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Self-Drive Jazz, Soul & Blues

10 Nights Standard from £1,329 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Begin your trip with the 'Windy City' - Chicago! From here, you'll journey onwards to St Louis, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans - a fantastic tour filled with amazing history, fascinating cultures and plenty of Jazz, Soul and Blues.

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Day 1 & 2

Chicago, IL

Fly to Chicago and pick up your rental car. This is a city that has something for everyone and part of any trip should be the Sears Tower – at 1,450 feet, the second tallest building in North America. The Hancock Observatory provides a wonderful view of the city, as well as a variety of interesting exhibits. Take a stroll along the lakefront of Lake Michigan or explore Chicago’s museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History that has a wonderful recreation of ancient Egyptian life. At night be sure to visit Joe’s Be-Bop Café and jazz Emporium, considered to be one of the best jazz clubs in town.

Standard: Chicago's Essex Inn

Select: Sheraton Chicago

Day 3

St Louis, MO (297 miles)

Journey from Chicago to St Louis today, as you discover the quirky landmarks which have been left here from a bygone era – keep an eye out for the old fashioned 1920s to 1960s-style petrol stations to drive-in restaurants on America’s roadside. In the evening, spend time in St Louis with a tour of the music clubs of Laclede’s Landing and the Soulard neighborhood.

Standard: Best Western St Louis Inn

Select: Omni Majestic Inn

Day 4 & 5

Nashville, TN (307 miles)

Drive to Nashville on day 4, home of Country Music and the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the museums of music giants; stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio “B” where the “Nashville Sound” was created by Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers, Elvis and many others. While you’re here, dance to country sounds at the famous Wildhorse Saloon or enjoy a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat.

Standard: Inn at Opryland

Select: Gaylord Opryland

Day 6 & 7

Memphis, TN (212 miles)

Welcome to the home of the blues, Beale Street, W.C. Handy and Elvis Presley – Memphis. The ‘Mountain Top’ sculpture honors Dr. Martin Luther King who was assassinated here. Mud Island, a 52-acre park showcases the mighty Mississippi River, and don’t miss a visit to Gracelands – Elvis Presley’s beloved mansion – and Sun Studio where Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash first recorded their hits. Finish your day by soaking up the atmosphere in one of the live music clubs on famous Beale Street.

Standard: Comfort Inn Downtown

Select: Holiday Inn Select Memphis

Day 8

Vicksburg, MS (254 miles)

Today riverboat casinos dock on the Mississippi River, but Vicksburg’s location on the Delta was of strategic importance during the Civil War. At the National Military Park, you’ll have the opportunity to view a multimedia show recalling that era and learn about the history.

Standard: Quality Inn Vicksburg

Select: Holiday Inn Vicksburg

Day 9 & 10

New Orleans, LA (225 miles)

On day 9, head to the ‘Big Easy’ – home to jazz and Bourbon Street. Explore the marvelous city of New Orleans, which still retains the flavour of the French and Spanish cultures which founded it, and see Jackson Square and Royal Street. In the afternoon or evening, take a cruise on a steamboat before trying some Cajun or Creole cuisine.

Standard: Holiday Inn Superdome

Select: Bienville House

Day 11

New Orleans, LA

Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before your flight home.

Day 12

Arrive home

What's Included

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Hotel accommodation for 10 nights as shown or of a similar standard
  • Car hire for the duration of the trip including fully inclusive insurance
  • Fly-drive guide book with vouchers delivered to your first hotel

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking charges

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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