The Sumptuous Soul Of America

  • 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • May to October
  • Round trip scheduled flights
  • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Services of a Travel Concierge
  • Classic tour

From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

Day 1

Arrive Chicago

Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

Day 2

Chicago

You’ll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City’s greatest highs – the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You’ll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

St. Louis, Missouri

Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you’ll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World’s Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis’ prestigious Washington University.

Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

Day 4

St. Louis Arch to Louisville

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included))

Day 5

Louisville, Kentucky

Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky’s celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South’s signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

Day 6

The Honky-Tonk Highway

The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you’ll gain an insider’s perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America’s favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you’ll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7

Nashville, Tennesse

After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You’ll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you’ll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

Day 8

Memphis

Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland – as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 9

Memphis

Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you’ll be guided through five centuries of American history.

The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)
Day 10

Natchez

Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the ‘science’ behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

Monmouth Historic Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 11

Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you’ll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 12

New Orleans

A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city’s famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast included)
Day 13

New Orleans, Louisiana

Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud’s, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 14

Journey Home

Bid ‘au revoir’ to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.


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