Thursday, 15 November 2012

Tauck Announces New Mississippi River Cruise

Luxury travel-tour operator Tauck and award-winning film-maker Ken Burns have crafted a new 11-day cultural exploration of the Mississippi River that will launch early next year as part of the company’s “Ken Burns American Journeys” collection. 

The new “Life on the Mississippi” itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Memphis, followed by a 7-night River cruise aboard the newly re-launched American Queen paddlewheel steamboat, and it concludes with a two-night stay in New Orleans. Along the way, guests will be treated to a number of unique cultural experiences and a diverse array of Tauck-exclusive shore excursions.

Tauck will offer both northbound and southbound versions of the itinerary, with the 7-night cruise book-ended by an overnight stay at the famed Peabody in Memphis and two nights at The Roosevelt in New Orleans. Both city stays will be highlighted by Tauck-guided sightseeing, and all of the shore excursions enjoyed by guests during the cruise will be exclusive to Tauck (and, like the city stays, included in the price).

While in Memphis and New Orleans, and during shore excursions throughout the cruise, guests will enjoy an array of unique experiences. In Memphis, they will enjoy a private lecture on the city’s history and culture from a local historian. In Helena, Arkansas, guests will be immersed in local music during a private performance by the Greater First Baptist Church Choir, and during a blues performance at a honky-tonk roadhouse. In Natchez, travellers will enjoy a fascinating progressive lunch at three unique homes, and they will also tour the city’s historic Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and its African American History Museum.

Tauck’s “Life on the Mississippi” is priced from $4,790 per person, double occupancy, plus flights. Included are all shore excursions and sightseeing, lectures by local experts, entertainment, complimentary wine and beer with onboard dinners, airport transfers, gratuities for ship and hotel staff, most meals, and much more. Tauck will operate departures of the new itinerary from February through June, and in November and December, with special Christmas and New Years departures as well.  

For bookings in the UK, be sure to check with the river-cruise specialists of The Cruise Line Ltd on this link or call on 0800 008 6677.