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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

America's Heart & Soul - Chicago To New Orleans

USA & Canada
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSUCNO

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
  • Excursions: 6

From the blues of Chicago to the jazz of New Orleans, the soulful sounds of Gospel and the unmistakable drawl of Elvis in Tennessee, discover the music, culture and history of a host of exciting cities on this wonderful tour.

From the blues of Chicago to the jazz of New Orleans, the soulful sounds of Gospel and the unmistakable drawl of Elvis in Tennessee, discover the music, culture and history of a host of exciting cities on this wonderful tour.

PRICE FROM ? £3299 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with United Airlines
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 10 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners

PLUS

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Welcome & farewell drink
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • ​Chicago & Navy Pier
  • 360 Chicago breakfast
  • Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club
  • St Louis
  • Budweiser brewery tour with tasting
  • Memphis sightseeing
  • Church service with Gospel singing
  • Graceland
  • Oak Alley Plantation with Mint Julep reception
  • New Orleans
  • Paddle Steamer dinner cruise with live jazz



 

Not Included

Itinerary

  • ​DAY 1 UK to Chicago
  • We'll fly to Chicago today. Get to know your travelling companions this evening over a welcome drink.
  • ​DAY 2 Chicago
  • Chicago is a city with a fascinating history and our half-day tour will introduce you to its sights. Highlights include Millenium Park with its wide open spaces and contemporary sculptures. We'll end our morning at Navy Pier, with its great selection of casual eateries, shops and entertainment.
    You'll have time this afternoon to experience more of Chicago in the company of your fellow travellers before an included dinner of traditional American deep-dish pizza in one of the city's popular restaurants. Of course, Chicago is famous for its live music and after dinner we include a visit to the famous Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club to experience it first hand.​
  • ​DAY 3 Chicago
  • 360 Chicago offers some of the finest views of the city from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Breakfast here is a great way to start your day. Later, why not join an optional cruise on the Chicago River to appreciate the architecture of this great city.
  • ​DAY 4 Springfield
  • The state capital of Illinois, Springfield, is where Abraham Lincoln lived with his family. We visit the museum dedicated to the President and his former home where guides will tell you more about him and answer any questions you may have.
  • DAY 5 St Louis
  • ​St Louis is home to America's busiest inland port thanks to the Mississippi River flowing through its heart. The 630ft steel Gateway Arch that towers over the landscape was built to commemorate the expansion into the west. We'll view the Arch before heading to the Budweiser brewery where we can enjoy a tour followed by a tasting. This afternoon you'll have time to explore St Louis with your fellow travellers. Perhaps visit a blues bar or, if they're playing at home, catch a St Louis Cardinals baseball game. ​
  • DAYS 6 & 7 Memphis
  • ​Memphis is known for many things - the sweet southern accent, the great Mississippi River rolling along its border, blues music and, of course, Graceland, Elvis' former home and now a museum dedicated to his life. On the afternoon of day 6 we take a tour of the city and visit Sun Studios where Elvis and many other famous artists recorded some of their best-known songs.

    This evening why not enjoy the blues clubs on Beale Street, which is famous for its excellent venues. Your Tour Manager will be able to point you in the direction of the best clubs.

    Gospel music is extremely popular here and on the morning of day 7 you will have the chance to join the congregation of a local church. Get into the swing of things at a lively service complete with uplifting gospel singing, it's a perfect start to our day.

    Graceland – the former home of Elvis Presley and a pilgrimage site for music lovers the world over - is certain to be a real highlight of your holiday. You will have time to soak up its infectious atmosphere, learn more about its story and Elvis himself on a tour​.

  • DAY 8 Louisiana
  • ​Oak Alley Plantation is our port of call as we head further south and the heat begins to rise. A traditional Antebellum mansion, vast shady grounds and a Mint Julep reception await us - Mint Julep is a refreshing and gently potent drink that originates from the southern states. Stroll around the gardens, relax in the shade and learn more about the generations gone by as we take a tour of the estate.​
  • DAY 9 New Orleans
  • ​New Orleans thrives on the music that hails from its streets. Discover all the main sights on our included tour today. Be sure to visit the famous French Quarter, where flowers tumble from wrought iron balconies and the sound of jazz music hangs in the air and wafts from beyond the doors of the numerous cafés and bars.
    Join your fellow travellers in the evening aboard an authentic paddle steamer. We'll enjoy dinner as we cruise along the Mississippi and a live jazz band entertains us.
  • DAY 10 New Orleans
  • ​Today experience more of New Orleans at your own pace in the company of your travelling companions.
  • DAYS 11 & 12 New Orleans to UK
  • We'll enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 12.​

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Accommodation

    • Inn at Chicago
    • The Inn of Chicago is perfectly located right in the heart of the 'Windy City', close to an amazing selection of restaurants and popular attractions.

      Hotel facilities include a cocktail lounge and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, iron, hairdryer, TV and coffee-maker.
    • St Louis City Center Hotel
    • St Louis City Centre Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown St. Louis. With the historic flavour of this 1929 landmark the building combines it''s modern comforts to create a unique experience. Hotel facilities include indoor pool, dining room, sun deck and fitness centre. Bedrooms include private facilities.
    • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown
    • The Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis is located in a great position within walking distance of many of Memphis' attractions.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, coffee-maker and iron.
    • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    • The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a contemporary hotel located near to the French Quarter. Hotel amenities include a bistro which serves New-Orleans inspired cuisine, a bar, fitness centre and rooftop pool.
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Optional Excursions

  • ​Architectural river cruise
  • Bayou swamp plus Louisiana plantation tour​

Please note: Please note that Steamboat cruise with dinner in Natchez is no longer included, but is offered as an optional excursion. Please note there is no farewell drink for 2019 departures.

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Further Information

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