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Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States
From the famous architecture of Chicago to the warm hospitality of the Midwest, this quintessential USA itinerary reveals the very essence of the American dream. Start with Chicago - the birthplace of the modern skyscraper - then continue to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, embrace the toe-tappin’ country music scene in Tennessee.
On select Chairman’s Collection departure dates you’ll meet iconic multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy. From playing the saxophone on Roy Orbison’s “Oh Pretty Woman”, to the harmonica on Elvis and Simon & Garfunkel tracks, he has played a huge role in making music history. Join him at Studio B in Nashville where you’ll record your own group song before Charlie accompanies you on harmonica.
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Chicago, the Jewel of the Midwest.
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.
Start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Continue 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. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.
St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.
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.
St. Louis Arch to Louisville.
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.
Spirited residents and resident spirits of Louisville.
Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch. Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy.
A Corvette on the Honky-Tonk Highway to Nashville.
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 retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. 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. In the evening, gather with your friends at a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
Enjoy Nashville's Musical History.
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.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Nashville International Airport, or choose to extend your stay in Nashville.
Chicago (Contemporary) - USA
Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
St. Louis (Contemporary) - USA
Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch, located in the heart of downtown.
Louisville (Heritage) - USA
A favourite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travellers who will find a blend of Georgian Elegance, timeless Southern charm and impeccable service.
Nashville (Contemporary) - USA
Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.