Mar 05, 2024 — Mar 13, 2024

A Voyage Along the Lower Mississippi River

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With lectures by Doris Kearns Goodwin and other speakers

About the Tour

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia & Cooperating Councils on a special private charter of the 185-berth American Splendor, a vessel built in 2016 in the classic paddle-wheeler style, on a voyage up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis just as spring is unfolding. Begin in New Orleans, exploring the distinctive architecture of the French Quarter, the gorgeous homes of the Garden District and the new National WWII Museum. After boarding the American Splendor, cruise upriver, visiting the sugar plantations, Creole cottages, and lush landscapes of Bayou country; the city of Natchez whose architectural grandeur reflects the prosperous Steamboat era of the early 1800s; and Vicksburg, where a 47-day civil war battle ensued before control of the Mississippi River was taken by the Union. Conclude in Memphis by exploring historic Beale Street to the rhythm of the Blues. The American Splendor offers all modern amenities in a setting of 19th century riverboat opulence, including comfortable cabins in the style of a bygone era, fine cuisine, and lively performances by onboard musicians.

What makes this Mississippi River cruise stand apart from the rest is the incredibly rich educational program provided by sponsor lecturers and beginning with a keynote address in New Orleans by eminent Pulitzer-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. She will discuss her Lincoln Prize-winning book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the program travelers will also enjoy panel discussions and opportunities for direct engagement with the outstanding team of lecturers.

Lowest category cabins from $7,990 per person.

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