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Did you know that Mark Twain (as Samuel Clemens) worked on Mississippi steamers as a young man? And he got his pen name from the gauge used to measure the depth of the river.

I mention it because Cruise Traveller has come up with an excellent deal to get you channeling your inner Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on a Mississippi River Cruise on American Splendour, a ship that gives more than a nod to the steamboat era.

You start your 14 night package with four nights in Las Vegas from where you can enjoy the bonus tour to the Grand Canyon (described at the end of this feature).

There are of course plenty of other things to do amongst the neon and palaces of the place where what happens there stays there!

Tn you fly to New Orleans to embark on a unique riverboat adventure along the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee.

Savor a week aboard intimate and relaxed modern riverboats as you cruise the lower Mississippi River.

The enthusiastic all-American crew are ready to share with you a wonderful journey filled with historical tales, culinary delights, unique culture, vibrant music, and new friends.

Enjoy time onboard the ship in your comfortable and spacious stateroom. From your private balcony, enjoy expansive river views, the rising bluffs of the historic river towns, and the tree-lined banks accented with blue herons and bald eagles.

Delight in the diverse menu of delicious meals carefully crafted by the onboard culinary team to include samples of regional cuisine.

Dynamic presentations by your onboard speaker connect you to the region’s culture and history. Local guides also share insights to illuminate your shore excursions.

Memphis offers savory barbecue, rich music history museums, Sun Studios, and the amazing tour of Elvis` Graceland mansion exhibits.

You can explore why the Mississippi River and the port of Vicksburg were so important during the Civil War as you explore the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Enjoy beautiful architecture, antiques, and gardens at grand plantation homes as you learn southern stories from local guides and fascinating museums.

Take in the local shops and museums of quaint and cozy towns like St. Francisville and Natchez. Perhaps sip and savor a tasty mint julep while strolling under the canopy of the 300-year-old trees at Oak Alley Plantation or explore the lavishly restored mansion and the expansive, manicured grounds surrounding Houmas House Plantation.

A Grand Bonus

Free full-day tour to the Grand Canyon round trip from Las Vegas by Coach: Along the way you will see epic sights such as the Hoover Dam, travel through an eerie Joshua tree forest and explore a genuine frontier town inhabited by the Hualapai nation.

This action-packed tour starts with a stop at the amazing O`Callaghan-Tillman Bridge for a photo op of the Hoover Dam and enough time to enjoy the majesty of this engineering masterpiece. Travel through the Joshua tree forest, which has to be seen to be believed, before arriving at the Indian village and the Hualapai Market.

Take in a Wild West Show with Old West gunfights at the Hualapai Ranch, dine at the Skywalk Cafe (additional cost) and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Canyon from Guano Point and Eagle Point.

For all the cabin details, pricing and choice of three departures, CLICK HERE or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777

Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne is a crime author (Money Bags), comedy writer an inveterate traveller.

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