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Duration: 14 days Visiting: United States
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago (Contemporary) - USA
Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
St. Louis (Contemporary) - USA
Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch, located in the heart of downtown.
Louisville (Heritage) - USA
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.
Nashville (Contemporary) - USA
Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
Memphis (Contemporary) - USA
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.
Natchez (Heritage) - USA
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 (Traditional) - USA
The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.
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893 independent user reviews received during the past year.
28 July, 2018
Trip: It was good just some places we woukd habe liked more time & others less but overall really good. Only one hotel we didnt enjoy all others were excellent.
Service: The little extras to ensure we enjoyed our holiday & yes we would recommend them.
17 July, 2018
Trip: As it was just what we wanted to see that is why we picked this trip in the first place.
Service: Our drive and concierge were so great. It just made the trip so special. Howard and Missy Chapman worked behind the scenes to make sure everything went off smoothly. The VIP experiences were very special. It was a very good experience with everything that we saw and the places we went. The only thing was the bus did not have any lumbar support and the footrests did not adjust and my wife being shor, itt was not as comfortable as it could have been.
30 June, 2018
Trip: Nice hotel. Good guide & coach captain. Cheers
Service: Good guide , nice hotel & good dinners.
17 June, 2018
Trip: Covered everything we were interested in.
Service: They do everything very well. Tour director and driver go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable time.
17 June, 2018
Trip: Enjoyed every aspect of itinerary
Service: Caring Tour concierge and coach driver
16 June, 2018
Trip: From Chicago to New Orleans and the places in between was an excellent way to this part of US. Each location was why I chose this trip. In 14 days I saw so much. Another reason I chose this trip is that most stops were at least two days. I believe we only had two 1 night stops so we had some free time to explore on our own.
Service: Although I planned my trip with AAA, when referring to Luxury Gold, the travel concierge and driver were excellent. Missy made sure we had snacks (flourishes). gave good commentary and played some appropriate music (although, sometimes too loud for me)/ Howard (Howie) always had a smile, a great laugh and kept us in water on those very hot days. The guides we had a the various venues were also excellent.
05 June, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was enjoyable however there were 40 people on the coach which was more than what we had been told when booking the Luxury Gold tour. We had been told that there were only 25 people on the Luxury Gold coaches.
Service: Tour Director (Ann Harness) was excellent and very well organised. The driver was also very good and helpful with all people on the tour.
03 June, 2018
Trip: It covered everything we wanted to see and more
Service: Most of the Hotels were excellent and in good location. Our Tour Director and Driver were above excellent couldn't ask for any better. Probably could have had some later dinner times considering just arriving and not having our cases to get ready. Bus was excellent except for the front seat which does not allow enough room for your legs. Overall not much to complain about. Certainly recommend it.
02 June, 2018
Trip: A great range of places to visit
Service: A wonderful, informative guide
28 May, 2018
Trip: Loved the easy style of music,food.
Service: Great trip and service. Our Conciege Ann Harness was excellent.
27 May, 2018
Trip: Good content, great tour director
26 May, 2018
Trip: Variety and many surprises
Service: Would recommend and would book another trip however we are still awaiting a refund from The Gwen in Chicago who charged us for the pre-night, May 5th which we paid up front to Insight when we first booked our package. Hopefully this will get resolved shortly.