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BBQ & Blues

(ex New Orleans) 2020
Top Deck
New Orleans to Chicago
11 days
From $2,999
Tour code: ULBBOC-0

Kick things off with Bayou beats and Cajun treats in New Orleans, then prepare to tap those toes as we rock 'n' roll our cares away in Memphis, have a fling with country and western in Nashville and get bluesy in Chicago. Bonus: some of these trips coincide with some of the USA's best festivals. Hot damn. Ready to eat, drink and be merry? Yeah, you are!

What's included?

Meals

10 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)

Accommodation

10 nights in hotels

Room types: Twin, Twin-Share (Male), Twin-Share (Female), Single, Double

Included activities

New Orleans, Louisiana

Cooking demonstration: $40 USD

Swamp tour: $22 USD

Paddleboat cruise: From $35 USD


Memphis, Tennessee

Visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum: $25 USD

Elvis experience, Graceland: $50 USD


Nashville, Tennessee

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame: $45 USD


Chicago, Illinois

Bike hire: $35 USD

Architecture cruise: $40 USD

Heli-tour over Chicago: $125 USD

Gangster tour: $45 USD


Itinerary

Day 1
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bayou! Get excited: you’re in the home of jazz music AND finger-lickin’ Cajun food. What better way to get acquainted with the city (and your fellow Topdeckers) than by getting down with the legendary party vibes of Bourbon Street? Make sure you grab a Hand Grenade cocktail ! they’re the bomb.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2
New Orleans

Po’boys, gumbo, jambalaya... just how do they get Cajun food to taste so damn good? Learn the secrets behind New Orleans’ tastiest treats with an optional cooking demonstration. Not your thing? You could always go party-hunting around town. There’s bound to be a festival going on somewhere!

Optional activities: Cooking demonstration

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
New Orleans

Feeling the after-effects of last night? No worries. Today you’re free to chill. If you fancy seeing another side to New Orleans, why not hop on an optional swamp tour and check out the alligators? If you’d rather steer clear of swamp monsters, there’s also an optional paddleboat cruise down the Mississippi to get on board with. How civilised!

Optional activities:

  • Swamp tour
  • Paddleboat cruise

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee 

Do your best jazz hands as we wave goodbye to New Orleans today - we’re rockin’ and rollin’ into Memphis, the city Elvis Presley called home. If that’s not enough to get you thrusting, this place is also renowned for its ah-mazing BBQ food. You’ll see why at dinner.

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 5
Memphis

We’re not going to lie - today’s got a pretty strong musical theme. Kick things off with a visit to Sun Studio (the ‘Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll’) to whet your appetite for all things tuneful, then take your pick between today’s optionals: a visit to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum OR the one and only Graceland. Wowee.

Included activities: Sun Studio tour

Optional activities:

  • Visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
  • Elvis experience, Graceland

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6
Memphis to Nashville

See ya later, rock and roll. Hello, country and western! Zip up those cowboy boots and get ready to scoot, ‘cause we’re on our way to Nashville. First up: we’ll take you around the city’s main sights on a driving tour. Tonight, we’ll sit down to some good old fashioned eats at our included dinner.

Included activities: Driving tour of Nashville

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 7
Nashville

You’ve got a free day to see all this lively city has to offer. Centennial Park, Belle Meade Plantation and the Parthenon (spoiler alert: it’s a replica) await, so get cracking. Got a hankering for some more country music? Then the optional visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame has your name written all over it.

Optional activities: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Nashville to Chicago, Illinois

If you’ve got the blues because we’re leaving Nashville, we’re going to the perfect place for you to express them: Chicago. Get to know the Windy City on a driving tour, then gather with the group for a trip to the top of the 360 Chicago tower. If you thought the views couldn’t get any better, wait for the TILT experience to kick in. Note: don’t forget to pack your head for heights.

Included activities:

  • Driving tour of Chicago
  • 360 Chicago Tower with TILT experience

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 9
Chicago

Today is all about Chicago’s awesome optionals. Pedal your way around on a bike ride, take to the water on an architecture cruise, go up, up, and away on a helicopter tour over the city, or get shady with a gangster tour and see what Chicago was like during the 20s and 30s.

Optional activities:

  • Bike hire
  • Architecture cruise
  • Heli-tour over Chicago
  • Gangster tour

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
Chicago

Wow, time flies - it’s your last full day in Chicago! What you do with it is your call, but we recommend that you get your fill of exploring while you still can. Or, if you’re here for the food, make sure you get your fill of deep-dish pizza. Either way, you do you.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11
Chicago 

Today, our BBQ & Blues trips sings its swan song - time to say goodbye. If you’re not ready to go home, an encore could be in order...

Meals: Breakfast

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