AMERICA’S MUSIC CITIES
Day 1 Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana – Tour Begins
Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.
Breakfast & Dinner Sheraton New Orleans
Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans
The choice is yours! Take a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Or, set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain; this romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Whichever you choose, stop to taste a true New Orleans favourite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.
Sheraton New Orleans
Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem whilst keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Return to New Orleans and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to discover this great city your way.
Breakfast & Dinner The Guest House At Graceland
New Orleans – Memphis, Tennessee
Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. This evening, enjoy delectable Southern cuisine along with some of the best live music in town. Your dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.
Breakfast The Guest House At Graceland
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The rest of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings. Spend more time at Graceland** or join an optional Memphis Musical History Tour with dinner. Tonight, dance to the live music or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs!
Breakfast & Lunch Gaylord Opryland Resort
Memphis – Nashville
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. Relive days gone by during a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a culinary and wine tasting experience featuring southern delicacies.*** This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.**** What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.
Breakfast & Dinner Gaylord Opryland Resort
Your day begins with a local guide who will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon — a full replica of the Athenian original! Next, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colourful histories of country music and its artists. Then, visit the old Ryman Auditorium***** and the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit!
Nashville – Tour Ends
Your musical journey comes to a close today.
Accommodation with breakfast
Excursions with professional tour guides
Other meals where stated
Difficulty Rating: 2 (Light adventure)
Single Surcharge: Available on request, please contact us for more details.
Notes: There is a huge range of resort accommodation available in Cancun/ Playa del Carmen area. Ask your sales consultant about some of the options.
Price Dependent upon: Season and flight availability.
Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle
Flamingo – Cancun
Standard (No Breakfast) Room
Located in the heart of Cancun and with direct access to the white-sand beach, the Flamingo Cancun Resort offers guests the perfect place to sit back and relax. Each of the resorts comfortable and brightly decorated en-suite rooms includes views of either the lagoon or the Caribbean Sea and comes equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and hairdryer. After a day of relaxing on the beach or beside one of the resorts two outdoor swimming pools, guests can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the two on-site restaurants and a tasty cocktail in one of the three bars.
Be Tulum – Tulum
Nestled between the white-sand beach and tropical rainforest, the Be Tulum boutique hotel offers those lucky enough to stay here complete indulgence and luxury. Each of the sophisticated suites has its own pool or Jacuzzi as well as a balcony or terrace so guests can enjoy the idyllic settings in complete privacy. Each also has air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access, iPod docking station, in-room safe, 100% cotton sheets and personal bathrobes. The hotel itself also has an on-site luxury spa, which offers a variety of treatments, and an exquisite beachfront restaurant.
SEASIDE CABANAS – Caye Caulker
Standard (No Breakfast) Room
Seaside Cabanas is a hotel situated right on the beach on the beautiful Island of Caye Caulker. The hotel architecture blends Belizean and Mexican styles with the use of thatch, local woods and bright colours. The interiors are cool and modern with artwork from Belize and other parts of the Caribbean. Seaside Cabanas features the only freshwater swimming pool as well as 16 air-conditioned rooms, a two-story bar and a gift shop. All rooms are individually designed and feature a Queen size bed or two double beds, air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, and view to the Caribbean Sea.
Midas Resort – San Ignacio
Our wooden cabanas are designed to envelop you in a cool tropical setting. They each have private verandas and hammocks which offer a great place for reading or resting. Inside you will find beautifully treated wooden floors with varnished pine lumber walls. Rooms contain double, queen or king beds, with fans, air-conditioning and screened windows.
Camino Real Tikal – Tikal/ Flores
The hotel, within a 35 minute flight from Guatemala City, is located between the indigenous villages of El Remate and Jobompiche and the national reserve of Cerro CahuÃ¬ and the shores of Lake Peten Itza; offering a unique and private access to the second largest lake in Guatemala and the nature that surrounds it. Camino Real Tikal offers 60 standard rooms and 12 Club Royal rooms all with their private balconies with a spectacular view of Lake Peten Itza. The 72 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Camino Real Tikal include minbars and safes. Guests can channel-surf the premium cable television. Bathrooms offer bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and amenities available on request include wake-up calls.
Hotel La Abadia – Antigua
The main objective of this charming little hotel, which was built in 2008, is to truly provide guests with comfort and convenience. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a design that comes from the Spanish Colonial era concept, including spaces with delicate finishes, natural details and personalised service to ensure a successful stay. The hotel has 9 rooms, 5 standard rooms, 3 double deluxe rooms and 1 master suite. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with 24-hour check-out service. Additional facilities include a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, a dining room, WLAN Internet access and a laundry service.
Jardines del Lago – Lake Atitlán
Jardines del Lago is a very reasonably priced hotel offering a wonderful view of the lake and volcanos, a private beach and is only a couple of blocks from the centre of Pana. All the rooms have private baths with hot water 24 hours a day.
Hotel Modelo – Quetzaltenango
Standard (No Breakfast) Room
Built in 1892, this majestic hotel accommodates up to 42 people with each room containing orthopaedic beds, private bath with abundant hot water, coloured cable TV, high speed wireless Internet and a telephone.
Ciudad Real Centro Historico – Palenque
Located just ten minutes from the archaeological zone and five minutes from downtown Palenque, the Hotel Ciudad Real is one of the best places to stay while enjoying all Palenque has to offer. Set among magnificent gardens the hotel’s en-suite rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, in-room safe, cable TV and telephone. After exploring the city and the ruins, guests can relax in the garden or swim in the pool before enjoying a tasty meal in the on-site restaurant, which serves traditional Mexican dishes, and a night of live music in the bar.
Chan Kah Resort – Palenque
Surrounded by lush jungle, the Chan-Kah Ecological Resort Village provides guests with all they need to enjoy a fun-filled and relaxed stay in Palenque. The resort is close to most of Palenque’s must see attractions, including the Cascadas Agua Azul National Park and the Mayan ruins of Palenque and Yaxchilan. Each one of the artfully decorated bungalows is equipped with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and cable TV and offers views of the surrounding jungle. The resort itself has three outdoor natural lagoon style pools, two restaurants and two bars, which overlook the colourful garden.
Howard Johnson – Villahermosa
Located in the heart of the city, on the bustling Bicentenario Square, the Howard Johnson Hotel offers guests a modern hotel in a prime location. All of the spacious en-suite rooms include all of the latest mod-coms such as air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, in-room safe and telephone. After a full day exploring the city, guests can relax and watch the world go by in the hotel’s sidewalk cafe or enjoy a delicious meal in the on-site restaurant.
Regente Hotel – Mexico City
Just one block from Mexico City’s two main streets, Reforma Avenue and Insurgentes Avenue, the Regente Hotel offers guests a convenient location from which to explore the city’s best attractions. All of the brightly coloured en-suite rooms are fully equipped with air-conditioning, an in-room safe and broadband internet. The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer a wide range of international dishes including Mexican, Italian and Spanish specialties.
Conditions: Price advertised is current as at 10 June 2013 but is subject to change without notice. Itinerary is subject to availability at the time of booking. Price is based on twin-share, single supplement available on request. Please contact us for full details.