Dixieland & Rhythms - New Orleans Jazz Festival Special Departures

  • 12 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Explore America's musical heritage from the birthplaces of country music and the blues to bustling New Orleans, home of jazz. The festival first held in 1970 celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 27th April 2018

Overview

The festival first held in 1970 celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

 

At a glance

  • St. Louis City Tour
  • Nashville Grand Ole Opry
  • Memphis Visit Graceland
  • City of New Orleans Rail journey
  • New Orleans French Quarter Jazz Festival

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in New Orleans 

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Day 1

UK - Chicago

Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Chicago

Start the day with a sightseeing tour and see all the landmarks of the 'Windy City'. The afternoon is at leisure. Ride the lift to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), or stroll in Grant Park. Perhaps enjoy dinner on the Navy Pier.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Chicago - St Louis

Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands and cross the mighty Mississippi River as you enter St Louis, the 'Gateway to the West'. Enjoy an orientation tour that includes the towering Gateway Arch that commemorates the city's key role in the westward expansion. Visit the Old Courthouse and enjoy a film on the monument.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

St Louis - Nashville

Start today's journey by re-crossing the Mississippi River, and travelling to Paducah, on the Ohio River, by lunchtime. Late afternoon arrival in Nashville, in the heart of Tennessee. Tonight enjoy reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Nashville

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville's famous landmarks and the recording studios of Music Row. You'll tour historic RCA Studio B, the cradle of the 'Nashville Sound' in the 1960's. Hitmakers in Studio B include Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. Afterwards visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nashville - Memphis

Across Tennessee today to Memphis, the 'home of the blues', and a city with a distinct southern flavour. On arrival acquaint yourself with the town during the included orientation tour. Why not join an optional excursion that includes a visit to Sun Studio, where Rock 'n' Roll was first recorded and dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Memphis

A good portion of the day is devoted to Graceland, Elvis Presley's beautiful estate. Your Graceland Mansion Tour includes the splendid garden and opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Alternatively upgrade (locally) to the Elvis Experience Tour that includes Audio and full access to the state of the art visitor entertainment centre and Elvis's Private Planes and more. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon. Tonight, why not visit a blues club on famous Beale Street?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans - New Orleans

The City of New Orleans, the famous train of story and song, provides the locomotion for today's trip through the state and into the Mississippi River delta. Cotton fields and catfish ponds slide past as the train enters Louisiana and onto New Orleans.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

New Orleans

A full morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and a visit to a unique above ground cemetery. Next, board a boat for a cruise through the winding, swampy waterways. The rest of the day is free to explore New Orleans further.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

New Orleans

Today be part of the Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival that showcases the most famous names in music history alongside many of Louisiana's equally respected musical artists. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest calibre artists. Your one day pass allows you to enjoy great music, and classic New Orleans staples, including Creole, Cajun, and international cuisine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

New Orleans - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Chicago: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
  • St. Louis: Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Nashville: The Inn at Opryland
  • Memphis: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
  • New Orleans: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

Notes

The festival first held in 1970 celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

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