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Chicago, Mississippi & All That Jazz

12 Days from £2,399

Chicago to New Orleans Tour Package

​Journey from Chicago to New Orleans to the sound of the blues, country, rock 'n' roll and jazz - a must for music lovers.

Departure from: Sep 2019 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with United Airlines
  • 10 nights in hotels of a great quality plus 1 night in flight
  • 5 breakfasts​
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
CLASSIC TOURING

Included holiday highlights

  • ​Tour of Chicago
  • Entry to 360 Chicago
  • Live Chicago blues evening
  • Springfield and Abraham Lincoln Museum
  • Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Tour of Memphis
  • Sun Studios visit
  • Elvis Presley's former home Graceland
  • New Orleans tour
  • Plantation tour including mint julep cocktail

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK / Chicago

Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Chicago, the home of the blues. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.​

Day 2 Chicago

You're going to discover the best of Chicago today in the company of your Local Guide. They'll point out renowned museums, galleries and theatres, and the array of shops along The Magnificent Mile. They'll even tell you the best restaurants to try Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza!
You'll learn about the devastating fire of 1871 and hear tales about America's best-known gangster, Al Capone, before visiting Millennium Park to see the 'Bean' sculpture. End your morning at the impressive Navy Pier on the shores of Lake Michigan, where there's free time for lunch or an afternoon cruise if you wish.
There's a great night ahead, starting with a visit to 360 Chicago observation deck. The city's skyline is impressive at any time, but at night the skyscrapers become dazzling works of art and from here, 1,000 feet up, you'll get fabulous views. After this, we're going to head to an authentic blues club to enjoy an evening of live music together.​

Day 3 Springfield & St Louis

We take to the road today and head to St Louis in Missouri. En route we're going to stop in Springfield, the state capital of Illinois and former home of President Lincoln. Entrance to the fabulous Lincoln Museum is also included.​ This is no ordinary museum, here historical artefacts are combined with state-of-the-art technology to bring history roaring to life.​

Day 4 Nashville

The impressive Gateway Arch is the highlight of your sightseeing tour of St Louis this morning. Our next stop and our base for two nights is Nashville, the capital of Tennessee.​
If you want to experience a night out in the city that "calls music home", why not join an optional excursion which gives you the chance to enjoy dinner and an evening of live entertainment Nashville style!​

Day 5 Nashville

In the country music capital of the world, of course the theme for today is music! Firstly, you'll enter Studio B, to stand where Elvis Presley and countless other performers recorded famous tracks. Next you'll see the vast collection of memorabilia that's on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
There's one more exciting experience to come if you choose to join an optional excursion – an evening of live music at the Grand Ole Opry.​

Day 6 Memphis

You're bound for Memphis today, stood proud on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The city is synonymous with Elvis Presley and during your sightseeing tour you'll visit the famous Sun Studios where he made his first recordings in 1954.
The evening is yours to do as you wish. A stroll down Beale Street, which is lined by blues clubs and restaurants, comes highly recommended.​

Day 7 Memphis

We're going to head to Graceland today, for a fascinating guided tour of the opulent mansion that was home to Elvis from 1957 until his death in 1977.​

Day 8 New Orleans

As we head deeper south to New Orleans, we're going to stop at the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation. With temperatures rising, you're sure to enjoy the refreshing, bourbon-based mint julep cocktail that greets you. We'll then take a tour of the grounds and learn about the plantation's fascinating history. We'll arrive in New Orleans, the home of another musical genre, jazz, this evening.​

Day 9 New Orleans

A morning sightseeing tour of the 'Big Easy' will help you to get your bearings. You'll see, and hear, the famous French Quarter, where jazz music wafts from beyond the doors of the numerous cafés and bars.
You can also join an optional excursion today to experience another Deep South tradition, as you step aboard an authentic paddle steamer. Your cruise on the Mississippi River includes lunch and music from a live jazz band.​

Day 10 New Orleans

With so much to see and do in New Orleans you might want to spend the day exploring at your own pace. However, you can also choose to join an optional excursion to discover two sides of Louisiana, with a swamp cruise and a plantation visit.
It's your final evening, so why not head off to Bourbon Street or Frenchmen Street to enjoy a drink and sample the music scene with the locals.​

Day 11 New Orleans/UK

The morning is yours to do as you wish. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Day 12 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today​.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 2 :

Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile
This boutique hotel is 5 minutes’ walk away from Navy Pier. Shopping area and local attractions are also short walk away from the hotel. Guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, a minifridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre and a tour desk with local information.

Day 3 :

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.

Day 4 - 5 :

Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown-Stadium
Clarion Hotel Downtown Stadium is located in Nashville city centre. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, microwaves, fridges and a desk. Other hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool, a fitness room, a restaurant and bar.

Day 6 - 7 :

Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis
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.

Day 8 - 10 :

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.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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11 days

Sunday 22 September 2019

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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Wednesday 02 October 2019

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Sunday 22 September 2019

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Wednesday 02 October 2019

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Wednesday 02 October 2019

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Sunday 22 September 2019

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Wednesday 02 October 2019

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17:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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Wednesday 02 October 2019

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London (Heathrow)

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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10:25 London (Heathrow)

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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SUN 29 SEP 19

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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10:25 London (Heathrow)

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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10:25 London (Heathrow)

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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17:39 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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SUN 29 SEP 19

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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15:55 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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London (Heathrow)

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Sunday 29 September 2019

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12:15 London (Heathrow)

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

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17:39 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

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21:40 Dallas/Fort Worth

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12:45 London (Heathrow)

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Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

USA - Lunch on a Paddle Steamer

FROM £39

Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter shows you why the city was founded on the beautiful crescent of the lower Mississippi River. Let us show you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard an authentic Steamboat. Includes historical commentary and lunch aboard.

2 hours – minimal walking – fun and factual, not to be missed.

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USA - Grand Ole Opry Evening - a must for Country music fans

FROM £72

The Grand Ole Opry is an American Icon and Nashville’s number one attraction, drawing thousands of people every year all looking to experience this one of a kind entertainment. This world famous venue has been referred to as the “Home of American Music” and “country music’s most famous stage”. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend an unforgettable performance at either the Ryman Auditorium or Grand Ole Opry House. (Operates subject to availability).

Evening – moderate walking – A Must See

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USA - River cruise to admire some of the architecture of Chicago - Prebookable Only

FROM £34

Step aboard Chicago’s First Lady as you set sail on the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. A certified volunteer will interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. The first lady vessel is fully equipped with full-service bars, climate-controlled lower cabins, and upscale marble and granite restrooms, all that’s left to do is to enjoy the amazing views and informative narration. The price is for the ticket only and transfers are not included, although the tour manager can arrange a taxi for you if required which you need to pay in local currency.

Please note: this excursion must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to departure

Architectural delight – 90 minute fully narrated cruise – minimal walking

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USA - Bayou Swamp tour and a traditional Southern Plantation

FROM £49

For many years people have travelled extensively to locate a unique and exciting form of entertainment that you can only experience here – the famous Manchac Swamp. Join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.

Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Wander around the authentic buildings on the plantation and lovingly restored main house. Find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and understand what it was like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.

Half Day – Minimum walking – Not to be missed!

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USA - Nashville Night Out

FROM £50

Enjoy dinner, live music and the Honky Tonk atmosphere in a Nashville bar.

Evening - Minimal Walking - Atmospheric Experience

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Chicago, Mississippi & All That Jazz - Chicago pre-tour add on

Extend your holiday to 14 days from £74

Sep 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures

Travel out to Chicago for an additional two nights, located on Lake Michigan and famed for its amazing architecture, you will have time to explore this exciting city at your own pace. Enjoy shopping on Magnificent Mile, stroll along Navy Pier and enjoy Millennium​ Park.

Your pre-tour add-on includes

  • Scheduled flights, transfers and other transportation
  • 2 nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Porterage

Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Your hotel

You will stay in a hotel such as the Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. Guest rooms feature TV, coffee maker, in-room safe and private facilities. Your hotel will be confirmed in your final documents.

Itinerary

DAY 1 UK/Chicago
Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Chicago, located on Lake Michigan and famed for its amazing architecture. Once you've settled in at your hotel, why not take a stroll along Navy Pier. This tourist hot spot is home to plenty of attractions including a 200ft Ferris wheel, an IMAX cinema and live entertainment.

There's plenty to keep you entertained in the evening, too. Perhaps you'll choose to head to the Chicago Theatre District where you can enjoy a live performance, or you can even take a helicopter ride over the city. If you simply wish to head out for dinner, you'll be spoilt for choice by a vast array of bars and restaurants serving every kind of food and drink.

DAY 2 Chicago
You've now two days to explore Chicago at your own pace before your tour begins. This exciting city sits on more than 26 miles of lakefront and boasts miles of sandy beaches, many beautiful parks and fascinating architecture.

You can dip into world-renowned museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry and Chicago History Museum, or perhaps visit one of the many art galleries. The shops along Magnificent Mile will keep you more than occupied, and be sure to sample Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza.​

DAY 3 Chicago
Discover more of Chicago today, where a host of attractions include the Garfield Park Conservatory, which is home to more than 600 species of plants, the 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo and, if you fancy a stroll, The 606. This abandoned stretch of elevated railway track is named after the first three digits of Chicago's zip code, and is a 2.7-mile pathway connecting several parks and public art installations.


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

“Seek out your favourite sounds in the music stores of Nashville. 8th Avenue is the perfect spot for a browse”


Do you know these interesting dates in New Orleans history?

This year New Orleans marks its 300th anniversary. Find out more about the important dates that shaped its history, and made it the place it has become today.


1718: Explorers pass through the region in the 16th and 17th centuries but it is the French coloniser Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville who founds the city.

1722: The city is all but destroyed by a hurricane. The subsequent rebuild sees the streets laid out in a grid pattern, creating what we now know as the French Quarter. New Orleans is made the capital of Louisiana.

1763: Control of the city passes to the Spanish, who will rule for 40 years.

1781: Although its roots can be traced to medieval Europe, Mardi Gras’ heart lies well and truly in New Orleans. The earliest reference to it as a ‘carnival’ appears in a report to the Spanish colonial governing body.

1801: Napoleon negotiates with Spain, and France is given back control of the territory but not for long…

1803: New Orleans is sold to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

1892: Homer Plessy, a man of mixed racial heritage, boards a ‘whites-only’ section of a train, declares himself to be one eighth African and is subsequently arrested. This stand against segregation will become one of the most famous acts of civil disobedience in American history.

1900: Although no recordings exist, New Orleans native Buddy Bolden begins playing what is believed to be the original jazz music. This genre sweeps the nation over the next few decades.

1978: Ernest Morial is sworn in as New Orleans’ first African-American mayor. His son Marc becomes mayor in 1994 and is re-elected in 1998.

2005: Disaster strikes in the shape of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms to ever hit the US. Over the years that follow, the city is rebuilt and regains its spark.

2018: As New Orleans marks its 300th anniversary, it is named as one of the must-see destinations by 25 influential travel and lifestyle publications. What better year to visit the ‘Big Easy’ and celebrate the resilience and resourcefulness of its people.