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Blues, Bourbon & BBQ Guided Motorcycle Tour Deep South
Enjoy the tastes and sounds of the Deep South on this 1,500 mile adventure through this fascinating and unique part of America. From the Blues Clubs of the Windy City to Birthplace of Jazz – New Orleans, the journey is a guaranteed sensory sensation.
Per person prices for various bike/rider options off-peak from:
Two people/one bike sharing one room £4995 Two people/two bikes sharing one room £6259 One person/one bike in single room £8495
Guided tour includes:
Flights into New Orleans/home from Chicago
Guaranteed 1st choice bike with unlimited mileage, fuel and oil
Maximum of 12 riders per group
Welcome dinner, farewell party and breakfast daily on riding days
Helmets for driver and passenger
Custom Riding Jacket to keep plus EagleRider gifts and apparel
Professional tour guides and support vehicle
Transfer from New Orleans hotel to EagleRider depot
The highest available levels of liability, accident, theft, damage and holiday interruption protection
Tour departure dates:
2017: 11th May; 5th June; 7th September; 5th October
2018:10th May; 14th June; 6th September; 4th October
Days 1 - 2 : New Orleans, Louisiana
Welcome to New Orleans, fondly referred to as The Big Easy. This is easily America’s most sensual city. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it’s a brilliant mosaic of culture, food and music. Here you’ll find the roots of Jazz and a blossoming culture that is like nowhere else on Earth.
Tonight you'll meet your Tour Guides and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in a lively venue on famous Bourbon Street. There's time for a lie in as you'll collect your bike late the following morning as the group heads out to discover the backroads of Louisiana. You'll spend the day exploring some mysterious bayous and majestic antebellum Plantation homes before returning to New Orleans for an evening at your leisure.
Day 3 : Natchez, Mississippi
Distance: 175 miles
Now it’s time to hit the road. Leave Louisiana behind and begin your adventure with a journey along the famous Blues Trail, Highway 61, which winds it ways through small town USA. This is a classic road trip through the cradle of music innovation in America with markers commemorating the birth, growth, and influence of Delta Blues throughout the state of Mississippi. Pull into Natchez for your overnight stay. This charming southern town is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River and is home to the largest collection of antebellum homes in the whole of the USA.
Be sure to check out the infamous Under-The-Hill- District, in the 1840's this notorious area was where criminals fled to hide out from nearby New Orleans and was one of the rowdiest ports on the river. Today, it's home to some great bars and restaurants with live music.
Day 4 : Merigold, Mississippi
Distance: 185 miles
Today, you’ll cruise along part of the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and through the cotton fields of Mississippi before re-joining the Blues Highway. On your way you’ll encounter more Blues-influenced places such as the Blue front Café in Betonia and B.B King’s Indianola before reaching our highlight of the day – Po’ Monkey’s in Merigold, one of the last original juke joints in the South.
Day 5 : Tupelo, Mississippi
Distance: 145 miles
No trip to the Deep South is complete without a visit to The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This internationally acclaimed museum showcases the history and significance of the Blues in this region and is packed with interesting exhibits and memorabilia.
We arrive into Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley late afternoon. Spend your time here checking out the Hardware Store where Elvis purchased his first guitar or visiting the tiny home he grew up in. You may want to visit Johnnie's Drive-In Diner, a favourite hang-out of Elvis and his pals, you can even sit and dine in his favourite booth.
Days 6 - 7 : Memphis, Tennessee
Some places you listen to the music, in Memphis you feel it. Spend your time in the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and Home of the Blues hanging out in the famous music venues and bars along Beale Street. Tap your feet to your favourite music clip at the Stax Museum of American Soul. Visit Sun Studios and learn about the legends that have recorded there, or head off to Graceland and relive the Elvis era.
In Memphis you'll get to experience simply the best BBQ food in the world including a bit of a feast on the second night in the city.
Day 8 : Lynchburg, Tennessee
The ‘Bourbon’ part of your Deep South adventure kicks off today as we head East and ride through the heart of Tennessee to Lynchburg, home to the Jack Daniel’s distillery. You'll finish another gorgeous riding day with a tour at the Visitor Centre, sampling some of the best-selling American whiskey in the world.
Days 9 - 10 : Nashville, Tennessee
Today enjoy the backroads of Nashville and small town, USA, before arriving in The Country Music Captal of the World; Nashville. Get your dancing boots on as we hit the lively Honky Tonk Highway. Home to Tootsie's, Orchild Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluesgrass Inn and Robert's Western World. All venues are experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You'll never know who you'll encounter at these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and other stars began their careers at Tootsie's. The music's incredible and the atmosphere electric.
During the day you can spend hours mooching around the impressive Country Music Hall of Fame, historic RCA Studio B, Ryman Auditorium and the excellent Johnny Cash Museum.
Days 11 - 12 : Louisville, Kentucky
Today you'll head out on the backroads north toward Kentucky, the Bluegrass State. Along the way, stop in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum showcasing America's favourite sports car. Then it's off to sample more local bourbon at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto.
You've a treat in store for you on your second day in Louisville, Kentucky. You're off to the races. You'll visit Churchill Downs, the most famous Thoroughbred horse-racing track in America and host of the Kentucky Derby. This magnificent facility boasts up to 150,000 people on Derby Day.
Days 13 - 14 : Chicago, Illinois
It's a full day of riding today as we blast our way through the state of Indiana on our way to the Windy City. You'll return your bike late afternoon allowing you time to hit Chicago in the evening and enjoy some Illinois hospitality in one of Chicago's famous Blues Clubs.
Before the farewell get-together, you have a whole day to explore this amazing city. Located on Lake Michigan, Chicago is as cosmopolitan as New York, but with mid-west charm. This is the home of the Skyscraper so be sure to head for the Willis Tower or the John Hancock Centre for incredible views over the city. Chicago was well-known as one of the hang outs of The Mob in its heyday, why not jump on the Untouchables Mob Tour and learn about Scarface and Dillinger or perhaps you may like tickets to a baseball game. Bon Voyage can arrange it.
Day 15 : Depart Chicago
Today you depart Chicago to head back to the UK. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and spend more time in Chicago or maybe cruise along Route 66 in Illinois.
Call the USA travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Blues, Bourbon & BBQ Guided Motorcycle Tour Deep South adventure.