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America's Legendary Lower Mississippi River

Featuring Memphis, New Orleans and Nottoway Plantation Resort

10 DAYS • 18 MEALS Trace the history and experience the culture of America’s Legendary Lower Mississippi River delta region. Discover “Ground Zero” of the Blues, learn of the late B.B. King, discover New Orleans and spend the night at Historic Nottoway Plantation Resort.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland Area
You can combine the Upper and Lower Mississippi tours into one epic journey. Travel along the Mississippi from Minneapolis to New Orleans, changing tours in Memphis. From the historic Upper Region, through the Midwest heartland, into the legendary Lower Delta Region. Click Here for a complete itinerary.

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 18 Meals (6 dinners, 3 lunches and 9 breakfasts)
  • Welcome dinner at Central Bar-B-Que in Memphis
  • Visit Graceland, Elvis Presley's 14-acre estate
  • Narrated musical tour of Memphis with a local guide
  • 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 Big Easy" with a local guide including historic Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
  • Climb aboard the iconic Steamboat Nachez for the "real New Orleans" experience of live jazz music and a delicious, casual New Orleans brunch
  • $50 in Mayflower Money
Days One and Two — Welcome to Musical Memphis Our Memphis visit begins with dinner at Central Bar-B-Que, a Memphis tradition. At Elvis’ 14-acre estate, Graceland, we see the living rooms, music room and “jungle” den along with Elvis’s gold records, awards and costumes. Later, a local guide joins us for a narrated tour of Memphis to see Beale Street, Cotton Row and the Lorraine Motel. 2 Dinners and breakfast Day Three — Morgan Freeman and the Delta Blues n the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, we stop at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. Since Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been considered “Ground Zero” for blues aficionados, actor Morgan Freeman opened the Ground Zero Blues Club to celebrate the area’s rich blues heritage and provide a forum in which it can continue. Enjoy lunch at the club while taking in some of the local talent. At the Delta Blues Museum, learn the history of the blues culture which has existed here since the 1920s. Once a boom town, Clarksdale is home to artists Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Sam Cooke to name a few. Breakfast and lunch Day Four — B.B. King Museum and a Vicksburg National Military Park 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 ended in the surrender of the City. Victory here gave the North control of the Mississippi River. Breakfast and lunch Day Five — a Natchez Trace Parkway and a National Historical Park We drive along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway with its gently winding roads, open vistas and deep forests. In Natchez, we visit the Natchez National Historic Park, which commemorates the history of this historic Southern town. 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. Tonight, dinner is at the Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez. Breakfast and dinner Day Six — Nottoway Plantation Resort In Louisiana, visit the Delta Music Museum which focuses on the local Mississippi River Delta country rock and roll and blues musicians. In the river town of Baton Rouge we stop at the Old Governor’s Mansion, which was built by governor Huey Long and shares many architectural similarities to the White House. Our accommodations tonight are at Nottoway Plantation Resort. We’ll tour the 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion, the largest antebellum plantation house in the South and have an included dinner.. Breakfast and dinner Day Seven — Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp Tour We begin at the majestic Oak Alley Plantation, the impressive mansion whose twenty five acres of history and romance is dominated by the “alley” of 300-year-old live oak trees. Then, embark on a narrated journey through the Louisiana swamp to see the 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. Breakfast and dinner Day Eight — New Orleans Tour and Mardi Gras World We take a narrated tour of “The Big Easy,” with a local guide. The most southern city located on the Mississippi, New Orleans is a wealth of history with a culture all its own. 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. Breakfast and lunch Days Nine and Ten — Travel Home With a farewell dinner and overnight in Arkansas, we arrive home in the late afternoon. 2 Breakfasts and dinner
Days One and Two Hampton Inn, Memphis, Tennessee Day Three Hampton Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi Day Four La Quinta Inn, Vicksburg, Mississippi Day Five Hampton Inn, Natchez, Mississippi Day Six Nottoway Plantation Resort, White Castle, Louisiana Days Seven and Eight Hampton Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana Day Nine Hampton Inn, Blytheville, Arkansas
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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.