America's musical heartland
Discover the sights that informed the soundtrack to our lives. Travel from Motown's birthplace in Detroit to Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and bustling, blues-city Chicago. Then, head south into Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana to explore the landscape that gave the world jazz, blues and country music's most undying stars.
Fly to Detroit, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your first hotel for two nights in Motor City.
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jnr founded a music empire that was to sweep the globe. On today's visit to the Hitsville USA Motown Museum you'll have the chance to stand in the Studio A, where countless hits were recorded.
We'll also see the Henry Ford museum, where 'living exhibits' explore the history and ingenuity of American industry, before returning to the hotel.
Today we'll head to Cleveland, Ohio, where The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pays homage to six decades of the world's most exciting popular music. Its mix of permanent and temporary exhibits is a must-see for any rock music fan.
Today you'll 'hit the highway', travelling through Indiana and around Lake Michigan to Chicago.
On today's optional guided tour you'll have the chance to explore the highlights of the city where the term 'jazz' was first coined and where the electric sound of the 'Chicago' blues was created as southern musicians drifted north.
Take in the view from one of the city's skyscrapers, wander the lakefront parks and this evening, perhaps take in a famous Blues Club, such as Buddy Guy's famous 'Legends'.
Trace the course of Route 66 as you head south - via Springfield, Illinois, and its wayside celebrations of the 'Mother Road' - to St Louis where the famous Arch towers over the Mississippi, and the city's vibrant music scene.
Entering 'The South', today you'll journey to Tennessee. You'll pass Clarksville - where the young Jimi Hendrix was discovered - and stop in Nashville, the heart of the country music scene.
Today's included excursion explores the sites and stories of country music. See RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton all recorded, and the fascinating Country Music Hall of Fame.
This evening, there's yet another chance to catch some live music.
Elvis' beloved hometown, Memphis, is forever linked with 'The King', but boasts a musical heritage to match any city. Soak up the atmosphere - and the sounds - on Beale Street, this evening.
Today we'll visit Sun Studio, the recording birthplace of legends from Elvis to BB King, and perhaps the most famous southern 'mansion' of all - Elvis's iconic Graceland.
This evening, why not head out to enjoy a meal of pulled pork, ribs and shoulders? Memphis is one of America's barbecue capitals.
Head south, today, across the Mississippi Delta into the 'cradle of the Blues'. Uncover the stories of the Delta bluesmen at Indianola's BB King Museum, then continue into Louisiana to New Orleans.
Discover the Big Easy on our included guided tour that reveals the French Quarter, Treme and a unique city of jazz, po' boys, sazerac and beignets.
Continue your explorations this afternoon, or join our optional excursion and head into the bayou for a chance to see some of the region's infamous alligators! This evening, head back into the city, and soak up the atmosphere of the place that gave the world Dixieland Jazz.
Journey north once more, travelling back along the Gulf Coast Highway, into Alabama. We'll pass Montgomery, resting place of country superstar Hank Williams, and enjoy a final night's stay in Atlanta.
Enjoy a final day in one of America's most cosmopolitan cities. Our included guided tour will reveal the city's major landmarks, including the childhood home and final resting place of Martin Luther King, and the headquarters of Coca-Cola.
In the afternoon, we'll transfer you back to the airport to board your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK.