The Sumptuous Soul of America - Summer 2021
From 05/09/2021 to 16/10/2021
Departure dates & prices
Dates Availability Price
Sep Sun 05 2021 to Sep Sat 18 2021Sold OutFrom$10,428*
Sep Sun 19 2021 to Oct Sat 02 2021availableFrom$8,904*
Oct Sun 03 2021 to Oct Sat 16 2021availableFrom$8,904*
Country Music Hall of FameChicago: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Chicago: Join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner.
Memphis: Enjoy a private, after hours visit to Graceland, followed by a home-style cooked meal, favoured by the King himself.
Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, three-course Southern dinner in the period surroundings of the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
New Orleans: Gather at the famous Arnaud's for a Celebration Dinner featuring live jazz.
New Orleans: Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a cooking demonstration and special Highlight Dinner.
Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 8 Dinners with wine (DW).
Chicago: Appreciate the variety of impressive styles and achievements in design during your architectural river cruise, as a Local Expert reveals how the city was transformed after the Great Fire of 1871.
Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
Louis: Get a bird's-eye view of the city from the famed St.
Louis Gateway Arch.
Louis: Take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St.
Lexington: Tour a working Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, you never know which champion you may encounter.
Louisville: Enjoy a private tour and tasting at one of Kentucky's newest members of the Bourbon Trail producing award-winning Kentucky straight bourbon brands.
Louisville: Take a guided walking tour of Churchill Downs, followed by a private visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum with a retired jockey.
Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels.
The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.
Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America's longest-running live radio program.
Nashville: Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer.
Memphis: The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland.
Memphis: Visit Sun Studios, where famous music icons like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums or the National Civil Rights Museum.
New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, previously voted best Louisiana attraction.
Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
Louis: Experience Memphis Your Way by visiting the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum or the National Civil Rights Museum.
Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet a retired Kentucky Derby jockey.
Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.
Memphis: Take a private, after-hours tour of Graceland before sitting down to a special dinner inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.
You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Day 1 - Welcome to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat near the Magnificent Mile. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - Start your exploration during a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 3 - Journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of The Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.(Breakfast)
Day 4 - Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 - Take a private tour of a Kentucky Thoroughbred retirement farm this morning set in the beautiful rolling Kentucky farmlands. Stops along the way include the foal and yearling division and the stallion complex. You never know which champion or future champion you may encounter! Later enjoy a private tour and tasting seminar complete with chocolate pairing at one of Kentucky's newest members of the Bourbon Trail, Lux Row Distillers, producing award-winning Kentucky straight bourbon brands. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.(Breakfast)
Day 6 - The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with a retired Kentucky Derby jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll have lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7 - Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry or "country's most famous stage", for a live performance. [CC] If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will meet one of two music legends, either Country Hall of Fame musician Charlie McCoy or Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Brenda Lee, for a special introduction to the city's impressive music history. [/CC](Breakfast)
Day 8 - Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 - Sun Studio is known worldwide as 'The Birthplace of Rock'n'roll'. Learn about Memphis' history and culture through the music that made this city famous. Experience Memphis Your Way by visiting the National Civil Rights Museum or the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, where you'll learn the stories of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create music that shook the world.(Breakfast)
Day 10 - Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private tour of an Antebellum mansion. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11 - Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12 - Join a Local Expert for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm caf? au lait in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.(Breakfast)
Day 13 - Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14 - Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport or choose to extend your stay at Hotel Monteleone.(Breakfast)
- Prices quoted valid for sale until 11 May 2021 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
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