Exploring the Deep South :
Trip Highlights

Day One

Resort: Chicago »
Hotel: Hotel Versey Days Inn by Wyndham Chicago »

Upon arrival, you'll pick up your car rental at the airport and drive to your hotel for the next three days. Your first glimpse of the ‘Windy City’ awaits. Begin your tour by indulging in a slice of authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza - a culinary experience you're sure to appreciate.

Day Two

Resort: Chicago »
Hotel: Hotel Versey Days Inn by Wyndham Chicago »

On Day 2 of the tour, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this lakeside city, where the shores of Lake Michigan offer a stunning backdrop to your explorations. Keep an eye out for iconic landmarks and buildings featured in beloved films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, While You Were Sleeping, and The Road to Perdition, as well as the legendary The Blues Brothers. Seek out the Blues Brothers Soul Food restaurant nestled on Maxwell Street for a taste of authentic cuisine and be sure to make a stop at the original House of Blues jazz club to experience the soulful rhythms firsthand.

Day Three

Resort: Chicago »
Hotel: Hotel Versey Days Inn by Wyndham Chicago »

Day 3 of our music tour immerses you deeper into Chicago's rich musical heritage. While the city's roots are firmly planted in Jazz and Blues, its diverse music scene encompasses a wide array of genres, including a thriving musical theatre scene and the renowned annual festivals, Lollapalooza and Pitchfork.

Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1907, treat yourself to the soulful melodies of a Jazz or Big Band performance at the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Legends such as Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy have shaped the iconic Chicago Blues style, with Guy still gracing the stage of his Legends club every January.

In a city as grand as Chicago, top-tier acts find their stage at venues like the United Centre, Allstate Arena, and the iconic Chicago Theatre, ensuring unforgettable performances for all music enthusiasts. Reflecting the city's diverse culture, local stages in neighbourhoods like Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, and Logan Square showcase eclectic lineups and emerging talents, providing a glimpse into Chicago's vibrant music scene at its grassroots level.

Day Four

Resort: St Louis »
Hotel: Best Western Saint Louis Inn »

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the iconic Route 66 on Day 4 of our tour. As you traverse this legendary highway, be on the lookout for charming roadside attractions and classic drive-in restaurants that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Your destination is Saint Louis, the largest city in the Great Plains, where the majestic Gateway Arch awaits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Marvel at this architectural marvel, standing tall as the world's tallest arch and capturing breathtaking views of the cityscape.

As evening descends, immerse yourself in the soulful rhythms of Saint Louis' vibrant music scene. Head to the historic Laclede’s Landing or Soulard neighbourhoods, where legendary musicians like Miles Davis and Chuck Berry once honed their craft. Dive into the heart of the blues at one of the local clubs, and let the music carry you away on a journey through the city's rich musical history.


Day Five

Resort: Nashville »
Hotel: Best Western Plus Music Row »

Today, you'll drive into Tennessee and reach the vibrant city of Nashville, often referred to as ‘Music City USA’ and hailed as the capital of Country Music. Begin your exploration with a visit to the iconic Grand Ole Opry, renowned as the home of the world's longest-running live radio program, which played a pivotal role in popularizing Country Music.

Next, delve into the rich musical heritage of Nashville by exploring the program at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This revered venue hosts weekly concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the genre, offering you a firsthand glimpse into the heart and soul of Country Music.

Day Six

Resort: Nashville »
Hotel: Best Western Plus Music Row »

Today, we recommend exploring the museums dedicated to music legends in Nashville. Begin your day with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of country music.

Continue your musical journey by stopping at the historic RCA Studio B, where iconic artists such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley recorded their timeless hits. Experience the magic of these legendary recording sessions as you step inside this hallowed studio. As night falls, venture into one of Nashville's underground saloons, where the spirit of country music comes alive. Dance the night away amidst the lively tunes and vibrant atmosphere of "Nash Vegas," offering you an authentic and unforgettable experience of Nashville's renowned music scene.

Day Seven

Resort: Memphis, TN »
Hotel: Guest House at Graceland »

On Day 7, journey further southward to Memphis, the legendary home of the blues. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Beale Street, renowned for its multitude of clubs offering electrifying live music performances. For your accommodation, experience the unparalleled hospitality of Elvis Presley himself as you are graciously hosted at his Guest House at Graceland, the iconic mansion that served as his residence. Prepare for two unforgettable nights immersed in the legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll during your stay.

Day Eight

Resort: Memphis, TN »
Hotel: Guest House at Graceland »

Today, begin your day with a captivating journey through Graceland, where you'll walk in the footsteps of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Explore his legendary home and immerse yourself in the fascinating story of one of music's most iconic figures.

In the afternoon, delve deeper into the roots of rock 'n' roll with a visit to Sun Studio, where music legends such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash made history with their groundbreaking recordings. Feel the energy and excitement of this historic studio as you learn about its pivotal role in shaping the course of popular music.

Conclude your day with a visit to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, where you'll discover the rich heritage of soul music and its profound impact on American culture. Explore exhibits highlighting legendary artists and iconic recordings, providing insight into the soulful sounds that have touched hearts and inspired generations.

Day Nine

Resort: Natchez »
Hotel: Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel, BW Premier Collection »

On Day 9, depart from Memphis and journey to Clarksdale, the soulful heart of the Delta Blues. Along the way, take a moment to explore the Delta Blues Museum, where you'll encounter an impressive collection of memorabilia honouring legendary artists like B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

As you continue your drive along Highway 1, tracing the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, prepare for a picturesque journey down the Great River Road. This scenic route will guide you towards Natchez, a charming town nestled on the river's edge. As the oldest settlement along the Mississippi River, Natchez exudes authentic Southern charm and offers a glimpse into the region's rich history and culture. Prepare to be enveloped in the warm hospitality and timeless allure of the South as you explore this historic town.

Day Ten

Resort: New Orleans, LA »
Hotel: Bienville House in the French Quarter »

Today marks a significant moment as you cross into Louisiana, with your ultimate destination being New Orleans - the vibrant birthplace of jazz and the pulsating soul of the South.

Day Eleven

Resort: New Orleans, LA »
Hotel: Bienville House in the French Quarter »

Today is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Kickstart your morning with a delectable breakfast at the renowned Café du Monde, savouring the flavours of their iconic beignets and chicory coffee. As you wander through the historic French Quarter, explore the bustling stalls of the French Market and stroll along the iconic Canal Street, soaking in the eclectic atmosphere of this enchanting city. Embark on a leisurely cruise aboard a traditional steamboat, drifting along the tranquil waters of the Mississippi River. Alternatively, indulge in a leisurely shopping spree along the charming boutiques of Magazine Street or simply wander through the labyrinthine alleyways, discovering hidden gems at every turn.

If time permits, venture beyond the city limits to Oak Alley Plantation, where majestic live oaks cast their shadows over a grand antebellum home steeped in history. Continue your journey to Nottoway Plantation, known as the ‘White Castle’ of Louisiana, and marvel at its opulent 64-room mansion, a testament to the region's wealth before the Civil War. Conclude your day with a sumptuous feast of Cajun or Creole cuisine, savouring the rich and spicy flavours that define the culinary landscape of New Orleans.

Day Twelve

Resort: New Orleans, LA »
Hotel: Bienville House in the French Quarter »

Continue your exploration of the captivating city of New Orleans, where riverboats, jazz, and Creole cuisine converge to create an unforgettable experience. Spend the morning discovering the lush beauty of the city's botanical gardens, marvelling at the diverse array of exotic flora that flourishes within its serene confines. Alternatively, venture out to the levees to witness firsthand how these vital structures protect the city from the encroaching waters of the Gulf of Mexico, gaining insight into the engineering marvels that safeguard New Orleans from flooding.

As evening descends, consider embarking on a memorable dinner cruise aboard a historic paddle steamer, drifting along the mighty Mississippi River as you savour a delectable meal accompanied by live jazz music. Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of this iconic waterway, soaking in the sights and sounds of New Orleans as you bid farewell to this enchanting city.


Day Thirteen

Resort: New Orleans, LA »

Today marks the conclusion of your musical adventure. It's time to bid farewell to the vibrant melodies and rich rhythms that have accompanied you on this journey. Check out of your hotel and make your way to New Orleans airport, where you'll return your car before boarding your flight back home. As you depart from this musical haven, carry with you the memories of the soulful beats and unforgettable experiences that have enriched your travels.

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