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 USA Tour Itinerary
Fly to Detroit, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your first hotel for two nights in Detroit, the Motor City.
Day One: Fly to the USA
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.
Day Two: Included Motown Museum and Henry Ford Museum excursions
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.
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 Three: Included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame excursion
Today you'll hit the highway, travelling through Indiana and around Lake Michigan to Chicago.
Day Four: From Cleveland to Chicago
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.
Day Five: Optional Chicago city tour
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'.
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 Six: From Chicago to St. Louis along Route 66
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 Seven: From St. Louis to Nashville, Tennessee
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 Eight: Included Studio B and The Country Music Hall of Fame excursion
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 Nine: Leisure day in Memphis, Tennessee
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.
Day 10: Included Sun Studio and Graceland excursion
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.
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 11: From Memphis to New Orleans
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).
Day 12: Included New Orleans city tour and optional bayou excursion
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.
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 13: From New Orleans to Montgomery, Alabama and 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 global headquarters of Coca-Cola.
Day 14: Included Atlanta city tour
In the afternoon, you'll transfer back to the airport to board your flight home.
You'll reach the UK this morning, after an overnight flight.
Day 15: Arrive back in the UK