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Planes and Boats and Trains

  • Chicago
  • Memphis
  • Vicksburg
  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans
  • 13 nights from
  • £3,870 per person
  • Trip Code: CR-1039

Holiday Overview

Planes and Boats and Trains - A journey through America's Heartland


Travel through the heart of America by rail and iconic Steamboat on this diverse holiday. Enjoy bustling Chicago, with its buzzing musical scene and great dining, before jumping aboard the famous "City of New Orleans" train, bound for Memphis. Here at the gateway to the South, explore the music and idiosyncratic cuisine of the region.

Relax on the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built. Glide along the mighty Mississippi in style and comfort and gain a unique perspective of one of the worlds great rivers.

14 Days / 13 Nights

Starts Chicago 

Finish New Orleans

States Visited : Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana 


Planes and Boats and Trains includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 2 nights accommodation in Chicago
  • Amtrak train to Memphis in a Superliner Bedroom
  • 1 night accommodation Memphis
  • 7 night cruise on The American Queen
  • Port Fees and Gratuities
  • 2 nights accommodation New Orleans

Day 1 - Fly UK to Chicago

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel


Day 2 - Chicago

Explore the “Windy City” at leisure. Explore the magnificent mile, and perhaps dine on one of Chicago’s famous deep pan pizza’s.

Featured accommodation

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel


Day 3 - Amtrak Train to Memphis

Spend the day in cosmopolitan Chicago before boarding the City of New Orleans train, heading south for Memphis. Reside in your bedroom as you glide through the country. Train departs Chicago 20:05 arriving in Memphis at 06:27 the following morning.



Day 4 - Memphis

Spend the day exploring Memphis. perhaps visit the famous Graceland Mansion. Take a walk along iconic Beale Street, home to numerous bars, cafes, restaurants & venues.

Featured accommodation

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel


Day 5 - The American Queen

Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk (Open at 8:30 AM!) for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this fast and easy procedure, the representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time, and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin. 

It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime.


Day 6 - The American Queen

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.



Day 7 - The American Queen

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. 



Day 8 - The American Queen

Natchez is a charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” 



Day 9 - The American Queen

Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana has rich cultural history. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the tallest in the United States. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!



Day 10 - The American Queen

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. 



Day 11 - The American Queen

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the Great River Road, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 rooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.


Day 12 - New Orleans

Arrive in New Orleans (circa 08:00) and spend the rest of the day at leisure exporing this exciting city

Featured accommodation

Hilton New Orleans Riverside


Day 13 - New Orleans

A full day at leisure in New Orleans, ask you travel consutant regardaing the many optional tours available.

Featured accommodation

Hilton New Orleans Riverside


Day 14 - Return to the UK

Depart New Orleans and board your homeward flight to the UK

USA Holiday Stopovers

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If you are travelling to the west coast of America, why not add a couple of nights stay in New York which includes accommodation and tickets for the 'Top of the Rock' observation platform for an iconic view of the city skyline. This can be done either on your way out or on the way back.

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