Off the Beaten Track: Mississippi River Cruising
Discover the incomparable beauty and culture of America’s Deep South by winding your way along the mighty Mississippi River. This impressive waterway runs through several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee. Below, we’ve shone a spotlight on just two itineraries that explore this amazing part of the world, as well as some of the destinations you can expect to tick off your bucket list.
APT’s Rhythm of the South
Join APT Touring for a nine-day expedition like no other as you fly and cruise to destinations such as Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Accompanied by no more than 40 other guests, you will get the chance to visit the famous French Quarter in New Orleans, sit back and enjoy the festive splendour of a jazz band, learn how to cook gumbo, visit plantations soaked in history, discover the eccentricities of Graceland and much more.
Scenic’s Southern Belles & Mississippi Cruise
For 15 glorious days, experience the unique sights, sounds and smells of the South aboard your Scenic trip. Travel by steamboat between New Orleans and Memphis, stopping at a variety of places along the way, including Natchez, St Francisville and Greenville. Lovers of music will be swept away by the region’s iconic soundscapes and history, from Nashville’s Studio B, where greats such as Elvis, Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton recorded songs, to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. On your majestic steam-powered paddleboat, mingle with fellow guests, drink in hand, and listen to the fascinating tales provided by the expert river historian on board.
Stop at: Memphis
Situated in southwest Tennessee, the city of Memphis is well-known for being the home of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Visitors can walk down legendary Beale Street, which is lined with blues clubs and restaurants, head to the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, see the renowned Sun Studio, or make their way to Graceland, the residence of the late, great Elvis Presley. At Graceland, guests can view a collection of exhibits and museums dedicated to the King and his life, and take a journey through his mansion.
Stop at: Vicksburg
Learn more about America’s Civil War in the city where a 47-day siege took place in 1863. The last major Confederate refuge on the Mississippi River, Vicksburg played a significant role in the war and now houses the National Military Park, which commemorates the campaign, siege and defence of the city. Travellers can also take delight in the city’s unique architectural heritage by visiting one of many historic homes and mansions open for public tours.
Stop at: Baton Rouge
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the second-largest city in the state, after New Orleans. Known as the ‘Red Stick’, this charming locale is home to a range of museums, galleries, theatres, bars, clubs, plantations, and even castle-like structures (the Old State Capitol and New State Capitol). From here, you can also depart on a swamp tour in search of alligators!
Want to unearth the history, culture and heritage of the Deep South? Journey along the Mississippi River and find out what makes this charming region so unique. Call us on 1300 954 661 for more information about these trips, to find out about more river cruises in the area or to make a booking.
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