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Discover 'Motown' Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Route 66, Nashville, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans on a Music Cities holiday in America.
Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. BB King and Robert Johnson. Louis Armstrong and Roy Orbison. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. The one and only Elvis Presley. Join us on this special American holidays tour, and celebrate your love of music and the work of some of the greatest country, blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll artists who've ever lived.
What can you look forward to? You'll see the places that inspired these remarkable musicians, and visit museums dedicated to their lives and legacies, including Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And you'll see, and feel the vibe of, the studios where their classic tracks were recorded.
Travelling along Route 66 you'll get your kicks from other highlights, too: visiting St. Louis, cosmopolitan Atlanta, the bayou to see live alligators... The list goes on.
This is a tour designed around your musical tastes and passions, and you'll enjoy a fun, uplifting and enlightening experience all round. By the end, you might well find yourself "dancing in the street".
Just take a look at what's included in this super-value trip.
Music Cities American Holiday Highlights
What you can look forward to
- Detroit, home of legendary Motown
- Visiting Hitsville USA, home to the Motown Museum
- Discovering the fascinating Henry Ford Museum
- Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- The instrumental blues and jazz history of Chicago
- Get your Route 66 kicks in Springfield, Illinois
- Discover Nashville, the world capital of country music
- Visiting Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame
- Spending time in Memphis, Tennessee; the cotton-trade capital and home to The King
- Sun Studios and Elvis's beloved Graceland
- Seeing the BB King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi
- Two nights in New Orleans to take in the atmosphere of the French Quarter
It's all included in the price
- 13 nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans (two nights each), plus Cleveland, St. Louis and Atlanta (one night each)
- Return scheduled flights to Detroit, returning from Atlanta
- Coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Must try: A po' boy: a traditional sandwich from Louisiana that almost always consists of meat (usually roast beef) or fried seafood like shrimp, crawfish, oysters or crab.
Must experience: Wandering the honky-tonks on Nashville's Broadway for a great choice of music.
Fascinating fact: The studio musicians The Funk Brothers performed on more number-one hits than the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined.
You say: "A classic, musical collection of Americana."
Music Cities USA Tour Itinerary
Every day a new experience
Day One: Arrive in Detroit
Fly to Detroit, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your first hotel for two nights in Detroit, Motor City.
Day Two: Visit the Motown Museum and Henry Ford Museum
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr founded a music empire that swept the globe, captured hearts and minds everywhere, and collected every music industry accolade going. Today, you'll have the opportunity to pay homage to this extraordinary legacy with a visit to the Hitsville USA Motown Museum. Here, you'll have the chance to stand in Studio A, where countless hits (and quite possibly your favourite songs) were recorded.
Henry Ford promised to open the highways to all mankind. And at the huge Henry Ford museum you'll see how that vision was made a reality, as 'living exhibits' bring to life America's traditions of ingenuity and innovation.
Day Three: Visit Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Today we'll head to Cleveland, Ohio, where The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates over six decades of the world's most exciting popular music. The mix of permanent and temporary exhibits is an absolute must-see for any fan, collector and lover of music.
Day Four: Drive through Indiana and around Lake Michigan
Today you'll hit the highway, travelling through Indiana and around Lake Michigan to Chicago.
Day Five: Join an optional tour of Chicago
Don't miss today's optional guided tour and the chance to explore the highlights of the city where the term 'jazz' was first coined. As you probably know, the 'windy city' is also where the electric sound of the Chicago Blues was created as southern musicians drifted north.
You'll also be able to take in the extraordinary view from one of the city's skyscrapers, wander the lakefront parks and, later, perhaps take in a famous blues club, such as Buddy Guy's famous 'Legends'.
Day Six: Travel Route 66 to St. Louis
Trace the course of Route 66 as we head south - via Springfield, Illinois, and its wayside celebrations of the 'Mother Road' - to St. Louis. Here you'll see the world's tallest arch, the Gateway Arch, which towers over the Mississippi and a city that boasts an incredibly lively and diverse music scene.
Day Seven: Travel to Tennessee via Clarksville and on to Nashville
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.
Day Eight: Visit Studio B and The Country Music Hall of Fame
Today's included excursion explores the sites, sounds and stories of country music. See RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and many others all recorded, and visit the fascinating Country Music Hall of Fame. In the evening, there's another chance to catch more live music. and to make the very most of your holiday in the USA.
Day Nine: Explore Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis's beloved hometown, Memphis, is forever linked with The King, but also boasts an extraordinary musical heritage that's a match for any major city. Soak up the unique atmosphere - and the sounds - on Beale Street the "home of the blues", this evening.
Day 10: Visit Sun Studio and Graceland
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.
Once you've worked up an appetite sightseeing and paying your respects to The King, why not head out to enjoy a feast of pulled pork, ribs and shoulders? After all, Memphis is one of America's barbecue capitals.
Day 11: Drive across the Mississippi Delta, into Louisiana and New Orleans
Head south 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 on your way to New Orleans.
Day 12: Explore New Orleans and the bayou, and see real alligators
Discover the Big Easy on an included guided tour that reveals the French Quarter, Treme and a unique city of jazz. Look out for local treats like sazerac (the city's very own whiskey or Cognac cocktail) and beignets (a delicious and very moreish type of fritter).
Continue your exploration this afternoon, or join our optional excursion and head into the bayou for a chance to see some of the region's infamous 'gators. This evening, head back into the city, and soak up the atmosphere of the place that gave the world Dixieland Jazz.
Day 13: Travel into Alabama and to Atlanta
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.
Day 14: Explore Atlanta, Georgia
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 global headquarters of the "real thing": Coca-Cola
In the afternoon, you'll transfer back to the airport to board your overnight flight home.
Day 15: Arrive home in the UK
Arrive back in the UK with countless memories, loads of stories and your love of music stronger than ever.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|London Heathrow||08 May 2017||£2179.00|
|London Heathrow||04 Sep 2017||£2329.00|
|London Heathrow||18 Sep 2017||£2359.00|
|London Heathrow||02 Oct 2017||£2259.00|
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
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