Begin in New Orleans with an included two-night hotel stay and tour of the “Big Easy” during Mardi Gras. Experience the Spanish moss of City Park or delight in some southern cuisine in the French Quarter. Board the American Queen and sail to Oak Alley, known for its eponymous plantation, or visit the Slavery Exhibit. Travel to St. Francisville, a quaint town celebrated for its more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places. In Natchez see one of the oldest post-European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Discover Vicksburg which radiates southern hospitality and the site of a dramatic siege in the Civil War. Before returning to New Orleans, cruise the famed Mississippi to Nottoway and tour the Nottoway Plantation House, the largest antebellum house in the South.