Dixieland & Rhythms
|Resort:||Dixieland & Rhythms|
|Destination:||United States of America|
Experience the treasured musical traditions of the South, from Nashville’s country roots and Chicago blues to the rock ‘n’ roll of Memphis and sultry jazz of New Orleans. Cruise the swampy waterways and ride the railroads of Louisiana past landmarks, memorials, cotton fields and catfish ponds. Tour the key sights that made a legend of Elvis Presley, and take in a show at the historic Grand Ole Opry on this toe-tappin’ tour.Total meals included: 1 breakfast
UK – Chicago
Day 1Your tour starts today…Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
Day 2Included 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 3Travel 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
Day 4Recross the Mississippi River today and roll southeast to Paducah on the Ohio River. Late-afternoon arrival in Nashville.Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5Start 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 6Cross 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.
Day 7Visit 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 train – New Orleans
Day 8Providing 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.
Day 9A 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.
Day 10A free day with a wide selection of activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful plantation home. 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 – UK
Day 11Your tour ends today…Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Land home in the UK. *price based on London Heathrow 25th Sep 2018 departure