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BBQ and Blues (ex New Orleans) 2019 (11 Days, New Orleans to Chicago)

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

Inclusions

Driving tour of Chicago
Sun Studio tour, Memphis
360 Tower with TILT experience, Chicago
Driving tour of Nashville
10 Breakfasts
10 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $2,809
Start Location
New Orleans, USA
End Location
New Orleans, USA
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Apr 201926 Apr 201942AUD $2,809
31 May 201910 Jun 201942AUD $3,299
26 Jul 201905 Aug 201939AUD $3,299
08 Oct 201918 Oct 201939AUD $2,809
ItineraryExpand
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! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Cooking demonstration
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! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Swamp tour -Paddleboat cruise
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: -Breakfast -Dinner
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 today: -Sun Studio tour Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum -Elvis experience, Graceland
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 today: -Driving tour of Nashville Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
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. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame
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 today: -Driving tour of Chicago -360 Chicago Tower with TILT experience Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
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. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Bike hire -Architecture cruise -Heli-tour over Chicago -Gangster tour
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 (Drop Off)
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