From the mighty Mississippi by paddlewheeler to Blues music in Memphis; from the meandering waterways of south Louisiana’s bayous to the glitter and lights of Las Vegas and Hollywood – this American fly-cruise holiday covers it all.
‘Grand California, Mississippi and Nashville’ from Cruise Traveller (cruisetraveller.com.au) heads from the California Coast to Tennessee – a 27-night fly, cruise, stay and tour without equal.
‘Grand California, Mississippi and Nashville’ features a seven-night Lower Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis aboard ms America, a genuine paddlewheeler. The ship is American Cruise Lines’ eighth and its newest – virtually brand new at the time of the June cruise included on this holiday. Scheduled to begin sailing the Mississippi River in early 2016, ms America will be the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat.
The holiday is crammed with quintessential American experiences and sights: the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (no wide-angle lens can do it justice); the French Quarter of New Orleans; dramatic vistas in Yosemite National Park; two nights in Las Vegas, a tour of Hollywood, a drive along the breathtaking coastline of Monterey. There’s sightseeing in San Francisco, moss-draped cypress trees and strange legends in the Lousisiana swamps. Visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland home, tour the Haunted Myrtles Plantation and learn of the American Civil War in Natchez/Vicksburg. Re-discover the Blues in Memphis and stroll the streets of Nashville, country music capital of America.
‘Grand California, Mississippi and Nashville’ costs from A$17,989 twin share per person, including airfares from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Phoenix, Arizona and return from Nashville, Tennessee.
Prices are valid till the end of January 2016 unless sold out beforehand.
‘Grand California, Mississippi and Nashville’ departs Australia on 10 June 2016 with a flight to Phoenix.
On arrival in the USA, set out on a 12-night tour from Scottsdale Arizona to San Francisco, complete with two-night hotel stays in Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Anaheim (home to the big theme parks), Monterey Bay and San Francisco. One-night stays are included at the Grand Canyon and in Santa Barbera, known as ‘the American Riviera’.
After that, jet from San Francisco to New Orleans, city of music and French-creole cooking, nicknamed ‘The Big Easy’. A Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour takes you by swamp boat, Cajun-style, through the heart of South Louisiana’s swamplands, an expanse made famous by the exploits of pirates and Indians.
The seven-night Lower Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis follows. All shipboard main meals aboard ms America are included, with open-seating dining. Enjoy complimentary shipboard hosted cocktails every evening before dinner; complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner aboard; shipboard entertainment; historians, naturalists and local experts. Daily lectures range from history and ecology to culture and cuisine; plus included complimentary shore excursions – one of them being to Graceland where you can see where Elvis lived, or tour his car museum of 33 vehicles.
There’s a nights accommodation in Memphis and three nights accommodation at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in the heart of Music City, just steps from exciting nightlife and dining.
Maybe treat yourself to a mint julep, the grand old drink of the South, before flying back home to Australia.
For more information, contact:
Cruise Traveller, Boutique Voyage and Cruise Specialists
Freecall 1800 507 777 or (07) 5575 8094.