The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful vacation. Start in Chicago with leisure time to get acquainted with the city. See the famous landmarks on an included sightseeing tour before heading south to St. Louis, Missouri, the “Gateway to the West.” On your St. Louis tour, take a trip to the top of the towering Gateway Arch. Then, cross the Mississippi River to Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music! A sightseeing tour shows you Nashville’s most famous sites, including the recording studios on Music Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and legendary RCA Studio B, once the recording home of Elvis Presley. No vacation to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and you have reserved premier seating for a Grand Ole Opry show! Travel to Memphis, “Home of the Blues,” a city with a distinct Southern flair. Enjoy an orientation tour and visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grand estate. On to New Orleans for a guided tour that includes the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to the unique above-ground cemetery. Hop on the AMTRAK City of New Orleans train, and pass cotton fields and catfish ponds on the way to Louisiana. Cruise through the waterways of Atchafalaya Basin, where you may spot alligators, before arriving in New Orleans for the conclusion of your Southern vacation</BR></BR>On this special departure, experience Jazz Fest and the ‘Dixieland’ sound that was made popular throughout the world by New Orleans’ own Louis Armstrong. Listen to the best sounds of New Orleans, by some of the hottest names in music from the USA and around the world. Don’t miss the food, crafts and music, which make this festival one of the best of its kind and the best Louisiana has to offer.

City Highlights

Sightseeing:In Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis; Gateway Arch, RCA Studios Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Hotels

CHICAGO Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (F)ST. LOUIS Pear Tree Inn Union Station (TC)NASHVILLE The Inn at Opryland (MF)MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)LAFAYETTE Ramada Lafayette Conference Center (F)NEW ORLEANS Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (MF)

Meals

2 continental breakfasts

Notes

NOTE:This special departure include all activities on our regular departures plus a 1-day pass with round-trip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds, and one additional night in New Orleans.

Transportation

Transportation:AMTRAK® City of New Orleans train from Memphis to Hammond; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

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