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The Sumptuous Soul of America

Everyday Price From

$6,575

14 days

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Overview

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.

Locations Visited

Chicago, St Louis, Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans

Countries Visited

United States

Travel Style

Luxury Gold

Accommodations

13 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Chicago, 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.(Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

  • Meals

    Dinner with Wine

Day 2

Scaling 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 3

St. Louis, 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.(Breakfast)

  • Accommodation

    Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 4

St. Louis Arch to Louisvulle.

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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    The Brown Hotel, Louisville.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 5

Spirit 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.(Breakfast)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Highway 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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    JW Marriott Nashville.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 7

Nashville'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.(Breakfast)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Memphis 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    The Westin Memphis Beale Street.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 9

The 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.(Breakfast)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 10

Mississippi 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 11

Frogmore, 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Accommodation

    Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 12

New 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.(Breakfast)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 13

Exploring 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 14

Depart 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.(Breakfast)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Exceptional 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).

  • Journey 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.

  • Stay at the Best Addresses
  • Chicago: The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park is ideally located just steps from Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Theatre District and world renowned museums; perfect for exploring the city.

  • St Louis: Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch, located in the heart of downtown.

  • Louisville: A favourite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travellers who will find a blend of Georgian Elegance, timeless Southern charm and impeccable service.

  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at JW Marriott Nashville.

  • Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.

  • Natchez: The Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens offers a unique combination of hospitality, world-class service and luxurious surroundings, set in a historic background.

  • New Orleans: The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.

  • VIP 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.

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***This applies to land bookings only and does not apply to group bookings. If the guest chooses a trip or departure that is more expensive than the original, they are responsible for the difference in price; if the trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference. Please note guests are responsible for any airline penalties imposed due to trip changes and/or cancellations.

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Updated 23 March 2020.