Heart of the Mississippi Delta

Memphis and New Orleans River Cruise Package
8 days
North America, Southern US
2
Cruises

Journey from New Orleans to Memphis

Soak up the rich French and Acadian cultures that infuse the Lower Mississippi, and be inspired by the stories of famed musicians and civil rights heroes. Savor delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, as well as Memphis’s famous BBQ. And stir your soul with the rhythms of Dixieland jazz, Delta blues and gospel.

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Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana

Birthplace of American jazz, New Orleans is steeped in a history that dates to its 1718 founding by French colonists.

After check-in, the afternoon is yours to independently explore the city, where its French, African and other influences flavor not only its vibrant culture, but also its tantalizing Creole cuisine. The beloved birthplace of American jazz, historic New Orleans famously exudes a festive atmosphere along the balcony-lined Bourbon Street. (Dinner)

Day 2: Darrow, Louisiana

Home to National Historic Landmarks renowned for their architecture, the Lower Mississippi is a scenic treasure.

After breakfast, the day is yours to experience the Lower Mississippi—a region dotted with historic mansions, several of which are designated National Historic Landmarks for their architecture, their landscaping, and the contributions of the people who maintained the houses and the lands. Today, you may choose to explore one or several of the historic estates in the area. You may also journey to the famous Manchac Swamp, a wetlands area adorned with hundreds of acres of cypress trees and freshwater marshes. Complete your afternoon with a music presentation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Arrive in Baton Rouge, set on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, and take a panoramic city tour of the area. Hear tales of the hardworking, fun-loving Cajun people and their contributions to Louisiana’s history and culture. Your Viking Guest Services staff can help you plan the rest of your day with several optional excursions: a Cajun heritage tour; an exploration of the Atchafalaya Basin by boat or canoe; or a visit to the USS Kidd, the most historically accurate restoration of a World War II vessel in the United States. Tonight, enjoy music in the Explorers’ Lounge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: St. Francisville, Louisiana

Boasting more than 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Francisville is set along one of the most historic bluffs of the Mississippi.

The town is said to be “two miles long and two yards wide” because it was originally built on a narrow ridge overlooking the river. Founded in 1809 to serve the commercial and cultural needs of surrounding landowners, it is the oldest town in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes. Remarkably, many of St. Francisville’s structures are not its own. Rather, they were moved upriver from Bayou Sara in the 1920s after the small settlement was destroyed by years of flooding. Today, we explore this area and visit the historic Rosedown estate and ornamental gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is the perfect location in which to enjoy small-town America.

The town is distinguished by more than 500 historic buildings, including over 200 perfectly preserved homes that still grace its broad avenues. Throughout the day, you can explore shops in the historic district and other sites at your leisure. You may choose to visit one of many pre–Civil War mansions here, some of the most beautifully preserved in this area of the South. The city itself is home to more than 1,000 structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After dinner, learn about the life of local artisans and enjoy classical music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Vicksburg, MIssissippi

Located where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi, Vicksburg is rich in history—especially Civil War history.

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called it “the key to the South.” And it indeed proved to be the site of the conflict’s most pivotal battle, the Battle of Vicksburg, after which the Confederates surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the battlefield and commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign that preceded the battle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Scenic cruising of the Lower Mississippi

The serpentine route of the Lower Mississippi showcases an astonishing array of picturesque landscapes.

Sail past deep-green forests, lush vegetation and a patchwork of fertile farmlands—all hugging the shores and hosting a huge variety of birdlife perched in riverside trees, ready to pluck their next meal from the flowing waters. Around you, bluffs rise over the river’s edge. Silos pierce bucolic landscapes. Sandbars and low islands guide the waters as they have for millennia. Passing numerous tributaries and meandering channels, you may appreciate this massive waterway as an epic river system rather than as a singular river. Immerse yourself in the region’s history and culture by reading a book from the Library, participating in a cooking demonstration or attending a lecture. After dinner, enjoy live music in the Explorers’ Lounge and mingle with fellow guests. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is the celerated birthplace of Memphis blues, a center of civil rights history and the final home of Elvis Presley.

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight, or extend your journey with additional nights in Memphis or Nashville. (Breakfast)

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre: New Orleans Discovery

From $329 | 1 night

Ease your way into New Orleans with an extra night at a distinctive, historic hotel. Your convenient location invites you to take in some jazz on Bourbon Street, explore the Garden District, savor sweet beignets in Jackson Square and absorb the city’s carefree charm.

Included:

  • 1 hotel night in New Orleans
  • 1 meal: breakfast
  • Services of a Viking Host
  • All transfers

Post: Memphis Rock & Soul

From $899 | 2 nights

Celebrate the soul of Memphis at Elvis’s Graceland, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum and lively Beale Street. Classic tunes and Southern cooking fuel your discoveries.

Included:

  • 2 hotel nights in Memphis
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts & 1 lunch
  • 3 guided tours & activities: Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum; Sun Studio Tour; Graceland Tour
  • Welcome Reception
  • Fully escorted by your Viking Tour Director
  • All transfers

More Pre & Post Cruise Extensions are available, just ask a AAA Travel Advisor!

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