Travel-Learn Program

Southern Culture & Civil War

When: June 04, 2016 - June 13, 2016 (iCal)



“made good friends, ate outstanding food & learned a lot.”


Join us as we as we cruise the Mississippi River and immerse ourselves in Southern culture and the compelling Civil War history that shaped our nation. Our journey begins with two nights in Memphis, where we will encounter fascinating Civil War relics at Shiloh National Military Park. We will embark the American Queen, the largest riverboat in the world, and cruise to Greenville, a charming city with a rich cultural heritage. In Vicksburg, independently explore the delightful antique shops and intriguing museums, or perhaps visit the renowned Vicksburg National Military Park. Continuing on to Natchez, we will view the stunning gardens and antebellum mansions of the oldest settlement on the Mississippi. We will take in historical landmarks in St. Francisville, and appreciated the Georgian-style Old Governor’s Mansion, nicknamed “Louisiana’s White House,” in Baton Rouge. Before concluding our odyssey in New Orleans, we will experience the architectural splendor along Plantation Road.


Activity Level: Active


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Price From: $2,999
Includes land and cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.

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Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at or 617-627-5323.


Day 1: Memphis, Tennessee
Today we arrive in Memphis Tennessee. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Overnight in hotel.



Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee
We will visit Shiloh National Military Park where the Battle of Shiloh occurred in 1862, involving over 110,000 Confederate and Union troops. Overnight in hotel.


Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee
After a morning at leisure, we will embark on our river cruise aboard the American Queen.


Day 4: Greenville, Mississippi
Today we will visit Greenville, Mississippi. The heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta, Greenville is characterized by its plentiful museums, gardens, and legacies of authors. Situated near Indianola, the birthplace of blues musician B.B. King, Greenville invites with its own colorful attractions, including the new Trop Casino and E.E. Bass Auditorium & Cultural Center.


Day 5: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Today we will stop in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Known as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a blend of old and new, and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.


Day 6: Natchez, Mississippi
One of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is an authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.


Day 7: St. Francisville, Louisiana
With over 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to the past. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South.


Day 8: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boasting a storied past and vibrant present, Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol.



Day 9: Plantation Road, Louisiana
Today we will explore the romantic mansions of the Deep South along Louisiana’s Plantation Road.


Day 10: New Orleans, Louisiana
Disembark and depart for home.


*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change