2017 SEASON
Mar 2017 - Nov 2017

11 Day Dixieland & Rhythms

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in New Orleans

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Read 15 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 11 Day Dixieland & Rhythms. See all the famous landmarks of Chicago on an included sightseeing tour before heading south toward St. Louis, Missouri, known as the 'Gateway to the West.' Visit the museum underneath the...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 11 Days
From: Chicago to New Orleans
Tour Code: 8240
Visits: USA
Our Price From:
$ 2,364
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Chicago

Welcome to the "Windy City." Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

Chicago

Included sightseeing shows off the city's landmarks, then an afternoon at leisure. Maybe ride the elevator to the top of Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, stroll in Grant Park, or cruise on the Chicago River. Tonight, how about dinner on Navy Pier with its delightful shops and restaurants?
3

Chicago - St Louis

Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands to St. Louis, "Gateway to the West." An orientation tour includes a trip to the top of the GATEWAY ARCH, which commemorates the city's key role in westward expansion. Visit the museum under the Arch, celebrating Lewis & Clark's famous expedition 200 years ago.
4

St Louis - Nashville

Recross the Mississippi River today and roll southeast to Paducah on the Ohio River. Late-afternoon arrival in Nashville. (CB)
5

Nashville

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville's famous landmarks and the Music Row recording studios. Tour historic RCA STUDIO B/ cradle of the "Nashville Sound" in the 1960s and where stars such as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, and the Everly Brothers recorded many of their biggest hits. Afterward, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis' "solid- gold" Cadillac! Tonight, enjoy reserved premier seating for a show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians.
6

Nashville - Memphis

Cross Tennessee to Memphis, "Home of the Blues" and a city with a distinct Southern flavour. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival and see where the film, "Walk the Line" was filmed. Join the optional excursion to Sun Studio, where rock `n' roll was first recorded, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
7

Memphis Visit To Graceland

A good portion of the day is devoted to GRACELAND/ Elvis Presley's beautiful estate. Your guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden, and the opulent 1,393-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) mansion. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon where your Tour Director will have suggestions for your free time. Tonight you may want to visit a blues club on famous Beale Street.
8

Memphis - Amtrak City Of New Orleans Train - New Orleans

Providing the locomotion for today's journey through the state of Mississippi and into the Mississippi River Delta is the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, the famous train of story and song. Cotton fields and catfish ponds slide past on the way to New Orleans. The evening is free to begin exploring this lively city.
9

New Orleans

A full morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring a guided tour that includes the French Quarter landmarks, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. Next, board a boat for a CRUISE through the winding, swampy waterways. The rest of the day is free.
10

New Orleans

A free day with a wide selection of activities to choose from, including a visit to a beautiful plantation home. For shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an array of specialty shops and boutiques. This evening, perhaps join an optional Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard an authentic steamboat to enjoy a delightful buffet dinner, complete with live jazz-the perfect finale to a memorable touring adventure of the South.
11

New Orleans

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to the New Orleans International Airport are included.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans; orientation tours in St. Louis and Memphis; Gateway Arch, RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and boat cruise through the Louisiana Swamps.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Mississippi River, and the Louisiana Bayou Country.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director; Local Guide for sightseeing in New Orleans.
  • TRANSPORTATION: AMTRAK City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Chicago Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast (TC), St. Louis Pear Tree Union Station (TC), Nashville The Inn at Opryland (MF), Memphis Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF), New Orleans Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (MF)

Included Meals

  • 1 continental breakfast (CB).

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

 

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (15)

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Australia
Trip Date: 31/10/2016

“Dixieland Tour”

Peter was likely the best tour guide we've ever had. His initiative and genuine commitment to ensuring our enjoyment, including extensive knowledge, stories, music and even costumes were first class. Only criticism is the over the top preamble speech that Cosmos makes all their tour guides give re tipping.

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Australia
Trip Date: 18/07/2016

“Fantastic and stress free trip through the middle of the USA”

This was our third tour with Cosmos and it definitely met all expectations. We had a great tour group with a good mix of nationalities and made lasting friendships. Our tour guide Brenda was very informative and our driver John was extremely professional. I have already recommended this tour to friends at home. Highlights were Nashville and the honky tonk bars and Graceland. Would definitely use Global Journeys again. Thanks Yvonne.

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Australia
Trip Date: 09/11/2015

“Grest trip through middle USA”

Had a great time travelling with Cosmos on the Dixie Land Rhythm tour. Chicago was amazing and the tour guide Kristen and bus driver Rick really eager to help and really nice people. Loved the tours of RCA and Sun recording studios and anybody who lived through the music of the 60's will find the tour amazing. A great trip to see more of the USA other than the big cities. Highly recommended and thanks to Georgia for all her help in booking this trip. A big thanks to Global Journeys.

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Australia
Trip Date: 09/11/2015

“Friendships were formed for life.”

This is the first time that I have joined a tour group. I have preferred previously to travel independently. Our Tour Guide Kristen was very welcoming and made us all feel at ease. The ages were varied from 26 to 78 with music being our common interest. We ended up being a very cohesive group. Friendships were formed for life. The tour far exceeded my expectations. We went to many places that were not mentioned in the itinerary. All of these enhanced the already amazing itinerary. Our driver Rick was an excellent driver and always delivered us safely to our destinations. Kristen was extremely knowledgeable which made the tour special for me. Kristen had a really lovely manner and was able to get everyone to arrive promptly each day for our early starts. The tour took us to places that would have been other wise be unknown to the average traveller . The variety of places we went to were excellent and pleased every genre of music. Chicago, Nashville and New Orleans were an absolute surprise and I would love to travel back to these places on another tour. I am very keen now to do another tour with Cosmos in 2016 of the National Parks of USA. I highly recommend Dixieland and Rhythms to all music lovers.

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