Memphis - New Orleans Rail - River Journey
Discover the charm of the South on an 11-day rail river-cruise adventure.
This journey takes you from the Windy City of Chicago to historic Memphis by train, and from Memphis to the Crescent City, New Orleans, by steamboat. As you travel along the Lower Mississippi, enjoy the relaxing scenery and notable ports of call including Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Midwest travelers may omit the Chicago City Stay and sightseeing. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- 7-night river cruise aboard the Steamboat American Queen Complimentary wine and beer with dinner complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout the river cruise
- All meals aboard the ship
- Chicago Hop On/Hop Off
Port of call:
- St. Francisville
- Baton Rouge
Day 1 - Arrive in Chicago
Arrive in Chicago, check into your hotel, and enjoy a day at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan metropolis. Overnight Chicago.
Day 2 - Chicago Sightseeing
Using your Hop On/Hop Off Pass, explore the city's most impressive sights and landmarks including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, and the John Hancock Observatory. Take time to shop along the Magnificent Mile and grab a slice of Chicago's famous deep dish pizza. Early this evening, make your way to historic Union Station, where you'll board the City of New Orleans for your 8:05 pm departure south to Memphis. Overnight train.
Day 3 -Memphis
The City of New Orleans is scheduled to arrive in Memphis at 6:27 am. Disembark the train and transfer on your own to your centrally-located downtown hotel. The day is yours to explore Memphis. You may wish to visit Graceland and tour Elvis's home. Or, uncover the city's musical heritage with a visit to Sun Studios or the Rock n' Soul Museum. This evening, enjoy some good BBQ or experience the beats of Beale Street. Overnight Memphis.
Day 4 - Memphis at Leisure / Steamboat American Queen
The day is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis. This afternoon, board the American Queen, settle into your onboard accommodations, and prepare for your evening departure. Overnight vessel.(D)
Day 5 - Greenville
Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally, Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned authors! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul! (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Vicksburg
Board a Hop-On Hop-Off motorcoach to see Vicksburg's prominent sights including the city's shopping district; the Church of Holy Trinity, a place of spiritual refreshment to Vicksburg for over 125 years; Anchuca Mansion, an impressive Greek Revival antebellum home; the Old Court House Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements; Washington Street for some more shopping as well as an included admission to the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum and the Yesterday's Child Doll and Toy Museum; the Lower Mississippi River Museum, where we can find out how different communities, farming families, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have all utilized the river; and, the Old Depot Museum, a preservation museum run by the Vicksburg Battlefield Museum and highlights the Siege of Vicksburg. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Natchez
Visit the Natchez Visitors Center for their gift shop, bookstore and exhibits including a film about this historic port. A narrated tour of the city includes admission to the antebellum mansions: Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, Rosalie Mansion and the William Johnson House. As we head back to the boat, you'll have the opportunity to explore Downtown Natchez as well as a stop for some shopping opportunities at the Eola Hotel. Admission to the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum is also included. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - St. Francisville
Hop on our deluxe motorcoach, and begin your tour at Royal Street where you can hop off at our first stop, the Republic of West Florida Site. Choose to enjoy the park or stroll into Grandmother's Buttons, a unique southern boutique. Next, we can visit the Old Market Hall and explore the art, jewelry, handmade items and music of the region. When we reach Commerce Street, hop off for lunch, snacks, spirits, coffee or ice cream from one of the many cafés and restaurants they have to offer. After that, hop back on the bus to the Spring Creek Shopping Center. Finally, we will visit the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street and the Grace Episcopal Church. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Baton Rouge
In Louisiana's capital city, we'll see something unique at every turn! Our day will begin with a stop for the military enthusiast at the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer, and the adjoining Veterans Memorial Museum followed by a visit to the Old Governor's Mansion. The next stop is the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral, built in 1853, followed by a stop at the Main Street Market for lunch and shopping. Next, stroll through the intricate Capitol gardens and tour the Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana State Museum. Here we can step onto a simulated Mardi Gras float, discover the difference between Cajun and Creole and lose ourselves in multimedia presentations. Hop off at Louisiana's current State Capitol, standing proud as the nation's tallest capitol building. Continue the loop around Capitol Lake and through Arsenal Park for a beautiful view of the current Governor's Mansion, built in 1963 when Jimmie Davis was Governor. Stop by the Old Arsenal Museum, constructed in 1838 and used by the US military during the Mexican and Civil Wars.Our next stop is the LSU Museum of Art, located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts and featuring a diverse art collection. The last stop on the loop is Louisiana's Old State Capitol. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Nottoway
Nottoway is the South's largest, most grand remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of genuine Southern hospitality, history, and mystery. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - New Orleans
The American Queen is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans at 8:00 am and will tie up near historic Jackson Square. Disembark the Steamboat and conclude your rail and river cruise journey in this vibrant city. Ask a rail specialist about extending your stay in New Orleans, or transfer on your own to the rail station or airport for your return trip home.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Palmer House Chicago. Deluxe accommodations are provided in Memphis.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
Accommodations onboard the American Queen range from Inside Cabins featuring single beds and bathroom with shower and Outside Staterooms with bay window or veranda from which to admire the passing scenery to suites with veranda.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
2018 themed departures are as follows:
March 9 - Southern Literature
April - November - Antebellum South
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Dates & Prices
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|15th June 2018||$7,801||Book Now|
|12th October 2018||$7,801||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$6,828||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$5,438||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$4,426||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$2,738||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$7,945||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$6,972||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$5,583||Book Now|
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|9th November 2018||$5,583||Book Now|
|15th June 2018||$4,570||Book Now|
|12th October 2018||$4,570||Book Now|
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|15th June 2018||$2,883||Book Now|
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|9th November 2018||$2,883||Book Now|
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Suite with Verandah (LS) - Roomette: Departs 15th June 2018 ($7,801), 12th October 2018 ($7,801), 9th November 2018 ($7,801)
Family Suite (FS) - Roomette: Departs 15th June 2018 ($6,828), 12th October 2018 ($6,828), 9th November 2018 ($6,828)
Superior Outside (AA) - Roomette: Departs 15th June 2018 ($5,438), 12th October 2018 ($5,438), 9th November 2018 ($5,438)
Outside (D) - Roomette: Departs 15th June 2018 ($4,426), 12th October 2018 ($4,426), 9th November 2018 ($4,426)
Inside (E) - Roomette: Departs 15th June 2018 ($2,738), 12th October 2018 ($2,738), 9th November 2018 ($2,738)
Suite with Verandah (LS) - Bedroom: Departs 15th June 2018 ($7,945), 12th October 2018 ($7,945), 9th November 2018 ($7,945)
Family Suite (FS) - Bedroom: Departs 15th June 2018 ($6,972), 12th October 2018 ($6,972), 9th November 2018 ($6,972)
Superior Outside (AA) - Bedroom: Departs 15th June 2018 ($5,583), 12th October 2018 ($5,583), 9th November 2018 ($5,583)
Outside (D) - Bedroom: Departs 15th June 2018 ($4,570), 12th October 2018 ($4,570), 9th November 2018 ($4,570)
Inside (E) - Bedroom: Departs 15th June 2018 ($2,883), 12th October 2018 ($2,883), 9th November 2018 ($2,883)
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