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Cruise United States | American Duchess Antebellum South

Sample Itinerary


United States

Trip Duration

8 nights / 9 days

As the first all-suite U.S. river cruise vessel, this paddlewheeler features the largest staterooms on the river. Defining the art of river cruising, American Duchess offers luxurious amenities, extraordinary itineraries, complimentary shore excursions and impeccable service. Discover uniquely American experiences infused with authentic Southern charm, with the newest cruise addition from Journese.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Days 1 - 2: Memphis, Tennessee |

After arrival in Memphis, spend your first night in the heart of the city at The Peabody Hotel. Discover the sights and sounds of Memphis, sample hometown cuisine and enjoy lively entertainment. The next day following breakfast, transfer to the American Duchess for embarkation and the joys of river sailing.

Day 3: Helena, Arkansas |

A notable small town in Crowley Ridge Valley, discover the history and heritage of the Delta and its gospel blues, including visits to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Freedom Park and Pillow-Thompson House.

Day 4: Vicksburg, Mississippi |

Where Southern hospitality and Civil War history converge, stand in reverence at Vicksburg National Military Park, home of the ironclad USS Cairo, built for the Union Navy.

Day 5:  Natchez, Mississippi |

The oldest city on the river once inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers, delight in restored mansions and landmarks, and a thriving entertainment district brimming casual charm and hospitality.

Day 6: Baton Rouge, Louisiana |

Discover a capitol city rich in history, architecture and natural beauty. Sample authentic gumbo, catch a glimpse of native flora or explore the USS Kidd, a WWII and Korean War centerpiece.

Day 7: St. Francisville, Louisiana |

Established in 1809, experience true Southern comfort under Spanish moss trees, historical homes, unique shops and the Great Episcopal Church with its Civil-War cemetery.

Day 8: Nottoway, Louisiana |

Home to the largest Antebellum mansion, immerse in an era of grandeur as you discover this American castle, its extraordinary gold decor and lush grounds adorned with 200-year old oak trees.

Day 9: New Orleans, Louisiana |

After breakfast, disembark in New Orleans and let the good times roll. Enjoy Creole, jazz and endless festivities for a grand finale to your historic journey or consider adding a post stay in this vibrant city. With many options across New Orleans, peruse Journese elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.

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