America's Heart & Soul - Chicago to New Orleans

Classic Touring

12 Days from £3,329

Apr 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures

From the blues of Chicago to the jazz of New Orleans, the soulful sounds of Gospel and the unmistakable drawl of Elvis in Tennessee, discover the music, culture and history of a host of exciting cities on this wonderful tour.

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Your holiday at a glance

CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with United Airlines
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 10 nights in hotels of a great standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 11 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Specialist Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports



 

Included excursions

  • ​Chicago & Navy Pier
  • 360 Chicago
  • Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club
  • St Louis
  • Budweiser brewery tour with tasting
  • Memphis sightseeing
  • Church service with Gospel singing
  • Graceland
  • Oak Alley Plantation with Mint Julep reception
  • New Orleans 

Optional excursions

  • ​Architectural river cruise
  • Bayou swamp plus Louisiana plantation tour​
  • Paddle Steamer dinner cruise with live jazz ​

Your itinerary

We'll fly to Chicago today. Get to know your travelling companions this evening over a welcome drink.

Chicago is a city with a fascinating history and our half-day tour will introduce you to its sights. Highlights include Millenium Park with its wide open spaces and contemporary sculptures. We'll end our morning at Navy Pier, with its great selection of casual eateries, shops and entertainment.
You'll have time this afternoon to experience more of Chicago in the company of your fellow travellers before an included dinner of traditional American deep-dish pizza in one of the city's popular restaurants. Of course, Chicago is famous for its live music and after dinner we include a visit to the famous Buddy Guy's Blues Legends Club to experience it first hand.​

360 Chicago offers some of the finest views of the city from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Later, why not join an optional cruise on the Chicago River to appreciate the architecture of this great city.

The state capital of Illinois, Springfield, is where Abraham Lincoln lived with his family. We visit the museum dedicated to the President and his former home where guides will tell you more about him and answer any questions you may have.

​St Louis is home to America's busiest inland port thanks to the Mississippi River flowing through its heart. The 630ft steel Gateway Arch that towers over the landscape was built to commemorate the expansion into the west. We'll view the Arch before heading to the Budweiser brewery where we can enjoy a tour followed by a tasting. This afternoon you'll have time to explore St Louis with your fellow travellers. Perhaps visit a blues bar or, if they're playing at home, catch a St Louis Cardinals baseball game. ​

​Memphis is known for many things - the sweet southern accent, the great Mississippi River rolling along its border, blues music and, of course, Graceland, Elvis' former home and now a museum dedicated to his life. On the afternoon of day 6 we take a tour of the city and visit Sun Studios where Elvis and many other famous artists recorded some of their best-known songs.

This evening why not enjoy the blues clubs on Beale Street, which is famous for its excellent venues. Your Tour Manager will be able to point you in the direction of the best clubs.

Gospel music is extremely popular here and on the morning of day 7 you will have the chance to join the congregation of a local church. Get into the swing of things at a lively service complete with uplifting gospel singing, it's a perfect start to our day.

Graceland – the former home of Elvis Presley and a pilgrimage site for music lovers the world over - is certain to be a real highlight of your holiday. You will have time to soak up its infectious atmosphere, learn more about its story and Elvis himself on a tour​.

​Oak Alley Plantation is our port of call as we head further south and the heat begins to rise. A traditional Antebellum mansion, vast shady grounds and a Mint Julep reception await us - Mint Julep is a refreshing and gently potent drink that originates from the southern states. Stroll around the gardens, relax in the shade and learn more about the generations gone by as we take a tour of the estate.​

​New Orleans thrives on the music that hails from its streets. Discover all the main sights on our included tour today. Be sure to visit the famous French Quarter, where flowers tumble from wrought iron balconies and the sound of jazz music hangs in the air and wafts from beyond the doors of the numerous cafés and bars.
Why not join your fellow travellers on an optional excursion in the evening aboard an authentic paddle steamer. We'll enjoy dinner as we cruise along the Mississippi and a live jazz band entertains us.

​Today experience more of New Orleans at your own pace in the company of your travelling companions.

We'll enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 12.​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

USA - New Orleans - evening jazz cruise with dinner

USA - New Orleans - evening  jazz cruise with dinner

from £78

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Savour the age-old power and majesty of the Mississippi River in a new spirit of adventure. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city by night, as you watch the French Quarter come to life to the soundtrack of Dixieland jazz whilst enjoying dinner.

Evening Excursion - 2 hours on-board - Authentic Experience

USA - River cruise to admire some of the architecture of Chicago - Prebookable Only

USA - River cruise to admire some of the architecture of Chicago - Prebookable Only

from £34

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Step aboard Chicago’s First Lady as you set sail on the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. A certified volunteer will interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. The first lady vessel is fully equipped with full-service bars, climate-controlled lower cabins, and upscale marble and granite restrooms, all that’s left to do is to enjoy the amazing views and informative narration. The price is for the ticket only and transfers are not included, although the tour manager can arrange a taxi for you if required which you need to pay in local currency.

Please note: this excursion must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to departure

Architectural delight – 90 minute fully narrated cruise – minimal walking

Accommodation

This boutique hotel is 5 minutes’ walk away from Navy Pier. Shopping area and local attractions are also short walk away from the hotel. Guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, a minifridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre and a tour desk with local information.
The Red Lion Hotel St Louis City Centre is situated in the heart of downtown St. Louis. With the historic flavour of this 1929 landmark the building combines it''s modern comforts to create a unique experience. Hotel facilities include indoor pool, dining room, sun deck and fitness centre. Bedrooms include private facilities.
The Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis is located in a great position within walking distance of many of Memphis' attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, coffee-maker and iron.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a contemporary hotel located near to the French Quarter. Hotel amenities include a bistro which serves New-Orleans inspired cuisine, a bar, fitness centre and rooftop pool.

Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

11 days

Monday 29 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£2,769

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11 days

Monday 02 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£2,769

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11 days

Monday 07 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£2,669

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

London (Heathrow)

Monday 29 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,628

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 29 April 2019

Departs

10:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 09 May 2019

Departs

21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

12:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Monday 29 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,429

Available

Outbound
United Airlines

Monday 29 April 2019

Departs

10:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:30 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 09 May 2019

Departs

17:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

18:41 Houston (George Bush)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 09 May 2019

Departs

20:25 Houston (George Bush)

Arrives

11:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

United Airlines

London (Heathrow)

Monday 02 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,628

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

10:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

12:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Monday 02 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,429

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

10:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

British Airways

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

10:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:10 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

United Airlines

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

10:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:30 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

15:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

16:35 Houston (George Bush)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

20:15 Houston (George Bush)

Arrives

11:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

United Airlines

British Airways - BA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

12:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

British Airways - BA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

21:35 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

12:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Monday 02 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,429

Available

Outbound
United Airlines

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

10:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:30 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

15:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

16:35 Houston (George Bush)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

20:15 Houston (George Bush)

Arrives

11:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

United Airlines

Edinburgh

Monday 02 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,788

Available

Outbound
United Airlines

Monday 02 September 2019

Departs

11:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

13:50 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

14:00 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

18:15 Newark (Liberty Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

19:50 Newark (Liberty Intl)

Arrives

07:45 Edinburgh

Operated by

United Airlines

London (Heathrow)

Monday 07 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,329

Available

Outbound
United Airlines

Monday 07 October 2019

Departs

10:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:30 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

15:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

16:35 Houston (George Bush)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

20:15 Houston (George Bush)

Arrives

11:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

United Airlines

London (Heathrow)

Monday 07 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,528

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 07 October 2019

Departs

10:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:25 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

21:15 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

11:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Edinburgh

Monday 07 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£3,528

Available

Outbound
United Airlines

Monday 07 October 2019

Departs

11:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

13:50 Chicago (O'hare Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

Inbound
United Airlines - UA

Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

14:00 New Orleans (L Armstrong)

Arrives

18:15 Newark (Liberty Intl)

Operated by

United Airlines

United Airlines - UA

Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

19:50 Newark (Liberty Intl)

Arrives

07:45 Edinburgh

Operated by

United Airlines

Local Knowledge

A stroll along the Riverwalk in Chicago is an ideal opportunity to view the fine architecture of this exciting city.
I love this tour because its an exciting itinerary with the great music of blues, rock & roll, jazz and gospel.
Jackie O' Donoghue - Tour Manager
 
America's Heart & Soul - Chicago to New Orleans

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