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Holidays on the River

December 10-18, 2023

River Cruise

Embark on a holiday celebration with the Women's Travel Club on an authentic paddlewheel steamboat, and return with treasured memories of the season. This Lower Mississippi River cruise offers a special Holiday gala, bonfires on the levee, holiday decorations and performances. Come home to the heart of America and celebrate with traditions both old and new!

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • 1 Night Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
  • Included excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Unlimited beverages including wine, spirits, craft beers and specialty coffees
  • Smoothie and juice bar
  • All meals
  • 24 hour in room dining
  • Bicycles and hiking sticks
  • Live daily entertainment
  • Special Holiday Gala
  • Bonfire on the levee
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Welcome to Memphis!

Welcome to Amsterdam. Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Accommodations: The Peabody Memphis

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Memphis

Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini.

As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Port of Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir.

For months Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee were trying to overtake Vicksburg, Mississippi - " The Key to the South" as described by Abraham Lincoln. In late May 1863, Grant undertook a new campaign to gain access to this vital river city. After many attempts, Vicksburg still fought back and caused the Union Army to fall back. Grant chose to attack again full force at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge, weakening John C. Pemberton's Army causing it to retreat. Both Confederates and Union soldiers suffered drastically, but finally on July 4, 1863, Pemberton surrendered to Grant leaving the Mississippi River in Union hands.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Natchez, MS

It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history, which can be found on every street corner throughout the town. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and antebellum houses as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
St Francisville, LA

St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana. Near where St. Francisville is located currently, there was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they stand today. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches or breathtaking parks and you will surely agree!
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge grants a strikingly different experience from those of the small-town stops throughout the journey. In this energetic port, history-facing museums and landmarks fraternize with forward-looking art and industry to offer a personalized encounter to each visitor. Allow the flowing, carefree words of denizens to dance through the eardrums during a meander through the city streets. Choose to hop on one of our deluxe motorcoaches and explore the diversity this city has to offer, or take a walk down the river path alongside the boat.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
Nottoway

American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Holidays on the River Cruise
New Orleans

Welcome to the Big Easy. It is time to say good-bye to wonderful new friends and our beautiful Steamboat. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your holiday experience with our Christmas in New Orleans tour.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Inside Stateroom - Double Occupancy - $1998 USD (Sharing a cabin)
Veranda Stateroom - Double Occupancy - $3498 USD (Sharing a cabin)
Single Inside Cabin - Single Occupancy - $2398 USD (Your own cabin)
Single Deluxe Cabin - Single Occupancy - $2998 USD (Your own cabin)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. USD = United States of America dollars. Upgraded cabins may be available upon request.

Deposit of $500 USD due at time of booking.
Final Payment due - August 11, 2023

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 12 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host

 

Tour Host

Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is TBA.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Memphis, TN (MEM)
Depart from New Orleans, LA (MSY)

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
The Peabody Memphis

With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis' grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the "Blues City's" celebrated past and cosmopolitan present.
Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody is legendary for its charm, elegance, gracious hospitality and rich history. This Memphis icon, opened in 1869, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is world-famous for its five resident ducks, who march daily through the lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Women's Travel Club Holidays River Cruise
American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Our flagship paddlewheeler is a gentle soul packaged within the ornate detailing that embellishes her exterior. Any traveler who chooses to cruise on this iconic riverboat will soon find that her steady heart beats to the rhythm of music that resounds within her walls. Embark on a river cruise on the American Queen, the wondrous steamboat that introduces her guests to the waters that she calls home – the great rivers that have sustained towns, wildlife and memories throughout history.

Women's Travel Club Holidays River Cruise
Single Inside

These intimate cabins with ample storage space are slightly scaled down to accommodate the independent traveler. Features a single bed, full bathroom with shower, flat-screen tv, interior access. Located on observation deck, 80 sq. ft.

Women's Travel Club Holidays River Cruise
Single Deluxe

Greet the day in your cozy stateroom, relaxing before breakfast, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning in bed with room service. Features a queen bed, full bathroom with shower, flat-screen tv, interior access. Located on Observation deck, 130 sq. ft.

Women's Travel Club Holidays River Cruise
Inside Stateroom

Surrounded by wonderful period details, accompanied by every modern convenience, these cozy havens will make your cares disappear. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep necessities out of the way yet easily accessible. Features two single beds, full bathroom with shower, flat-screen tv, interior access. Located on Texas Deck, 130 sq. ft.

Women's Travel Club Holidays River Cruise
Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and greet early-morning strollers, relax in bed with your favorite book or soak in a hot bath. Features two single beds, full bathroom with tub/shower combination, flat-screen tv, French doors open to deck. Located on Observation deck, 140-180 sq. ft.