Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans by rail

Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans

This rail journey is just perfect for music lovers! Join our Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll tour and you will set out on a musical journey from north to south. Follow the Mighty Mississippi as you roll past the wheat and corn fields of Illinois through the snowy-white cotton fields of Mississippi.

Chicago most known as the windy city is unknowingly self-acquainted with a large blues music scene, where they host a blues festival every year. no matter your musical taste, you will find it live in Chicago every night of the week. You will be able to choose from more than 200 live music venues and clubs, with everything from intimate musical experiences to major concert venues and historic music halls. Make sure you also visit some of the city’s iconic attractions such as the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, the Ledge glass balcony at Skydeck Chicago off the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, and the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier. Interactive, educational museums abound in Chicago, from The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Memphis is your next stop after an overnight stay on Amtrak’s journey from North to South. In this pilgrimage city for music-lovers, tour Sun Studio to stand where Blues and Rock legends such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley recorded some of their earliest hits. For an intimate look at Presley’s life, tour his Graceland estate. At the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the rhythm shifts to Soul and Gospel. View memorabilia from Stax artists including Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, whose gold-plated Cadillac is displayed. For a sampling of Memphis’ contemporary sounds, walk Beale Street, where live music seems to drift from every open door. The aroma of barbecue fills the air, too. Savour local specialties that include dry-rubbed ribs and smoked pulled-pork sandwiches.

New Orleans is your final stop on this musical journey. New Orleans with its centuries-old cottages and elaborate, historic cemeteries, the city is a photographer’s delight. Join a stroll through the historic French Quarter or take a tour of New Orleans’ cemeteries, voodoo and ghost lore. New Orleans is also a musical city. At Preservation Hall, a rotating line-up of fabulous musicians plays traditional New Orleans Jazz in the most intimate, acoustic environment. Queue up early for standing-room-only space or plan to purchase one of the venue’s limited seats. Elsewhere in the city, Frenchmen Street is a hub for live music, lined with venues such as The Spotted Cat Music Club. The cosy room packs as many as three bands nightly, spotlighting various forms of Jazz.

Please find our suggested length of stays below:

Chicago - 2 nights
Overnight Onboard Amtrak - 1 nights
Memphis - 3 nights
New Orleans - 3 nights

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