Jazz, Blues & Rock 'N' Roll

9 day Rail Holiday - from £999

With flights from £1545

Take in the sights and sounds of Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans on this tour of America’s musical roots. This is a music lover’s dream come true!


  • Discover the blues scene of Chicago
  • Tour of Elvis’ Mansion, Graceland
  • Explore New Orleans’ French Quarter
  • Cruise the Mississippi on a paddlewheeler
  • Overnight on the City of New Orleans Train
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! Explore the Windy City on a hop on hop off sightseeing tour covering 13 magnificent miles of this amazing city, making it the best way to visit all the top attractions and destinations. Hop off at any of the stops along the tour to enjoy the sights at your leisure. Later in the day, scope out the city on your own. We suggest taking a walk down Magnificent Mile.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza or similar

Day 2 - Chicago

Continue your sightseeing tour on your multi-day tour. Be sure to stop by the iconic attractions Chicago has to offer, like the Skydeck Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, 360 Chicago and much more. Dinner this evening at a popular restaurant in Chicago is included.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Chicago to Memphis

Travel to the station and board Amtrak’s City of New Orleans® for a relaxing overnight trip down South to Memphis. Your journey on this train route takes you through the heart of our nation’s musical heritage – from Chicago with its world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to Beale Street in Memphis and the home of Elvis, the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Hotel: Overnight on board the train

Day 4 - Memphis

You’ll arrive in Memphis early in the morning. Travel on your own to your hotel, which is located in the heart of downtown. Today you’ll have some free time to explore the sights and sounds of this musical city. If you’re looking for places to go, check out the music scene on Beale Street or head to the Peabody Hotel to see the famous ducks.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown or similar

Day 5 - Memphis

Today, enjoy a tour of Memphis, including the iconic Graceland. This narrated tour will help you discover downtown, the Mighty Mississippi, Beale Street, Peabody Hotel, Sun Studios and many more wonderful attractions! On your Graceland tour, you’ll get up close and personal to the things Elvis cherished most in the world and truly get a glimpse of his life at Graceland. Stop in the Meditation Garden to see the final resting place of Elvis and his parents.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown or similar

Day 6 - New Orleans

Travel on your own to the station and board Amtrak to New Orleans. Take in the Southern scenery as you travel the history-laden musical roads of Mississippi to New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz. Upon your arrival, you will travel to your hotel, where you can settle in for the night or start exploring this lovely city.

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar

Day 7 - New Orleans

Start the day with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant. After a leisurely morning, you’ll set off for your included New Orleans city tour. Absorb the sights and sounds of the world-famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square. Explore the historic cemeteries, often referred to as ‘Cities of the Dead’. Marvel at the fascinating stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and much more. 

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar
Meals: Brunch

Day 8 - New Orleans

Enjoy a Battlefield Cruise and take in the picturesque sights of New Orleans and the French Quarter from a unique vantage point: the outside deck of an old-fashioned paddlewheel boat! Take in the amazing views of the French Quarter and the Port of New Orleans from the river as the boat’s captain entertains you with a detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history and river lore. Disembark at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. 

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar

Day 9 - Farewell from New Orleans

Choose to stay longer in the wonderful city of New Orleans, move on to your next destination or say a fond farewell to America and head to the airport for your flight home.

9 day Rail Holiday - from £999

With flights from £1545


  • On your overnight rail journey, upgrade to a Roomette from £10 or a Bedroom from £65
  • Add extra nights in Chicago, Memphis or New Orleans
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room and include meals where shown. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach Accommodations unless otherwise stated. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details. Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2022 onwards.

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Discover America on an exciting independent rail adventure. All rail explorers can be booked as they are or you can choose to add extra days to extend your stay in the USA.

Your rail holiday includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Comfortable travel by rail journey
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 nights onboard the train
  • Meals as shown
  • Option to add extra nights

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