The laid-back world of Mark Twain’s riverside America has long been a fascination to many a visitor. For centuries the mighty Mississippi River has coursed its way through America’s heartland as a life-source and a witness to many changes in fortune – be they political or cultural. Steamboating presents a unique mode of travel and a wonderful new perspective, from which to view the river and its riverside inhabitants. Join the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America – the American Queen – sailing down the Mississippi, from Memphis to New Orleans, Tennessee to Louisiana, with excursions included in every cruise port of call. Combined with two-night stays in the two music meccas of Nashville and Memphis and culminating in New Orleans – ‘The Big Easy’ – this holiday is a unique blend of American beauty, history and lifestyle.