Jackson Square, New Orleans
Jackson Square, New Orleans
Chicago & Lake Michigan, Illinois
Chicago & Lake Michigan, Illinois
Riverboat Tour, Grande Ole Opry & Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee
Riverboat Tour, Grande Ole Opry & Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee
Memphis Downtown, Beale Street & Graceland
Memphis Downtown, Beale Street & Graceland
Plantation Home & Riverfront in Natchez
Plantation Home & Riverfront in Natchez
Architecture & St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
Architecture & St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

The Sumptuous Soul of America

12 nights from £5,999 per person Including Flights

Overview

Explore the Deep South of America in style, on this deluxe escorted tour. You wil stay in luxurious hotels, including beautifully converted old plantation house, and enjoy delicious dinners including wine on several evenings. You will have a dedicated Tour Director and will enjoy the stories of local experts along the way.

Starting in Chicago and ending in New Orleans you will have some amazing and unique experiences over the two weeks.(IN)

Highlights

  • Tour Graceland after-hours and enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Presley Motors Museum
  • Cruise along the Chicago River, learning about the city's history and architecture
  • Visit a bourbon distillery and a retired race-horse farm in Kentucky
  • Visit the Grand Ole Opry for a taping of the longest-running live radio programme in the country
  • Take a mixology class to learn the science of mixing the signature cocktail of the south the Mint Julep

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Chicago 2 nights – Louisville 2 nights – Nashville 2 nights – Memphis 2 nights – Natchez 1 night – New Orleans 3 nights – Fly home from New Orleans.

On sale for 2022 and 2023 departures, May to October (IN)

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Day 1

Fly to 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

Today you have a choice of activities to discover Chicago. You could embark on an architectural river cruise, which 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. You could also choose to  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 or a visit to Wrigley Field - home of the Chicago Cubs.

Overnight: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park (Breakfast included)

Day 3

Chicago - Louisville, KY

Depart Chicago and head through Indiana stopping for a rest in the state capital and "Crossroads of America" - Indianapolis. Your next destination is Louisville, a fun town built on bourbon and American sport icons. Home to the legendary Kentucky Derby, birthplace of Muhammed Ali and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. The city has become one of the South's gastronmic centres with mouth-watering eateries and home of the bourbon cocktail - "Old Fashioned".

Overnight: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Louisville, KY

Get immersed in Louisville culture by taking a private 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, joining a master distiller for a private tour and tasting seminar then farm-to-table dinner.

Overnight: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and Dinner with wine included)

Day 5

Louisville, KY - 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. Head to Nashville, your home for the next two nights

Overnight: Union Station Hotel Autograph Collection, Nashville (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine included)

Day 6

Nashville, TN

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: Union Station Hotel Autograph Collection, Nashville (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Nashville, TN - Memphis, TN

Travel to the birthplace of Blues and Rock n' Roll.  Your day is at leisure to explore museums, shops or try some Memphis barbeque. This afternoon visit Graceland, 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.

Overnight: The Peabody Memphis (Breakfast ncluded)

Day 8

Memphis, TN

Visit Sun Studios, where Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded some of their greatest albums, alternatively you can visit the Stax Museum of American Soul to hear the stories of the musical pioneers.. Then its onto the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum, where you can discover the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17 century to present with superb interactive exhibits and the fully preserved room of the Lorraine Motel - site of the tragic assination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Overnight: The Peabody Memphis (Breakfast and Dinner with wine included)

Day 9

Memphis, TN - Natchez, MS

Depart for 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)

Day 10

Frogmore & New Orleans, LA

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: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (Breakfast and Dinner with wine included)

Day 11

New Orleans

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. Choose to embark on a Creole and Cajun food tour of New Orleans while learning about the city's unique blend of worldly influences. Alternatively, you can mingle over a traditional Jazz Brunch, where you'll take in the lively musical scene.

Overnight: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (Breakfast included)

Day 12

New Orleans

Start the day with a bayou expert on a unique and immersive eco-excursion for an insider’s perspective of the Great Mississippi River and how it has shaped the rich tapestry of land, people and cultures of this region. Meet the local fishermen and sample some of the fresh seafood.This evening, toast to lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with lively jazz as your backdrop.

Overnight: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner with included)

Day 13

New Orleans - fly home

Say "au revoir" to New Orleans, today it’s time to fly home

(Breakfast included)

  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary or similar
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Air-conditioned coach with restroom and wifi
  • Personal headsets to be able to hear all commentary wherever you are
  • Meals 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 7 Dinners with wine
  • 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
  • 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.
    Guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St Louis
  • Porterage of one suitcase throughout
  • Hotel and restaurant tips

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