Splendour in the American Heartland - Insight Vacations

Splendour in the American Heartland (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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This is classic America. Start with Chicago, the birthplace of the modern skyscrapers, it's about great highs and the best views. In Kentucky, for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally to toe tappin' Tennessee to immerse yourself in the world of country music. Meet Charles Woods Jr a former Kentucky Derby Jockey who'll regale stories of the famous race. Gather round the microphone in Nashville's most legendary recording studio for a unique recording session with a professional sound engineer. The luxury Four Seasons hotel in downtown St Louis is the embodiment of gracious Midwestern hospitality. Finally to toe tappin’ Tennessee and immerse yourself in the world of country music.

  1. Day 1

    Chicago, the Jewel of the Midwest

    Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival at Chicago International Airport, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat high above the Magnificent Mile. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Scaling Chicago

    (Relaxed Start) Start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs, the 360 Chicago where you'll get to see what many call Chicago's best view. Complete with interactive telescopes, this 1,000 foot (305 metres) high vantage point is an experience you'll never forget. Continue your exploration during an architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. See The Bertrand Goldberg building, Grant Park and learn about the extreme influence that Chicago still has on the world of modern architecture. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse.

  3. Day 3

    St. Louis, the Gateway to the West

    Continue along to St. Louis. This vibrant city played host to the 1904 World's Fair and the Olympics in the same year which were held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University. More than 20 million visitors came for the Fair. In the evening, check in to your luxurious downtown hotel.

  4. Day 4

    St Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city in the morning with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch, standing 630 feet (192 metres) tall. Then head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville.

  5. Day 5

    Spirited Residents and Resident Spirits of Louisville

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's most spirited residents during a visit to a thoroughbred farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn the science of breeding champion racers and meet some of the prize horses. Visit a bourbon distillery and discover the secrets and details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

  6. Day 6

    A Corvette on the Honky-Tonk Highway to Nashville

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby and its past winners, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and browse through over 20,000 collectible items and artefacts. Get a closer look during a private 'Inside the Vault' tour and spend some time learning an insider perspective during a private meeting with Charles Woods Jr., a retired Kentucky Derby jockey. Move on to Bowling Green to discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum. Explore the rows of display vehicles including vintage models and contemporary styles before enjoying lunch at the Corvette Café. Arrive in Nashville and settle into your hotel. In the evening, gather with your new friends to enjoy a Celebration Dinner.

  7. Day 7

    Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History

    Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B, then work with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home your own copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music starts. No visit to Nashville would be complete without going to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America's longest-running live radio program.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Nashville

    Your tour departs after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
  • Chicago: A love affair with state-of-the-art high-rise means its history is written across the sky and there is no better vantage point than from the deck of an architectural cruise.
  • St. Louis: Visit the top of the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch standing at a towering 630 feet (192 metres) tall.
  • Louisville: Visit a premier thoroughbred farm and enjoy a private guided tour of the stables.
  • Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs, home of the 'Kentucky Derby', explore the Museum and take a private 'Inside the Vault' tour. Meet with Charles Woods Jr., a retired Kentucky Derby jockey.
  • Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
  • Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B. Take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.

  • Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a behind the scenes look at the songwriting process.
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America's longest-running live radio program.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Louisville: Enjoy a guided tour of a local distillery, concluding with a mouth-watering tasting.
  • Nashville: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Hotel Overview: Welcome to a cornucopia of luxury resorts which range in style from gleaming skyscrapers to charming heritage hotels. Some are backed by prestigious brands such as the Four Seasons, while others are still family-owned, passed down from generation to generation.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

Accommodation

 

The Gwen a Luxury Collection Hotel Chicago

Chicago (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Four Seasons St Louis

St. Louis (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis brings this city its first AAA Five Diamond hotel, with 200 generously-sized guest rooms and suites. Bright interiors – seemingly inspired by the 500,000 LED lights that enclose the tower – offer clean lines, an urban-chic ambience and modern furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a wide-open vista of the city’s distinctive red-brick architecture and the Gateway Arch.

The Brown Hotel Louisville

Louisville (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville

Nashville (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is a premier hotel offering guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Guest rooms feature comfortable beds with thick mattresses and fluffy down pillows, mini-refrigerators and 32" LCD cable televisions with CNN, ESPN and HBO. Room service is available 24 hours a day. During downtime, enjoy our Opryland hotel's 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls, or unwind in Relache Spa & Salon, our on-site spa offering massages, facials and more.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Spectacular Vacation

    10/12/2016 Donald Ciampi, Middlebury (CT), United States

    Add a wonderful itinerary, a most caring and knowledgeable tour guide, excellent accommodations, a group of interesting and friendly travel partners, and a safe and courteous coach driver and you end up with a spectacular vacation.

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