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Luxury Mississippi River Cruising...

Cruising between New Orleans and Memphis, the Queen of the Mississippi is an authentic paddlewheeler that offers an entirely fresh perspective on America’s beautiful South – and exclusive to APT.

On the Mississippi there is only one way to travel; by paddlewheeler. The slow turn of the iconic bright red paddlewheel as it glides along the Mississippi is nothing short of idyllic, the rhythmic turn of the wheel echoing the steady beat of the river.

Sleek, beautiful and reminiscent of a bygone era, a journey on the Queen of the Mississippi evokes all of the mystery and drama of life on the river. The Queen of the Mississippi provides an intimate cruising experience and is the most convenient and luxurious way to explore America’s southern states.

As you gaze at the shore from one of several outdoor decks, it is easy to picture wealthy Southern belles in fine gowns standing on the grand porches of cotton plantations, fishermen in straw hats lazing on the banks, and Huckleberry Finn and Joe pushing off to freedom aboard a raft.

Away from the ship, a walk up Oak Alley leads to a wonderfully restored Greekrevival-style antebellum mansion, with impressive grounds and reconstructed slave quarters, while a visit to the Rosedown Plantation in St Francisville reveals the luxury of the lifestyle led by the elite and wealthy in the Old South.

Remnants of the Civil War also line the banks of the Mississippi. In Natchez, a visit to Longwood Mansion is truly fascinating. As the largest octagonal house in the US, it embodies the last burst of Southern opulence before war brought the cotton barons’ dominance to an end.

Further north along the Mississippi is the city of Vicksburg. Home to major battlefields of the American Civil War. The famous siege of Vicksburg and the eventual surrender by the Confederates on 4 July 1863 is often hailed as one of the turning points of the war.

Combine the relaxed beauty of this region with some of the USA’s iconic east coast cities. Discover Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and the city that never sleeps, New York City. Alternatively, a tour of eastern Canada a highlight is sure to be a stay at The Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview, a mere two blocks from the thunderous Niagara Falls, where your room offers unimpeded views of this iconic wonder.

Call 0800 482 776 or enquire online to begin planning your memorable holiday along the mighty Mississippi with APT today.