Southern United States & Nashville Tour - Cosmos®

Dixieland & Rhythms (8240)

11 Day Tour from Chicago to New Orleans

2017 Tour Details

The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful vacation featuring locations that have played a role in the evolution of American music. This southern U.S. tour starts with two nights in Chicago, ends with three nights in New Orleans, includes two nights in Nashville and Memphis, and an overnight in St. Louis. Enjoy a sightseeing tour or an orientation tour in each of the cities.

Highlights of this tour include places near and dear to music lovers’ hearts. In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac, and RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio and where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and many more stars recorded their biggest hits. You’ll also enjoy the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a must for any country music fan and where you’ll have premier reserved seating for a show. In Memphis, see where the film, “Walk the Line,” was filmed and visit Graceland, Elvis’ palatial estate.

Other tour highlights include a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Experience a ride on the AMTRAK® City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans. Watch for cotton fields and catfish ponds as you pass through Mississippi. In Louisiana, enjoy a boat cruise through the swampy waterways.

On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own or to join optional outings. In Memphis, you may want to join an optional excursion to Sun Studio or visit a blues club on famous Beale Street. In New Orleans, you may want to visit a plantation or shop in the French Quarter.

For music lovers and those desiring to experience the South, this value-minded tour is the perfect vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis; Gateway Arch, RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Louisiana Swamps. ■ Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

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

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

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 continental breakfast

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Chicago

Welcome to the “Windy City.” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Chicago

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 the Chicago River. Tonight, how about dinner on Navy Pier with its delightful shops and restaurants?

Day 3 Chicago–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 Old Courthouse and enjoy a film on the monument.

Day 4 St. Louis–Nashville

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

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 Nashville

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 6 Nashville–Memphis

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

Day 7 Memphis. Visit to Graceland

A good portion of the day is devoted to GRACELAND, Elvis Presley’s beautiful estate. Your guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden, and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon where your Tour Director will have suggestions for your free time. Tonight you may want to visit a blues club on famous Beale Street.

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

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. Cotton fields and catfish ponds slide past on the way to New Orleans. The evening is free to begin exploring this lively city.

Day 9 New Orleans

A full morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. Next, board a boat for a CRUISE through the winding, swampy waterways. The rest of the day is free.

Day 10 New Orleans

A free day with a wide selection of activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful plantation home. For shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an array of specialty shops and boutiques. This evening, perhaps join an optional Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard an authentic steamboat to enjoy a delightful buffet dinner, complete with live jazz—the perfect finale to a memorable touring adventure of the South.

Day 11 New Orleans

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

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRENDA BROOKS

Years of Experience: 23

I have been conducting tours for many years. I love sharing my part of the world with travelers and watching them have fun, knowing that I play a part in their enjoyment. I am from the Deep South, so I feel that I have much to share in that area. I also conduct tours in the Midwest, the East, Southeast, Northeast, and Eastern Canada. Some of my favorite hobbies are cooking, entertaining, playing the piano, daily walks, reading, and travel!

Tour Director - BRENDA BROOKS

 Accommodations

CHICAGO Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast (TC)
ST. LOUIS Pear Tree Inn Union Station (TC)
NASHVILLE The Inn at Opryland (MF)
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)
NEW ORLEANS Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Chicago
Nashville
Memphis
NewOrleans

Chicago

Chicago Boat Tours
Chicago Boat Tours

Chicago Boat Tours

Chicago boat tours tell the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture.

Price Range: $

Nashville

Nashville Nightlife
Nashville Nightlife

Nashville Nightlife

Nashville Nightlife is Music City's premier celebration of country music both past and present. You'll be entertained with songs from so many of country music's greats!

Price Range: $

Memphis

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street
Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Step back in time when you enter the famous Sun Studio. After your tour of Sun Studio enjoy dinner at a local restaurant on famous Beale Street which offers authentic Southern delicacies and Memphis BBQ.

Price Range: $$

NewOrleans

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch
Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Experience a leisurely jazz brunch at the historic The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant located in the heart of the French Quarter.

Price Range: $

Plantation Tours
Plantation Tours

Plantation Tours

South Louisiana is known for its beautiful antebellum architecture and there are plenty of plantation homes that are within an hours drive from New Orleans. The architecture and beauty of these homes alone is impressive and the stories that go with them are even better. You will learn about the incredible history and culture through a visit to a plantation home.

Price Range: $$

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