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Insight Vacations The Sumptuous Soul of America (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018) (ARAF)

14 Days from Chicago to New Orleans Print
Tour Style: Insight Luxury Gold Tour
Luxury Gold USA, Canada & South America 2018
Visits: United States

Two of life's greatest 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 on the grounds Join a private New Orleans cooking class to discover Louisiana's distinctive creole cuisine and culinary heritage Embrace the timeless Southern charm of the luxury Brown Hotel in Louisville

LUXURY HOTELS

  • 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.
  • Natchez: The Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens offers a unique combination of hospitality, world-class service and luxurious surroundings, set in a historic background.
  • New Orleans: The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.
  • Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
  • Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.
  • 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, located in the heart of downtown.

MEMORABLE DINING

  • Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
  • Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, four-course Southern dinner in the period surroundings of the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
  • New Orleans: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Farewell Celebration Dinner accompanied by a lively jazz trio at Arnaud's.
  • 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L) and 8 Dinners all with wine (DW).

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.
  • Memphis: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • New Orleans: Join a Local Expert to tour one of the city's mysterious above ground cemeteries
  • New Orleans: See the Southern mansions of the Garden District.

VIP EVENTS

  • 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.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on your arrival and departure day, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

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.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 2 Scaling Chicago.
(Relaxed Start) 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.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 St Louis, the Gateway to the West.
Journey to St Louis where you join an exclusive guided tour of the stunning 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.(Full Breakfast)
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.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Spirited Residents and Resident Spirits of Louisville.
(Relaxed Start) 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.(Full Breakfast)
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. Gain an insider's perspective during a private 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 where you'll have lunch. Dinner with wine is served at your hotel in the evening.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
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. 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 songwriter and singer, will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. 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.(Full Breakfast)
Day: 8 Memphis and Graceland, Home of 'the King'.
(Relaxed Start) Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll, where your day is at leisure to explore the museums and shops, or maybe try some Memphis barbecue? The evening is devoted to Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, 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. Meet George Klein, Elvis close friend, and enjoy a casual dinner with wine.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 9 Sun Studios and National Civil Rights Museum.
(Relaxed Start) Visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.(Full Breakfast)
Day: 10 Mississippi Mystique in Natchez.
Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. At your charming, luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 11 Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans.
Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House Plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 12 New Orleans Sightseeing.
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. Learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood. Explore City Park and take a moment to perhaps enjoy a café au lait while admiring the oak trees. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the local's uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.(Full Breakfast)
Day: 13 Exploring New Orleans, the Big Easy.
(Relaxed Start) Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's.(Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 14 Depart New Orleans.
(Relaxed Start) Bid 'Au Revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport or choose to extend your stay at Hotel Monteleone.(Full Breakfast)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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