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Blues and the Bayou Roundtrip from Chicago

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$1199

Chicago Memphis New Orleans Chicago

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Blues and the Bayou Roundtrip from Chicago

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1 (800) 268-7252
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from your Amtrak Station:
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Trip Overview

Celebrate the beautiful sights and pleasant sounds of the South on this rail journey through two musically vibrant cities. Your vacation starts in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock ‘N' Roll, which includes a tour of Elvis's elaborate home, Graceland. Next, you will head to the Crescent City, where you'll hear some of the finest Jazz music in the world. Experience all New Orleans has to offer on a tour of the city that will feature many of Nola's hot spots. Cruise through the bayou on a boat trip deep into the Louisiana swamp, where you can observe alligators, snakes and other native wildlife in their natural habitat. This trip will definitely be music to your ears.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis including admission to Graceland
  • Swamp and bayou tour*
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans



Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Memphis; Memphis to New Orleans; and New Orleans to Chicago on the City of New Orleans®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights' on Amtrak
  • 2 meals (1 brunch**, 1 dinner)

*A Battlefield Cruise in New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat can be substitute for the Swamp and Bayou Tour

**Dinner at a popular restaurant substituted when brunch in New Orleans is unavailable

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO
This evening you will board Amtrak's iconic City of New Orleans train route for your trip south to Memphis. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 MEMPHIS?
Welcome to Memphis! Your journey begins along the Mississippi River in the City of Elvis. After arriving this morning, travel on your own to your downtown hotel and enjoy free time exploring the sights and sounds of this festive city. Looking for something to do? Ride the downtown trolley to Beale Street, which is full of tasty barbeque restaurants, live music venues, and fun shops. (Overnight in Memphis)

DAY 3 MEMPHIS?
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Memphis, including a trip out to Graceland! On this narrated tour, you'll discover all the amazing sights the Birthplace of Blues has to offer, like the Mighty Mississippi, Beale Street, St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Peabody Hotel, Sun Studio, downtown Memphis and more! Your tour of Graceland will allow you to get up close and personal to the very things Elvis “The King of Rock ‘n' Roll” cherished. You will truly get a taste of the King's fascinating life. Your tour also includes a stop in the serene Meditation Garden, the final resting place of Elvis and his parents. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at a popular downtown Memphis restaurant. (Overnight in Memphis) D

DAY 4 MEMPHIS > NEW ORLEANS?
This morning you will board Amtrak for your trip down to the Birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans! Enjoy the gorgeous Southern scenery as you travel through the history-laden musical crossroads of Mississippi to the Big Easy. Upon arrival, you will travel to your downtown hotel in the “Big Easy.” Feel free to start exploring the city if you desire.  (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 5 NEW ORLEANS?
Start the day with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant (dinner at a popular restaurant is included when brunch is unavailable). After your brunch serenade, you'll get to see all New Orleans has to offer on a citywide tour. Absorb the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square. Explore the city's remarkable cemeteries or "Cities of the Dead." Hear fascinating tales of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as you make your way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and much more. (Overnight in New Orleans) BR

DAY 6 NEW ORLEANS?
Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana like no other on a scenic boat trip through the serene swamp and bayou. Hear all about the fascinating mysteries of the swamps, bayous, and the Cajun "joie de vivre." Observe distinct beauty of the Louisiana bayous, the home to many species of animals and plant-life. (Overnight in New Orleans)

?DAY 7 NEW ORLEANS > CHICAGO
This afternoon, board Amtrak for your trip on to Chicago. As the train winds its way north, reflect on your unique and exciting experiences in Memphis and New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown

Enjoy your visit to the "Birthplace of Rock n' Roll" with our contemporary guest rooms that are ideal for business or leisure. We offer complimentary Wi-Fi and top amenities like an outdoor pool, professional meeting space and an onsite restaurant and lounge. Our prime location gives you close proximity to Downtown Memphis and popular attractions.

Sheraton Memphis

Perfect for conventions or conferences, this hotel in Memphis, TN is connected by skywalk to the 300,000 square foot Memphis-Cook Convention Center.
Enjoy upgraded amenities at this Memphis, TN hotel including our renovated fitness center and convenient UPS Store for travelers on the go.

Peabody Memphis Hotel

In the heart of "Blues City," you'll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent hotel. Our convenient downtown location is just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

New Orleans Marriott

Discover a riverfront New Orleans Hotel in the energetic Arts District, minutes away from the area’s top attractions such as the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, Cruise Port and a multitude of dining & entertainment options. Plan your next stay at the Marriott, a premier hotel near the New Orleans convention center featuring impeccable service in a welcoming atmosphere.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Welcome to the four-diamond Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, a center for all the radiance that makes New Orleans shine. Located on the historic Canal Street streetcar line adjacent to the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk to Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras parades, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Work, play or simply relax within an atmosphere of endless excitement from the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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