Dixieland and Rhythms

Offer

Price per person
from £2,000

Price based on
London Heathrow
25th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

Offer valid on new bookings made before 28 August, departing in September and October 2018 to any destination outside of Europe. Offer subject to availability.

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  • 11 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful holiday featuring locations that have played a role in the evolution of American music. This southern U.S. tour starts with two nights in Chicago, ends with two nights in New Orleans, includes two nights in Nashville and Memphis, and an overnight in St. Louis. Enjoy a sightseeing tour or an orientation tour in each of the cities.

Highlights of this tour include places near and dear to music lovers’ hearts. In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac, and RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio and where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and many more stars recorded their biggest hits. You’ll also enjoy the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a must for any country music fan and where you’ll have reserved seating for a show. In Memphis, see where the film, “Walk the Line,” was filmed and visit Graceland, Elvis’ palatial estate.

Other tour highlights include a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Experience a ride on the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans. Watch for cotton fields and catfish ponds as you pass through Mississippi. In Louisiana, perhaps enjoy an optional boat cruise through the swampy waterways.

On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own or to join optional outings. In Memphis, you may want to join an optional excursion to Sun Studio or visit a blues club on famous Beale Street. In New Orleans, you may want to visit a plantation or shop in the French Quarter.

For music lovers and those desiring to experience the South, this value-minded tour is the perfect holiday!

At a glance

  • St Louis Take in the towering Gateway Arch: iconic symbol of the Westward Expansion.
  • Nashville See a show at the Grand Ole Opry, the place that made country music famous.
  • Graceland Tour the iconic mansion home and final resting place of Elvis Presley.
  • City of New Orleans Rail journey Ride this famous locomotive through the cotton fields of Mississippi.
  • French Quarter Wander the atmospheric streets of New Orleans' most famous district.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • 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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

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Customer Reviews

visited all the places and events as expected for this...

2nd July 2018
Trusted Customer

visited all the places and events as expected for this destination

HOLIDAY GOOD .TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS ****....

18th June 2018
Mr Paul Thomas

HOLIDAY GOOD .TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS ****.

So much to see and do. Will do another tour...

24th April 2018
Mrs Ann Speight

So much to see and do. Will do another tour again.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful holiday featuring locations that have played a role in the evolution of American music. This southern U.S. tour starts with two nights in Chicago, ends with two nights in New Orleans, includes two nights in Nashville and Memphis, and an overnight in St. Louis. Enjoy a sightseeing tour or an orientation tour in each of the cities.

Highlights of this tour include places near and dear to music lovers’ hearts. In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac, and RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio and where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and many more stars recorded their biggest hits. You’ll also enjoy the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a must for any country music fan and where you’ll have reserved seating for a show. In Memphis, see where the film, “Walk the Line,” was filmed and visit Graceland, Elvis’ palatial estate.

Other tour highlights include a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Experience a ride on the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans. Watch for cotton fields and catfish ponds as you pass through Mississippi. In Louisiana, perhaps enjoy an optional boat cruise through the swampy waterways.

On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own or to join optional outings. In Memphis, you may want to join an optional excursion to Sun Studio or visit a blues club on famous Beale Street. In New Orleans, you may want to visit a plantation or shop in the French Quarter.

For music lovers and those desiring to experience the South, this value-minded tour is the perfect holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 1 breakfast

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

Welcome to the “Windy City.” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions

Chicago

Day
2

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

Day
3

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 National Park, which commemorates the city’s key role in westward expansion. Visit the museum under the Arch, celebrating Lewis & Clark’s famous expedition 200 years ago.

St. Louis → Nashville

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nashville

Day
5

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

Day
6

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.

Memphis

Day
7

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 and if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some southern barbecue at Central BBQ. Perhaps stop by the Gibson Guitar Factory for a tour or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit famous Beale Street, and explore the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R & B, and gospel.

Memphis - Amtrak City of New Orleans train - New Orleans

Day
8

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

Day
9

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 waterways of Louisiana’s swamp lands. For shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an array of specialty shops and boutiques. This evening, perhaps join an optional Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard an authentic steamboat to enjoy a delightful buffet dinner, complete with live jazz—the perfect finale to a memorable touring adventure of the South.

New Orleans

Day
10

Your holiday ends this morning.

Home landing in the UK.

Day
11

Things to note

NOTE: The following departures: 8 May, 4 June, 19 June, 10 September and 16 October will be accomodated at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Chicago - Inn of Chicago

This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Just a half block from the luxury shops of the Magnificent Mile, this historical boutique hotel is located in the heart of Chicago, less than 1 mile from Navy Pier and Millennium Park.

  • Location

    162 East Ohio Street, Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Bar
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Paid WiFi
    • ATM/cash machine on site

St. Louis - Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center

This central St. Louis hotel is just 8 minutes’ walk from the famous Gateway Arch. Also, Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, can be reached in 9 minutes’ walk. There is an indoor pool and hot tub available for guests.

  • Location

    711 North Broadway, Downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Indoor pool (all year)
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre
    • Restaurant

Nashville - The Inn at Opryland

These beautiful bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas, and suites with 2 bathrooms have minifridges.

  • Location

    2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Indoor Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Memphis - Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown

These laid-back rooms offer you skyline views. This hotel also comes with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, room service and sitting areas. 

  • Location

    300 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38105, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Wyndham French Quarter New Orleans

With a fabulous Royal Street address and smartly appointed rooms, you are just a stroll away from the historic French Market District.

  • Location

    124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

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