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Dixieland & Rhythms with New Orleans Jazz Fest (8270) - 2014 / 2015

12 Day Tour from Chicago to New Orleans


Dixieland & Rhythms with New Orleans Jazz Fest
Experience the great culture of New Orleans
Experience the great culture of New Orleans
Visit Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis
New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street
Country Music Hall of Fame
Enjoy the the nightlife in downtown Nashville
Experience the culture of downtown Nashville
New Orleans skyline
Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

The South comes alive on this exciting journey. Start in Chicago and spend leisure time getting to know the city. See the famous Chicago landmarks on an included sightseeing tour before heading south to St. Louis, Missouri, the “Gateway to the West.” On your St. Louis tour, take a trip to the top of the towering Gateway Arch. Next, cross the Mississippi River to Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music! A sightseeing tour shows you Nashville’s most famous sites, including the recording studios on Music Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and legendary RCA Studio B, once the recording home of Elvis Presley. No vacation to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and you have reserved premier seating for a Grand Ole Opry show! Travel to Memphis, “Home of the Blues,” and visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grand estate. On to New Orleans for a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. You’ll also receive a pass and round-trip transportation to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Hop on the AMTRAK City of New Orleans train, and pass cotton fields and catfish ponds on the way to Louisiana. Cruise through the waterways of Atchafalaya Basin, where you may spot alligators, before arriving in New Orleans, where your adventure comes to an end.

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Sightseeing:
In Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis, Gateway Arch, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studios, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin.

Scenic Highlights:
Mississippi River, Cajun Country, and Louisiana Bayou Country.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; Local Guide for sightseeing in New Orleans.

NOTE:

  • A 1-day pass with roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds is included.


Day 1Chicago

Welcome to the “Windy City.” Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2Chicago

Included sightseeing shows off the city’s landmarks, then an afternoon at leisure. Maybe ride the elevator to the top of Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, stroll in Grant Park, or cruise on Lake Michigan. Tonight, how about dinner on Navy Pier with its delightful shops and restaurants?

Day 3Chicago–St. Louis

Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” An orientation tour includes a trip to the top of the GATEWAY ARCH, which commemorates the city’s key role in westward expansion. Visit the museum under the Arch, celebrating Lewis & Clark’s famous expedition 200 years ago.

Day 4St. Louis–Nashville

Recross the Mississippi River today and roll southeast to Paducah on the Ohio River. Late-afternoon arrival in Nashville. (CB)

Day 5Nashville

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville’s famous landmarks and the Music Row recording studios. Tour historic RCA STUDIO B, cradle of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1960s and where stars such as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, and the Everly Brothers recorded many of their biggest hits. Afterward, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis’ “solid-gold” Cadillac! Tonight, enjoy reserved premier seating for a show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians.

Day 6Nashville–Memphis

Cross Tennessee to Memphis, “Home of the Blues” and a city with a distinct Southern flavor. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival. Join the optional excursion to Sun Studio, where rock ‘n’ roll was first recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7Memphis. Visit to Graceland

A good portion of the day is devoted to GRACELAND, Elvis Presley’s beautiful estate. Your platinum audio tour focuses on the splendid garden, private plane, and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon. Tonight you may want to visit a blues club on famous Beale Street.

Day 8Memphis–Amtrak City of New Orleans Train–Hammond–Lafayette

Providing the locomotion for today’s journey through the state of Mississippi and into the Mississippi River Delta is the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, the famous train of story and song. Pass cotton fields and catfish ponds as the train enters Louisiana. In Hammond, leave the train and board a motorcoach for the short drive into the heart of Cajun Country to Lafayette, first settled by French-Acadian farmers expelled from Nova Scotia by the British in the 1700s.

Day 9Lafayette–New Orleans

On to St. Martinville to see the famous oak tree from Longfellow’s poem, Evangeline, then CRUISE the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. Watch for alligators basking on the banks. Cross Bayou Country to New Orleans. (B)

Day 10New Orleans

A full morning dedicated to the sights and sounds of New Orleans, with a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. The rest of the day is free.

Day 11New Orleans

Today be part of the 45th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival that showcases the most storied names in music history alongside many of Louisiana’s equally respected musical artists. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists. Your one day pass allows you to enjoy great music, and classic New Orleans staples, including Creole, Cajun, and international cuisine.

Day 12New Orleans

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to the New Orleans International Airport are included.

Transportation:
AMTRAK® City of New Orleans train from Memphis to Hammond; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


CHICAGO Essex Inn (MF)
ST. LOUIS Drury Inn Union Station (ST)
NASHVILLE The Inn at Opryland Gaylord Hotel (MF)
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)
LAFAYETTE Ramada Lafayette Conference Center (F)
NEW ORLEANS Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (MF)

1 breakfast, 1 continental breakfast

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