Southern Comfort

Dates: May 11, 2017 - May 21, 2017

           Dec 4, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017

Duration: 11 Days

Limited Availability: 3 Times Only in 2017!

Priced From: $4,699 per person

A special holiday by authentic riverboat on the Lower Mississippi with overnights in New Orleans and Memphis.

We know many savvy travelers who prefer to, if at all possible, avoid airports, packed flights and much of the general misery of modern day air travel and with this in mind we have arranged the ultimate spring and fall holiday which may be done without any flying, combining a number of wonderful features in one marvelous vacation.  We begin with travel from Chicago aboard the 'City of New Orleans' train to New Orleans and guests may opt to travel over the famed route that was billed as 'The Main Line of Mid America' traveling down the great Mississippi River Delta.  In New Orleans we enjoy a two-night stay at the superb Bourbon Orleans Hotel along with an up-close tour of the French Quarter. There is also plenty of time to enjoy the Crescent City be it shopping in the Rue Royale,  a visit to the Garden District or sampling the great restaurants.

Another form of travel we find wildly appealing is passage aboard the riverboat 'Louisiane', the nicest, most stylish riverboat in the country.  To enjoy authentic Café du Monde beignets and café au lait in the Veranda or dinner in the elegant Crescent Room, with prime rib carved tableside from the silver cart in the beautiful Riverview dining room is a marvelous way to travel through America.  In fact, we know of no better way to see America, in comfort, without packing and unpacking, than by a great riverboat.  While biased, when these two forms of travel are combined with great sightseeing, fine hotels and extra features both 'ashore' and 'aboard', we believe this qualifies, by any measure, as a Great American Vacation.

This holiday features port calls in lovely places like Oak Alley, Louisiana, charming Natchez, historic Vicksburg with its Civil War battlefield and historic Clarksville, Mississippi, home of the Blues before arriving in Memphis where our guests enjoy an overnight stay onboard, docked at the end of storied Beale St.

With easy train travel, a superb hotel, the nicest riverboat in America and lovely ports of call, this holiday is already popular and advance reservations are highly encouraged. All Aboard!

Highlights

  • Round-trip train travel from your hometown to the beginning of the tour in New Orleans and home from Memphis with the option of traveling aboard the 'City of New Orleans' train, an overnight journey over the Illinois Central Railroad in each direction. (Guests from some Western or Eastern points may opt to travel directly to New Orleans). Guests with less time may opt to fly independently and a credit is available for the value of the included rail travel.
  • Two-night stay in New Orleans before the voyage at the superbly located Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter with breakfast daily.
  • New Orleans French Quarter tour with visit to Café du Monde.
  • Eight-night ‘Louisiane’ voyage from New Orleans to Memphis with visits to Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, lovely Natchez, historic Vicksburg, and Greenville MS (for Clarksdale) and Memphis. Naturally, all meals are included onboard as well as some of the best entertainment afloat.
  • Complimentary shore excursions featured in each and every port call!
  • Overnight stay in Memphis aboard the Louisiane with plenty of time to visit Graceland, the Civil Rights Museum, or see the famed Peabody Ducks!
  • Extraordinary live music tour of Memphis just for our guests.

Arrive New Orleans

Guests arrive in New Orleans today and transfer to our hotel with the balance of the evening is at leisure to enjoy the Crescent City. Overnight at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

DAY 1: New Orleans

All day free to explore New Orleans in depth. Amble alone the festive streets, where the scent of Creole dishes and the strains of jazz mingle. Overnight at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. (B)

DAY 2: Set Sail

This morning, we enjoy a tour of the historic French Quarter including Jackson Square followed by a visit to fabled Cafe du Monde for the best beignets and cafe au lait in North America! This afternoon we depart the hotel and board elegant Louisiane. At 6pm, the whistle blows as we begin our holiday aboard this opulent riverboat. Tonight is your first taste of Regina Charboneau’s celebrated cuisine. (B, D)

DAY 3: Vacherie (Oak Alley)

Located in the Saint James Parish, the name of this bayou town derives from the French for dairy farm. It's pronounced VASH-uh-ree. It's the site of Oak Alley, a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its canopy of 300year old oak trees. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Baton Rouge

Tour the exceptional and fascinating Rural Life Museum with its extensive collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts, before heading into the proud and lively Louisiana state capitol building, where Huey P. Long was famously shot with its soaring art deco halls. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Natchez

Historic Natchez with its impressive collection of more than 200 antebellum homes is our destination today and you will want to have your camera handy. Explore the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.

DAY 6: Vicksburg

Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from Vicksburg National Military Park to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Greenville

Delve into the shrouded past at Winterville Mounds, an archaeological site that offers a rare look into the lives of early American peoples. Grasp how the Mississipppi Delta played a key role for natives centuries before Europeans stumbled upon it. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: On The River

All day cruising with plenty of time to catch up on reading, enjoy lunch on deck, or perhaps nicest of all, a cool drink in Bar Royale as the Louisiane sails north on the Mississippi River. Entire towns turn out along the riverbank to see her steam past and unlike an ocean cruise, there is great scenery around every bend in the river. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: Memphis

This morning we arrive in Memphis and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the rich musical and cultury history of the ‘Blues City’ before transferring to our hotel. Today there is time to see the famed 'Duck March' at the Peabody Hotel, visit historic Beale Street, the home of the Blues or even Graceland. Overnight aboard the Louisiane docked at the end of Beale Street. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: All Aboard

After breakfast aboard the Louisiane, guests travel home this morning or may extend their stay in Memphis. (B)

Accommodations

We have included comfortable reclining coach seating (similar to Business Class on an airplane) aboard the ‘City of New Orleans’ train from Chicago to New Orleans and returning from Memphis back to Chicago. Guests who wish to upgrade from the included coach accommodations may upgrade to bedroom accommodations which also include all meals while aboard. Please call for current rates and availability.

Fares

Fares & Accommodations

Richelieu Suite
These richly furnished suites offer panoramic window views, and a windowed door that opens to a spacious promenade with a seating area. Guests will enjoy evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, roundtrip airport transfers by private car in embarkation and disembarkation ports and fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival. As a Richelieu Suite guest, you will also enjoy included Curator’s Collection shore excursions throughout your voyage.

$7,999 pp

Panorama Stateroom
These oversized staterooms, nearly 30 percent larger than our Veranda Staterooms, feature a French balcony and a queen-sized bed. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk and a chair. Guests will enjoy fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, complimentary laundry service and evening canapés.

$7,199 pp

Veranda Stateroom
These elegant staterooms offer panoramic window views, a private veranda with seating area, a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers and two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed .

$6,999 pp

Promenade Stateroom
These stylish staterooms feature windows and a windowed door that opens to an expansive promenade seating area. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawers and two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed.

$6,299 pp

French Balcony Stateroom 
These luxurious staterooms are gracefully furnished and include a French balcony to absorb the ever-changing landscape. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, a seating area and two standardsized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed.

$5,799 pp

Deluxe Inside Stateroom
Tastefully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queensized bed.

$4,899 pp

Superior Inside Stateroom
Artfully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queensized bed.

$4,699 pp

Fares are per person, double occupancy, and do not include applicable port charges and fees of $288 per person

A single supplement of 50% is available only for the Deluxe, French Balcony, Promenade and Veranda Staterooms