Explore America's music roots with an independent itinerary structure perfect for travellers who want to do their own exploring, whilst still benefiting from the stress free nature of pre-planned travel. Includes rail pass, accommodation and extras!
This nine-day rail journey is perfect for music lovers!
This flexible Amtrak Independent Rail Package will give you the freedom to wander and get lost, with the security and ease of a planned itinerary.
Launch your vacation in Chicago and explore its famous blues scene and all the popular sites.
Then enjoy a relaxing train ride as you head to Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n' roll. Don’t forget to soak in the lovely landscape along the way.
See all Memphis has to offer, including Elvis’s famous mansion, Graceland.
Your last stop is New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Treat your ears and palate with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant. Take in the picturesque sights of New Orleans and the French Quarter from the deck of an old-fashioned paddlewheel boat.
7 nights’ hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
DAY 1 CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Explore the Windy City on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour covering 13 magnificent miles of this amazing city, making it the best way to visit all the top attractions and destinations. Hop-off at any of the stops along the tour to enjoy the sights at your leisure. Later in the day, explore the city on your own. We suggest taking a walk down Magnificent Mile. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 2 CHICAGO
Continue exploring on your multi-day sightseeing tour. Be sure to stop by the iconic attractions Chicago has to offer, like the Skydeck Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, 360 Chicago, and much more. Dinner this evening at a popular restaurant in Chicago is included. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel to the station and board Amtrak’s City of New Orleans® for a relaxing overnight trip down South to Memphis. Your journey on this train route takes you through the heart of our nation's musical heritage - from Chicago with its world-classChicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to Beale Street in Memphis and the home of Elvis, theKing of Rock N Roll. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 4 MEMPHIS You’ll arrive in Memphis early in the morning. Travel on your own to your hotel, which is located in the heart of downtown. Today you’ll have some free time to explore the sights and sounds of this musical city. If you’re looking for places to go, check out the music scene on Beale Street or head to the Peabody Hotel to see the famous ducks. (Overnight in Memphis)
DAY 5 MEMPHIS
Today, enjoy a tour of Memphis, including the iconic Graceland. This narrated tour will help you discover downtown, the Mighty Mississippi, Beale Street, Sun Studio, and many more wonderful attractions! On your Graceland tour, you’ll get up close and personal to the things Elvis cherished most in the world and truly get a glimpse of his life at Graceland. Stop in the Meditation Garden to see the final resting place of Elvis and his parents. (Overnight in Memphis)
DAY 6 MEMPHIS TO NEW ORLEANS
Travel on your own to the station and board Amtrak to New Orleans. Take in the Southern scenery as you travel the history-laden musical roads of Mississippi to New Orleans - the birthplace of jazz. Upon your arrival, you will travel to your hotel, where you can settle in for the night or start exploring this lovely city. (Overnight in New Orleans)
DAY 7 NEW ORLEANS
Start the day with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant. After a leisurely morning, you’ll set off for your included New Orleans city tour. Absorb the sights and sounds of the world-famous French Quarter and historicJackson Square. Explore the historic cemeteries, often referred to as "Cities of the Dead." Marvel at the fascinating stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and much more. (Overnight in New Orleans)
DAY 8 NEW ORLEANS
Enjoy a Battlefield Cruise and take in the picturesque sights of New Orleans and the French Quarter from a unique vantage point: the outside deck of an old-fashioned paddlewheel boat! Take in the amazing views of the French Quarter and thePort of New Orleans from the river as the boat’s captain entertains you with a detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history and river lore. Disembark at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. (Overnight in New Orleans)
DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN NEW ORLEANS
Travel at 60 and Rail Plus booking conditions apply. Please contact us for more information.
Prices will be subject to change on a weekly basis unless paid in full.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prices listed are FROM prices, per person, based on twin share and are subject to change.