Dixieland and Rhythms

Offer

Price per person
from £1,998

Price based on
London Heathrow
10th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book a USA tour before 31 January 2018 and you can upgrade your inbound flight to premium economy for just £29 per person on all Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights to the US. Offer subject to availability. When booking, click 'view alternative flights' if the first option returned is not a BA or Virgin flight.

More details
  • 12 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Discover the treasured musical traditions of Chicago and Dixie, from its Nashville country roots and ‘Windy City’ blues to the rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis in Memphis and sultry jazz of New Orleans: cruise the swampy waterways and ride the railroads of Louisiana past the landmarks, memorials and musical attractions of the South.

At a glance


  • St. Louis Take in the towering Gateway Arch: iconic symbol of the Westward Expansion.
  • 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.
Dixieland & Rhythms map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Discover the treasured musical traditions of Chicago and Dixie, from its Nashville country roots and ‘Windy City’ blues to the rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis in Memphis and sultry jazz of New Orleans: cruise the swampy waterways and ride the railroads of Louisiana past the landmarks, memorials and musical attractions of the South.

Total meals included:

  • 1 breakfast

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

Your tour starts today.

No meals included

Chicago

Day
2

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.

No meals included

Chicago - St Louis

Day
3

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.

No meals included

St Louis - Nashville

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nashville

Day
5

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 seating for a show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians.

No meals included

Nashville - Memphis

Day
6

Cross Tennessee to Memphis, “Home of the Blues” and a city with a distinct Southern flavour. 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.

No meals included

Memphis

Day
7

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.

No meals included

Memphis - Amtrak® City of New Orleans train - New Orleans

Day
8

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.

No meals included

New Orleans

Day
9

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. This afternoon, join an optional cruise through the winding, swampy waterways.

No meals included

New Orleans

Day
10

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.

No meals included

New Orleans - UK

Day
11

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

No meals included

Land home in the UK.

Day
12

No meals included

Things to note

Special Departure: Dixieland & Rhythms New Orleans Jazz Festival 27 April 2018. 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. Your Jazz Festival package includes a one day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds.

French Quarter Festival: New Orleans coincides with 3 April 2018 departure

For the following departures accommodation in Chicago will be at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare: 8 May, 4 June, 19 June, 10 September and 16 October

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Chicago: Hotel Indigo (2017) / Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (2018)
  • St Louis: Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Nashville: The Inn at Opryland
  • Memphis: Crowne Plaza Downtown
  • New Orleans: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

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