Dixieland & Rhythms

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Dixieland & Rhythms

Explore America's musical heritage from the birthplaces of country music and the blues to bustling New Orleans, home of jazz.

12 days from

£2,124

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 07/11/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • Chicago, USA Chicago, USA
  • Grant Park, Chicago, USA Grant Park, Chicago, USA
  • St Louis, USA St Louis, USA
  • Grant Park, St Louis, USA Grant Park, St Louis, USA
  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Memphis, Tennessee, USA Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Memphis, Tennessee, USA Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Atchafalaya Basin cruise, USA  Atchafalaya Basin cruise, USA
  • St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, USA St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, USA

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Chicago.

Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Chicago.

Start the day with a sightseeing tour and see all the landmarks of the 'Windy City'. The afternoon is at leisure. Ride the lift to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), or stroll in Grant Park. Perhaps enjoy dinner on the Navy Pier.

DAY 3 : Chicago - St Louis.

Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands and cross the mighty Mississippi River as you enter St Louis, the 'Gateway to the West'. An orientation tour includes the towering 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.

Start today's journey by re-crossing the Mississippi River, and travelling to Paducah, on the Ohio River, by lunchtime. Late afternoon, arrive in Nashville, in the heart of Tennessee. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Nashville.

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville's famous landmarks and the recording studios of Music Row. Tour historic RCA Studio B, the cradle of the 'Nashville Sound' in the 1960's. Hitmakers in Studio B include Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. Afterwards visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac! Tonight you have reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.

DAY 6 : Nashville - Memphis.

Travel across Tennessee today to Memphis, the 'home of the blues', and a city with a distinctly southern flavour. On arrival acquaint yourself with the town with the included orientation tour. An optional excursion includes a visit to Sun Studio, where Rock 'n' Roll was first recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 7 : Memphis.

A good portion of the day is devoted to Graceland, Elvis Presley's beautiful estate. The Graceland Mansion Tour includes the memorial garden and opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Why not upgrade (locally) to the Elvis Experience, an audio guided tour with an orientation film with full access to the state of the art visitor entertainment complex and Elvis's Private Planes? Later, return to downtown Memphis. Tonight, why not visit a blues club on famous Beale Street?

DAY 8 : Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans train - New Orleans.

The City of New Orleans, the famous train of story and song, provides the locomotion for today's trip through the state and into the Mississippi River delta. Cotton fields and catfish ponds slide past as the train enters New Orleans, Louisiana. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

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 to explore New Orleans further.

DAY 10 : New Orleans.

A free day with a wide selection of optional activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful plantation home. For shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an array of speciality 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 - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

DAY 12 : Land home in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Memphis:Crowne Plaza Downtown
  • New Orleans:Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Chicago:Hotel Indigo
  • St Louis:Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Nashville:The Inn at Opryland

New Orleans Jazz Fest

The 'Dixieland' sound was made popular throughout the world by New Orleans' own Louis Armstrong. Why not join us and listen to the best sounds of New Orleans, by some of the hottest names in music from the USA and around the world. Don't miss the food, crafts and music, which make this festival one of the best of its kind and the best Louisiana has to offer.

Note: Your Jazz Festival package includes a one day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds.

Cruise Extension

Why not extend your holiday with a 2 night stay in New Orleans before a 7 night cruise on Carnival Dream to the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean or Central America?

Itineraries:

Eastern Caribbean

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: Key West, Florida

Day 4: Freeport, Bahamas

Day 5: Nassau, Bahamas

Day 6: At sea

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

Western Caribbean

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: At sea

Day 4: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Day 5: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Day 6: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

Central America

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: At sea

Day 4: Mahogany Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras

Day 5: Belize

Day 6: Cozumel

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Gateway Arch - St Louis
  • Grand Ole Opry performance
  • Graceland
  • City of New Orleans Rail journey
  • French Quarter - New Orleans

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Chicago.

Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Chicago.

Explore the landmarks and attractions of the ‘Windy City’ on a morning sightseeing tour. The afternoon is at leisure. Ride the lift to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), or stroll in Grant Park. Perhaps enjoy dinner on the Navy Pier.

DAY 3 : Chicago - St Louis.

Journey across the fertile Illinois farmlands and cross the mighty Mississippi River as you enter St. Louis, the 'Gateway to the West'. An orientation tour includes the towering 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.

Start today's journey by re-crossing the Mississippi River, and travelling to Paducah, on the Ohio River, by lunchtime. Late afternoon, arrive in Nashville - the spiritual home of country music - in the heart of Tennessee.

DAY 5 : Nashville.

See Nashville's famous musical landmarks on a sightseeing tour, including the recording studios of Music Row. Tour historic RCA Studio B, the cradle of the 'Nashville Sound' in the 1960s and host to stars such as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. Afterwards visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac! Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.

DAY 6 : Nashville - Memphis.

Travel across Tennessee today to Memphis, the 'home of the blues', and a city with a distinctly southern flavour. On arrival acquaint yourself with the town on an orientation tour. An optional excursion includes a visit to the legendary Sun Studio, where the early rock ‘n’ roll hits were recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 7 : Memphis.

A good portion of the day is devoted to Graceland, Elvis Presley's beautiful estate. The Graceland Mansion Tour takes in the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion and includes the memorial garden, where Elvis and his parents were laid to rest. Why not upgrade (locally) to the Elvis Experience, an audio guided tour which includes full access to the state of the art visitor entertainment complex and Elvis's private planes? Later, return to downtown Memphis. Tonight, why not visit a blues club on famous Beale Street?

DAY 8 : Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans train - New Orleans.

Climb aboard this famous locomotive for today’s trip from Tennessee, through the cotton fields and catfish ponds of the Mississippi River delta into Louisiana, to arrive in New Orleans – the ‘Big Easy’. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY 9 : New Orleans.

Soak up the sights and sounds of New Orleans on a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and a visit to one of its distinctive above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon why not join an optional cruise the swampy waterways of Louisiana on a cruise? The rest of your day is free to explore New Orleans further.

DAY 10 : New Orleans.

A free day with a wide selection of optional activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful Louisianan plantation home. Shoppers should head to Canal Street and the French Quarter to browse its speciality shops, boutiques and art galleries. Tonight’s optional excursion is a Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard an authentic steamboat, with a buffet dinner and live jazz - the perfect finale to a memorable touring adventure of the South.

DAY 11 : New Orleans - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

DAY 12 : Land home in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Memphis:Crowne Plaza Downtown
  • New Orleans:Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Chicago:Hotel Indigo
  • St Louis:Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Nashville:The Inn at Opryland

New Orleans Jazz Fest

The 'Dixieland' sound was made popular throughout the world by New Orleans' own Louis Armstrong. Why not join us and listen to the best sounds of New Orleans, by some of the hottest names in music from the USA and around the world. Don't miss the food, crafts and music, which make this festival one of the best of its kind and the best Louisiana has to offer.

Note: Your Jazz Festival package includes a one day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds.

Cruise Extension

Why not extend your holiday with a 2 night stay in New Orleans before a 7 night cruise on Carnival Dream to the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean or Central America?

Itineraries:

Eastern Caribbean

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: Key West, Florida

Day 4: Freeport, Bahamas

Day 5: Nassau, Bahamas

Day 6: At sea

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

Western Caribbean

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: At sea

Day 4: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Day 5: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Day 6: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

Central America

Day 1: New Orleans to embark

Day 2: At sea

Day 3: At sea

Day 4: Mahogany Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras

Day 5: Belize

Day 6: Cozumel

Day 7: At sea

Day 8: New Orleans to disembark

What's Included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • St. Louis Take in the towering Gateway Arch: iconic symbol of the early settlers.
  • Nashville See a show at the Grand Ole Opry, the place that made country music famous.
  • Graceland Tour the iconic mansion home and final resting place of Elvis Presley.
  • City of New Orleans Rail journey Ride this famous locomotive through the cotton fields of Mississippi.
  • French Quarter Wander the atmospheric streets of New Orleans' most famous district.

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (16 reviews)

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15-Nov-2016

Excellent

01-Nov-2016

We packed a lot in and it was all good

18-Oct-2016

Very enjoyable. Plenty to see and with enough free time alongside the formal visits and optional excursions to look around the places on our own. Excellent Tour Director (Brenda) and driver (Joe). Informative, approachable, friendly and committed ...

15-Oct-2016

Early starts (6 - 6.30 am) were one disadvantage but I realise this was done to pack in as much as possible. Sometimes I felt we were given too long in stops along the way - others may not share this opinion.

12-Oct-2016

Our best ever trip with Archers! Packed with interesting things to see and do, with an excellent, knowledgeable guide. A very enjoyable tour.

08-Oct-2016

I would actually rate somewhere between good and excellent. Tour guide could have been more friendly (she had her favourites) and was not always good at communicating e.g. when the coach driver failed to turn up and it was not clear what would happen...

08-Oct-2016

The itinerary was great, the tour director was excellent and kept us informed and entertained all the way. The tour could have been a day or two longer and had a better hotel at Lafayette.

30-Sep-2016

If you have even a passing interest in Blues, Country, Jazz or Cajun this trip is a must do. Add in an overview of the lands around the Mississippi and this was a truly memorable trip.

04-Aug-2016

Starts abit too early every day and need another day in nashville and maybe new orleans so that you can relax/recover and maybe have time to do abit of shopping. Really enjoyed Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin Cruise was shocked to hear they will ...

27-Jun-2016

amazing

21-Jun-2016

Nothing to do but the optional in Lafayette<br/>Overall enjoyed the holiday but would prefer a direct flight back to UK as journey back due to storms over Houston, our connecting airport, took 45 hours.

15-Jun-2016

saw and did everything on the tour, the manager Peter was brilliant also the bus driver.

23-May-2016

Our tour guide, Peter, went the extra mile every day.From dressing as Elvis to giving us information and treats.His commentary was just right. Not too many dates but enough facts to make the trip interesting.We had videos , music and even a few quiz...

16-May-2016

The trip was excellent, we saw virtually everything we had hoped for, great driver and very competent tour director. The only disappointment was the quality of the coach. It could certainly not be described as luxurious. The seats were very hard, poo...

24-Apr-2016

Fantastic holiday. Lots to see and do. If you are a country music fan then the night at the Grand Ole Opry will put a tick on your bucket list. The tour guide was very welcoming and knowledgeable. The driver was super friendly and helpful; both great...

11-Apr-2016

Wonderful tour, enjoyed every moment

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