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14 Days
Availability : September 13, 2020
Chicago
New Orleans
Tour Details
The Sumptuous Soul of America

Join us for a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. You’ll start in Chicago, a great food city also known for its jazz and blues, before heading south to the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis. End your trip with a little jazz as you head to the Mississippi Delta and on to zesty New Orleans. From visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to the iconic Graceland mansion, this trip not only comes with behind-the-scenes experiences, but with its own memorable soundtrack.

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14 Days with prices from $9,395 CAD per person

Departure Location

Chicago

End Location

New Orleans

Price Includes

  • All Accommodation
  • Air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches
  • Be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's & vaccinations, if required
  • International flights

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect
Highlights

Insight Experiences

  • St. Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
  • Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet a retired Kentucky Derby jockey.
  • Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.
  • Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.
  • Memphis: Take a private, after-hours tour of Graceland before sitting down to a special dinner inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
  • Chicago: Appreciate the variety of impressive styles and achievements in design during your architectural river cruise, as a Local Expert reveals how the city was transformed after the Great Fire of 1871.
  • St. Louis: Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch.
  • Lexington: Tour a working Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, you never know which champion you may encounter.
  • Louisville: Enjoy a private tour and tasting at one of Kentucky’s newest members of the Bourbon Trail producing award-winning Kentucky straight bourbon brands.
  • Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running live radio program.
  • Memphis: Visit Sun Studios, where famous music icons like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums or the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, previously voted best Louisiana attraction.
     

Authentic Dining

  • Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Memphis: Enjoy a private, after hours visit to Graceland, followed by a home-style cooked meal, favoured by the King himself.
  • Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, four-course Southern dinner in the period surroundings of the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
  • New Orleans: Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a cooking demonstration and special Highlight Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 8 Dinners with wine (DW).
 
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Chicago, The Jewel of the Midwest

Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat near the Magnificent Mile. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.

Hotel: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2Scaling Chicago

Start your exploration during a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City’s greatest highs – the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 3St. Lauis, Gateway to the West

Journey to St. Louis where you’ll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World’s Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis’ prestigious Washington University.

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4St. Louis Arch to Louisville

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 5Spirit of Kentucky

Take a private tour of a working Kentucky Thoroughbred farm this morning set in the beautiful rolling Kentucky farmlands. Stops along the way include the foal and yearling division and the stallion complex. You never know which champion or future champion you may encounter! Later enjoy a private tour and tasting seminar complete with chocolate pairing at one of Kentucky’s newest members of the Bourbon Trail, Lux Row Distillers, producing award-winning Kentucky straight bourbon brands. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Highway to Nashville

The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you’ll gain an insider’s perspective during a private visit with a retired Kentucky Derby jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America’s favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you’ll have lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

Hotel: JW Marriott Nashville.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 7Nashville's Musical History

Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. You’ll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you’ll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry or “country’s most famous stage”, for a live performance. If you are on a Chairman’s Collection departure, today you will meet Hall of Fame musician Charlie McCoy.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Memphis and Graceland

Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland – as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.

Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 9The Best of Memphis

Experience Memphis Your Way by visiting Sun Studios or the the National Civil Rights Museum. Later today you’ll visit the Rock and Soul Museum, where you’ll learn the stories of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create music that shook the world.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10Mississippi Mystique in Natchez

Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the ‘science’ behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 11Frogmore, Houmas House, and New Orleans

Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you’ll learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 12New Orleans Sightseeing

Join a Local Expert for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm café au lait in hand. Next, visit one of the city’s famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13Exploring The Big Easy

Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud’s, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 14Depart New Orleans

Bid ‘au revoir’ to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport or choose to extend your stay at Hotel Monteleone.

Meals: Breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com