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Splendor in the American Heartland

8 Days from $3,285 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Comfortable

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.

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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. Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival at Chicago International Airport, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat high above the Magnificent Mile. At 6 pm, join your Traveling Concierge for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel
  3. Journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theater 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Four Seasons
  4. 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 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Brown Hotel
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Brown Hotel
  6. 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 favorite 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
  8. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Nashville International Airport, or choose to extend your stay in Nashville.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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12 May 19 19 May 19 $3,695$3,326pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
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  • Special Small Group Departure: This departure indicates a tour limited to a small number of guests.
  • Chairman's Collection: This departure includes a special royal dinner as part of Luxury Gold's Chairman Collection.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners with Wine.

Highlights

VIP Experiences

  • St. Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theater
  • 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. 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

Journey Highlights

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 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: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a behind the scenes look at the songwriting process
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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