21 Day Luxury Rhythms and Flavours of America with Cruise Deluxe Outside Stateroom
21 Day Trip enjoying the the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis, with the rhythms and flavours of America. Musical history comes to life with rock n roll and the Blues and sample Jazz, Swing and Big Band Cruising the Mississippi.
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Day by day
First Day Arrive in Chicago, the Windy City
Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to Chicago! Upon arrival at Chicago International Airport, a transfer takes you to your exclusive retreat high above the Magnificent Mile in Chicago's Gold Coast. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Second Day Scaling Chicago
After a restful night's sleep, start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs, the 360 Chicago where you get what many call Chicago's best view. Complete with interactive telescopes, this 1,000-foot high vantage point is an experience you'll never forget. Continue 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. See The Trump Tower, Bertrand Goldberg building, Grant Park and learn about the extreme influence that Chicago still has on the world of modern architecture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Third Day Travel to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West
Continue along to St. Louis and get ready for a real taste of America's Midwest with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Witness all parts of A-B (as Anheuser-Busch is known locally) production from the Clydesdales stables to the tasting room and, of course, enjoy a sampling of the famous beer. Check into your luxurious downtown hotel.
Fourth Day Visit St Louis Arch then Louisville
Get a bird's-eye view of the city this morning with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 ft tall. Then head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville.
Fifth Day Spirited Residents and Resident Spirits of Louisville
This morning, visit a bourbon distillery. During a guided tour, discover the secrets and details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit before indulging in the flavours during a sampling. Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up close look at some of Kentucky's most spirited residents during a visit to a thoroughbred farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn the ins and outs of breeding champion racers and meet some of the prize horses. The evening is yours to grab dinner in town or enjoy the amenities of your hotel.
Sixth Day A Corvette on the Honky-Tonk Highway to Nashville
The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby and its past winners. This is followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum for a browse through the events' history told through over 20,000 collectible items and artifacts. Get a closer look during a private “Inside the Vault” tour. Move on to Bowling Green to discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum. Explore the rows of display vehicles including vintage models and contemporary styles before enjoying lunch at the Corvette Café. Arrive in Nashville and settle into your hotel.
Seventh Day enjoy Nashville’s Musical History
After a restful night's sleep, enjoy a leisurely morning before your fascinating visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. After a tour of historic Studio B, work with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home your own copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. How many people can say they recorded a song in the same studio Elvis created so many of his hits! No visit to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America's longest-running live radio program.
Eighth Day Journey to Memphis and the Birthplace of the Blues
Today, travel from the home of Country to the birthplace of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. Enjoy a guided tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory (or the Rock 'n' Soul Museum depending on availability) and discover the manufacturing secrets of this instrument giant. This evening, join your fellow guests on legendary Beale Street for a Highlight Dinner at Itta Bena, a 1920s speakeasy-style restaurant above BB King's Blues Club.
Ninth Day you’re going to Graceland
This morning is devoted to 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. On an audio tour, marvel at the Jungle Room, the private jets, custom cars and walls full of gold and platinum records. Return to your luxury hotel in the heart of vibrant Beale Street. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Tenth Day The Siege of Vicksburg and Mississippi Mystique in Natchez
Today, depart for Vicksburg National Military Park where the famous Civil War battle is remembered and commemorated. The park features, among many things, 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of trenches, 2 antebellum houses, and 144 emplaced cannons. Continue to Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. Check into your charming, luxury country mansion hotel. Whet your palate before dinner during a mixology class to learn the “science” of making a signature drink of the South, the mint julep. Then enjoy a delectable five-course Highlight Dinner in the stunning Main House.
Eleventh Day Baton Rouge and the White Gold of the Mississippi Delta
Stop at Frogmore Plantation today and journey back 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. Then it's on to Baton Rouge for a visit to the Old Louisiana State Capitol, one of the most distinguished examples of Gothic architecture in the United States. 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. The plantation spans over 38 lush acres and is sprinkled with ponds, a majestic live oak alley and a light breeze from the Mississippi River. Get settled in at your historic hotel before enjoying a delicious meal and cooking demonstration of a popular creole appetizer at a local restaurant.
Twelfth Day Explore New Orleans, the Big Easy
After a hearty breakfast, join a local expert in the atmospheric French Quarter and visit Jackson Square, originally called Place d'Armes when it was the centre of the old city. Wind your way through the twisted paths of one of the “Cities of the Dead”, the above-ground final resting place of pirates, politicians and voodoo queens. Then it's out to the lovely Garden District, home to one of the best-preserved collections of Southern mansions in the United States. Move on to New Orleans where your opulent hotel has been a French Quarter landmark since 1886.
Thirteenth Day its New Orleans Sightseeing
This morning, get up close and personal with the rural side of the Crescent City as you board a boat for a tour to meet the resident alligators and other flora and fauna. Enjoy some free time to explore before gathering with your new friends and toast lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner at a famous New Orleans restaurant.
Fourteenth Day to Twentieth Day Cruising the Mississippi to Memphis
Embark in New Orleans and relax amid the warm ambient charms of a floating antebellum mansion as you cruise the mighty Mississippi all the way to Memphis. Several on-board dining options are on offer with the centerpiece being the opulent J.M White Dining Room destined to be a favorite of culinary enthusiasts. In between fascinating and historic ports of call, enjoy lively showboat-style entertainment or take advantage of the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. When you’re not dancing the night away to the sounds of Dixieland jazz, swing and big band music, perhaps try Tennessee Williams’ favorite cocktail in the main Lounge and Engine Room Bar.
Twenty-First Day Depart Memphis
Disembark and transfer to Memphis Airport
Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360. It's love affair with state-of-the-art high-rise means its history is written across the sky and there is no better vantage point than from the deck of an architectural cruise.
St Louis: Tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery and taste their lager. Take in the views from the top of the Gateway Arch.
Louisville: Enjoy a tour of a local distillery, concluding with a complimentary shot of bourbon.
Kentucky: Visit one of its premier thoroughbred farms. Visit Churchill Downs and the Derby Museum.
Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels! The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B and take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.
Memphis: Visit the Rock 'n' Soul Museum or enjoy a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory and discover the secrets to making some of the world's great instruments. You'll find Graceland a fitting tribute to both the flamboyant talent and manic excess of the man they call the King.
Vicksburg: Capture a piece of American history at the National Military Park.
Natchez: At Frogmore Plantation, contrast early 19th century cotton plantation life with the modern processes of today. Learn how to make a mint julep.
Baton Rouge: Experience Southern splendour as you tour Houmas House estate filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol.
New Orleans: Journey through beautiful marshlands and swamps in search of alligators, turtles, snakes and herons feasting on fish. Join a local expert to explore the atmospheric French Quarter and tour one of the city's mysterious above ground cemeteries. See the Southern mansions of the Garden District.
Memphis: Dine on contemporary American and Southern cuisines at Itta Bena Restaurant at B.B. King's Blues Club.
Natchez: Enjoy an elegant, five-course Southern dinner served in the beautifully appointed dining room at Monmouth Plantation.
Baton Rouge: A delicious Highlight Dinner plus cooking demonstration at a local restaurant.
New Orleans: Join your Tour Director for a grande finalé Celebration Dinner at one of the Big Easy's prized restaurants.
Welcome Reception, 13 Full Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 3 Highlight Dinners and 1 Celebration Dinner
Highlight Hotels and Locations
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.
New Orleans: The historic, Heritage Hotel Monteleone sits majestically within the famous French Quarter and offers luxurious rooms and hotel amenities.
Hotel Overview: Welcome to a cornucopia of luxury resorts which range in style from gleaming skyscrapers to charming heritage hotels. Some are backed by prestigious brands such as Westin and Four Seasons, while others are still family-owned, passed down from generation to generation.
River Cruise Highlights
Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks while cruising.
Complimentary wines and beers with dinner.
An array of sumptuous dining options including Southern-inspired dishes by a famed American chef.
Gracious, friendly service from professionally trained staff.
Daily lectures from an on-board river historian.
Nightly professional show boat-style entertainment.
Captain's Champagne Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Hot and cold canapés at cocktail hour every evening.
Shore excursions to fascinating river towns and cities.
Transfer to Memphis Airport or hotel after disembarkation.
Most tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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