Dixieland and Rhythms

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Price per person
from £2,235

Price based on
London Heathrow
6th Nov 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.

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.
Dixieland & Rhythms map

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.

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.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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The transfer from the airport was a disgrace...

23rd November 2017
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Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 1 breakfast

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

No meals included

Chicago

Day
2

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.

No meals included

Chicago - St Louis

Day
3

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.

No meals included

St Louis - Nashville

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nashville

Day
5

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.

No meals included

Nashville - Memphis

Day
6

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.

No meals included

Memphis

Day
7

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?

No meals included

Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans train - New Orleans

Day
8

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.

No meals included

New Orleans

Day
9

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.

No meals included

New Orleans

Day
10

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.

No meals included

New Orleans - UK

Day
11

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

No meals included

Land home in the UK.

Day
12

No meals included

Things to note

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

For the following departures accommodation in Chicago will be at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare: 8 May, 4 June, 19 June, 10 September and 16 October

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

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


  • Chicago: Hotel Indigo (2017) / Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (2018)
  • St Louis: Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Nashville: The Inn at Opryland
  • Memphis: Crowne Plaza Downtown
  • New Orleans: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

Why book with us?