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Music & The Mighty Mississippi - MISSISSIPPI CRUISE

Duration:15 days 14 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Authentic America
Tour Region:Across all USA, Great Lakes Region, Midwest and Great Plains Region, South Region

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The Music & The Mighty Mississippi tour begins in Chicago and ends in New Orleans.

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Tours and holidays in Usa - CHICAGO ARRIVAL

Day 1

CHICAGO ARRIVAL

Welcome to Chicago. Among one of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago’s unique blend of stunning architecture, attractions and local charm makes it an unforgettable destination. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.

Tours and holidays in Usa - CHICAGO

Day 2

CHICAGO

A comprehensive city tour starts the day. The remainder of the day is at leisure allowing you to explore your choice of Chicago’s must-see attractions at your own pace. Visit the second tallest building in North America, Willis Tower, where you can step out onto The Ledge and stare 1,353 feet straight down. Check out incredible panoramas from 360 CHICAGO, formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory. See mind-bending reflections of the city skyline at “the “Bean” (Cloud Gate), the centerpiece of Millennium Park. Stroll around Buckingham Fountain and enjoy the colorful light and music display as it glows against the skyline and lakefront, or indulge in some cheesy goodness at one of Chicago’s famous pizzerias that serve up award-winning deep-dish pizza. Whatever you choose, the Windy City will blow you away with the sheer number of things to see and do. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and some soulful sounds at a legendary jazz or blues club.

Tours and holidays in Usa - CHICAGO – SPRINGFIELD – ST. LOUIS

Day 3

CHICAGO – SPRINGFIELD – ST. LOUIS

Heading diagonally across the state of Illinois, you’ll cruise through endless fields of corn en route to Springfield. The iconic heart of America, capital of Illinois and hometown of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is filled with authentic experiences and nostalgia for days gone by as Route 66 runs right through it. Continue to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West. Upon arrival, glimpse the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch, which commemorates Thomas Jefferson’s vision and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.

Tours and holidays in Usa - ST. LOUIS – NASHVILLE

Day 4

ST. LOUIS – NASHVILLE

This morning, it’s on to Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine, a boundless spectrum of nightlife, and an unforgettable experience in Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. It’s the common thread that connects the life and soul of the city and its people. This evening, experience for yourself what makes Nashville special with a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” (optional).

Tours and holidays in Usa - NASHVILLE

Day 5

NASHVILLE

Today it’s time to get out and play the Music City way. A full day at leisure to explore Nashville’s must-see attractions at your own pace. Follow the story of country music, past to present, through the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit Historic RCA Studio B, “The Home of 1,000 Hits” (optional). See the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, Nashville’s Parthenon. Step on the stage that attracted so many greats at the Ryman Auditorium, or back in history and explore the grounds and more at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, home of the people’s President. This evening you may want to enjoy Nashville’s Honky Tonks, a creative breeding ground for hopeful performers, musicians and songwriters yearning to make it big.

Tours and holidays in Usa - NASHVILLE – MEMPHIS

Day 6

NASHVILLE – MEMPHIS

Next to the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the starting point of soul and blues – Memphis. Located on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, Tennessee’s largest city, is known for its fi nger-lickin’ barbecue, live music and world-famous attractions. You’ll get an authentic look at Memphis and its music as you tour Beale Street. Here, live music spills from each club, history hangs in the air, and from the moment your feet touch the cobblestones you’ll realize you’ve entered a music mecca unlike any other. And, as no visit would be complete without walking in the footsteps of the King of Rock and Roll, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable journey into the private world of Elvis Presley at Graceland Mansion.

Tours and holidays in Usa - MEMPHIS

Day 7

MEMPHIS

Leisure time today to explore more of Memphis at your own pace. Consider a self-guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., watching the Peabody Hotel’s famed duck march, or a guided tour through Sun Studio where you can learn the story of the studio that launched many musical careers. Leave land for water as you board the grandest riverboat afloat, the American Queen. This beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made river cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the Lower Mississippi.

Tours and holidays in Usa - GREENVILLE

Day 8

GREENVILLE

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, a short drive from Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers. Many authors and writers were born or reside in this small town. Also known for its museums, which the town has one for practically everything, Greenville is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul.

Tours and holidays in Usa - VICKSBURG

Day 9

VICKSBURG

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Founded in 1811, Vicksburg grew as a vital river port city. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Tours and holidays in Usa - NATCHEZ

Day 10

NATCHEZ

Founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi, Natchez is a charming river town first inhabited by the Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history which can be found on every street corner throughout the city. Visitors will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Tours and holidays in Usa - ST. FRANCISVILLE

Day 11

ST. FRANCISVILLE

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. In the 1790’s, below where St. Francisville is located today, was a settlement called Bayou Sara. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville where they still remain standing. Stop at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree that St. Francisville has much to offer.

Tours and holidays in Usa - BATON ROUGE

Day 12

BATON ROUGE

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer Sieur D’Iberville, after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Home to Louisiana’s capitol building, the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, visitors will enjoy spending the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer. From museums and architecture, to shops and creole cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting day.

Tours and holidays in Usa - NOTTOWAY

Day 13

NOTTOWAY

Experience living history as you enjoy a guided walking tour of the largest remaining antebellum mansion of the Deep South, Nottoway Plantation. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a glimpse into the truly grand Antebellum era. Nottoway’s mansion flaunts three floors, 64 bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its nickname – “The White Castle of Louisiana.” Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And if that wasn’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year.

Tours and holidays in Usa - NEW ORLEANS

Day 14

NEW ORLEANS

This morning, you’ll tie up and disembark in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid the American Queen adieu. As one of the world’s most fascinating cities and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is alive with tradition and home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Ample free time today allows you to take in some of the Big Easy’s must-see attractions at your own pace before joining your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Explore the Garden District, a neighborhood of live oaks, wrought iron, pillars and spectacular 19th-century mansions. Take a trip into New Orleans’ past on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world. Tour the storied streets of the French Quarter via horse and carriage, or visit one of the historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead.”

Tours and holidays in Usa - NEW ORLEANS DEPARTURE

Day 15

NEW ORLEANS DEPARTURE

Your tour concludes upon check-out from your hotel. If needed, your Tour Director can assist with securing transportation to the airport.

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DEPARTURES 2016 DEPARTURES 2017 PRICE FROM 
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 CABIN)
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- SEP 5, 19 3566 5459
OCT 25 - 4403 -
NOV 8 NOV 14 3566 5459

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
- Welcome Jazz Dinner
- Enjoy a comprehensive City Tour of Chicago
- St Louis City tour
- Nashville City tour
- Graceland Visit
- Memphis City Tour
- Daily shore Excursion while on American Queen

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
- Daily Breakfast
- Lunch and Dinner each day on board American Queen
- Complimentary beer and wine with dinner on board American Queen
- Complimentary coffee, water and soft drinks on board American Queen

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

- On board the American Queen: Luxurious Cabins

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1-2 Chicago DoubleTree Magnificent Mile
3 St. Louis Westin St. Louis
4-5 Nashville Inn at Opryland
6 Memphis Sheraton Memphis
7-13 Mississippi Cruise On board the American Queen Steamboat
14 New Orleans AC Hotel New Orleans French Quarter

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: Chicago, DoubleTree Magnificent Mile
POST: New Orleans, AC Hotel New Orleans French Quarter

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
- Grand Old Opry Show and Dinner
- Farewell French Quarter Dinner
- St. Louis Arch Ride