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Day 1 – Pre-Cruise Night – New Orleans – Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge in the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Overnight stay in New Orleans is included. Dinner is on own this evening.
Day 2 – New Orleans and Afternoon Boarding of the American Queen – You will have another day to explore New Orleans on your own. Complimentary transfers to the boat will begin at 3:00 pm. The American Queen will set sail at 5:00 pm. After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as you set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!
Onboard the American Queen tonight, specially decorated for the holidays, ring in the New Year with a special New Year’s Eve gala complete with music and champagne toast at midnight.
Day 3 – Nottoway Plantation – Today, you tour Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. The mansion flaunts three-floors, 64-bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its’ nickname—“The White Castle of Louisiana.” The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white and displays elaborate gold décor throughout.
Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings—one for each day of the year. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this American Castle as you explore its pristine interior followed by a stroll through the surrounding lush grounds and gardens.
Day 4 – Oak Alley Plantation – Disembark from the American Queen and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road.” Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of Gone with the Wind and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set. During your visit, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds.
Day 5 – New Orleans – Arriving on New Orleans this morning, you can enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise stay.