Embark upon a Blues, Jazz and Rock n'roll experience that will have you journey through the cities of Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans each steeped in music history. From the towering skyscrapers and blues clubs of the Windy City, Chicago head to the big city lights of Memphis and step in time with the rock n’roll king of all, Elvis. After your stay in Memphis that head south to the heart of jazz in New Orleans one of the most fun and authentic cities in America with it unique culture, food and music.
The highlights of this trip are to take in Chicago’s incredible architecture via the hop-on, hop-off bus including the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the USA, the Wrigley Building and Millennium Park. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a trip to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy great food and music in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and home to the Mardi Gras.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
Day 1: Chicago
Arrive into Chicago, your starting city on this multi centre holiday. Chicago is located on stunning Lake Michigan and is full of surprises. Quirky neighbourhoods full of charm and diversity, renowned for its museums including the Arts Institute of Chicago and green spaces. A Segway tour is a fun way to get about and see the sights.
Day 2 & 3: Chicago
Chicago is to be explored. Alongside the edge of Lake Michigan, is a long stretch of shoreline open to sandy beaches, and Millennium Park show casing cutting-edge art. Other attractions include the entertainment of Navy Pier, shopping along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, and breath-taking skyline views from Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). There is sports being home to Chicago Bears’ national American football team and Chicago Bulls, the basketball team, food in the local favourite of the classic deep dish pizza and the electric blues scene.
Day 4: Chicago and onto Memphis
Following a morning at leisure and further exploration you will leave behind the cosmopolitan city life of Chicago as you take the evening, AMTRAK® overnight sleeper train to Memphis. Chicago being the hub of Amtrak, make the city an ideal destination to twin with our other great music destinations. True southern hospitality, authentic cuisines and music legends await you.
Day 5 & 6: Memphis
Your overnight sleeper services is scheduled to arrive early morning from where you will be transferred to your choice of hotel. Having had a restful night the day is at leisure to explore the city and visit its most prominent landmarks. Walk around the city in the footsteps of ‘Elvis’s trail’, and learn about his life from where he recorded at Sun Studios to where he lived at the immortal Graceland. Be sure to refresh yourself with some tasty treats at the one of the many Memphis’ barbecue restaurants, feel the sounds of the music legends at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum listen the night away to live music along Beale Street.
Tennessee’s history includes many Civil Wars sites of which the National Civil Rights Museum is found in Memphis. Not only does this museum provide a moving portrayal of the nations’ struggle with equality it is also built on the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Day 7: Memphis – New Orleans
From Tennessee, it’s time to take the early morning AMTRAK® service for New Orleans, your final destination on this music experience. Enjoy the scenery as you ride through Mississippi into Louisiana arriving mid-afternoon. You will be transferred through to a centrally located hotel of your choice and then have the rest of the day to orientate yourself, grab an bit to eat and settle down to some live music that wafts on the warm evening air from many directions.
Day 8-9: New Orleans
There’s plenty to see in the Big Easy, where every day feels like a festival. A fascinating city and melting pot of cultures food and music. A perfect blend of Spanish, French Creole and American. City experiences ranging from riding a streetcar, meandering through St. Louis cemetery, go on a swamp tour or visiting plantations. Take an historic walking tour through the atmospheric French District; sample the fabulous food with spicy Cajun cuisine on a culinary tour; hop-on, hop-off a sightseeing tour and take in popular attractions at the French Market, Mardis Gras World and the Garden District. Alongside the jazz New Orleans is also famous for its spooky past with tales of voodoo, vampires and ghosts on a haunted history tour.
Day 10: Depart
Your journey through America’s music scene comes to an end as you return to the airport to take your international flight home.
Alternatively your trip can be extended to other parts of the Deep South on a road trip or as the start/finish to a Mississippi river cruise.