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The Blues Highway from Chicago to New Orleans

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Embark upon a journey of musical discovery, contrasting cultures, tastes, sights and sounds as you travel from Chicago through Bluegrass Country to the heart of the Deep South.

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The Blues Highway from Chicago to New Orleans

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      About this trip

      Embark upon a journey of musical discovery, contrasting cultures, tastes, sights and sounds as you travel from Chicago through Bluegrass Country to the heart of the Deep South. From BBQ, Bourbon, Blues and Jazz to Country and Rock n Roll, add a touch of Cajun and this trip is a recipe for success.


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      Trip code: SNOW

      10 Nights

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      5 Meals
      • 5 Breakfasts

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Chicago
          See famous Michigan Avenue, the "Magnificent Mile," the Wrigley Building and Millennium Park

        • Indianola
          Visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta

        • Frankfort
          Visit a Bourbon distillery and indulge in a tasting

        • Memphis
          Stroll through the halls of Graceland, home of the great Elvis Presley

        • Memphis
          Enjoy an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family-style at one of the oldest cafes in town

        • Nashville
          Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Elvis' "solid gold" Cadillac, Studio B, and Grand Ole Opry

        • New Orleans
          See Charles Avenue, stately mansions, above-ground cemeteries, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the backwater bayous


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 Breakfasts


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      Unbeatable Features

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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      The Blues Highway from Chicago to New Orleans

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Chicago (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Chicago, the "Windy City." Settle in at your hotel before meeting with your Travel Director this afternoon.

      Hotel
      Claridge House

      2. Chicago Sightseeing and Free Time

      This morning's sightseeing tour includes famous Michigan Avenue, the "Magnificent Mile," the Wrigley Building, the Loop, the Lakefront and Millennium Park. The afternoon is at leisure for optional activities. This evening, perhaps try Chicago's famous deep dish pizza.

      Optional Experiences

      Tour of Chicago's 360 Building and Guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River (including transportation)

      Conveniently located along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile®, 360 CHICAGO (formerly known as the John Hancock Building) soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer visitors the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states. Next, glide smoothly along all three branches of the Chicago River and under 13 bridges. While aboard you will experience the best opportunity to photograph Chicago's world-class architecture. The unique perspective from the Chicago River is unbeatable; expert guides will share an insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Nothing is more impressive than this world-renowned architecture as seen from the Chicago River! Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$66.00

      Chicago Helicopter Experience - Evening

      Chicago glistens at night. Millions of lights dot the city — lining Lake Shore Drive, dancing on Buckingham Fountain, scattered across the skyscrapers. It’s nothing short of magical and the photo ops are truly endless. From your unique vantage point in our luxurious helicopter, your pilot will live-narrate your tour and you will be mesmerized by the spectacular light show below you. Flight duration: 30 mins

      Adult Price: US$169.00

      Chicago Helicopter Experience Daytime

      Take a daytime tour and see what it’s like to be eye-level with Chicago's iconic skyscrapers. Your pilot will live-narrate your tour as you take in the views from the comfort of our luxury helicopter. Flight duration: 30 mins

      Adult Price: US$149.00

      3. Chicago – Louisville

      Travel to Louisville, with free time to pursue your own interests. Perhaps visit the famous Churchill Downs, home of The Kentucky Derby since 1875 or the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. You could also visit the Muhammad Ali Center, a tribute to the Louisville native.

      Hotel
      Drury Inn and Suites Louisville North

      4. Louisville – Nashville (2 Nights)

      This morning, visit a Bourbon distillery in Frankfort and discover the South's signature spirit before a tasting. Travel to Hodgenville. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek. Continue south toward Nashville. This evening, head to the world-famous Grand Old Opry and enjoy a live country-music concert.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast
      Hotel
      Clarion Nashville Downtown - Stadium

      5. Nashville Sightseeing and Free Time

      Enjoy an orientation tour of Nashville, viewing the city's famous landmarks and Music Row recording studios. Visit historic RCA's Studio B, one of the world's most successful recording studios, where Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley recorded their iconic voices. Afterward, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see memorabilia from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Walk next to glittering costumes and Elvis' "solid gold" Cadillac. The afternoon is free.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Soul of Nashville

      Take a self-guided tour through the hallowed halls of Ryman Auditorium. Immerse yourself in the Ryman’s magical history during “Soul of Nashville,” a one-of-a-kind theater experience which puts the spotlight on more than a century of legendary performances and showcases. This magical performance that jumps right off the walls featuring a collaboration with Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$23.00

      Johnny Cash Museum

      The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more.

      Adult Price: US$21.00

      Cashing Out with Johnny and Patsy

      The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia. Make the most of your visit and walk up to the second floor and explore the newly minted Patsy Cline Museum, which celebrates the life of the legendary songstress and features hundreds of never before seen artifacts, personal belongings, videos, and much more.

      Adult Price: US$39.00

      6. Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

      Hit the highway to Memphis, "Home of the Blues." On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour and see the Memphis Pyramid and National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Pass famous Beale Street, blues clubs, restaurants and much more. This evening, you may want to try some Memphis-style barbecue ribs.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast
      Hotel
      The Guest House at Graceland

      Optional Experiences

      Bluesy Bites

      Go back in time while exploring the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, where extensive exhibits detail the musical pioneers who put Memphis on the map. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. Your audio guide adds depth to the detailed displays, with more than 100 songs to make your toes tap as you take in the museum. Then take a walk down Beale Street and head over to Blue's City Cafe for dinner. This famous restaurant is a favorite of locals and tourists alike featuring delicious Southern fare and live, local music. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$47.00

      7. Graceland Visit and Free Time

      In the morning, you can choose to visit the landmark Sun Studios, an optional activity. Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as an opulent museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. Marvel at the famous Jungle Room, stroll the grounds and see the Memorial Garden. This evening, you may want to visit one of the many blues clubs.

      Optional Experiences

      Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade to VIP Tour

      Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour option. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

      Adult Price: US$39.00

      8. Memphis – Clarksdale – Indianola

      Enjoy an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family-style at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis. Then, travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, "Birthplace of the Blues." From the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta came a new kind of music-the blues. Visit the Delta Blues Museum, the state's oldest music museum, dedicated to exploring the history of this uniquely American musical form. Continue south to Indianola where you'll visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

      Meal(s)
      Iconic Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hampton Inn Indianola

      9. Indianola – New Orleans (2 Nights)

      Head south to New Orleans, the "Crescent City." Get to know the city up close with a Local Specialist. Visit one of the unique above-ground cemeteries followed by a drive along historic Charles Avenue, bordered by stately mansions and see Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast
      Hotel
      Wyndham New Orleans-French Quarter

      10. New Orleans Sightseeing and Free Time

      This morning, revel in the history and culture of the Cajun people as you make your way to a swamp tour. Be on the lookout for distinctive wildlife and learn the secrets of local alligator hunters, fur trappers and fishermen aboard a guided boat tour of the swamps and backwater bayous of Louisiana. Back in New Orleans, the rest of the day is yours.

      Optional Experiences

      Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

      Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the newly minted City of New Orleans steamboat for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$86.00

      City Walking Tour and Jazz Brunch

      The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city. Enjoy a one hour guided walking tour led by born and bred locals who will entertain and educate you about the vibrant history and modern culture of this historic neighborhood. Your walking tour ends at the historical Court of Two Sisters restaurant for their famous Jazz Brunch. The menu includes a sumptuous selection of hot and cold Creole-inspired cuisine such as cold, refreshing shellfish with house made remoulade and cocktail sauce, a carving station, specialty salads, hot entrees such as shrimp etoufee and jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts! (Menu subject to change.) Approx. duration: 3 hours

      Adult Price: US$71.00

      11. Depart New Orleans

      Bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your tour comes to an end or extend your stay at the Wyndham in New Orleans.

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.costsavertour.com:80/en-us/tours/the-blues-highway-from-chicago-to-new-orleans?season=summer%202019&tripcode=snow for the latest discounts & departure information.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Chicago
          See famous Michigan Avenue, the "Magnificent Mile," the Wrigley Building and Millennium Park

        • Indianola
          Visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta

        • Frankfort
          Visit a Bourbon distillery and indulge in a tasting

        • Memphis
          Stroll through the halls of Graceland, home of the great Elvis Presley

        • Memphis
          Enjoy an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family-style at one of the oldest cafes in town

        • Nashville
          Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Elvis' "solid gold" Cadillac, Studio B, and Grand Ole Opry

        • New Orleans
          See Charles Avenue, stately mansions, above-ground cemeteries, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the backwater bayous


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 Breakfasts


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      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

      $name
        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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