DIXIELAND & RHYTHMS - 2017
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The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful holiday. Start in Chicago with leisure time to get acquainted with the city. See the famous landmarks on an included sightseeing tour before heading south to St. Louis, Missouri, the “Gateway to the West.” On your St. Louis tour, take a trip to the top of the towering Gateway Arch. Then, cross the Mississippi River to Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music! A sightseeing tour shows you Nashville’s most famous sites, including the recording studios on Music Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and legendary RCA Studio B, once the recording home of Elvis Presley. No vacation to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and you have reserved premier seating for a Grand Ole Opry show! Travel to Memphis, “Home of the Blues,” a city with a distinct Southern flair. Enjoy an orientation tour and visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grand estate. On to New Orleans for a guided tour that includes the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to the unique above-ground cemetery. Hop on the AMTRAK City of New Orleans train, and pass cotton fields and catfish ponds on the way to Louisiana. Cruise through the swampy waterways of New Orleans, where you may spot alligators, before the conclusion of your Southern holiday.
In Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis; Gateway Arch, RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Louisiana Swamps.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Mississippi River, and the Louisiana Bayou Country.
Services of a professional Tour Director; Local Guide for sightseeing in New Orleans.
AMTRAK City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
1 continental breakfast (CB).
Day by Day
Welcome to the "Windy City." Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
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. Tonight, how about dinner on Navy Pier with its delightful shops and restaurants?
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, which commemorates the city's key role in westward expansion. Visit the Old Courthouse and enjoy a film on the monument.
Recross the Mississippi River today and roll southeast to Paducah on the Ohio River. Late-afternoon arrival in Nashville. (CB)
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 premier seating for a show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians.
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. 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 1,393-square-metre (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.
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.
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. Next, board a boat for a CRUISE through the winding, swampy waterways. The rest of the day is free.
A 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.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to the New Orleans International Airport are included.
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