Welcome to Mississippi
The state named for the most vital waterway in North America encompasses, appropriately enough, a long river of identities. Mississippi features palatial mansions and rural poverty; haunted cotton flats and lush hill country; honey-dipped sand on the coast and serene farmland in the north. Oft mythologized and misunderstood, this is the womb of some of the rawest history – and music – in the country
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Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise
Your decadent night out in New Orleans begins with boarding the Steamboat Natchez in the French Quarter. The authentic paddle-wheel steamboat is the only one still operating on the mighty Mississippi River today. Pose for a photo as you board -- you'll receive a print as a souvenir of this exclusive experience that can only be booked through Viator!Uniformed ship staff will greet you with a Champagne cocktail served in a glass etched with an image of the Steamboat Natchez that's yours to keep. Then, follow your officer of the vessel guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat and its impressive, museum-quality engine room. Feel free to ask questions and take photos as you tour the magnificent steamboat. Afterward, take your reserved seat and listen to the live jazz band, Dukes of Dixeland. As you listen to the Grammy-nominated group play, enjoy a shrimp cocktail and glass of house wine. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including Filé Gumbo and Louisiana style fish at the dinner buffet. Sit back, relax and delight in captivating night views of New Orleans as you cruise along the Mississippi for two hours. Before your luxurious dinner cruise concludes in the French Quarter, you'll also receive a commemorative Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as souvenirs of your memorable night on the Mississippi.Option 2:Receive all the luxuries of the original tour, but include an open bar (call brand select cocktails, beer and house wine) for the entire duration of the cruise.
Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour from New Orleans
After morning or afternoon pickup from your New Orleans hotel, enjoy a scenic, narrated drive along Lake Pontchartrain. Cross the Mississippi on a high suspended bridge and head a short distance upriver along the Great River Road to beautiful San Francisco Plantation, a family-owned, Steamboat-gothic style plantation. Learn about the colorful lives of the owners and their families as you tour the mansion, former slave cabins, a blacksmith's shop and schoolhouse. Next, head a bit farther upriver to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and savor a mint julep (own expense) before your mansion tour. Admire the columned exterior of the Greek Revival-style mansion, nicknamed the ‘Sugar Palace.’ Then follow your guide through 16 lavish rooms filled with period furnishings and artwork from Louisiana artists. Stroll among gorgeous old oak trees and savor the warm breeze before hopping in your van for the drive back New Orleans. Your 5.5-hour tour ends with drop-off at your hotel. Upgrade to the Full-Day Three-Plantation Tour:Begin your tour with pickup from your New Orleans hotel and a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain toward three grand plantations on the shores of the Mississippi. Your first stop is Destrehan Plantation, which dates back to 1787 and is one of the oldest homes in Louisiana. Costumed guides bring the Civil War era to life with intriguing stories of the land owners and slaves who lived out their days here. After your tour, enjoy some free time to wander the grounds, walking under the majestic canopy of oak trees and around the well-preserved slave quarters. This option also includes lunch in the grand dining hall of Houmas House Plantation.
Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans
Tour both Oak Alley and Laura Plantation during one trip. Travel in one of climate controlled mini buses with air suspension for a comfortable ride. This tour provides complimentary pickup and dropoff from select downtown New Orleans hotels.Laura, A Creole Plantation has a rich and unique history, from the home itself to the women that ran it. Uniquely enough, the plantation is now named after one of those very women. You will get to tour this over 200 year old sugarcane plantation. This tour will include a walk through of the main house as well as the slave quarters.Oak Alley is an antebellum plantation known for its stunning 300 year old alley of oak trees. This plantation was built in 1839 and faces the Mississippi river. These unique tree formations and the beautiful grounds in combination with the colorful history make this a must see destination while you are in New Orleans.After both locations have been visited you will be dropped off back at your New Orleans hotel accommodation.
de Young Museum Admission
The most-visited art museum west of the Mississippi, San Francisco’s de Young Museum houses a vast permanent collection of art in a distinctive copper-clad structure in Golden Gate Park. Exploring the museum at your leisure, marvel at important American paintings, sculptures and decorative objects from the 17th century to the present, as well as fascinating pottery, woodcarvings and other decorative objects from South America, Africa and New Zealand.Delve deeper by touring the museum’s rotating exhibits of photography, textiles and graphic arts. The collection includes Japanese prints, photos of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and couture designs by Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Recharge at the de Young Café, offering views of the museum’s sculpture garden and menu items tied to the themes of current Special Exhibitions. Browse the intriguing selection of publications, home goods, toys and crafts at the museum’s stores, and don’t miss the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands from the 144-foot-tall (44-meter) Hamon Observation Tower.Upgrade: Audio Tour or Special ExhibitionsEnhance your de Young Museum experience with the fascinating audio tour, suitable for both adults and children. Or you can choose to enjoy entrance to the highly anticipated Special Exhibitions, a staple at the de Young. Past exhibitions have showcased masterpieces by Picasso and Van Gogh, provocative costumes by designer Jean Paul Gaultier and priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.
Memphis City Tour and Riverboat Cruise
After pickup from your downtown Memphis hotel, Our professional humorous guides will help you discover downtown Memphis and the Mississippi river all in one package. You will see some of the most famous and infamous sites around our historical city. Sites such as Beale Street, which is a location where all the blues clubs are located and has become a major attraction here in Memphis. We will also show you Victorian Village which are homes built in the 1800's, two statues of the Kin Elvis Presley and B.B King. You will witness history at the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated on the balcony, Elvis Presley's beautiful Graceland and even a stop at A Schwab, a 120 year old general store. Don't forget about The Peabody Hotel to stop and see the March of the World Famous Ducks!Then there is The Island Queen, a historical paddle-wheel boat with three decks offering great views. We will cruise down the mighty Mississippi River and soak in the sights as you hear interesting commentary from your captain. Pass by Tom Lee Park, named after Tom Lee, a worker who jumped into the river to save the lives of 32 passengers of a sinking steamboat in 1925. Along the way, you'll learn all about the history of the river and discover how Mississippi influenced commerce in Memphis and the surrounding areas. After this combo tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.This tour is seasonal and operates from March - November.Please Note: This is a ticket and transportation package only. Admission tickets without transportation are not permitted.
Halifax Dinner Cruise
When the sun goes down, Halifax’s waterfront and Northwest Arm provide the perfect setting for your dinner cruise. At the ferry terminal, step aboard the Harbour Queen I, an elegant Mississippi-style sternwheeler, for your 2-hour journey along Halifax Harbour.Take to your private table and indulge in a gourmet dinner buffet prepared with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, like Atlantic mussels and salmon. (See below for a sample menu.)Enjoy light commentary from your crew on the main attractions along the way. At the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula, hear about Point Pleasant Park, a historical 190-acre (77-hectare) wooded area, and find out how much Halifax pays the British government to lease this land. Admire stately homes situating along the waterfront, not easily visible from land. If you look below, you might spot a porpoise or seal riding the waters with you. The Harbour Queen I turns around near the Dingle, formally known as Sir Sandford Fleming Park. Catch sight of Dingle Tower on top of a grassy knoll and learn about the park’s history. When you’ve had your fill of dinner, purchase a cocktail from the fully equipped bar and head out with your family or friends to the open-air upper deck. Feel the sea breeze, listen to the music playing in the background and watch ships sail by.Sample buffet dinner menu (subject to change):First coursesGarden greens house saladCreamy potato and vegetable saladSeafood chowderAtlantic mussels steamed in white wine, served with garlic butterMain coursesChicken breast wrapped in bacon glazed with barbeque saucePoached Atlantic salmon filet served with dill hollandaise sauceSide dishes/accompanimentsOven-roasted potatoesRice pilafFresh vegetable of the dayDessertsDeep-dish baked apple crisp topped with whipped creamDrinksCoffee and teaAdditional drinks available at the fully equipped bar (own expense)