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America’s Historic and Legendary Mississippi

An Epic Journey from Minneapolis to New Orleans by Motorcoach

17 DAYS • 32 MEALS Join us for an epic journey as we follow the Mighty Mississippi from its origins in the Historic Upper region, through the heartland of the Midwest and into the Legendary Lower region’s delta region.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 32 Meals (9 dinners, 7 lunches and 16 breakfasts)
  • Guided tour of Minnesota’s “Twin Cities” including the a Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
  • Free time for lunch and shopping at the Mall of America
  • Enjoy dinner and Broadway-style production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  • St. Paul Gangster Tour to see hideouts, nightclubs and gun battle sites of the likes of John Dillinger and Ma Barker
  • Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, noted author of the “Little House” series of books
  • Lunch at Slippery’s restaurant from the movie Grumpy Old Men
  • Visit the National Eagle Center with its live educational shows
  • Stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Visit Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center with included lunch and Norwegian entertainment
  • Villa Louis Mansion, an example of upper-class Victorian America
  • Stonefield Historic Site, the heart of “America’s Dairyland”
  • Full day cruising the Mighty Mississippi with meals and entertainment aboard the Celebration Belle riverboat
  • Tour the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum with its National Register buildings and Norman Rockwell paintings
  • Narrated cruise on “Ol’ Man River” aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Take a narrated tour of Saint Louis with a local guide
  • Lunch stop at the new Saint Louis Ballpark Village
  • a Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and narrated dinner cruise showcasing the Gateway Arch
  • See Missouri’s French roots at Felix Valle State Historic Site
  • Ride the 1925 coach cars of the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
  • Visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s 14-acre estate
  • Narrated musical tour of Memphis with a local guide
  • Dinner at Central Bar-B-Que in Memphis
  • Visit the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas
  • Included lunch and live blues music at Ground Zero Blues Club, founded by Morgan Freeman
  • Tour the Delta Blues Museum, to learn the history of the blues culture which has existed here since the 1920s
  • Trace the life of music’s foremost ambassador of the blues at the B.B. King Museum
  • Tour the a Vicksburg National Military Park with a local guide, site of the 47-day-long Battle of Vicksburg
  • Travel the scenic a Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Visit a Natchez National Historic Park and see the 18th century Fort Rosalie, William Johnson House and Melrose Estate
  • Enjoy an included dinner at the Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez
  • Visit Louisiana’s Delta Music Museum and tour the Old Governor’s Mansion, built by governor Huey Long
  • Spend 1 night at Nottoway Plantation Resort with dinner and tour of the 1859 Greek Revival mansion
  • Tour Oak Alley Plantation, the impressive mansion dominated by the “alley” of 300-year-old live oak trees
  • Embark on a Louisiana Swamp Tour and see the brilliant flora and king of the swamp, the alligator
  • Enjoy dinner and fun at the New Orleans School of Cooking featuring traditional cuisine
  • Take a narrated tour of the “The Big Easy” with a local guide including historic Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral
  • Climb aboard the iconic Steamboat Natchez for the “real New Orleans” experience of live jazz music and delicious, casual New Orleans brunch
  • $85 in Mayflower Money
Days One through Four — Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin We begin in Minneapolis with a visit to the Mississippi National River and Recreational Area, a “Gangster Tour” of sister city St Paul and dinner and Broadway-style production at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Don’t forget time for shopping at Mall of America. In Wisconsin we visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, noted author of the “Little House” series, have lunch in Slippery’s, the restaurant from the movie Grumpy Old Men, and visit the National Eagle Center complete with live shows. We also stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and learn about Norwegian culture and cuisine at the Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center. Also, see a fine example of upper-class Victorian America at Villa Louis mansion and learn about the rise of dairy farming in “America’s Dairyland.” 2 Dinners, 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts Days Five through Eight — Illinois and Missouri Spend a full day with all meals aboard the Celebration Belle Riverboat with live entertainment for an all-day cruise on the “Mighty Mississippi.” Relax on board, learn about the river, dine on delicious and be entertained with live music, hilarious skits and comedy. In Hannibal, Missouri, tour the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum with its collection of original Norman Rockwell paintings and take a trip on “Ol’ Man River” aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. In St. Louis, we take city tour, visit the new Ballpark Village and see the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the impressive Gateway Arch. In the evening a narrated dinner cruise showcases St Louis’ stunning architecture while listening to live music. Discover Missouri’s French roots at the Felix Valle State Historic Site and the 1792 Bauvais-Amoureux House. Then climb aboard the Saint Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway for a journey along the historic “Iron Mountain” line while listening to a musical salute to the music of the 1950s. 4 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners Days Nine and Ten — Tennessee At Elvis Presley’s 14-acre estate, Graceland we see the living rooms, music room and “jungle” den along with Elvis’s gold records, awards and costumes. Take a moment to reflect in the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his parents rest. A guided tour of Memphis to see Beale Street, Cotton Row and the Lorraine Motel. For a taste of authentic Memphis barbeque, dinner is at the award-winning Central Bar-B-Que. 2 Breakfasts, lunch and dinner Days Eleven and Twelve — Arkansas and Mississippi In the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, we stop at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas before coming to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Here, actor Morgan Freeman opened the Ground Zero Blues Club to celebrate the area’s rich blues heritage. Enjoy lunch at the club and hear local talent. At the Delta Blues Museum, learn the history of the blues culture which has existed here since the 1920s. Trace the life of music’s foremost ambassador of the blues at the B.B. King Museum. In Vicksburg, a local guide joins us for a tour of Vicksburg National Military Park. Learn about the Battle of Vicksburg, a 47-day siege that surrendered control of the Mississippi River. A drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway with its gently winding roads, leads us to Natchez National Historic Park. We see Fort Rosalie, an 18th century French fortification; William Johnson House, home to a free African American barber; and Melrose, the estate of lawyer and state senator John T. McMurran. In Natchez, dinner is at the Isle of Capri Casino. 2 Breakfasts, lunch and dinner Days Thirteen through Seventeen — Louisiana and Home Arriving in Louisiana we visit the Delta Music Museum followed by a stop at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. The mansion was built by governor Huey Long and shares many architectural similarities to the White House. At Nottoway Plantation Resort we tour the 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion, the largest antebellum plantation house in the South. We also have an included dinner and stay on the grounds of the plantation. At majestic Oak Alley Plantation, the impressive mansion is highlighted by the “alley” of 300-year-old live oak trees. On a narrated Louisiana swamp tour, we see vast wetlands, exotic wildlife, brilliant flora and the king of the swamp, the alligator. In New Orleans, the flavors of the region come alive in a fun and interactive experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking with a meal of local cuisine. We take a narrated tour of “The Big Easy,” with a local guide.See historic Jackson Square, Saint Louis Cathedral, the Garden District and of course, the historic French Quarter. Then, we climb aboard the iconic Steamboat Natchez for a “real New Orleans” experience, a Jazz Brunch Cruise. This two hour cruise along the Mississippi River features traditional live jazz music by the talented Steamboat Stompers combined with a delicious and casual New Orleans brunch. Tonight, enjoy free time on own in the “Quarter” for dinner or maybe some beignets and coffee at Café du Monde. 5 Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Days One and Two AmericInn, Chanhassen, Minnesota Day Three Best Western Riverfront Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin Day Four Best Western PLUS Hotel, Dubuque, Iowa Day Five Radisson Hotel, Davenport, Iowa Days Six and Seven Drury Inn Union Station, Saint Louis, Missouri Days Eight and Nine Drury Inn & Suites, Horn Lake, Mississippi Day Ten Hampton Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi Day Eleven La Quinta Inn, Vicksburg, Mississippi Day Twelve Hampton Inn, Natchez, Mississippi Day Thirteen Nottoway Plantation Resort, White Castle, Louisiana Days Fourteen and Fifteen Hampton Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana Day Sixteen Hampton Inn, Blytheville, Arkansas
Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room
*Based on the combined twin rates of the Upper Mississippi and Lower Mississippi River Tours.
*This Holiday by Motorcoach combines our Upper and Lower Mississippi tours into one epic 17-day journey! Save $1,250 per person off the individual tour prices.

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LEVEL 4: A more physical touring experience based on the destination with longer walking tours, stair climbing and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.