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Save up to $500 plus reduced air on Heart of the Delta: Mississippi Cruise with Viking
from $3,999 pp

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Destinations: United States

Viking River Cruises continues to lead in the world for their renowned small ship cruise offerings. Viking is proud to announce 2022 and beyond sailings through America's heartland - including picturesque southern towns, roaring cities, and a bustling American history around every bend of the "Mighty Mississippi." 

Immerse yourself in history and heritage on this journey from New Orleans to Memphis. Soak up the rich French and Acadian cultures that infuse the Lower Mississippi, and be inspired by the stories of famed musicians and civil rights heroes. Savor delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, as well as Memphis’s famous BBQ. And stir your soul with the rhythms of Dixieland jazz, Delta blues and gospel.

Special Offers and Member Benefits:

  • Limited Time Only -reserve by 10/31/20
    • Cruise savings up to $500 per couple *
    • PLUS Air from $299 per person **
  • $125 shipboard credit per person +
  • 5 guided tours included
  • All onboard meals included
  • 24/7 Member Care
  • Best Price Guarantee

Where You Will Stay:

Viking Mississippi

Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by the award-winning Viking Longships® and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi, the ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the first truly modern cruise ship in the region.

What You Will See:

As you travel along the river through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee,  you will find communities rich with natural and architectural beauty, a story behind every landmark, and local specialties to feast on after another memorable day. Whether on board or off exploring a destination, take-in panoramic views few encounter. All shore excursions balance the must-see sights, interactive tours, and even privileged access to experiences you will never forget. 

What You May Eat: 

Viking chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience. With flavors accented from their onboard herb garden and a wide selection of regional wines, you will find that with Viking, dining is part of the journey.

The main dining venue Viking offers is known as 'the Restaurant' offering gracious service, included wine and beer, and a streamlined Scandinavian interior design. The menu includes regional cuisine and always available classics enhanced with locally sourced ingredients, so you can explore new cultures through food.

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Itinerary: Heart of the Delta 2022 ~ 8 days ~ Memphis to New Orleans ~ 5 guided tours  ~ from $4,399

Day 1: Memphis, Tennessee 

Memphis is the celebrated birthplace of Memphis blues, a center for civil rights history and the final home of Elvis Presley. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to explore the music, cuisine and character of Beale Street. A straight path stretching nearly two miles from East Street to the Mississippi, Beale Street is renowned as the intersection of American blues, country, gospel and rock ’n’ roll music. (D)

Day 2: Scenic Cruising - Lower Mississippi

Cruising the serpentine route of the Lower Mississippi, you will witness an astonishing array of picturesque landscapes. Sail past deep-green forests, lush vegetation and a patchwork of fertile farmlands—all hugging the shores and hosting a huge variety of birdlife perched in riverside trees, ready to pluck their next meal from the flowing waters. Around you, bluffs rise over the river’s edge. Silos pierce bucolic landscapes. Sandbars and low islands guide the waters as they have for millennia. Passing numerous tributaries and meandering channels, you may appreciate this massive waterway as an epic river system rather than as a singular river. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Located where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi, Vicksburg is the epitome of Southern heritage and charm. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called it “the key to the South.” And it indeed proved to be the site of the conflict’s most pivotal battle, the Battle of Vicksburg, after which the Confederates surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Vicksburg National Military Park - included
  • Vicksburg Walking Tour 
  • Vicksburg Behind the Scenes

Day 4: Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is the perfect location in which to enjoy small-town America. The town is distinguished by more than 500 historic buildings, including over 200 perfectly preserved homes that still grace its broad avenues. Throughout the day, you can explore shops in the historic district and other sites at your leisure. You may choose to visit one of many pre–Civil War mansions here, some of the most beautifully preserved in this area of the South. The city itself is home to more than 1,000 structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After dinner, learn about the life of local artisans and enjoy classical music. (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • The Best of Natchez - included
  • Historic Homes & Chef-Hosted Lunch

Day 5: St. Francisville, Louisiana

Set along a historic bluff of the Mississippi, St. Francisville boasts more than 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is said to be “two miles long and two yards wide” because it was originally built on a narrow ridge overlooking the river. Founded in 1809 to serve the commercial and cultural needs of surrounding landowners, it is the oldest town in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions:

  • Rosedown Estate - included
  • Swamp Kayaking
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum
  • Oakley & Greenwood Estates
  • The Myrtles & Catalpa Estates
  • Waterfall Hike

Day 6: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge paints a historic picture on the eastern bank of Mississippi. Hear tales of the hardworking, fun-loving Cajun people and their contributions to Louisiana’s history and culture. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Baton Rouge Panorama - included
  • Cajun Heritage Tour - privileged access
  • The USS Kidd
  • Atchafalaya Basin by Boat
  • Atchafalaya Basin by Canoe

Day 7: Darrow, Louisiana

Home to National Historic Landmarks renowned for their architecture, the Lower Mississippi is a scenic treasure. This region is dotted with historic mansions, several of which are designated National Historic Landmarks for their architecture, landscaping, and the contributions of the people who maintained the houses and the lands. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Houmas House & Gardens - included
  • Laura Plantation 
  • Whitney & St.Joseph
  • Oak Alley
  • Cajun Swamp Experience

Day 8: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is celebrated for the soulful rhythms that spill onto Bourbon Street from French Quarter jazz houses. After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight, or extend your journey with additional nights in New Orleans. (B)

The beloved birthplace of American jazz, historic New Orleans famously exudes a festive atmosphere along the balcony-lined Bourbon Street. Here, in the heart of the famed French Quarter, soulful rhythms lift the spirit, particularly during the city’s world-renowned Mardi Gras. 

Additional Information

* 2022-2023 MISSISSIPPI CRUISE AND AIR SAVINGS: Offer applies to bookings made from Oct 1-31, 2020. Special cruise fares plus air from $399 per person valid on 2022 & 2023 sailings of America's Great River; America's Heartland; Heart of the Delta; Mississippi Holiday Season; New Orleans & Southern Charms. Airfares vary on other gateways & departures. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. All prices are in USD dollars and for US residents only. Additional restrictions may apply. Book by Oct 31, 2020; pay in full by Dec 31, 2020. Offer expires Oct 31, 2020.

** AIR UPGRADE: Upgrade to Premium Economy air from $199 per person addon or Business Class air from $999 per person addon based on select gateways and dates. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; call for more information. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date and include transfers plus all government taxes/fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of air is received. Contact your AAA travel advisor for more details.

+ Rates vary by departure date. Note: $125 per person AAA Member Benefit shipboard credit offer is available to AAA members on Viking river cruise itineraries ranging from 8-13 days. Shipboard credits can only be applied when booked directly by AAA travel agent. Onboard credit has no cash value. Valid only for Viking river cruises sailings. Viking reserves the right to correct errors and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Call for more details.

PRICE GUARANTEE Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Cruise fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. Cruise fares listed are valid for U.S. residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only and are subject to availability, may not combinable with other offers except Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits and Viking Referral Rewards, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Special fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions on the Viking website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Air promotion applies to roundtrip flights only from select Viking Cruises U.S. gateways and includes airport-to-ship or hotel transfers, air taxes and air fuel surcharges. Roundtrip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruisetour package; if air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers must be in conjunction with a Viking-purchased cruise, cruisetour, land extension or extra hotel nights. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for fully paid cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for completed terms and conditions.

Departure Dates
Start: October 29, 2022
End: April 29, 2023
Price: $3,999 pp

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