America's Heart & Soul - Chicago to New Orleans
From the blues of Chicago to the jazz of New Orleans, the soulful sounds of Gospel and the unmistakable drawl of Elvis in Tennessee, discover the music, culture and history of a host of exciting cities on this wonderful tour.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- 10 nights in hotels of a great standard
- 11 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Specialist Local Guides
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Welcome drink
- Chicago & Navy Pier
- 360 Chicago
- Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club
- St Louis
- Budweiser brewery tour with tasting
- Memphis sightseeing
- Church service with Gospel singing
- Oak Alley Plantation with Mint Julep reception
- New Orleans
- Architectural river cruise
- Bayou swamp plus Louisiana plantation tour
- Paddle Steamer dinner cruise with live jazz
Make your own way to Chicago, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions this evening over a welcome drink.
Chicago is a city with a fascinating history and our half-day tour will introduce you to its sights. Highlights include Millenium Park with its wide open spaces and contemporary sculptures. We'll end our morning at Navy Pier, with its great selection of casual eateries, shops and entertainment.
You'll have time this afternoon to experience more of Chicago in the company of your fellow travellers before an included dinner of traditional American deep-dish pizza in one of the city's popular restaurants. Of course, Chicago is famous for its live music and after dinner we include a visit to the famous Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club to experience it first hand.
360 Chicago offers some of the finest views of the city from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Later, why not join an optional cruise on the Chicago River to appreciate the architecture of this great city.
St Louis is home to America's busiest inland port thanks to the Mississippi River flowing through its heart. The 630ft steel Gateway Arch that towers over the landscape was built to commemorate the expansion into the west. We'll view the Arch before heading to the Budweiser brewery where we can enjoy a tour followed by a tasting. This afternoon you'll have time to explore St Louis with your fellow travellers. Perhaps visit a blues bar or, if they're playing at home, catch a St Louis Cardinals baseball game.
Memphis is known for many things - the sweet southern accent, the great Mississippi River rolling along its border, blues music and, of course, Graceland, Elvis' former home and now a museum dedicated to his life. On the afternoon of day 6 we take a tour of the city and visit Sun Studios where Elvis and many other famous artists recorded some of their best-known songs.
This evening why not enjoy the blues clubs on Beale Street, which is famous for its excellent venues. Your Tour Manager will be able to point you in the direction of the best clubs.
Gospel music is extremely popular here and on the morning of day 7 you will have the chance to join the congregation of a local church. Get into the swing of things at a lively service complete with uplifting gospel singing, it's a perfect start to our day.
Graceland – the former home of Elvis Presley and a pilgrimage site for music lovers the world over - is certain to be a real highlight of your holiday. You will have time to soak up its infectious atmosphere, learn more about its story and Elvis himself on a tour.
Oak Alley Plantation is our port of call as we head further south and the heat begins to rise. A traditional Antebellum mansion, vast shady grounds and a Mint Julep reception await us - Mint Julep is a refreshing and gently potent drink that originates from the southern states. Stroll around the gardens, relax in the shade and learn more about the generations gone by as we take a tour of the estate.
New Orleans thrives on the music that hails from its streets. Discover all the main sights on our included tour today. Be sure to visit the famous French Quarter, where flowers tumble from wrought iron balconies and the sound of jazz music hangs in the air and wafts from beyond the doors of the numerous cafés and bars.
Why not join your fellow travellers on an optional excursion in the evening aboard an authentic paddle steamer. We'll enjoy dinner as we cruise along the Mississippi and a live jazz band entertains us.
Today experience more of New Orleans at your own pace in the company of your travelling companions.
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
USA - New Orleans - evening jazz cruise with dinner
Savour the age-old power and majesty of the Mississippi River in a new spirit of adventure. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city by night, as you watch the French Quarter come to life to the soundtrack of Dixieland jazz whilst enjoying dinner.
Evening Excursion - 2 hours on-board - Authentic Experience
USA - River cruise to admire some of the architecture of Chicago - Prebookable Only
Step aboard Chicago’s First Lady as you set sail on the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. A certified volunteer will interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. The first lady vessel is fully equipped with full-service bars, climate-controlled lower cabins, and upscale marble and granite restrooms, all that’s left to do is to enjoy the amazing views and informative narration. The price is for the ticket only and transfers are not included, although the tour manager can arrange a taxi for you if required which you need to pay in local currency.
Please note: this excursion must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to departure
Architectural delight – 90 minute fully narrated cruise – minimal walking
USA - Bayou Swamp tour and a traditional Southern Plantation
For many years people have travelled extensively to locate a unique and exciting form of entertainment that you can only experience here – the famous Manchac Swamp. Join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.
Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Wander around the authentic buildings on the plantation and lovingly restored main house. Find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and understand what it was like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.
Half Day – Minimum walking – Not to be missed!
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Dates and Prices
Make Your Own Way
Monday 02 Sep 2019