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Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans
Music lover or not, you'll adore this three-centre holiday. From the towering skyscrapers of Chicago, down to the home of the Blues and the Birth Place of Rock'n'Roll, Memphis and then ending in The Big Easy, sexy, jazzy New Orleans.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Chicago/ home from New Orleans
Internal flight and train travel
9 nights accommodation in sought after locations
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day itinerary with local area information
Shedd Aquarium and John Hancock Observatory
Sears Tower Skydeck and Adler Planetarium
Graceland and Sun Studio
National Civil Rights Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock n Roll Museum
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Day 1 - 3 : Chicago
Arrive in Chicago. Known fondly as everyone's kinda town because Chicago is a city for all tastes. As lovely as Paris with its striking architecture and leafy parks, as entertaining as London and as bustling as New York. There are world class art galleries and museums, vibrant theatres, intimate blues and jazz clubs, comedy bars, acres of green and the city even has a beach along the shores of Lake Michigan.
In the 1920s Chicago The Mob ruled the city. Learn about the likes of John Dillinger, Jack 'Machine Gun' McGurn, Baby Face Nelson and Al Capone on the fascinating 'Untouchables' Mob history tour of the city.
In the evening, be sure to visit some of our favourite Blues venues - Buddy Guy's Legends, Green Mill, House of Blues and Kingston Mines. Or jump on a luxury yacht for a dinner cruise along Lake Michigan, with the city's famous skyscrapers as your backdrop.
Day 4 - 6 : Memphis
Memphis is a sound, a groove and a rhythm that races through your soul.
Stroll along Beale Street listen to the blues bands in many of the local bars. We recommend BB Kings, Rum Boogie Cafe or take a walk on the wild side at Wild Bill's.
Visit Graceland, a shrine to The King and re-live the history of the era as you tour this elegant mansion. Pop into Sun Studios and hear about all the great recording artist's that frequented this surprisingly small studio. Stroll through the National Civil Rights Museum at the infamous Lorraine Motel, or visit Slave Haven at The Burkle Estate and learn about the secret Underground Railroad network that the slaves used to escape their cruel masters.
Day 7 - 9 : New Orleans
Depart Memphis for the train journey down to New Orleans.
New Orleans is truly like no other city in America. To enjoy this destination you're put you in the very heart and soul of the city, the French Quarter, famous for its ornate balconies, French architecture and joie de vivre.
Jackson square is the place to sit, sip a cafe au lait and devour a beignet. Jump on the St Charles Streetcar for a true overall feel for the city and its beautiful neighbourhoods. The Garden District with it's antebellum mansions is a must.
No visit is complete without a cruise on an authentic Mississippi Paddle streamer, a visit to the Mardi Gras Museum, a cookery lesson in the Cajun School of Cookery or a peak into one of New Orleans many mysterious Voodoo shops.
Pace yourself though, at night the French Quarter pulsates with live music, dancing and some of the best restaurants in the USA. The venues we recommend are Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Preservation Hall, The Spotted Cat, the Palm Court Cafe and Napoleon House.
Also, just a short drive from New Orleans is the famous Great River Road, home to Louisiana's plantation homes. Try a morning visit to one of these mansions, Oak Alley. A southern belle will guide you around this home, built in 1827 and tell you tales of plantation life in the 18th century.
This is your last day, however your journey doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and spend longer in each area to explore more or include a stop at St Louis or Nashville on your journey?
Call the USA travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect multi centre holiday.