In August 2012 our first Mississippi Horizons group sailed on the inaugural cruise of the newly built river boat “Queen of the Mississippi”.
Our 2017 tour revisits all of the same highlights in a more relaxed manner, and stays at some new hotels while visiting sites covering American Indian history, three music Meccas (New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville), historic slavery and Civil War sites and the scenic splendors of Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks.
Our journey begins in San Francisco visiting the Napa and Sonoma Valley wine country before flying to Albuquerque in New Mexico from where we begin a 7 day journey through the native American Indian lands of New Mexico and Colorado, including Chaco Canyon, historic Durango, where we take a ride on the famous narrow gauge railroad to the old mining town of Silverton, Mesa Verde National Park and the ancient pueblo near the picturesque town of Taos with it’s bridge over the Rio Grande.
In Santa Fe we visit the Wheelwright Museum and Santa Clara Reservation to see a native Indian dance show and pottery making techniques.
From New Orleans we embark on the Queen of the Mississippi for an 8-day cruise to Baton
Rouge, St Francisville, Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Civil War battlefields at Vicksburg and the music capital of Memphis, where we visit Elvis Presley’s home Graceland.
We drive to the country music capital Nashville then fly to Jackson, Wyoming to explore the scenic beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
CALIFORNIA – San Francisco (3 nights), Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley
NEW MEXICO – Albuquerque (1 night), Sandia Peak Tramway, Acoma, Gallup (1), Chaco Canyon
COLORADO – Durango (2 nights), Silverton narrow gauge train, Pagosa Springs
NEW MEXICO – Taos, Chimayo, Santa Fe (2 nights), Santa Clara Reservation
LOUISIANA – New Orleans (3 nights), Bayou Swamplands, Nottoway Plantation
MISSISSIPPI CRUISE (7 nights) – Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg
TENNESSEE – Memphis (1 night), Dover, Clarkesville, Nashville (3)
WYOMING – Yellowstone National Park (2 nights), Grand Tetons, Jackson (1)