Mansions and Museums on the Mississippi’s Best Cruise. Experience truly elegant travel this summer on the American Duchess

American Duchess - American Queen Steamboat CompanyExperience truly elegant travel this summer on the American Duchess, an opulent paddlewheeler touring the Lower Mississippi’s living history.

June sailings between Memphis and New Orleans highlight the jewels of the South like no other tour with carefully crafted shore excursions in Helena, AR; Vicksburg, MS; Natchez, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and St. Francisville, LA. Below is a sampling of the diverse offerings on the nine day cruises.

Historic Mansions

• Pillow-Thompson House in Helena, one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in the south, showcases a high degree of Victorian embellishments and transports visitors back in time.
• The Anchuca Mansion in Vicksburg was used as a shelter for those who suffered in the civil war and is now proudly on the National Register of Historic Places.
• Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, dates back to 1859. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms.

Cultural Excursions

• Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum delves in to the 300-year-old African American history from Colonial and Cotton Kingdom Natchez to Reconstruction and Civil Rights Movements.
• The LSU Museum of Art offers over 5,000 art pieces from around the world including a special exhibit by sculptor Matt Wedel.
• The Louisiana Old State Capitol has withstood war, fire, scandal and abandonment and still stands proud with its castle-like architecture and breathtaking stained glass rotunda.

June Sailings Memphis to New Orleans

• June 9 – 17
• June 23 – Jul 1

June Sailing New Orleans to Memphis

• June 2 – 10
• June 16 – 24
• June 30 – July 8

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