Southern Culture and Civil War June 9-18, 2018
We've chosen a new, more intimate steamboat for the iconic Mississippi River voyage from Memphis to New Orleans. The 166-passenger American Duchess, an all-suite, boutique paddle wheeler with the largest cabins in every category available on the river, is more to our style. Our latest voyage down America's greatest waterway will offer not only music and good times but also comfort and convenience. With that assured, we invite you to join us for a new perspective on the modern South and its cultural and political history.
During the Civil War, the Mississippi River was the strategic objective of the Campaign in the West. Many of the places we will see-from battle elds to plantations to port cities-will remind us of the history of the war, as well as the culture of the American frontier and the antebellum South. From Memphis, where we have accommodations at the renowned Peabody Hotel, and thereafter, we'll discover the war's continuing hold on the American imagination.
From the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, we visit the Shiloh Battle fields and continue on the American Duchess to our ports of call along the Mississippi, including Helena, Cradle of the Delta Blues; Vicksburg, site of the war's most vicious siege; and Natchez, one of the few towns spared destruction. We'll travel through the deltas and bayous surrounding St. Francisville and Baton Rouge and stroll toward the main plantation house of Oak Alley through a corridor of 300-year-old oaks. After a visit to Nottoway Plantation, the South's largest antebellum plantation, we'll conclude the program in New Orleans. An optional extension will allow you to discover the wonderful music, delectable cuisine, and elegant architecture that make New Orleans one of the most delightful destinations in America.
With the combination of a charming steamboat cruise, a fascinating 10-day itinerary, and commentary by faculty from W&L and our partner institutions, this program is bound to be popular. We urge you to make your reservations soon.
|1||Memphis, Tennessee Arrive, overnight at The Memphis Peabody hotel|
|2||Memphis, Tennessee Overnight at The Memphis Peabody hotel|
|3||Memphis, Tennessee – Embark|
|7||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|8||St. Francisville, Louisiana|
|10||New Orleans, Louisiana – Disembark|
- 7 nights aboard the American Duchess, an opulent all-suite riverboat.
- 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay at The Memphis Peabody hotel.
- Exclusive tour of Shiloh National Military Park.
- Vicksburg Premium Shore Excursion.
- Onboard gratuities.
- Award-winning shore excursions.
- Onboard entertainment.
- Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, an onboard historian and river expert.
- Onboard meals.
- 24-hour room service.
- Cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water, and soft drinks.
- Wine and beer with dinner.
Suite Categories & Cost
- Interior Suite: $4,495
- Veranda Suite: $6,495
- Deluxe Suite: $8,495
- Loft Suite: $8,995
- Owner's Suite: $10,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy (unless indicated). Port charges are additional. Airfare and airport transfers are not included. Dates, pricing, and itinerary are subject to change.
Distinguished Lecturer Series
Gain new insights and discover fascinating perspectives on the places you’ll explore from an engaging group of distinguished guest lecturers. The vast range of topics presented will enrich your travel experience and provide you with a deeper understanding of America’s rich history and cultural heritage.
- Services of an onboard Go Next program manager
- Private reception with hot and cold canapés, wine, beer, and soft drinks
- Bottle of wine in your stateroom
- Comprehensive pre-departure information including shore excursion and dining options
Ports of Call
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
The queen of the Arkansas Delta, Helena is filled with fascinating 19th-century architecture from before and after the legendary Battle of Helena. The Delta Cultural Center lays out Helena’s antebellum roots and is also home to King Biscuit Time, the nation’s longest running blues radio program.
Billed as the Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.
One of the oldest European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is a charming and authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boasting a storied past and vibrant present, Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
With over 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to the past. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South.
Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, twelve hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and twenty-two soaring exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows—an opening for each day of the year.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Experience some of the best of New Orleans, from the traditional Southern oaks and Spanish moss of City Park to the French Quarter’s legendary Bourbon Street and Jackson Square.
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