River Cruise

Travel back in time with KEY HOLIDAYS’ Rail & Sail American Heritage Series featuring rail travel by superior, first class PULLMAN RAIL JOURNEYS overnight from Chicago to New Orleans, two nights precruise hotel in the Big Easy and 7-nights aboard the iconic American Queen paddle wheeler. You will immerse yourself in Southern Hospitality as you ply the mighty Mississippi stopping along the way to take in historic sights, grand homes and magnificent gardens. One-night stay in Memphis before returning back to Chicago via the City of New Orleans route in your Pullman Sleeper.

Key Holidays, with an expertise in rail and cruise travel for over 30 years, will custom craft your American Heritage Tour to your specifications with a combination of rail travel by Amtrak to Chicago, Pullman Rail Journeys to New Orleans, Mississippi River Boat Cruise aboard the American Queen, post cruise hotel in Memphis and return home by rail or air.
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Celebrate this holiday season as you explore the jewels of the lower Mississippi.  History is everywhere in the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles – from Vicksburg’s silent Civil War cemeteries to Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis.


Day 1  Chicago Union Station – Board your Pullman Cars at 7:30 PM (approximate time) with dinner served after departure. (D)

Day 2 Enjoy the scenery from your vintage, first class Pullman Cars as you travel on the famous City of New Orleans rail route.  Approximate New Orleans arrival time 3:32PM.  Transfer to your hotel for 2-night stay.       (B, L)

Day 3 Choice of visit to National World War II Museum or Southern Food & Beverage Museum.  Transfer to the American Queen departing at 9:00PM.  (B, D)

Day 4 – 9 Visit Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg & Helena with included shore excursions.  See page 26 of the American Queen Steamboat Company brochure for itinerary details. (Daily B, L, D)

Day 10 Disembark in Memphis at 8:00AM.  One-night hotel stay. (B)

Day 11 Memphis City Tour included with transfers.  Depart Memphis Central Station aboard Pullman at 10:40PM. (B, L)

Day 12 Arrive Chicago at 9:00AM. (B)


  • Round trip Pullman Rail Journeys Bedroom from Chicago to New Orleans on the City of New Orleans Route
  • 2-Nights New Orleans Hotel including daily breakfast,  choice of Museum Tour and Transfers (Hilton Riverside or similar hotel)
  • 9-Day New Orleans to Memphis AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT Cabin as selected
  • 1-Night Memphis Hotel including breakfast & lunch, Memphis City Tour and Transfers (Memphis Sheraton or similar hotel)


Category                        Nov. 26       Dec. 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       B     Veranda Cabin         $ 4529         $ 3995

C     Veranda Cabin         $ 4439         $ 3900

D     Veranda Cabin        $ 4269         $ 3769

SO   Single Outside              —            $ 4729

SI    Single Inside             $ 4689        $ 4269

G     Inside Cabin              $ 3929        $ 3495

Port Tax additional, per person: $129

Categories B, C, D & *G are per person, double occupancy rates and include Double Occupancy Bedroom (upper/lower berth with private restroom) aboard Pullman Rail Journeys.  Single category cabins SO & SI include Single Occupancy (1 lower berth with private restroom) aboard Pullman Rail Journeys.

Not Included:  Travel Insurance, meals and transfers not shown, gratuities and transportation to/from Chicago


November 26, 2015 Departure

  • Thanksgiving meal will be served aboard Pullman Rail Journeys
  • American Queen sailing date from New Orleans Nov. 29, arrive in Memphis on Dec. 5 and will be decorated for the holidays

December 10, 2015 Departure

  • American Queen sailing date from New Orleans Dec. 13, arrive in Memphis on Dec. 19 and will be decorated for the holidays