7 Days USA Central South Full-ExperienceTour from Chicago

Tour Code : 155-698


Our Price: $685.00
Start City: Chicago
End City: Chicago
Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Operational days:
May 25 2017 - May 31 2017  Thu
Jun 01 2017 - Jun 30 2017  Thu
Jul 01 2017 - Jul 31 2017  Thu
Aug 01 2017 - Aug 31 2017  Thu
Sep 01 2017 - Sep 30 2017  Thu
Oct 01 2017 - Oct 31 2017  Thu
Nov 01 2017 - Nov 30 2017  Thu
Dec 01 2017 - Dec 31 2017  Thu

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Itinerary


Day 1   Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis (298 miles)
After guests have been picked up from the specified departure location in Chicago, this tour will begin. In the morning we will tour Springfield, the capital of Illinois. There we will visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (outside) and see the Old Illinois State Capitol Building. We will then head to St. Louis, MO, where we will stop at the Gateway Arch and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. This is also where we will spend the night.

Springfield, IL

Lincoln Home National Historic Site This historic location, a house and the surrounding four blocks, was the home of President Abraham Lincoln from 1844 to 1861, when he left for the White House in Washington. It was the only home he ever owned.

Old Illinois State Capitol This historic site served as the state capitol building for the state of Illinois from 1840 to 1876. Built in the Greek Revival Style, both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama announced their candidacy for president here.

St. Louis, MO St. Louis is a city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city developed along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.

Gateway Arch This iconic stainless-steel monument in St. Louis is the tallest arch in the world. It was built as a homage to the westward expansion of the United States and sits on the site of St. Louis' founding.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Located in the central West End of St. Louis, this Roman Catholic cathedral was designed in a mix of Neo-Byzantine and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. It was consecrated on June 29, 1926.

Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or equivalent.
Day 2   St. Louis - Memphis - Jackson
From St. Louis, we will head to Memphis, TN, where we will visit Graceland, the former estate of Elvis Presley. We will got to Jackson, MS for the night.

Memphis, TN Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. And it is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson.

Graceland This massive, opulent mansion in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley. It is a National Historic Landmark and today serves as a museum. Guests can visit the site of Elvis' grave and tour the thirteen-acre estate.

Standard Hotel: Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, or equivalent.
Day 3   Jackson - New Orleans (187 miles)
We will make our way from Jackson into Louisiana, where we will have the chance to take a Swamp Tour on a riverboat that will bring us closer to the unique nature of the South. From there, we will head to New Orleans, LA, stopping along the way at the Oak Alley Plantation. There is an optional Night Tour of New Orleans available.

New Orleans, LA The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

Oak Alley Plantation This historic plantation on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana is a National Historic Landmark. In addition to its function as a museum, the Oak Alley Plantation has served as a set for films and TV shows.

Swamp Boat Tour Get up close and personal with the bayou! These tours take guests into protected swamps to see some of the South's unique indigenous wildlife. Guests may even meet an alligator! These guided tours are fun and informative.

New Orleans Night Tour This walking tour of New Orleans is one of the best ways to explore the city after dark. It is dramatic, historic, and entertaining, providing you with anecdotes detailing some of the darker parts of local history.

Standard Hotel: La Quinta Inn or equivalent.
Day 4   New Orleans - Birmingham (312 miles)
Today, we will get to explore New Orleans. Our stops will include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Royal Street, and the many antique stores and jazz bars on Bourbon Street. We will head to Birmingham, AL for the evening, where we will get to see Kelly Ingram Park.

New Orleans, LA The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

French Quarter The most famous area of New Orleans is also the oldest. Dating back to the city's founding in 1718, this National Historic Landmark district is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and celebrations. Its most famous locale is Bourbon Street.

Royal Street Royal Street, located one block from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the oldest streets in the city and famous for its antique shops, art galleries, and stately hotels. Described as the quintessential French Quarter street, Royal Street is also home to restaurants and cafes.

Bourbon Street Extending 13 blocks in the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the most famous thoroughfare in New Orleans, a top destination for generations of partygoers. It is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Jackson Square This historic park in the French Quarter is home to the St. Louis Cathedral. It's history dates all the way back to 1721, when it was built by French colonists in the area.

Standard Hotel: Days Inn Attalla/Best Western or similar.
Day 5   Chattanooga - Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge (166 miles)
In the morning, we will explore Chattanooga, TN, heading up the slopes of Lookout Mountain and Rock City. Then, we'll drive through the Great Smoky Mountains, home to a variety of animals. Eventually, we will reach Gatlinburg, a charming mountain town with a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and hotels. Afterwards, we will continue to Pigeon Forge, TN to see the Dixie Stampede show, created by the famous country singer Dolly Parton.

Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee. A unique distinction for Chattanooga is the fact that the city has its own typeface, Chatype, which was launched in August 2012.

Lookout Mountain This historic hilltop on the southern border of Tennessee has a colorful history as a place of importance during wartime. Most notably, it was the centerpiece of the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.

Rock City Rock City is as famous for its aggressive mid-19th-century marketing campaigns as for its views and gardens. Still, Rock City does offer a lot to visitors: panoramic views, botanical gardens, and amazing rock formations are all features.

Great Smoky Mountains Park This 520,000-acre park on the eastern border of Tennessee is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage. It is the most-visited national park in the United States, and is renown for the beauty of its landscapes.

Gatlinburg, TN Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee. The city is a popular vacation resort, as it rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina through the national park.

Pigeon Forge, TN Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist destination. The city's attractions include Dollywood, numerous outlet malls, and music theaters.

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede In 1988, the first Dixie Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just outside of Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. The show is still going strong today, and has expanded to two other locations in the American South.

Standard Hotel: Clarion Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites or equivalent.
Day 6   Berea - Lexington - Louisville (124 miles)
Today, we will stop by the Kentucky Artisan Center, which celebrates the state's charming local folk art. Later, we will arrive in Lexington to visit the Kentucky Horse Park. Lastly, we will head to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville to do some shopping. We will spend the night in Louisville.

Lexington, KY Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 61st largest in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located on the Kentucky River in the heart of the state's Bluegrass region.

Kentucky Horse Park Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States.

Simpsonville, KY Located just a few minutes from Louisville, Simpsonville is a small Kentucky town known as the American Saddlebred horse capital of the world.

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass This large outlet mall in Kentucky, opened during the summer of 2014, is home to over 80 outlet stores, including Old Navy, Nike, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, and American Eagle.

Standard Hotel: Ramada Louisville, Days Inn or Similar.
Day 7   Indianapolis - Lafayette - Chicago (189 miles)
After seeing the exterior of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, we will travel to Lafayette to see the campus of Purdue University. Later in the day, we will reach Chicago, where the tour will come to an end. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.

Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city in Indiana. Indianapolis hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NFL Scouting Combine, the largest half marathon in the U.S., and the Indianapolis 500.

Indiana State Capitol (Outside Visit) The Indiana Statehouse is the center of governmental function for the entire state of Indiana. This member of the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1878 and is an important historic and architectural building.

West Lafayette, IN West Lafayette holds the distinction of being the most densely populated urban area in the state of Indiana and having the most culturally diverse population in the Midwest. It is home to Purdue University.

Purdue University Named for business leader and philanthropist John Purdue, Purdue University consists of 6 campuses, the main location of which is situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. Notable highlights include the Purdo Mall, Memorial Mall, and South Campus, which offers visitors pristine lawns and a horticulture garden.

Inclusions

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  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Roundtrip transportation via Air Conditioned
  • Tour guide
 
Itinerary Highlights:
Visit Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains, Indianapolis, Lexington, Memphis, New Orleans, Pigeon Forge, Springfield, St. Louis, West Lafayette.
 

Additional Note:

  • Tour route may be changed and reversed; you may contact the vendor 1-2 days prior departure to confirm final itinerary
  • Customers are held solely responsible for their own travel documents and/or visas if required.
  • Bus Arrangement: Usually only passengers in the same order will be arranged in the same bus. If you book the tour separately with your friends and you want to sit in the same bus, you need to inform us before departure . Or you may be arranged in different buses.
  • Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
  • This tour does not accept any City Pass or your own tickets for the attraction. Passengers who take this tour need to purchase admission tickets from tour escort on the departure date.
  • From 4/1/2017(departure date), customers only need to pay one-time service fee on the day flying to the next destination!

 

Departure & Return:

 
Departure:
  • 8:00am Chicago, IL - 207 W Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL 60616 (Chicago, IL) | Return 8:00pm
Return:
  • Drop-off Location: 207 W Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60616, OR, O'Hare International Airport (ORD). 
    Note: Please book your flights departing from ORD after 7:00PM.
     

Exclusions

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Optional Admission Fees:
 
Destination Adult Child Senior
Chattanooga, TN
Rock City (Optional) $22 $13.10 (3-12 yrs) $22 (Over 65 yrs)
Lexington, KY
Kentucky Horse Park (Optional) $20 $9 (3-12 yrs) $20 (Over 65 yrs)
Memphis, TN
Graceland (Optional) $39 $18 (3-12 yrs) $35 (Over 65 yrs)
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Night Tour (Optional) $25 $15 (3-12 yrs) $25 (Over 65 yrs)
Oak Alley Plantation (Optional) $22
$5 (6-12 yrs)
$8 (13-18 yrs)
$22 (Over 65 yrs)
Swamp Boat Tour (Optional) $27 $16 (4-12 yrs) $27 (Over 65 yrs)
Pigeon Forge, TN
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede (Optional) $67 $41.50 (2-12 yrs) $67 (Over 65 yrs)
West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University (Optional) $10 $7 (3-12 yrs) $10 (Over 65 yrs)
 
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
  • All meals and drinks during the trip.
  • A mandatory service fees: Minimum $8 / day / person should be paid in cash to tour guide and the bus driver as a service fee. Any child / Infant reserving a seat will have to pay the service fees as well.
  • Personal room fees: such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/mini bar items, unless they are otherwise specified.
  • Any private expenses

 

Departure and Return Details

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Departure Return Locations (Return times are estimated)
08:00 am 08:00 pm Chicago, IL - 207 W Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60616
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