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Tour Code - 8270 11 days - CHICAGO to NEW ORLEANS
See all the famous landmarks of Chicago on an included sightseeing tour before heading south toward St. Louis, Missouri, known as the "Gateway to the West." Visit the museum underneath the Gateway Arch and then cross the Mississippi River to Nashville, Tennessee. Highlights include Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studios and an unforgettable show at the Grand Ole Opry-a sure hit with music lovers. Travel to the "Home of the Blues, "Memphis, and visit Sun Studio and Graceland, among other sights. Hop on the AMTRAK train toward Louisiana. Pass cotton fields and catfish ponds to the heart of Cajun country. Spot alligators on the waterways of Atchafalaya Basin before crossing bayou country back into New Orleans, where your holiday comes to an end.

Special departure: These special departures include all activities on our regular departures plus the Jazz Fest package and one additional night in New Orleans.

Standard Features


    In Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis; Gateway Arch, RCA Studios, Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Louisiana Swamps.
    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. Visit our website for details and conditions.


Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.

    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.

    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.

    Today be part of the 48th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival that showcases the most storied names in music history alongside many of Louisiana's equally respected musical artists. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists. Your one day pass allows you to enjoy great music, and classic New Orleans staples, including Creole, Cajun, and international cuisine.

    The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to the New Orleans International Airport are included.

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
Twin Price
Triple Price
PRE CHICAGO 18 Sep 2017 30 Nov 2017 $299 AUD $156 AUD $111 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 08 Sep 2017 17 Sep 2017 $451 AUD $233 AUD $161 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 01 Sep 2017 07 Sep 2017 $282 AUD $148 AUD $104 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 01 Aug 2017 31 Aug 2017 $248 AUD $131 AUD $94 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 07 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 $299 AUD $156 AUD $111 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 16 Jun 2017 06 Jul 2017 $417 AUD $216 AUD $150 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 05 May 2017 15 Jun 2017 $316 AUD $165 AUD $116 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 01 May 2017 04 May 2017 $350 AUD $182 AUD $127 AUD
PRE CHICAGO 01 Mar 2017 30 Apr 2017 $265 AUD $139 AUD $99 AUD
POST NEW ORLEANS 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $380 AUD $198 AUD $131 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $140 AUD

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