Splendour American Heartland

Splendour in the American Heartland (Summer 2019)

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 scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.

  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. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

  3. Day 3

    St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.

    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.

  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, 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.

  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 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. 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.

  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. 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 have 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. In the evening, gather with your friends at a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.

  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. 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. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry or "country's most famous stage", for a live performance.

  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

  • St. Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
  • 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 private behind the scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.
  • Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet the world famous horse jockey, Charles Woods Jr.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
  • 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.
  • St Louis: Get a bird's-eye view of the city from the famed St Louis Gateway Arch.
  • Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America's longest-running live radio program.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.

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.
  • Enjoy the comfort of 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.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

The Gwen a Luxury Collection Hotel

Chicago (Contemporary) - USA

Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.

Four Seasons Hotel

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 (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 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 01 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good locations and local sites and tours.

    Service: Good hotels and restaurant meals. Good local tours and sites. Nice bus. Should have had more seat rotations on the bus.

  • 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

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  • 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

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