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2013 Mississippi River: Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans
13 days, 12 nights
Day 1: Embark on your southern adventure in Nashville.
Day 2: Spend the day in “Music City USA!” An optional tour of Nashville includes the homes of famous country music stars; the Country Music Hall of Fame; and The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s historic mansion home. An onboard musical performance brings a festive spirit this evening.
Day 3: This morning cruise along the Cumberland River toward nearby Clarks-ville, TN. This afternoon, an optional guided city tour includes a stop at the Customs House Museum, offering art, science, and history displays. Continue your optional tour at Beachaven Winery and sample the local vintages. Conclude the day with onboard musical entertainment.
Day 4: Cruise along the lovely Cumberland River. Arrive this evening in charming Kuttawa, KY and enjoy an onboard lecture on the history of the Lake Barkley region.
Day 5: Just outside Kuttawa, visit the Old Eddyville Historic District. On an optional tour, discover the local lore at the Rose Hill Museum, and behold the medieval-style “Castle on the Cumberland.”
Day 6: Spend a full day cruising as the Mississippi River carries the ship gently toward Memphis, TN. This evening, delight to the sounds of local musical entertainment.
Day 7: Experience Memphis with two optional excursions. This morning enjoy a guided tour of this city famed for its soul-stirring music, delicious comfort cuisine, and a culture that is a unique mix of southern charm and urban sophistication. A second tour this afternoon takes you to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beloved estate home. Admire The King’s personal living quarters, and marvel at his vintage automobile collection. Select either tour or enjoy both for a full day of exploration.
Day 8: This morning cruise the Mississippi River and enjoy breathtaking scenery and photo opportunities. Dock in Greenville, MS, nestled on the shore of lovely Lake Ferguson. This serene southern town is known for the Winter-ville Mounds Historic Site, a ceremonial center constructed by Native American tribes. This evening enjoy a lecture on the Mississippi River and the great floods of 1927.
Day 9: Vicksburg, MS was the site of the “Siege of Vicksburg,” a pivotal Civil War battle in 1863. Tour the battlefield during an optional excursion to Vicksburg National Military Park, then visit the National Cemetery and a restored Union gunboat, “The Cairo.” The tour continues at the Biedenharn Museum of Coca-Cola, where the famous soda was first bottled in 1894.
Day 10: Enjoy the morning in Natchez, MS on your own or choose an optional tour to three breathtaking antebellum mansions, including Longwood, known for its Byzantine-style dome; Stanton Hall, sprawling one full city block; and Rosalie Mansion, boasting original furniture and picturesque gardens.
Day 11: Welcome to Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge. An optional historical tour takes you to the Old State Capitol, Pentagon Barracks military post and fort, beautiful Magnolia Cemetery, and the War-den’s House, built in 1839.
Day 12: Explore New Orleans with a full day in port! An optional morning city tour takes you through the charming cobblestone streets of the French Quarter; to Bayou St. John, teeming with tales of piracy and voodoo; past lovely Lake Pontchartrain; and to the Garden District and its stately mansions. This afternoon, an optional guided boat tour leads you through beautiful Barataria Reserve’s swamps and bayous. Tonight a chef from the world renowned New Orleans School of Cooking gives an onboard demonstration, followed by dinner and local musical entertainment.
Day 13: Disembark this morning in New Orleans.
SHIP: Grande Caribe
DISEMBARK:New Orleans, LA
- Apr 17, 2013 Apr 29, 2013
*Reverse itinerary available for these cruise dates
PORT CHARGES: $200
- Cumberland River
- Mississippi River
All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.