Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotel and Tour Packages

Prelude Packages & Encore Packages Extend Your Escape with Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotel and Tour Packages


Extended Hotel Stays

For some, the joy of traveling America's waterways is just one of the treasures to be found. Discover the explorer in you with a Prelude Package tour before or an Encore Package after your cruise aboard the Louisiane.

One of the greatest delights of traveling is the freedom to extend a vacation and to explore the places, cuisine and cultures that have fascinated others for generations. French America Line believes that choice is a luxury no one should do without and, therefore, we've crafted several opportunities to turn an elegant cruise tour into a grand adventure. Perhaps the easiest way to gain more time in your embarkation or debarkation port is with a hotel stay. While a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay is included in your fare, many guests wish to have even more time to visit the bistros of New Orleans, the botanical gardens of St. Louis or the blues clubs of Memphis. With a Prelude Package, add extra nights and turn your pre-cruise hotel stay into a mini-vacation, or create a personalized Encore Package and linger in your debarkation port after your voyage concludes. The choice is all yours.

Fascinating Tour Options

Perhaps you have more than just a few nights in mind and wish to see America by both riverboat and rail with an extended Prelude or Encore Package. Imagine heading toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park to explore the glorious colors and mystical atmosphere of the mountains as each vista unfolds before you with a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Or you might find your inspiration in the great landscapes of the Southwest, reached by an epic train ride from St. Louis and culminating at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon, where the view stretches as far as your own imagination. Watch America whisk by the broad windows of the Southwest Chief as plains, mountains, small towns and big cities add their threads to the fabric of your time on the rails.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park America's Central Park


Soak in the splendor of autumn and travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway as you view the undulating tops of smoke-blue mountains extending off into the distance. The most popular park in America, Great Smoky Mountains National Park embraces man-made wonders and the never-to-be-forgotten joys of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad as it weaves between incandescent red, yellow and orange leaves covering the trees that cling to the misty hills. This 7-day Prelude Package begins with an overnight stay in Atlanta followed by two nights in Asheville, North Carolina, and a visit to the fabled Biltmore Estate. Two nights at the Doubletree Park Vista Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee set the stage for complete sightseeing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park including a visit to isolated Cades Cove. Your adventure concludes with a night in Nashville, where you will then board the Louisiane.

7 Days Atlanta to Nashville
Double Occupancy $1,995
Single Occupancy $2,795

Available before the Nov 12, 2016 Southern Rhythms cruise tour embarking in Nashville

Grand Canyon National Park Where Inspiration Lives


From your lodging on the coveted South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there is no sound but the echo of a hawk riding the wind currents and the wind rustling through the scrub trees. Far below, the Colorado River cuts its timeless path through the rock and a geological layer cake of ochre, rose, mustard, taupe and amber flows across the canyon walls like the water across the canyon floor. From high above, the Grand Canyon will leave you utterly spellbound. On cruise tours ending in St. Louis, we offer a special 6-day Encore Package to the canyon by the Southwest Chief train that includes two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Arizona, a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway to the edge of the canyon, and a night at the Grand Canyon South Rim Hotel. Guests can then continue on to Los Angeles or head east back to St. Louis or on to Chicago on the Southwest Chief.

6 Days St. Louis to Los Angeles St. Louis to St. Louis/Chicago
Double Occupancy $1,295 $1,395
Single Occupancy $1,795 $1,895

Available following the Oct 8, 2016 Midwestern Majesty cruise tours disembarking in St. Louis.

*Prices are per person and include all taxes and fees, porterage, transfers, tours, the services of a professional tour manager and selected meals. Please note packages, pricing, hotels and tour details are subject to change.

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