Southern Culture and Civil War

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MAY 14-23, 2015 From $4,699
Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans
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Southern Culture and Civil War

MAY 14-23, 2015
Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans
Aboard American Queen

Follow the footprints of the boys in blue and gray as you journey to battlefields where Americans fell. Begin in Memphis, where you board the deluxe American Queen. Visit Shiloh National Military Park, historical Vicksburg and step into the plantation lifestyle of Natchez. Delight in the authentic past and present of Baton Rouge, and then discover the natural beauty of 300-year-old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation. End your journey in New Orleans, near historic Jackson Square, and give in to the temptation to explore.

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Cost: From $4,699
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Activity Level: Mild Activity
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  • 7-night voyage, including all meals, aboard the grand American Queen
  • Complimentary hop-on, hop-off shore
    excursions with a dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
  • The acclaimed cuisine of American chef Regina Charboneau
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff
  • Smart-casual attire throughout your voyage, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, your onboard history and culture expert
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment, dancing nightly and calliope concerts
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310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Traveling with UCLA Alumni Travel was like traveling with a group of old friends even though I had met none of them before the trip."
    Gordon Stewart ’55, M.S. ’57, Traveler
  • Vacations are supposed to be carefree – that is why we always travel with UCLA Alumni Travel!"
    Richard and Pam Ofstein, Travelers

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DAY 1 | May 14. Memphis, Tenessee
Your journey begins with a two-night stay at The Peabody Memphis hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel offers easy access to many premier attractions.

DAY 2 | May 15. Memphis, Tenessee
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, 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.
Exclusive Excursion: Visit the renowned Shiloh National Military Park.

DAY 3 | May 16. Memphis, Tenessee
Morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.

DAY 4 | May 17. River Cruising
Discover river cruising – 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 modern luxuries as you cruise the day and night away at one of the distinctive dining venues, the impressive Grand Saloon, or your elegant stateroom.

DAY 5 | May 18. Vicksburg, Mississippi
Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its antebellum 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.
Included Excursion: The coach tour stops at the Church of the Holy Trinity; Anchuca Mansion, a Greek Revival antebellum home; the Old Court House Museum, which showcasesartifacts from the pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements; the Washington Street shopping area, home to the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum; and the Old Depot Museum that highlights the Siege of Vicksburg.

DAY 6 | May 19. Natchez, Mississippi
One of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is a charming and authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British and Spanish descent.

DAY 7 | May 20. 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.
Included Excursion: The hop-on, hop-off coach tour takes you to historic and modern sites, including the Republic of West Florida site; the Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; Commerce Street; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and the Grace Episcopal Church.

DAY 8 | May 20. 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.
Included Excursion: Your tour includes the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial Museum;
the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral; the historic Old Governor’s Mansion; Capitol Park Museum; Louisiana’s Art Deco State Capitol, renowned as the nation’s tallest state capitol building; the Old Arsenal Museum; the LSU Museum of Art in the new Shaw Center for the Arts; and Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.

DAY 8 | May 22. Plantation Road (Great River Road)
Experience living history through the romantic antebellum mansions of the Deep South.
Included Excursion: Enjoy a guided tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest
remaining antebellum mansion.

DAY 9 | May 23. New Orleans, Louisiana
Where the Mississippi River ends, the French, Spanish, Creole and Haitian medley thrives in New Orleans. Disembark and bid farewell to the American Queen. Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of New Orleans, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2:00 p.m.

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American Queen
Life on the American Queen is as unique and enriching as the riverboat tradition itself. Night after night, music fills the majestic two-deck tall Grand Saloon, a stunning replica of the famed Ford’s Theater. Showboat-style cabaret acts and old-fashioned radio shows add variety and charm to the evening lineup. By day, the Riverlorian, your onboard historian, offers lectures and river lore. The Ladies’ Parlor and Gentlemen’s Card Room are meeting points for new friends. And the calliope, a steam-powered organ, beckons anyone inclined to play.

Pricing

SUITES • OPEN ONTO A VERANDA
Promenade Deck: Elegantly furnished suite, cozy sitting area with sofa bed and cocktail table, French doors
that open onto a veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, and bathroom with tub and shower.
LS $9,199
AAA $7,699

SUPERIOR OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • WITH PRIVATE VERANDA
Texas Deck: French doors that open onto a private veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, and bathroom
with tub and shower.
AA $7,499

DELUXE OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • OPEN ONTO A VERANDA
Promenade & Observation Decks: French doors that open onto a veranda, cozy sitting area, two single beds
convertible to queen, and bathroom with tub and shower.
A $7,399

OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • OPEN ONTO A VERANDA
Observation, Texas & Cabin Decks: French doors that open onto a veranda, two single beds convertible
to queen, and bathroom with tub and/or shower.
B $5,599
C $5,499
D $5,299
SO $6,899 (Single)

OUTSIDE STATEROOMS
Cabin Deck: Large bay window, inside entrance to stateroom, two single beds convertible to queen, and bathroom
with tub and shower.
E $5,099

INSIDE CABINS
Observation, Promenade & Texas Decks: Inside entrance to stateroom, two single beds convertible to queen,
and bathroom with shower.
F $4,899
G $4,699
S I $5,799 (Single)

Fares are per person, double occupancy (unless indicated). Onboard meals, refreshments & entertainment are included. Airfare and airport transfers are not included. Please contact Go Next for information regarding transportation options to Memphis and/or from New Orleans. Port charges of $129 per person and gratuities are additional.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (0.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Traveling with UCLA Alumni Travel was like traveling with a group of old friends even though I had met none of them before the trip."
    Gordon Stewart ’55, M.S. ’57, Traveler
  • Vacations are supposed to be carefree – that is why we always travel with UCLA Alumni Travel!"
    Richard and Pam Ofstein, Travelers

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Go Next. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (0.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Traveling with UCLA Alumni Travel was like traveling with a group of old friends even though I had met none of them before the trip."
    Gordon Stewart ’55, M.S. ’57, Traveler
  • Vacations are supposed to be carefree – that is why we always travel with UCLA Alumni Travel!"
    Richard and Pam Ofstein, Travelers