Splendour In The American Heartland With Luxury Gold
From the famous architecture of Chicago to the warm hospitality of the Midwest, this quintessential USA itinerary reveals the very essence of the American dream. Start with Chicago - the birthplace of the modern skyscraper - then continue to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, embrace the toe-tappin’ country music scene in Tennessee.
• Chicago: 2 nights
• St Louis: 1 night
• Louisville: 2 nights
• Nashville: 2 nights
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 scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.
Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago
Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 SCALING CHICAGO
Start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs – the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Continue your exploration during 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. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 3 ST. LOUIS, THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST
Journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. 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
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, before enjoying a Dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.
Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 5 SPIRITED RESIDENTS AND RESIDENT SPIRITS OF LOUISVILLE
Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged 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 taking time for lunch. Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will 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.
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. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll have lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. In the evening, gather with your friends at a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
DAY 7 ENJOY NASHVILLE'S MUSICAL HISTORY
Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry or "country's most famous stage", for a live performance.
DAY 8 DEPART NASHVILLE
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Nashville International Airport, or choose to extend your stay in Nashville.
Good to know
St. Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet the world famous horse jockey, Charles Woods Jr.
Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private behind the scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.
Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.
Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.
Chicago: Appreciate the variety of impressive styles and achievements in design during your architectural river cruise, as a Local Expert reveals how the city was transformed after the Great Fire of 1871.
St Louis: Get a bird's-eye view of the city from the famed St Louis Gateway Arch.
Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.
Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a behind the scenes look at the songwriting process.
Chicago: Experience a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.
Accommodation on tour
Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen.
Louisville: A favourite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travellers who will find a blend of Georgian Elegance, timeless Southern charm and impeccable service.
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, located in the heart of downtown.
Tours depart in May, Jun, Sep and Oct; speak to a Personal Travel Expert for more details
Included in price
• An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'
• Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort
• 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
• Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
• Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
• All taxes and porterage charges at hotels.Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
• Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
• Airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour
• 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners with Wine.