Dixieland & Rhythms - New Orleans Jazz Festival Special Departures

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

At a glance

  • St. Louis Take in the towering Gateway Arch: iconic symbol of the Westward Expansion.
  • Nashville Discover the home of country music, visit Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tonight, see a show at the Grand Ole Opry, the place that made country music famous.
  • Memphis Tour Graceland, the iconic mansion home and final resting place of Elvis Presley, and see some of the key sights that made the man.
  • French Quarter Follow your guide, who will show you around the atmospheric streets of New Orleans' most famous district.
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival Be part of the world's biggest celebration of jazz music with your one-day pass.

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.


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.


No meals included

UK - Chicago


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

Your tour starts today.



Included sightseeing shows off the city’s landmarks, then an afternoon at leisure. Maybe ride the elevator to the top of Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, stroll in Grant Park, or cruise on the Chicago River.

Chicago - St Louis


Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” An orientation tour includes a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch, which commemorates the city’s key role in westward expansion. Visit the museum under the Arch, celebrating Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition 200 years ago.

St Louis - Nashville


Recross the Mississippi River today and roll southeast to Paducah on the Ohio River. Late-afternoon arrival in Nashville.



Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville’s famous landmarks and the Music Row recording studios. Tour historic RCA Studio B, cradle of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1960s and where stars such as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, and the Everly Brothers recorded many of their biggest hits. Afterward, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis’ “solid-gold” Cadillac! Tonight, enjoy reserved seating for a show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.

Nashville - Memphis


Cross Tennessee to Memphis, “Home of the Blues” and a city with a distinct Southern flavour. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival and see where the film, Walk the Line was filmed. Join the optional excursion to Sun Studio, where rock ‘n’ roll was first recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.



Visit to Graceland. A good portion of the day is devoted to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beautiful estate. Your guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden, and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon where your tour director will have suggestions for your free time. Tonight, you may want to visit a blues club on famous Beale Street.

Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans - New Orleans


Providing the locomotion for today’s journey through the state of Mississippi and into the Mississippi River Delta is the City of New Orleans, the famous train of story and song. Cotton fields and catfish ponds slide past on the way to New Orleans. The evening is free to begin exploring this lively city.

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. This afternoon, join an optional cruise through the winding, swampy waterways.

New Orleans


Today, be part of the 49th Annual Jazz and Heritage Festival that showcases the most storied 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 1-day pass allows you to enjoy great music, and classic New Orleans staples, including Creole, Cajun, and international cuisine.

New Orleans - UK


Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK


Things to note

Please note this special departure includes all activities on our regular departures plus a 1-day pass with round-trip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds.


Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • 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

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