Life's two great pleasures – music and food – are at the forefront on this sensual journey through the American heartland. Start in Chicago, a great food city, also known for its jazz and blues. Move south to the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis. Then head down through the Mississippi Delta and on to zesty New Orleans.
Meet Elvis' close friend for a private tour of Graceland with personal insights into the 'King', before sitting down to a private dinner in the grounds. Join a private New Orleans cooking class to discover Louisiana's distinctive creole cuisine and culinary heritage. The luxury Brown Hotel in Louisville is beloved by generations of guests for its Georgian-Revival elegance and timeless Southern charm.
Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll. In the evening visit Graceland, a place of pilgrimage as much as it is a museum dedicated to the 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. Spend your evening with George Klein, Elvis' close friend. Then enjoy a private Highlight Dinner on Graceland's grounds.
Today visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore museums, shops or try some Memphis barbecue.
Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. Check into your charming, luxury country mansion hotel. Whet your palate before dinner during a mixology class to learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the mint julep. Then enjoy a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner in the stunning main house.
1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 2 Dinners (D), 4 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|11 Jun 17||24 Jun 17||$5,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|3 Sep 17||16 Sep 17||$5,750pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|10 Sep 17||23 Sep 17||$5,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|17 Sep 17||30 Sep 17||$5,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|22 Oct 17||4 Nov 17||$5,750pp||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $2,150.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $162 per person.
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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 48 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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