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American Music and Movie Trails Fly Drive

Chicago * St Louis * Memphis * Vicksburg * New Orleans * Birmingham * Chattanooga * Nashville * Louisville * Chicago 

This 14 day Fly Drive highlights the music and movie history from the northern states of Illinois and Missouri, to the deep south states of Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee.

14 days from £2,229 per person sharing including scheduled flights

Itinerary

Day 01 - UK - Chicago 
Your USA Holiday begins with a scheduled United Airlines flight from Heathrow to Chicago. Pick up your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Overnights(2): Chicago

Day 02 - Chicago 
This morning at 08:00 hours you will be met in the lobby of the hotel by the our representative for a complete briefing o­n your tour. While exploring this vibrant city located on the shores of Lake Michigan, you will notice many famous landmarks and buildings from films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, While You Were Sleeping, and The Road to Perdition, not to mention The Blues Brothers film. Try and locate the Blues Brothers Soul Food restaurant on Maxwell Street, and don't forget to pay a visit to the original House of Blues jazz club.

Day 03 - Chicago - St. Louis (290 miles) 
"Meet Me in St. Louis" is a summary of today's journey. Upon arrival, take a tram ride to the top of the famous St. Louis Arch and get a city view from 630 feet. Then take time to view Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, a movie produced by the National Geographic Society and viewed o­n a giant four-story screen at the Gateway Arch River front.
Overnights(1): St Louis

Day 04 - St. Louis - Memphis (280 miles)
Memphis offers a multitude of musical and movie moments, and there are two nights to explore your favorites. Start with a visit to Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar factory, or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded rock'n'roll hits.
Overnights(2): Memphis 

Day 05 - Memphis 
During your stay, check for any outdoor concerts at the Mud Island outdoor amphitheater. Located right o­n the Mississippi River.Mud Island River Park is a historical and scenic outdoor area. Or, dine in B.B. King's restaurant o­n famous Beale Street.

Day 06 - Memphis - Vicksburg (146 miles) 
Travel from Memphis to Clarksdale, heart of the Delta Blues. Stop to tour the Delta Blues Museum filled with memorabilia from B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Follow the banks of the Mississippi River along Hwy 1,and take the opportunity to roll the dice in o­ne of many Mississippi casinos; they never close!
Overnight(1): Vicksburg

Day 07 - Vicksburg - New Orleans (294 miles) 
On to the Big Easy! New Orleans is a jazz lover's paradise, and the familiar backdrop in a string of successful movies. The jazz & blues clubs are too numerous to mention, but there are two days in New Orleans to check them out!
Overnights(2): New Orleans 

Day 08 - New Orleans 
Continue to explore this city of riverboats, jazz, and Creole cuisine. Take time to visit the beautiful Garden Ructer or perhaps take a ride o­n the mighty Mississippi River.

Day 09 - New Orleans - Birmingham (340 miles) 
Sweet Home Alabama! Today, we head for Birmingham, Alabama. For music fans, the highlight would be a visit to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Entrance to this exhibition is free and inside, you'll find a wonderful tribute to jazz greats with ties to Alabama. For movie lovers, try and locate the original Whistle Stop Cafe, the setting for the novel, and later film, Fried Green Tomatoes. Although scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Atlanta, the original cafe is located in North Irondale, just outside of Birmingham.
Overnight(1): Birmingham 

Day 10 - Birmingham - Chattanooga (148 miles) 
Returning to Tennessee today, set forth to Chattanooga. Summer travelers should check the dates of the annual Chattanooga Riverbend Festival. While in Tennessee, don't miss the opportunity to try a "moon pie", a favorite Southern snack since the early 1900s.
Overnight(1): Chattanooga

Day 11 - Chattanooga - Nashville (133 miles) 
Nashville, "Music City USA" is the destination today. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a multimedia music shrine including live performances, movie theatres, costumes, instruments and other artifacts detailing country music's colorful history. Don't miss a visit to the Ryman Auditorium and a night at the Grand Ole Opry.
Overnight(1): Nashville 

Day 12 - Nashville - Louisville (175 miles)
From Blue Grass to Brass Bands, Kentucky has popular music for every listener. Today's destination is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the famous Kentucky Derby, which takes place at Churchill Downs the first Saturday each May. Recently featured in the movie Sea Biscuit, Churchill Downs is the mecca of American horse racing and home of the Kentucky Derby Museum. Take a short side trip to Bardstown and visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the inspiration for Stephen Foster's anthem of the same name, which is sung by the crowds every year at the Kentucky Derby. No visit to Kentucky would be complete without a visit to a bourbon distillery, but remember that many Kentucky counties are "dry" so often there are no tastings. Baseball fans should ensure they fit in a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum, an interactive museum honoring many of baseball's greats.
Overnight(1): Louisville 

Day 13 - Louisville - Chicago (300 miles) 
Today, your tour returns you to the Windy City, Chicago, having visited seven different states, experienced many popular movie set locations, and heard music ranging from blues to jazz to soul to gospel to country to bluegrass and rock'n'roll.
Overnight(1): Chicago

Day 14 - Chicago
A final day in Chicago before you return the car at the airport before your departure flight

Day 15 - Arrive UK 

 
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01 May - 31 May £2229 £1869 £2575 £2119 Quote
01 June - 21 June £2229 £1869 £2575 £2119 Quote
22 June - 30 June £2573 £2213 £2919 £2463 Quote
01 July - 31 July £2620 £2244 £2966 £2494 Quote
01 Aug - 16 Aug £2620 £2244 £2966 £2494 Quote
17 Aug - 31 Aug £2276 £1901 £2622 £2151 Quote
01 Sep - 30 Sep £2229 £1869 £2575 £2119 Quote
01 Oct - 28 Oct £2229 £1869 £2575 £2119 Quote

Standard HotelsUpgraded Hotels
ChicagoChicago Essex Inn The Whitehall Chicago
St LouisRed Roof Inn St LouisOmni Majestic St Louis
MemphisComfort Inn Downtown MemphisHoliday Inn Memphis - Downtown
VicksburgQuality Inn & SuitesQuality Inn & Suites
New OrleansHoliday Inn SuperdomeHyatt French Quarter
Birmingham, ALComfort Inn BirminghamComfort Inn Birmingham
ChatanoogaChatabnooga Choo Choo HistoricChatabnooga Choo Choo Historic
NashvilleGuesthouse Intl Inn & SuitesThe Inn at Opryland
Louisville, KYRed Roof Inn LouisvilleRed Roof Inn Louisville
ChicagoChicago Essex Inn The Whitehall Chicago

Included

  • Scheduled flights with United Airlines from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 13 nights accommodation, room only
  • 14 days fully inclusive hire of an intermediate car with unlimited mileage, LDW, Extended Protection, Sales Tax, State Tax and Airport Fees
  • Itinerary, maps and detailed driving instructions

Not Included

  • Weekend flight supplements £30 each way Friday-Sunday
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Hotel Parking charges if applicable
  • Extra charges apply to renters under 25 years of age
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, attractions, activities and excursions


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