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New Orleans to Chicago Adventure

Barbecue and blues in the Deep South

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Group Size: Avg. 15-20, Max 50

Trip code: ULBBOC

Duration: 11 days

Guided group tour in the USA
See New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis & Chicago!
Explore the deep south and more!

Discover the Deep South with this stellar 11-day tour of the most iconic Southern States. Visit the atmospheric Bayou, the one and only Graceland, the honky-tonks of Nashville and the soaring 360 Chicago Tower. With jambalaya and jazz in New Orleans, barbecue and blues in Memphis, country music and chicken in Nashville, and Chicago’s famous deep pan pizza, this trip is a feast for your ears as well as your belly!

Trip highlights

  • Soak up laid-back southern charm and live jazz in New Orleans
  • Visit Graceland, the legendary home of Elvis Presley
  • Chow down on some of the best barbecue in the world in Memphis
  • Practice your dosey-doe in Nashville, home of country and bluegrass
  • Take in spectacular views over Lake Michigan from the 360 Chicago Tower
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What's included
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • All on-trip transport
  • Sun Studio tour, Memphis
  • Driving tour of Nashville
  • Driving tour of Chicago
  • 360 Tower with TILT experience
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights’ accommodation
  • Additional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: New Orleans. Welcome to the Bayou! Meet your group this afternoon and get to know New Orleans, starting with the famous Bourbon Street. Pick up some finger-lickin’ Cajun food and seek out a live music joint.

Days 2 - 3: New Orleans. You’ve got two days to explore the laid-back Southern charms of New Orleans. Check out the French Quarter, sample some Cajun food and take an optional tour of the local swamps, or a traditional paddleboat cruise. After dark, hit a live jazz joint.

Day 4: New Orleans to Memphis. Head to Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Elvis Presley. As well as music, Memphis is known for its mouth-watering barbecues.  Wear your eating trousers for dinner!

Day 5: Memphis.  It’s all about the music today with a visit to the most famous recording studio in the world - Sun Studio, where Elvis made his first recording aged 18. This afternoon, choose between an optional visit to the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum or the one and only Graceland. 

Day 6: Memphis to Nashville. Take a driving tour of Nashville’s highlights before exploring its honky-tonks and live music joints tonight. It’s the home of country and bluegrass, so pull on those cowboy boots before heading out and get ready to party!

Day 7: Nashville. Enjoy a free day in ‘Music City’. If you didn’t get your fill of country music last night, take the optional visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Grab some of the city’s famous hot chicken for dinner and seek out a local listening room, for a low-key, acoustic music experience.

Day 8: Nashville to Chicago. Take a driving tour to get acquainted with the ‘Windy City’, followed by a trip to the top of the 360 Chicago Tower for breathtaking views. You’ll also experience TILT, a moving platform that literally tilts you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th floor!  

Days 9 – 11: Chicago. You’ve got two more full days to enjoy Chicago you lucky thing! Take an optional helicopter flight, a gangster tour, or hire a bike.  Don’t miss the famous Chicago deep-dish pizza! Your trip ends after breakfast on day 11. See y’all again soon!

Please Note: This tour also runs in reverse from Chicago to New Orleans. Please speak to a Travel Advisor for more information.

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Arrival information

Your trip begins at 5pm on day 1 in New Orleans. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) is the nearest airport. You’ll need to make your own way from the airport to your starting accommodation. The airport shuttle runs to various destinations in the city every 30 minutes, or you can take the city bus. There is also a taxi stand outside the airport with city regulated fares.

Your trip ends at 9am on day 11 in Chicago. Chicago O-Hare (ORD) is the nearest international airport. You’ll need to arrange your own return transfer as well. Your tour guide can help you with this.

Accommodation & meals


This trip includes 10 nights of accommodation on a twin-share basis. If you’re travelling with a friend of partner, please let us know so we can be sure to accommodate you together. If you require any nights of accommodation pre or post trip, please speak to your travel adviser.


10 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll need to buy all other meals, snacks and drinks yourself. Americans really know how to eat out and you’ll find a great selection of restaurants, cafes and diners, serving food from all around the world, usually in super-sized portions!

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. Please note that the legal drinking age in the USA is 21. If you are under 21, you will not be allowed into bars or casinos.

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US ESTA Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions however, you will need to apply for a visa.

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