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Southern Explorer by Rail

This 8 day Southern Explorer by Rail: Chicago to New Orleans. Visiting Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans including an Elvis experience excursion.

Day 1: Arrive Chicago On arrival into Chicago, take your included transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore ‘The Windy City’.

Day 2: Chicago Enjoy a free day to explore. Take a shoreline cruise on Lake Michigan to see the magnificent skyline, stroll the lakefront, peruse the shops, bike the parks, grab a Chicago-style hot dog, or explore the city’s incredible sights and architectural treasures including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in North America. For breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline, included is entry to the 360 CHICAGO observation deck, located on the 94th floor of the iconic John Hancock Building.

Day 3: Chicago – Memphis Enjoy another day in Chicago before boarding your Amtrak overnight train to Memphis, Tennessee. Spend the night on Amtrak in a comfortable Superliner Roomette.

Day 4: Memphis On arrival into Memphis in the morning, transfer to your hotel independently. The rest of the day is free to explore the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll; perhaps pay a visit to the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Blues Hall of Fame and the legendary Sun Studios, where the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course, Elvis Presley, made records.

Day 5: Memphis Included today is an Elvis Experience excursion to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion turned Mecca and museum in honour of ‘The King of Rock n Roll’. Browse the fascinating artefacts from his life including his two planes and huge car collection. This evening, we recommend hitting one of the blues bars on Beale Street.

Day 6: Memphis – New Orleans An early start today as you re-board Amtrak’s ‘City of New Orleans’ train to travel further south to New Orleans. The scenic journey takes around ten hours, arriving late afternoon to the home of jazz and a melting pot of French, African and American culture, New Orleans. This evening, get a flavour of the city and take a walk through the festive frenzy on Bourbon Street.

Day 7: New Orleans In the morning, join a walking tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter with a Local Expert to unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighbourhoods, admire its distinctive architecture and learn about the figures in history who have shaped the city. In the evening, enjoy a Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise aboard a Paddlewheeler.

Day 8: Depart New Orleans Your tour will conclude with a  transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation & 1 night on board Amtrak in a Superliner Roomette • Amtrak rail travel between Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans • 360 CHICAGO observatory entrance, Elvis Experience Excursion, New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour and Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise • Airport transfers

Our low deposit scheme means you can secure your holiday with a deposit of just £75 per person, you can then take advantage of our flexible payment scheme.

For full details or to book this fantastic offer call our team on 01772 337448.

Alternatively you can leave an enquiry adjacent to this page or email a member of our team will contact you in due course.

  • Departs

    February/March 2021

  • Price

    £1,099 per person– based on 2 people for 8 days

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