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Music Cities USA - Memphis, New Orleans & Motown 2017

15 Days From £2179*
Departing May-October 2017
* Price shown: 08 May 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Motown, Chicago, Route 66 and the South

Take a tour of America's unforgettable musical heritage, and celebrate the lives and music of some of the greatest country, blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll artists who've ever lived - from Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash to Robert Johnson and BB King, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, and the one and only Elvis Presley.

Travel from Detroit - the birthplace of Motown - to Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on to Chicago, before heading south into the landscape that gave the world jazz, blues and country on your way to the iconic music cities of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans.

Music Cities American Holiday Highlights

  • 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 blues and jazz history of Chicago
  • Getting your Route 66 kicks in Springfield, Illinois
  • Discovering Nashville, the world capital of country music
  • Visiting Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Spending time in Memphis, Tennessee, former 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

What's included in the price?

  • 13 nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Detroit (2 nights), Cleveland (1), Chicago (2), St Louis (1), Nashville (2), Memphis (2), New Orleans (2) and Atlanta (1)
  • Return flights from the UK to Detroit, returning from Atlanta
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of 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 between the bars along Nashville's Broadway - you're sure to find great music and a great evening.

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

Day One: Fly to the USA

Fly to Detroit, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your first hotel for two nights in Detroit, the Motor City.

Day Two: Included Motown Museum and Henry Ford Museum excursions

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.

You'll also visit the vast, extraordinary Henry Ford museum to see how his dream of "opening the highways to all mankind" became a reality, as 'living exhibits' bring to life America's traditions of ingenuity and innovation.

Day Three: Included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame excursion

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 music. The mix of permanent and temporary exhibits is an absolute must-see for any fan, collector and lover of popular music.

Day Four: From Cleveland to Chicago

Today you'll hit the highway, travelling through Indiana and around Lake Michigan to Chicago.

Day Five: Optional Chicago city tour

Don't miss today's optional guided tour for 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.

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: From Chicago to St. Louis along Route 66

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: From St. Louis to Nashville, Tennessee

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: Included Studio B and The Country Music Hall of Fame excursion

Today's 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 recorded, and visit the fascinating Country Music Hall of Fame. In the evening, there's another chance to catch more live music, adding to the pleasures of a memorable day.

Day Nine: Leisure day in 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: Included Sun Studio and Graceland excursion

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: From Memphis to 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: Included New Orleans city tour and optional bayou excursion

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 deep-fried pastry drenched in icing sugar).

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: From New Orleans to Montgomery, Alabama and 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: Included Atlanta city tour

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 Coca-Cola.

In the afternoon, you'll transfer back to the airport to board your flight home.

Day 15: Arrive back in the UK

You'll reach the UK this morning, after an overnight flight.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
London Heathrow08 May 2017 £2179.00
London Heathrow05 Jun 2017 £2259.00
London Heathrow04 Sep 2017 £2329.00
London Heathrow18 Sep 2017 £2359.00
London Heathrow02 Oct 2017 £2259.00

Music Cities Touring Hotels

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, four-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

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Further Information

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.

Tipping

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

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.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Hotel rooms

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.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th and 28th February 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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