Travel-Learn Program

Southern Culture & Civil War

When: May 15, 2014 - May 24, 2014 (iCal)


Delve into the rich history and splendid architecture of the South as we discover the legends and magnitude of the American Civil War and Southern Culture. Cruise along the shores of the Mississippi River aboard the luxury steamboat American Queen, stopping in Mississippi and Louisiana, where we will find grand antebellum mansions, memorials from the momentous War Between the States, and a wealth of living history.  We begin with a stay in Memphis, home to many American icons, and delve into history at the Civil War battlefields of Shiloh National Military Park. Cruise south to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” where we’ll find another historic battlefield at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a city sprinkled with restored mansions, and take in the many historic 19th-century homes found in the countryside in St. Francisville. Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, rich with historic treasures, including the renowned Plantation Country. Stroll paths fringed by marvelous greenery and view the interior of Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before ending the steamboat adventure in New Orleans. This river cruise encompasses both the fascinating culture of the South and a pivotal time in America’s history.


Activity Level: Active
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Price From: $2,749 (if booked by February 28, 2014)
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 – Arrive, overnight in hotel

Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee – Overnight in hotel
We will spend the day in this city famous for blues, barbeque and Elvis’ Graceland—attractions not to be missed. Overnight in our hotel.

Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee – Embark
Visit Shiloh National Military Park where the Battle of Shiloh occurred in 1862, involving over 110,000 Confederate and Union troops. We embark from America’s third largest inland port in the afternoon.

Day 4: Steamboating
Discover steamboating—a lifestyle born of both restless ambition and the pursuit of pure relaxation. Aboard the American Queen, the richness of this timeless river culture comes with plenty of added luxuries as we cruise the day and night away at one of the distinctive dining venues, the impressive Grand Saloon, or your elegant stateroom.

Day 5: Vicksburg, Mississippi
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. Historic landmarks include the Cedar House, with five acres of stunning gardens, and Anchuca, the first columned mansion in Vicksburg.

Day 6: Natchez, Mississippi
Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum South in Natchez, one of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and the original capital of Mississippi. Explore the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, visit historic Jefferson College, marvel at numerous restored mansions, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.

Day 7: St. Francisville, Louisiana
Among truly iconic Louisiana plantation homes, here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows and the Turnbulls, families who helped build the South. Follow in the footsteps of those who previously stayed here, including Andrew Jackson and John James Audubon.

Day 8: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer— the past, the present and authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, Baton Rouge is a year-round playground. No wonder this is one of the South’s fastest growing cities.

Day 9: Houmas House, Louisiana
The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road can be found beneath the shadows of ancient oaks, amid 38 acres of southern splendor. Houmas House, once the largest sugar plantation in America was also the setting for the Bette Davis classic film Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

Day 10: New Orleans, Louisiana – Disembark
Today in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square, we will bid our ship adieu. But give in to the temptation to stay around and explore.

*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change