Music connoisseurs and fans alike pay homage in the river-delta region that shaped American music. It is the birthplace of blues, jazz, and rock and roll. Take in influential destinations like the Elvis experience, the Gibson Guitar Factory, or the cultural hotspot of Overton Square and Galloway House where Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two put on their first performance.
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
This included pre-cruise program offers an exclusive half-day Memphis music tour. See the iconic sites of the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. Set out on a musical driving tour of the city before taking a guided tour of Sun Studio, with included lunch at the Beauty Shop. Your tour concludes with a visit to the legendary Stax Museum of American Soul Music. This evening, explore the city on your own or relax at the hotel.
Before embarking on your river cruise aboard the American Queen, spend the day exploring Memphis on your own.
Optional Premium Excursion: American Queen Steamboat Company’s “The Elvis Experience,” an optional premium excursion that starts with a walking tour of Beale Street, where the spirit of blues lives on today, and includes an interactive tour of Graceland, once home to The King himself. In the afternoon, embark on your river cruise aboard the American Queen.
PORT OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA/GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
The heart of the Mississippi Delta region, Greenville is characterized by its plentiful museums and artistic heritage. Located near Indianola, the birthplace of B.B.King, this town ofers many colorful cultural attractions.
Billed as the “Red-Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.
Included Excursions: Your experience includes the Greenville History Museum, Hebrew Union Temple, the 1927 Flood Museum, E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Greenville’s Writers Exhibit.
Natchez, former capital of the state, is one of the oldest post-European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Explore this quintessential southern town full of antebellum architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Included Excursions: Your excursions in Natchez include the Rosalie Mansion, Natchez Visitor’s Center, William Johnson House Museum, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, the Museum of African American History & Culture, and King’s Tavern and Charbonneau Distillery.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Named by French explorer Sieur D’Iberville, Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, has a rich cultural history. The city serves as a staging area for exploring authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, bayou backwaters and mossy cypress forests.
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
Celebrated for its more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town supplies guests an unobstructed view into the past. Marvel at the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South.
Included Excursions: The Hop-On Hop-Off river coach takes you to attractions including Royal Street, Old Market Hall, the West Feliciana Historical Society museum and Grace Episcopal Church.
NOTTOWAY PLANTATION, LOUISIANA
Near White Castle, Louisiana lies one of the South’s most famous plantations, the Nottoway Plantation House. Showcasing three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, twelve hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and twenty-two soaring exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows—one for every day of the year.
Included Excursions: Walk through the halls of the Nottoway Plantation, a Greek-Revival and Italianate-style mansion. Explore the lush grounds and gardens.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen. Extend your visit with an optional one-night Go Next New Orleans Post-Cruise Program.
By participating in an Alumni Association of University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.