Worldwide 2018 - Luxury Gold

Splendour in the American Heartland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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From the famous architecture of Chicago to the warm hospitality of the Midwest, this quintessential USA itinerary reveals the very essence of the American dream. Start with Chicago - the birthplace of the modern skyscraper - then continue to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, embrace the toe-tappin’ country music scene in Tennessee.

  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 at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, which many call Chicago's best view. Board 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, the 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. Browse through two floors of collectible items and artefacts. Gain an insider's perspective during a 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 and enjoy lunch before arriving in Nashville. In the evening, gather with your friends at a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.

  7. Day 7

    Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History.

    Tour 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 D songwriter and singer, will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits. 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

    Depart Nashville.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Nashville International Airport, or choose to extend your stay in Nashville."

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Louisville: Discover the secrets involved in the making of the South's signature spirit at a bourbon distillery with your Master of Malt expert before enjoying a sample.
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of America's longest running live radio program at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • St Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
  • Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
  • Chicago: Its 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 river cruise.
  • St Louis: Get a bird's-eye view of the city atop the famed St Louis Gateway Arch.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Chicago: Enjoy a sumptuous Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Nashville: Enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and soak in the energy and glamour of Chicago in the 1930s.
  • Louisville: A favorite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travellers, visitors, and locals to the Louisville downtown.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
  • St Louis: Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown's entertainment district and Lumière Place Casino.

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.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 (Contemporary) - USA

Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.

Four Seasons Hotel St Louis

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.

The Brown Hotel Louisville

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.

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Nashville (Contemporary) - USA

Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
1028 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: Loved every single place we adventured to. Perfectly selected, planned and paced.

    Service: I have traveled with ALL the groups: Tauck, Collette, Premier, Mayflower, etc. for 20 yrs. This was my first Luxe Gold trip and I am pleased beyond belief. Their itinerary was perfectly planned and I have never had a better tour director in Missy Chapman. The combination was sheer gold and I am spoiled for any other company. Surely, a trip I will not soon forget

  • 10 June, 2018

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    Trip: All the tours with the exception of one were excellent. I was not impressed with the bourbon factory. When we went to the assembly line, no one was working so we never saw anything. This tour was my least favorite, it seemed as if they were only trying to sell their bourbon. All other tours were superb and very informative.

    Service: 1) Beautiful hotels that provided excellent breakfasts. 2) Well-informed tour director 3) Super spacious leg room on the bus which is a must when travelling from one destination to another. 4) The seats at the Grand Ole Opry were exceptional. 5) The amount of people on the tour (27) is perfect. 6) Dinners that are included were delicious especially Gibson's!

  • 05 June, 2018

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    Trip: Super professional guide and accommodations

    Service: Yes

  • 21 May, 2018

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    Trip: I loved Kentucky - particularly the OLD FRIENDS FARM and studio B. We really enjoyed Churchill Downs, but wish the jockey could've spent more time with us instead of the other man just talking about one of the trainers and showing his trophies when we didn't know who the guy was. Seeing the FOX Theater in St Louis was special as well. Gibsons was delightful in Chicago and the English Grill was fantastic at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. The Brown hotel was wonderful.

    Service: yes, I would definitely recommend them and travel with Luxury gold again

  • 01 October, 2017

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    Trip: So much more scenic and fun than I would have imagined for this part of the country. Chicago is beautiful, walkable and has much to do and see. World-class restaurants are icing on the cake. The architecture tour on the river is a must see. Never ever would have thought I would be as impressed as I was by the St. Louis Arch. So glad we saw it. You have a perfect overhead view of Busch Stadium from atop the Arch. Kentucky is gorgeous. Beautiful green rolling hills and horse farms. Fantastic highlights: retired race horse ranch (who would have thought?) and Churchill Downs, not to mention the Corvette museum. Wow, wow and wow! So many great things to see and the glue was the very entertaining and knowledgeable Ann Harness who introduced it to us all. Pure bliss.

    Service: The experience was seamless, start to end.

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