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Lower Mississippi River Cruise

Luxury River Cruise Trip

August 19 – 27, 2025

9 Days / 8 Nights
$750 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing up. Balance due May 1, 2025

Departure Cities:

Motorcoach transportation from Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids Airport

Price:

Catagory A Cabin with Window: Double $4,799    Single: $5,799

Catagory AAR Cabin (Private Balcony): Double: $5,419  Single: $6,399

Catagory AAL Cabin (Private Balcony): Double: $5,699  Single: N/A

Catagory AAC Cabin (Private Balcony): Double: $5,899 Single: N/A

**$250 of the initial per person deposit is non-refundable once paid.**

INCREDIBLE FULLY-LOADED TOUR includes:

  • Local Round Trip Transfers to Cedar Rapids Airport
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • Driver Gratuity
  • Tranfer to/from the Ship
  • One Night Lodging in Memphis with Breakfast
  • 7 Night Cruise on the American Splendor
  • All Meals Onboard Ship
  • Beer & Wine at Lunch and Dinner
  • 24 Hour Snacks
  • Shipboard Gratuities
  • Shipboard Entertainment
  • Enrichment Programs Onboard
  • Cocktail Parties Each Evening
  • Featured Shore Excursions in Each Port
  • Port Charges & Taxes
Day 1:

Tuesday, August 19

Depart from Marshalltown by motorcoach for the Cedar Rapids Airport.

Depart for Memphis from Cedar Rapids Airport.

Motorcoach Transfer upon arrival into Memphis. Our motorcoach will take us from the airport to our hotel.
Overnight in Memphis.

Get ready to feel the vibrant soul of Memphis. This historic gem boasts a skyline that dances along the river, lined by majestic oak trees and historic landmarks honoring its storied past. Feel the rhythm of the city through legendary Beale Street, alive with the sounds of blues and jazz. Indulge in mouthwatering BBQ, then unwind at The Guest House by Elvis, your haven in this dynamic city.

Day 2:

Wednesday, August 20

Cruising the Mississippi:

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the ship. Board the American Splendor and set sail as you meet new friends at the Welcome Reception, roll along the river, and enjoy the dynamic onboard entertainment.

Day 3:

Thursday, August 21

Vicksburg, MS:

Vicksburg resonates with historical significance, particularly during the Civil War, where its control marked a pivotal moment. Dubbed “The Gibraltar of the West,” its fortified link between river and rail was crucial. Explore the National Military Park battlefield with a narrated tour, bringing its significance to life.

President Abraham Lincoln emphasized Vicksburg’s importance, declaring it the key to closing the war. This port offers excursions abound, from museum visits guided by experts to solo explorations. Step onto an immense Army Corps of Engineers towboat or amble along the floodwall adorned with captivating murals, each panel narrating Vicksburg’s tales with fervor. Engage with the energy of this historic gem, where every corner brims with stories waiting to be uncovered.

Day 4:

Friday, August 22

Day of River Cruising:

Today is your day to unwind and take it all in. Glide effortlessly along the Mighty Mississippi, surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of cottonwood trees and graceful blue herons.

Engage in captivating enrichment sessions and lively onboard events. Delight in gourmet cuisine and refreshing cocktails. Whether you’re lounging in our spacious lounges or basking in the sun on the deck, there’s endless fun to be had. As Mark Twain famously said, it’s a day with “nothing to hang a worry or a fret upon” – so let go and embrace the adventure!

Day 5:

Saturday, August 23

Natchez, MS:

Natchez, nestled along the Lower Mississippi River, is a treasure trove of history and architectural wonders. Founded in 1716, it bears theimprint of its French origins, evident in landmarks like Fort Rosalie, a testament to its colonial past. The town flourished during the antebellum era, with affluent planters erecting grand mansions such as Stanton Hall and Longwood, showcasing their wealth and influence. Explore the iconic Natchez Trace Parkway, tracing the footsteps of Native Americans and early settlers. Delve into the rich cultural heritage at the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Historic Jefferson College. Natchez invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in its fascinating history and Southern charm.

Day 6:

Sunday, August 24

St Francesville, LA:

St. Francisville, Louisiana, invites you on a journey through time, blending history with mystery and culinary delights. Led by an expert historian, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of pivotal Battle of Baton Rouge locations and the significance of Vicksburg in the Civil War. Visit Fort Desperate, witness interpretive demonstrations, and hold artifacts from the battles. Step into the haunting beauty of the Myrtles estate, built in 1796, renowned as one of America’s most haunted homes. Marvel at its architectural splendor, adorned with exquisite details and surrounded by ancient live oak trees.

Day 7:

Monday, August 25

Baton Rouge, LA:

Known for Cajun and Creole cuisine, this jazzy city is a melting pot of culture. Founded in 1699 by French explorers, its rich past is evident in its diverse architecture, from historic homes to modern skyscrapers. The Louisiana State Capitol stands as an architectural marvel, boasting the title of the tallest capitol building in the United States. Its distinctive Art Deco style and towering presence make it an iconic landmark of Louisiana’s political and historical significance.

Day 8:

Tuesday, August 26

Oak Alley, LA:

This iconic Southern estate is renowned for its oak-lined avenue, stretching majestically towards the Mississippi River. Built in the early 19th century, this Greek Revival mansion exudes charm with its grand architecture and lush gardens. Visitors are transported back in time as they explore the meticulously preserved interiors and learn about the land’s history, including its role in the sugar industry. Houmas House and Gardens offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Louisiana’s plantation owners. Known as the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” this magnificent estate features stunning architecture, lush gardens, and luxurious interiors. Visitors can tour the lavishly decorated rooms, stroll through the expansive grounds, and enjoy fine dining at the onsite restaurant. Houmas House invites guests to step into a world of Southern splendor and hospitality.

Day 9:

Wednesday, August 27

New Orleans, LA:

Today arrive into New Orleans and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Transfer from Cedar Rapids Airport. Upon arrival into Cedar Rapids, you will have a motorcoach transfer back to Marshalltown.

We’ll arrive home with many pictures, memories and new great friends! Welcome home!

DEPOSIT $750 PER PERSON DUE IMMEDIATELY UPON SIGNING UP. Final Balance due May 1, 2025.

Send Deposit to: Janine McCarthy, DJ Country Tours, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Conrad, IA 50621

Cancellation Policy for this tour:

*$250 of the initial per person deposit is non-refundable once paid.*

Canceling from May 22 to July 4, 2025 is 50% penalty per person

Canceling from July 5  to departure is 100% penalty per person