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Sumptuous Soul of America

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Life’s two great pleasures – music and food – are at the forefront on this journey through America’s heartland. Start in Chicago and move south to the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis before zesty New Orleans.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Louis and Louisville
  • Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
  • Visit Sun Studios in Memphis
  • Discover antebellum Natchez
  • New Orleans’ French Quarter

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Your Luxury Tour

Day 1: Chicago, The Jewel of the Midwest

Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival at Chicago International Airport, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat high above the Magnificent Mile. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel:The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, 2 nights
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Scaling Chicago

Start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck where you get to see what many call Chicago's best view. Complete with interactive telescopes, this 1,000 foot (300 metre) 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. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago style chophouse.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: St, Louis, the Gateway to the West

Continue along to St. Louis. This vibrant city played host to the 1904 World's Fair and the Olympics in the same year and were both held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University. Check into your luxurious downtown hotel.

Hotel: Four Seasons St Louis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: St Louis Arch to Louisville

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. Then, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Spirited Residents and Resident Spirit of Louisville

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 science of breeding champion racers and meet some of the prize horses. Visit a bourbon distillery and discover the secrets and details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: A Corvette on the Honkey-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, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with Charles Woods Jr, a retired jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum where you'll have lunch. Dinner with wine is served at your hotel in the evening.

Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History

Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B and 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. Then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music starts. No trip 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.

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 at the Graceland mansion itself.

Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Sun Studios and National Civil Rights Museum

Visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.

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. 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 four-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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. 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, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Hotel Monteleone New Orleans, 3 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: New Orleans Sightseeing

Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. 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. Explore City Park and take a moment to perhaps enjoy a café au lait while admiring the oak trees. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the local's uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Exploring New Orleans, 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 Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14: Depart New Orleans

Bid 'Au Revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to New Orleans International Airport, or choose to extend your stay in New Orleans.

Meals: Breakfast

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Your luxury tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Door to door UK transfers

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