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Splendour In the American heartland 2018 (Luxury Gold)

Duration 8 days

Destinations visited :
  • Southern USA
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This is classic America. Start with Chicago, the birthplace of the modern skyscrapers, embracing great highs and the best views. On to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, toe-tappin’ Tennessee to immerse yourself in the world of country music.
Meet Charles Woods Jr, a former jockey who’ll regale stories of the famous Kentucky Derby
Gather round the microphone in Nashville’s legendary Studio B, for a unique recording session with a professional sound engineer
Stay in the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in downtown St Louis – the embodiment of gracious Midwestern hospitality
With mainly two-night stops, kick back, relax and enjoy this fascinating journey through the heart of a nation’s musical and culinary heritage.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

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 Welcome Dinner with wine.
Hotel: The Gwen a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago
Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

SCALING CHICAGO.
(Relaxed Start) Start your discovery with one of the Windy City’s greatest highs at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, which many call Chicago’s best view. Board 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.
Hotel: The Gwen a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago.
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 3

ST LOUIS, THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST.
Journey to St Louis. This vibrant city played host to the World’s Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St Louis prestigious Washington University.
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St Louis
Full Breakfast

DAY 4

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. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.
Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 5

SPIRITED RESIDENTS AND RESIDENT SPIRITS OF LOUISVILLE.
(Relaxed Start) Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky’s most spirited 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 visiting a bourbon distillery. 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.
Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville
Full Breakfast

DAY 6

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. Browse through two floors of collectible items and artefacts. Gain an insider’s perspective during a private visit with Charles Woods Jr, a retired jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America’s favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum and enjoy lunch, before arriving in Nashville. In the evening, gather with your friends at a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7

ENJOY NASHVILLE’S MUSICAL HISTORY.
Tour historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Your Local Expert, a D songwriter and singer, will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits. No trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America’s longest-running live radio programme.
Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
Full Breakfast

DAY 8

DEPART NASHVILLE.
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Nashville International Airport.
Full Breakfast

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of America’s longest running live radio program at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Louisville: Discover the secrets involved in the making of the South’s signature spirit at a bourbon distillery with your Master of Malt expert before enjoying a sample.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
  • Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
  • Chicago: Its love affair with state-of-the-art high-rise means its history is written across the sky and there is no better vantage point than from the deck of an architectural river cruise.
  • St Louis: Get a bird’s-eye view of the city atop the famed St Louis Gateway Arch.

MEMORABLE DINING

  • Nashville: Enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners all with wine (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and soak in the energy and glamour of Chicago in the 1930s.
  • Louisville: A favorite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travelers, visitors, and locals to the Louisville downtown.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
  • St Louis: Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district and Lumière Place Casino.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges – handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your ‘friend in a foreign land’.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It’s Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

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Splendour In the American heartland 2018 (Luxury Gold)

This is classic America. Start with Chicago, the birthplace of the modern skyscrapers, embracing great highs and the best views. On to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, toe-tappin’ Tennessee to immerse yourself in the world of country music.
Meet Charles Woods Jr, a former jockey who’ll regale stories of the famous Kentucky Derby
Gather round the microphone in Nashville’s legendary Studio B, for a unique recording session with a professional sound engineer
Stay in the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in downtown St Louis – the embodiment of gracious Midwestern hospitality
With mainly two-night stops, kick back, relax and enjoy this fascinating journey through the heart of a nation’s musical and culinary heritage.

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