Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 1 breakfast,
Discover the treasured musical traditions of Chicago and Dixie, from its Nashville country roots and ‘Windy City’ blues to the rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis in Memphis and sultry jazz of New Orleans: cruise the swampy waterways and ride the railroads of Louisiana past the landmarks, memorials and musical attractions of the South.
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Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
Explore the landmarks and attractions of the ‘Windy City’ on a morning sightseeing tour. 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.
Journey across the fertile Illinois farmlands and cross the mighty Mississippi River as you enter St. Louis, the 'Gateway to the West'. An orientation tour includes the towering Gateway Arch, which commemorates the city's key role in westward expansion. Visit the Old Courthouse and enjoy a film on the monument.
Start today's journey by re-crossing the Mississippi River, and travelling to Paducah, on the Ohio River, by lunchtime. Late afternoon, arrive in Nashville - the spiritual home of country music - in the heart of Tennessee.
See Nashville's famous musical landmarks on a sightseeing tour, including the recording studios of Music Row. Tour historic RCA Studio B, the cradle of the 'Nashville Sound' in the 1960s and host to stars such as 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! Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.
Travel across Tennessee today to Memphis, the 'home of the blues', and a city with a distinctly southern flavour. On arrival acquaint yourself with the town on an orientation tour. An optional excursion includes a visit to the legendary Sun Studio, where the early rock ‘n’ roll hits were recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
A good portion of the day is devoted to Graceland, Elvis Presley's beautiful estate. The Graceland Mansion Audio Tour focuses on the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion and includes the memorial garden, where Elvis and his parents were laid to rest. Why not upgrade (locally) to the Elvis Experience, an audio guided tour which includes full access to the state of the art visitor entertainment complex and Elvis's private planes? Later, return to downtown Memphis. Tonight, why not visit a blues club on famous Beale Street?
Climb aboard this famous locomotive for today’s trip from Tennessee, through the cotton fields and catfish ponds of the Mississippi River delta into Louisiana, to arrive in New Orleans – the ‘Big Easy’. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Soak up the sights and sounds of New Orleans on a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and a visit to one of its distinctive above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon why not join an optional cruise through the swampy waterways ? The rest of your day is free to explore New Orleans further.
A free day with a wide selection of optional activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful Louisianan plantation home. Shoppers should head to Canal Street and the French Quarter to browse its speciality shops, boutiques and art galleries. Tonight’s optional excursion is a Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard an authentic steamboat, with a buffet dinner and live jazz - the perfect finale to a memorable touring adventure of the South.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Special Departure: Dixieland & Rhythms New Orleans Jazz Festival 27 April 2018. The 'Dixieland' sound was made popular throughout the world by New Orleans' own Louis Armstrong. Why not join us and listen to the best sounds of New Orleans, by some of the hottest names in music from the USA and around the world? Don't miss the food, crafts and music, which make this festival one of the best of its kind and the best Louisiana has to offer. Your Jazz Festival package includes a one day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds.
French Quarter Festival: New Orleans coincides with 3 April 2018 departure
The following departures will be at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare 8 May, 04 Jun, 19 Jun, 10 September and 16 October
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Our tour director, Peter, was fantastic. He told us everything we needed to know about our visit for the day so that we arrived fully clued up as to what to expect. He had a brilliant sense of humour and helped to make the tour a real success.
We joined a tour consisting mainly of Australians, and did not realise until the last couple of days that there were in fact others from the uk and four from the USA. A lot of miles were covered on this tour, but the lunch stops of 2 to 2 1/2hrs in places where there was very little to fill that time need to be reconsidered, i.e. Not everyone wants to spend that amount of time in a restaurant, outlet shopping mall or little towns with quilting museums. The majority of the hotels were located away from downtown, with limited options for meals, etc. There were plenty of additional optional tours, but they seemed expensive. There were a few problems with the coach and it needed to be replaced. However, the tour manager and driver were good and very helpful.
This was our first escorted tour so we cannot compare but we were ore than happy with the holiday
I would highly recommend as well as learning more about the history of music in America the rep gave us a better understanding of American history which made the country what it is today and how this influenced the people and the music.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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