A few weeks back, we told you that Avalon Waterways had partnered with the American Queen Steamboat Company to offer voyages aboard the largest sternwheeler to ply the Mississippi, the recently refurbished American Queen.
Now, long-standing tour company Tauck has also partnered with American Queen and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns to develop a brand-new 11-day itinerary that will debut in 2013, dubbed Life on the Mississippi.
Starting in Memphis, guests are treated to an overnight stay before embarking on a weeklong voyage on the Mississippi that concludes with a two-night stay in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guests can also choose to book either northbound or southbound passage along this river, which Burns calls a constantly recurring theme in his films due to its historical and cultural influence on the American people, from the writings of Mark Twain to the Civil War.
What sets this trip apart is Tauck’s guided, all-inclusive sightseeing and excursions during the cruise that will be exclusively available to Tauck guests. One of the most interesting excursions the company has planned for guests aboard these innovative itineraries is a progressive lunch that will take place at a total of three separate houses in Natchez. Guests will also be treated to a local concert in Helena, Arkansas; and a visit to the African American History Museum.
Founded in 1925, Tauck is no stranger to the river cruise industry. The company has partnered with Swiss company Scylla to offer river cruises throughout Europe aboard four luxuriously appointed river cruise vessels. Tauck’s key strength: Its tours and special events while ashore are some of the most comprehensive available, and the line goes the extra mile to ensure everything is taken care of for guests, right down to providing change for bathroom breaks in Europe, where many rest facilities are operated on a fee-based structure.
Now, the company founded by Arthur Tauck Sr., will apply that same strategy to its North American river cruise products, in conjunction with the stellar product developed by the American Queen Steamboat Company.
More information on Tauck can be found by viewing our complete Tauck profile here on River Cruise Advisor.