: New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

New Orleans is the cultural centre of Louisiana, straddling the great Mississippi River in the heart of the River Valley. Laid back and eclectic, this city offers a unique blend of French, Spanish, and American culture, leisure, and cuisine. Music is at the very heart of everything you see in New Orleans, from exhibitions and bars playing legendary blues and jazz to the infamous Mardi Gras celebration.

The French Quarter retains its historic charms, buildings, and gardens and is the place to be to sample the famous Creole cuisine. To immerse yourself in the irresistible beat of New Orleans, take a stroll down Bourbon Street and hear pianos, blues guitars, and zydeco music.

Day 4: Oak Alley, USA, Louisiana

A quarter mile canopy of giant live oak trees forms the impressive avenue which gives Oak Alley Plantation its name. Situated between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak valley is located along the Mississippi River.

The Plantation itself consists of an impeccable and stunningly designed Greek revival style antebellum home. Recently restored to its original glory, Oak Alley leaves a noble and impressive mark on this glorious River Region.

Day 5: Baton Rouge, USA, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the state capital of Louisiana and is highly regarded as an important deepwater port on the Mississippi River. The city was named in 1699 after a red cypress post – otherwise known as baton rouge – marked a boundary between the Houma and Bayougoula Indians.

There are many historic buildings here including the Audubon State Historic Site & Oakley House, the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, and a museum which stands at the point where the old State Capitol once stood. This museum was constructed of marble and other stone minerals brought in from various parts of the world. It stands 450 feet high and houses 34 floors, with features including an ornate Memorial Hall and observation tower.

Day 6: St Francisville, USA, Louisiana

Situated above the Mississippi River is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes, St Francisville. Despite its modest size, St Francisville boats plantation homes nestled into the rolling countryside, historic churches, nature sites and museums. Among these impressive plantation homes in the magnificent Rosedown, home to gardens inspired by those found at the Palace of Versailles.

Day 7: Natchez, USA, Mississippi

Natchez lies in the lower Mississippi River Valley and is host to sprawling plantations, majestic building and intimate gardens. Not content with being the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez also boasts the most antebellum houses in the United States, being home to 668 of them. To experience the history of this classical city, then take a trip to the Stratton Chapel Gallery, where you’ll find 100 years of Natchez history in photographs.

The beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church is also not to be missed and houses two rare art-glass windows designed by the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany. For a more scenic excursion, you can find the Homochitto National Forest and Natchez Trace, the state’s recreational jewel right on this city’s doorstep.

Day 8: Vicksburg, USA, Mississippi

Vicksburg lies on the Mississippi, at the mouth of the Yazoo River. Originally settled by the French, it became a Spanish military outpost in 1790 before being renamed Vicksburg in 1825. Because of its strategic location, the city was an important capture for General Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War and the Old Courthouse is now a museum displaying Confederate and antebellum Americana. A mural depicting the siege of Vicksburg can be seen on the floodwall along the waterfront, along with other artist impressions of local history.

Entrenched in American history, the Vicksburg National Military Park includes 1,325 historic monuments, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16-mile tour road, an antebellum home, a restored Union gunboat and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Day 9: Mississippi River, USA, Louisiana

The Mississippi is the largest river in North America. It rises in Lake Itasca in Minnesota before flowing 2,350 miles almost due south across the USA, where it collects water from a number of major tributaries including the Missouri and Ohio Rivers. It empties in the vast delta in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans.

The upper section of the river extends from Minneapolis/St Paul past the mouth of the Missouri River, near St. Louis, Missouri, towards Cairo, Illinois, where it is joined by the Ohio River. The lower Mississippi is a meandering river, which consists of looping areas, oxbow lakes, and swampy backwaters. There are parts of this section of the river where the distance between the two banks can be a mile and a half. The Creole food, Cajun culture, and New Orleans Music will tantalise all the senses and leave you wanting to return time and time again.

Day 10: Memphis, USA, Tennessee

Located in the extreme south-west of Tennessee is the city of Memphis, which is strategically located on the Chickasaw bluffs above the Mississippi River. It was first established in 1819 on the site of a Chickasaw Indian Village and was named after the ancient Egyptian city. Memphis is considered to be the birthplace of the blues and Beale Street, which was immortalised by composer W.C. Handy. Elvis Presley first recorded some of his music here and, since his death in 1977, his city mansion and burial site, Graceland, has become a shrine. He and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the artists to have recorded music at Sun Studios, which is located in the city.

Tragically, Memphis is where Martin Luther King was killed, in 1968, and today, his motel room is the National Civil Rights Museum. Also in the city, you will find Chucalissa – a reconstructed 15th century Native American village situated on an actual archaeological site and Museum.

Day 11: Memphis, USA, Tennessee

Free time

Day 12: Memphis – UK

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