Day 1 - Chicago, IL
This unforgettable journey begins in Chicago, renowned for its restaurants, shopping and countless cultural attractions. Start your tour with a stay at an exclusive hotel near the Magnificent Mile, one of the most famous attractions in the Windy City, stretching from the bridge that spans the Chicago River to Oak Street, including a special welcome dinner with wine.
Overnight: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park (Dinner with wine included)
Day 2 - Chicago, IL
In the morning, embark on an architectural river cruise. This 90-minute excursion will take you down the Chicago River while providing fascinating commentary about the city’s history and architecture. Learn how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper as you pass sights that include over 40 notable buildings and an impressive overall view of the skyline. Afterward, visit John Hancock Building’s 360 Chicago Observation Deck, located 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile to take in the very best view in the city. This evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse.
Overnight: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Day 3 - St. Louis, MO
Make your way to the city of St. Louis, Missouri, home to the iconic Gateway Arch, a symbol of the city that marks the spot Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition. You'll take a guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre before some free time to relax, or take a stroll in America’s oldest botanical garden, the National Historic Landmark Missouri Botanic Garden with 79 acres of plants, trees, shrubs and an impressive collection of rare orchids.
Overnight: Hotel Saint Louis, Autograph Collection (Breakfast included)
Day 4 - Louisville, KY
In the morning, hop on one of the lifts that will send you 630 feet up to the observation deck that sits at the highest point of the famous Gateway Arch for a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the city. Next move on by traveling through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, Kentucky home to the legendary Kentucky Derby, fried chicken, and the producer of the Louisville.
Overnight: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Day 5 - Louisville, KY
Get immersed in Louisville culture by taking a guided tour of the grounds of a retired horse farm to learn about the city’s famous race horses, and then taste some of Kentucky’s signature spirit by visiting a bourbon distillery. You’ll even be let in on some of the insider secrets involved in making the drink before enjoying a sample.
Overnight: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)
Day 6 - Nashville, TN
Continue the fun by taking a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Here you’ll learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, one of the longest continually running sporting events in America, and get to explore the Kentucky Derby Museum with its two floors of artefacts and collectibles, while gaining a special insider’s perspective via a private visit with retired jockey Charles Woods, Jr. If you like fast, sleek cars, you won’t want to miss getting an interesting history lesson on one of America’s favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum either.
Overnight: JW Marriott Nashville (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine included)
Day 7 - Nashville, TN
In the morning, you can explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, filled with memorabilia from big stars like Garth Brooks and Hank Williams, and even hear the stories behind some of their hits from a local expert. Tour historic RCA Studio B, and gather around the legendary microphone for a recording session with a professional sound engineer, and then cap it all off with a visit to the Grand Ole Opry for a taping of the longest-running live radio programme in the country.
Overnight: JW Marriott Nashville (Breakfast included)
Travel to the birthplace of Blues and Rock n' Roll. Your day is at leisure to explore museums, shops or try some Memphis barbeque. The evening is devoted to Graceland, as much an abject of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted 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. Spend your evening with George Klein, Elvis' close friend before enjoying a private Highlight Dinner on Graceland's grounds.
Overnight: The Peabody Memphis (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Visit Sun Studios, where Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded some of their greatest albums, or the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum, where you can discover the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17 century to present. Later you'll visit the Rock and Soul Museum to hear the stories of the musical pioneers.
Overnight: The Peabody Memphis (Breakfast included)
Continue to Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. Check in to your charming, luxury country mansion hotel. Whet your palate before dinner during a mixology class to learn the 'science' of mixing a signature drink of the south, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner in the stunning main house.
Overnight: Monmouth Plantation Natchez (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Frogmore & New Orleans
Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back in to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation and compare it to the modern day operation that produces more than 900 bales of cotton each day. 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, the mansion was often referred to as 'The Sugar Palace' during its antebellum heyday. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discovery the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations with a special Highlight Dinner.
Overnight: Windsor Court Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Join a local expert for a tour of New Orleans, through the French Quarter, Jackson Square and through the twisted paths of the 'City of the Dead' - the final resting place of pirates, politicians and voodoo queens.
Overnight: Windsor Court Hotel (Breakfast included)
Embark on a boat tour to meet the resident alligators and other flora and fauna in the New Orleans area. Then enjoy some free time, before joining your fellow guests at a farewell Celebration Dinner
Overnight: Windsor Court Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with included)
Say Au Revoir to New Orleans, today it’s time to fly home