The Sumptuous Soul of America - Luxury Gold

The Sumptuous Soul of America (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: United States

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Two of life’s greatest pleasures - music and food - are at the forefront of this sensual journey through the American heartland. Start in Chicago, a great food city also known for its jazz and blues. Travel south to the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis. Then head down through the Mississippi Delta and on to zesty New Orleans.
  1. Day 1

    Chicago, the Jewel of the Midwest.

    Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat near the Magnificent Mile. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Scaling Chicago.

    Start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Continue your exploration during a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago style chophouse.

  3. Day 3

    St Louis, Gateway to the West.

    Journey to St Louis where you join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre, 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.

  4. 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. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    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 retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before visiting a bourbon distillery. 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.

  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, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with Charles Woods Jr, a retired jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum where you'll have lunch. Dinner with wine is served at your hotel in the evening.

  7. Day 7

    Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History.

    Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home a 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 stars. No trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America's longest-running live radio programme.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Memphis and Graceland, Home of 'the King'.

    Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll, where your day is at leisure to explore the museums and shops, or maybe try some Memphis barbecue? The evening is devoted to 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. Meet George Klein, Elvis' close friend, and enjoy a casual dinner with wine.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Sun Studios and National Civil Rights Museum.

    Visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.

  10. Day 10

    Mississippi Mystique in Natchez.

    Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. At your charming, luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

  11. Day 11

    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans.

    Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. 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, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    New Orleans Sightseeing.

    Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. 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. Explore City Park and take a moment to perhaps enjoy a café au lait while admiring the oak trees. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the local's uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

  13. Day 13 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring New Orleans, the Big Easy.

    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.

  14. Day 14

    Depart New Orleans.

    Bid 'Au Revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport or choose to extend your stay at Hotel Monteleone.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet the world famous horse jockey, Charles Woods Jr.
  • Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private behind the scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chicago: Appreciate the variety of impressive styles and achievements in design during your architectural river cruise, as a Local Expert reveals how the city was transformed after the Great Fire of 1871.
  • Memphis: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch (L) and 8 Dinners (DW).
  • Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, four-course Southern dinner in the period surroundings of the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
  • New Orleans: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Farewell Celebration Dinner accompanied by a lively jazz trio at Arnaud’s.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
  • Louisville: A favourite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travellers who will find a blend of Georgian Elegance, timeless Southern charm and impeccable service.
  • Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
  • Natchez: The Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens offers a unique combination of hospitality, world-class service and luxurious surroundings, set in a historic background.
  • New Orleans: The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.
  • St Louis: Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch, located in the heart of downtown.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

The Gwen a Luxury Collection Hotel Chicago

Chicago (Central) - USA

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel St Louis

Four Seasons Hotel, St Louis

The Brown Hotel Louisville

Louisville (Central) - USA

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens Natchez

Natchez (Scenic) - USA

An early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens. Monmouth Historic Inn is a National Historic Landmark. With an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone age, the rooms and suites are as perfect as a picture. Available either in the main house or in any of the seven outbuildings, rooms have period furnishings and/or antebellum-era reproductions. Some include a spa tub and a fireplace. Wander around the meticulously nurtured gardens amidst blooming magnolias, roses, azaleas and Monmouth’s signature collection of angel statuary, accompanied by the gentle humming of cicadas. Then enjoy mint juleps or a cocktail of your choice in the Quitman Study/Lounge, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner in the award winning Restaurant 1818 inside the antebellum home.

Hotel Monteleone New Orleans

New Orleans (Central) - USA

Hotel Monteleone New Orleans

  • Rhythms and Flavours USA Great Trip

    5 out of 5

    Padstow, Australia

    We had a great trip with a Insight - the tour from Chicago all the way to New Orleans was fantastic. We vistted lots of great places that I am sure we would not have vistied or known of it we had been doing the trip on our own. No extra additional excursion costs, lots of included dinners, lovely hotels and a great bunch of people. Our tour guide Ann and driver Josh really looked after us well and nothing was left to chance - thank you. We have done a lot of touring in the past and this has been exceptional value for money, Lots of great memories and friendships made

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  • USA at it's best.

    5 out of 5

    Hope Island, Australia

    We recently travelled the above tour. We were blessed with a great Tour Director, Anne Harness, & a great driver, Josh. The tour gave us a great insight into the central areas of the USA, from Chicago, a great place to visit, through the centre of the country, taking in many cities you just dream to visit; St Louis, etc down to Nashville & onto New Orleans. A extremely varied and pleasant trip. I would recommend it to all. Laurie Whelan, Gold Coast.

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  • Rhythms and Flavours of America

    5 out of 5

    Cronulla, Australia

    This was a wonderful tour from Chicago to New Orleans and I can highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see that part of the USA. All the places along the way were so interesting, a different highlight every day and our Tour Guide, Gordon, was excellent. Liz.

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