Music & the Mighty Mississippi Cruise - Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans

16 days from £3999pp.


American Queen

Visit: American Queen, Transport

Chicago

Visit: Chicago, North America

American Queen

Visit: American Queen, USA

Nashville

Visit: Nashville, USA

Join us as we follow the mighty Mississippi, from the city of Chicago to New Orleans, as we take an unforgettable journey by coach and cruise through the heart of America. See the celebrated Chicago and relish in Southern hospitality in the Music City of Nashville. Enjoy Springfield, St. Louis and Memphis, where you will experience Graceland, home of the late, great Elvis Presley. From Memphis we leave land, board the American Queen and cruise the mighty Mississippi. As we sail to New Orleans, we visit Greenville, Natchez, Baton Rouge and the Nottoway Plantation, all offering unique sights at every stop. Before we return home from our amazing holiday, we spend time in New Orleans, where you can explore the famous Garden District and French Quarter.

    Fly to Chicago. Among one of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago’s unique blend of stunning architecture, attractions and local charm makes it an unforgettable destination. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

    Buckingham fountain

    Buckingham fountain

    Join our included city tour to see some of the best sights of the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure, allowing you to explore your choice of Chicago’s must-see attractions at your own pace. Visit the second tallest building in North America, Willis Tower, where you can step out onto the glass balcony known as The Ledge and stare 1,353 feet straight down to the ground; check out the fantastic observation deck of 360 CHICAGO (formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory), for amazing views of the city and Lake Michigan; see mind-bending reflections of the city skyline at the Cloud Gate (nicknamed 'The Bean'), a highly-polished stainless steel elliptical sculpture at the centrepiece of Millennium Park, or take a stroll around Buckingham Fountain and enjoy the colourful light and music display as it glows against the skyline and lakefront. During your time in the city, you can also indulge in some cheesy goodness at one of Chicago’s famous pizzerias that serve up award-winning deep-dish pizza. Whatever you choose to do, the Windy City will blow you away with the sheer number of things to see and do. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and some soulful sounds at a legendary jazz or blues club.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Abraham Lincoln's house in Springfield

    Abraham Lincoln's house in Springfield

    Heading diagonally across the state of Illinois, you’ll head through endless cornfields en route to Springfield. The iconic heart of America, capital of Illinois and hometown of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is filled with authentic experiences and nostalgia for days gone by as Route 66 runs right through it. Continue to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West. Upon arrival, glimpse the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch, which commemorates Thomas Jefferson’s vision and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Nashville

    Nashville

    This morning, it’s on to Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine, a boundless spectrum of nightlife, and an unforgettable experience in Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music – it’s the common thread that connects the life and soul of the city and its people. This evening, join our optional visit and experience for yourself what makes Nashville special with a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, the home of American music and country music’s most famous stage.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Country Music Hall Of Fame

    Country Music Hall Of Fame

    A full day at leisure to explore Nashville’s must-see attractions at your own pace. Follow the story of country music, past to present, through the Country Music Hall of Fame; join our optional visit to Historic RCA Studio B, 'The Home of 1,000 Hits'; or see the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, Nashville’s Parthenon. You can also step on the stage that attracted so many greats at the Ryman Auditorium, or step back in history and explore the grounds and more at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, home of the people’s President. This evening, you may want to enjoy Nashville’s Honky Tonks – a creative breeding ground for hopeful performers, musicians and songwriters yearning to make it big.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Memphis

    Memphis

    Today, we head to Memphis – the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the starting point of soul and blues. Located on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, Tennessee’s largest city is known for its finger-lickin’ barbecue, live music and world-famous attractions. You’ll get an authentic look at Memphis and its music as you tour Beale Street, where live music spills from each club, history hangs in the air, and from the moment your feet touch the cobblestones, you’ll realise you’ve entered a music mecca unlike any other. And, as no visit would be complete without walking in the footsteps of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable journey into the private world of Elvis Presley at Graceland Mansion.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    American Queen

    American Queen

    Leisure time today to explore more of Memphis at your own pace. Consider a self-guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; watching the Peabody Hotel’s famed duck march; or enjoy a guided tour through Sun Studio where you can learn the story of the studio that launched many musical careers. Later, we leave land for water as we board the grandest riverboat afloat, the American Queen, for our seven-night cruise. This beautiful lady of the river epitomises the grace and grandeur that has made river cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the Lower Mississippi.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Greenville

    Greenville

    The city of Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta, located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, and a short drive from Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers. Many authors and writers were born or reside in this small town, also known for its museums (which the town has one for practically everything). Greenville is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Vicksburg

    Vicksburg

    Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the 'Key to the South' by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Founded in 1811, Vicksburg grew as a vital river port city. Today, it is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Natchez

    Natchez

    Founded in 1716 – making it the oldest city on the Mississippi – Natchez is a charming river town first inhabited by the Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history which can be found on every street corner throughout the city. Visitors will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, 'The 100 Best Towns in America'.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    St Francisville

    St Francisville

    Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. In the 1790s, below where St. Francisville is located today, was a settlement called Bayou Sara. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artefacts were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville where they still remain standing. Stop at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree that St. Francisville has much to offer.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, by French explorer Sieur D’Iberville, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Home to Louisiana’s capitol building (the largest in the United States), as well as the Old State Capitol (a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi), visitors will enjoy spending the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer. From museums and architecture, to shops and creole cuisine, everyone will enjoy an exciting day.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Nottoway Plantation

    Nottoway Plantation

    Experience living history as you enjoy a guided walking tour of the largest remaining antebellum mansion of the Deep South, Nottoway Plantation. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a glimpse into the truly grand Antebellum era. Nottoway’s mansion flaunts three floors, 64 bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its nickname, 'The White Castle of Louisiana'. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house. And if that wasn’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    New Orleans

    New Orleans

    This morning, we say goodbye to the American Queen as we disembark in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square. As one of the world’s most fascinating cities and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is alive with tradition and home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Ample free time today allows you to take in some of the Big Easy’s must-see attractions at your own pace before joining your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Explore the Garden District, a neighbourhood of live oaks, wrought iron, pillars and spectacular 19th-century mansions; take a trip into New Orleans’ past on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world; tour the storied streets of the French Quarter via horse and carriage; or visit one of the historic cemeteries, referred to as 'Cities of the Dead'.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Transfer to airport for return overnight flight to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrival in the U.K.

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 7 nights hotel with breakfast
    • Welcome Jazz Dinner
    • 7 nights on board the American Queen with full board
    • Complimentary beer and wine with dinner on board American Queen
    • Complimentary coffee, water and soft drinks on board American Queen
    • Flights to Chicago and from New Orleans
    • Airport transfers in the USA
    • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Manager
    • Air-conditioned coach travel

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • City Tours in Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville & Memphis
    • Graceland
    • Daily shore excursions, while onboard American Queen

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Grand Old Opry Show & Dinner
    • Farewell French Quarter Dinner

    Notes

        
    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby.

    Please note, due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.


    You will stay at hotels such as:


    Day 1-2     DoubleTree Magnificent Mile, Chicago

    Day 3        Westin St. Louis, St. Louis

    Day 4-5     Inn at Opryland, Nashville

    Day 6        Sheraton Memphis, Memphis

    Day 14      AC Hotel New Orleans French Quarter, New Orleans


    You will also cruise for seven nights on the American Queen riverboat. The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. With two dining options and entertainment each night worthy of Broadway and air conditioning throughout, you are sure to enjoy the grace and grandeur of this opulent riverboat .


    Leger Holidays Tip

    Daytime dress is casual on board American Queen; be sure to bring comfortable, non-slip shoes for shore excursions. Evening attire is described as country-club casual – a dress, dressy-skirt and blouse or pant suit for ladies while gentlemen must not wear shorts and can choose to wear a sport coat but there is no obligation.


    Cabins

    There are 222 cabins on four decks – Cabin deck, Texas deck, Observation deck and Promenade deck – most with queen or twin beds, flat screen T.V., hairdryer and private bathroom with shower. Inside cabins are on Texas and Observation decks located throughout the length of the vessel. Outside cabins with bay window or French doors which open onto the public deck (open veranda) are on request, subject to availability. 


    Facilities

    Lounge/Bar: The palatial Grand Saloon is two decks tall and resembles the small town opera houses of the 19th century with details modeled after Ford's Theater. Rousing musical revues and high-energy cabaret from our immensely talented and energetic cast take center stage each evening. After the show, dance and swing to stellar performances of jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country and rock and roll in the handsome Engine Room Bar, or join in a lively piano sing-a-long in the Main Deck Lounge.


    Restaurant: Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Room is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Front Porch Café offers a wide variety of classic American favourites and can satisfy any craving.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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