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Southern Culture & The Civil War:
Steamboating Along the Mighty Mississippi Aboard The American Queen

May 15 - May 24, 2014
Elizabeth R. VaronFaculty: Elizabeth (Liz) Varon, U.Va. Professor of America History

Gary W. GallagherSpecial opening guest speaker:
Gary W. Gallagher, Professor in the History of the American Civil War
Price: Starting from $2,749 per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on cabin selection

Registration is Open

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Mississippi Trip

Delve into the rich history and splendid architecture of the South as you discover the legends, glory and magnitude of the American Civil War. Cruise along the shores of the Mississippi River aboard the luxury riverboat American Queen, stopping in Mississippi and Louisiana, where you’ll find grand antebellum mansions, memorials from the momentous War Between the States, and a wealth of living history.  Begin with a stay in Memphis, home to many American icons, and delve into history at the Civil War battlefields of Shiloh National Military Park. Cruise south to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” where you’ll find another historic battlefield at the Vicksburg National Military Park*, which commemorates the 47-day siege of the city in 1863. Revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a glorious city sprinkled with restored mansions, and take in the many historic 19th-century homes found among the scenic countryside in St. Francisville. Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, rich with historic treasures both in and outside of the city, including the renowned Plantation Country. Stroll paths fringed by marvelous greenery and view the plush interior of Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before ending your riverboat adventure in New Orleans. This unique river cruise encompasses both the fascinating culture of the South and a pivotal time in America’s history.

* ATTENTION PAST CAVALIER TRAVELERS: Due to the variety of options at the various ports of call and to keep the costs competitive, this program differs from other Cavalier Travels trips in that many excurions are included but other options are available to purchase from the ship. At each port there will be "hop on, hop off" buses to various sites and this is included in the price of the trip.

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Program Highlights

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All meals on board the American Queen are included

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Elizabeth R. Varon

Elizabeth R. Varon, U.Va. Professor of America History

ELIZABETH (Liz) is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the U.Va.  A Virginia native and specialist in the Civil War era and 19th-century South, she received her MA from Swarthmore College and PhD from Yale, and has held teaching positions at Wellesley College and Temple University.  Varon’s books include Southern Lady, Yankee Spy:  The True Story of  Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent  in the Heart of the Confederacy; Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859; and Appomattox:  Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (fall 2013). Varon’s public presentations include book talks at the Lincoln Bicentennial in Springfield; on C-Span’s Book TV; and at Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute. She is also a featured speaker in the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship program.

Gary W. Gallagher

With Special Opening talk by Gary W. Gallagher, U.Va. Professor in the History of the American Civil War

Gary is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at U.Va. A nationally recognized expert on the Civil War and beloved undergraduate teacher, Gallagher graduated from Adams State College of Colorado and earned his MA and Ph.D in history from The University of Texas-Austin. Before teaching at U.Va., Dr. Gallagher was a professor of history at Penn State University. 

Active in historic preservation, Dr. Gallagher has worked with the Civil War Trust and was founder and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He also has a large following outside the academy through his acclaimed courses on the Civil War widely available through The Teaching Company. The author of several books including The Confederate War and Lee and His Generals in War and Memory.

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Mississippi TripDay 1 -- Thursday, May 15
Memphis, Tennessee
Arrive Memphis and overnight at the Peabody Hotel.

Day 2 -- Friday, May 16
Memphis, Tennessee
Visit Shiloh National Military Park where the Battle of Shiloh occurred in 1862, involving over 110,000 Confederate and Union troops.

If you do not wish to visit Shiloh, a Memphis City tour and Graceland tour will be offered at no additional cost.

Graceland Platinum Self-Guided tour includes the Graceland Mansion and Audio Tour, Elvis’ Two Custom Jets, Elvis Presley’s Automobile Museum, Elvis Live from Vegas Exhibit, ‘68 Special Exhibit and even more. There will be time for lunch on your own fit for a King at one of Graceland’s Elvis themed eateries.

Overnight at the Peabody hotel.

Day 3 -- Saturday, May 17
Memphis, Tennessee
Spend the day in this city famous for blues, barbeque and Elvis’ Graceland—attractions you’ll want to explore. Special guest lecture by Dr. Gary Gallagher on the American Civil War in the west. Embark from America’s third largest inland port in the afternoon.

Day 4 -- Sunday, May 18
Discover steamboating—a lifestyle born of both restless ambition and the pursuit of pure relaxation. Aboard the American Queen, the richness of this timeless river culture comes with plenty of added modern luxuries as you cruise the day and night away at one of the distinctive dining venues, the impressive Grand Saloon, or your elegant stateroom.

Treasures of PeruDay 5 -- Monday, May 19
Vicksburg, Mississippi
The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of
Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area. Historic landmarks include the Cedar House,
with five acres of stunning gardens, and Anchuca, the first columned mansion in Vicksburg.

An excursion to the Vicksburg Battlefield is included for us and offered to other travelers. There will be other options as well.

The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. In a series of maneuvers, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee crossed the Mississippi River and drove the Confederate Army of Vicksburg led by Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton into the defensive lines surrounding the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Grant decided to besiege the city beginning on May 25. With no reinforcement, supplies nearly gone, and after holding out for more than forty days, the garrison finally surrendered on July 4. This action (combined with the surrender of Port Hudson to Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks on July 9) yielded command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces, who would hold it for the rest of the conflict

Day 6 -- Tuesday, May 20
Natchez, Mississippi
Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum South in Natchez, one of the oldest European
settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and the original capital of Mississippi. Explore the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, visit historic Jefferson College, marvel at numerous restored mansions, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.

Day 7 -- Wednesday, May 21
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Among truly iconic Louisiana plantation homes, here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts,
the Barrows and the Turnbulls, families who helped build the South. Follow in the footsteps of the guests who stayed here, including Andrew Jackson and John James Audubon.

Mississippi TripDay 8 -- Thursday, May 22
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer - you’ll delight in the past, the present and authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, Baton Rouge is a year-round playground. No wonder this is one of the South’s fastest growing cities.

Day 9 -- Friday, May 23
Houmas House, Louisiana
The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road can be found beneath the shadows of ancient oaks, amid 38 acres of southern splendor. Houmas House, once the largest sugar plantation in America was also the setting for the Bette Davis classic film Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

Day 10 -- Saturday, May 24
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your ship adieu. But give in to the
temptation to hang around and explore.

Itinerary is subject to change.

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Program Fees

Starting from $2,749 per person, double occupancy, land & cruise only.  A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement.

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Stateroom Categories:
Prices Are Per Person, Double Occupancy

Inside Cabins- The three categories below are Inside Cabins with 132 sq. ft Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Shower-Flat screen TV
I  $2,749
H $3,149
G $3,249

F $3,649 - Inside cabin with 140 sq. ft. Upper and Lower Berths- Shower- Flat-screen TV

Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Bay Window:
E $4199

190 sq. ft. Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Tub with Shower- Flat-screen TV- Bay Window

Deluxe Outside Staterooms With Veranda:
D $4299

140 sq. ft. Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Tub with Shower Flat-screen TV French Doors Open Onto Deck

Outside Staterooms with Veranda:

The categories below have: 190 sq. ft. Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Tub with Shower- Flat-screen TV- French Doors Open Onto Deck

C $4,399
B $4,899

Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Veranda:

A $6,299-

210 sq. ft. Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Tub with Shower-Flat-screen TV- Sitting Area with Couch- Vanity Mirror and Desk- French Doors Open Onto Deck

Superior Outside Stateroom With Private Deck:
AA $6499

190 sq. ft. plus a private 40 sq. ft. Veranda -Two Single Beds Convertible
to Queen- Tub with Shower- Flat-screen TV

Suites With Deck:
AAA $6,799

230 sq. ft. Two Single Beds Convertible to Queen- Tub with Shower-Sitting Area with Sofa-bed Vanity Mirror & Desk- Flat-screen TV- French Doors Open Onto Deck

LS $7499

350 to 500 sq. ft. Queen Bed- Tub with Shower- Sitting Area with Sofa-bed - Vanity Mirror and Desk- Flat-screen TV- French Doors Open Onto Deck

Single Staterooms
Prices Are Single, Single Occupancy
SI $3999- Inside Cabin with – 80 sq. ft. Single Bed Shower Flat-screen TV

SO $5599- Outside Cabin with 140 sq. ft. Queen Bed Tub with Shower Flat-screen TV

Price includes:

Does not include:

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express or check. Final payment must be by check or cashiers check made out to "Go Next, Inc."

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions


Upon receipt of written cancellation from you, the following fees will apply: Cruise Program cancellations received 101 days or more prior to departure, $200 per person; 100-61 days prior to departure, 50% of total fare; 60-31 days prior to departure, 75% of total fare; 30-0 days prior to  departure, 100% of total fare.

Go Next, Inc. (hereinafter GN), located at 8000 West 78th Street, Suite 345, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-2538, in return for full payment by you of the amount specified, is responsible to arrange for the transportation, accommodations and other services specified as included in this brochure as and to the extent you have selected them, and subject to the following terms and conditions. Unless expressly specified as included by this brochure, services, taxes and fees are not included.
RESPONSIBILITY: GN is responsible to you for arranging all included transportation, accommodations and other services. However, in the absence of negligence on its part, GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible for personal injury, property damage, or any other loss, claim or damage arising out of or related to goods or services offered or included. GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other loss, claim or damage related to or arising out of, in whole or in part, the acts or omissions of any direct air carrier, cruise line, hotel, ground operator, or other person not its direct employee or not under its exclusive control supplying any services or providing any goods offered or included. GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other loss, claim or damage arising out of, either in whole or in part, acts of God, weather, labor strife, government actions, mechanical breakdowns, war-like acts, terroristic activities or other causes reasonably beyond the respective control of GN and the sponsoring association. GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible for incidental or consequential losses or damages.
Neither GN nor the American Queen Steamboat Company (hereinafter AQSC) nor the sponsoring association are responsible for any penalty, loss or inconvenience resulting from air or land arrangements made independently by travelers, including non-refundable conditions, restricted travel or frequent flyer tickets.

PAYMENT: A deposit in the amount shown on the reservation form and a signed agreement for each person is required to secure reservations. Final payment is due as shown on the reservation form. If the cruise or flight is fully booked, your payment will be returned or, with your authorization, your name placed on a waiting list. ALL CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS ARE TO BE MADE PAYABLE AS INDICATED ON THE RESERVATION FORM. CONFIRMATION IS SUBJECT TO RECEIPT BY GN OF DEPOSIT AND A SIGNED AGREEMENT.

The price is based on tariffs in effect for estimated 2014 prices as of March 01, 2013. Prices increase every year, and it is therefore possible that increases could occur after the printing of this brochure and in advance of your departure.

Aircraft and cruise line boarding privileges are limited to persons whose full payment and signed agreement have been received by GN and whose names are on the manifest given to the carrier before departure. Improper documentation, inadequate proof of identity, inadequate proof of age for children under 2, or any other reason may result in denial of boarding privileges. The air carrier and cruise line reserve the right to decline, accept or retain any person on the flight or cruise at any time within their sole discretion. If you are denied boarding privileges, you forfeit all monies paid and will be assessed any non-recoverable costs.

ADVANCE TRAVEL INFORMATION: U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. traveling exclusively inside U.S. borders do not need a passport or visa for travel. Homeland Security laws require that all guests travel with government-issued photo identification (ID) (such as a driver’s license) at all times. ID must be presented at the time of boarding. Guests without proper ID will be denied boarding. AQSC is required to provide all guests’ ID information including ID number, expiration date, and place of issue to the Coast Guard and/or other government entities prior to the vessel’s departure. Guests must provide this information to AQSC in advance. Travel documents will not be released until received. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada entering the U.S. are required to bring their passport. For other nationalities, passports are required to enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to check with your local U.S. embassy/consulate to confirm visa requirements and to obtain the proper visa/U.S. alien card (green card).
Tours are operated in the various ports of call by AQSC or local tourist service companies contracted by the cruise line. They are not under the control of GN. Cancellation penalties may differ from the cruise program related penalties. AQSC may modify the cruise itinerary up to and during the voyage.
NOTICES: Any complaints or claims against GN must be made in writing and received by GN within 90 days after scheduled termination of the trip. Any action or suit against GN must be commenced within 1 (one) year after scheduled termination of the trip or be forever barred.
The rights and remedies relating to cancellations and major changes prior to departure, made available under this agreement are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer any refunds under this agreement with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by you waives all other remedies.
While Go Next makes every effort to adhere to the specifics shown in this brochure, all information contained herein is subject to change. Go Next is not responsible or liable for typographical errors, omissions or misprints.
INSURANCE: Travel insurance is available and can provide coverage for unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt your trip. See panel above for details.

IF YOU CHANGE PLANS OR CANCEL, YOUR RIGHTS TO A REFUND ARE LIMITED: The following charges will be assessed for cancellations.
If you cancel or change plans more than 100 days prior to departure, a full refund, less a $200 per person administrative fee plus any applicable pre- and/or post-cruise program cancellation fees, is provided. Any refunds are provided only in accordance with the following schedule. Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to GN in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14 days after the cancellation.
CANCELLATIONS: Upon receipt of written cancellation from you, the following fees will apply:
Cruise Program cancellations received 101 days or more prior to departure, $200 per person; 100-61 days prior to departure, 50% of total fare; 60-31 days prior to departure, 75% of total fare; 30-0 days prior to departure, 100% of total fare.
HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition requiring special medical attention or equipment must be disclosed in writing to GN at the time the participant makes a reservation. GN may reject the reservation of any person who, in the opinion of GN is unfit for travel or might be a danger to themselves or incompatible with others on the trip. Participants requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who agrees to provide the required assistance. GN reserves the right to terminate the participation of any participant whose conduct or condition materially inconveniences other participants.
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING MEDICAL EXCEPTIONS) TO THESE POLICIES. No refunds will be made for any portion of the arrangements we have made for you that are not actually utilized by you. There is no variance from these policies for the services we arrange as described in this brochure.

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