Follow in the footsteps of the nation's legendry musical icons across the East Coast and the Midwest, from New Orleans sultry Blues melodies to the driving bass lines of Motown Sound in Detroit. 

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Visit Motown's legendary record studio

Broadway’s rumbling honky-tonks

Beale Street’s lively nightlife

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Eastern Cities & Signature Sounds

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Day 1

New Orleans

Start your adventure in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Home to a unique blend of cultures, including Caribbean, African and European influences, this hub along the Mississippi river boasts fantastic culinary delights and a vibrant live music scene around every corner of the city. After you’ve taken a stroll through the Garden District, paid a visit to the beautiful St Louis Cathedral and taken a peek around the colourful Backstreet Culture Museum at your own leisure, join the welcome meeting at 18:00hrs. When the meeting finishes, we kick start the trip with a locally led jazz tour to understand why this musical genre is so deeply rooted in the Big Easy’s DNA.

Day 2

Memphis

Today, we cross into the landlocked state of Tennessee and head towards Memphis, where rock ‘n’ roll originated from. Memphis shares a colourful past with legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong that helped to put Beale Street firmly on the musical map. Take your time soaking in the city’s kitschy boutiques, hipster cafes and up and coming restaurants, while you’re here. Or, take an optional trip to Graceland, to pay your respects to the home of Elvis Presley and visit the Sun Studio or National Civil Rights Museum.

Day 3

Memphis

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Day 4

Nashville

Make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music, with museums dedicated to Johnny Cash and George Jones. In the afternoon enjoy pit-stops in the city’s fabulous mix of indie coffeehouses or new distilleries, admiring their vibrant street art along the way. Come evening, enjoy a trip down memory lane by visiting the famous Wildhorse Saloon and Grand Old Opry – a grand musical institution that’s celebrating its 95th birthday in 2020.  Or explore their modern music scene, where locals still line dance in Broadway’s rumbling honky-tonks.

Day 5

Nashville

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Day 6

Louisville

It’s time for bourbon and bluegrass in Kentucky. Serving up some serious Southern Hospitality, discover its award-winning culinary scene – beyond Kentucky fried chicken. Underrated and increasingly hipster, this city that sits on the Ohio River, along the border of Indiana has a lot to offer. Visit the Museum Row on Main and have a bourbon on us. Delve into the city’s interesting bourbon history by entering the gateway to the Bourbon Trail and learn the traditional craft from locals whose ancestors have been distilling since the 18th century.

Day 7

Chicago

Follow in the footsteps of Louis Armstrong by travelling to the edge of the Great Lakes. Delve into the Windy City’s cultural heritage and see how the Great Migration shaped Chicago’s vibrant music scene. Wander around the city to see its whimsical public art splashed on the street walls, before checking out the Cloud Gate sculpture commonly known as "the Bean" . Afterwards, admire the Millennial Park before opting for a river boat cruise to soak in its spectacular skyline or enjoy panoramic views of the city from Willis Tower Skydeck.

Day 8

Chicago

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Day 9

Detroit

Next up is the Motor City, better known as Motown. Visit Hitsville USA, the Motown museum and see the former recording studio of Detroit icon Stevie Wonder. Check out memorabilia that preserves the legacy of founder Berry Gordy who created one of the world’s most successful recording companies. Or take a trip to Detroit Institute of Arts that showcases murals by Diego Rivera and ancient art collected from across Egypt, Asia and the Middle East. For car lovers, head to the Forde Rouge Factory where you can learn about the history of Henry Ford’s American dream.

Day 10

Cleveland

Say hi to Ohio! Home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Michael Jackson’s famous gloves can be found in its museum. Take a stroll through Cleveland’s green spaces, browse the Arcade’s boutiques, or indulge in a bit of nostalgia, with a trip to the famed house from the festive film, ‘A Christmas Story’. For world-class breweries, wander towards West 25th street, or what the locals call it “The Walking Hangover” to Great Lakes Brewing Company, that spearheaded the craft beer movement in this bustling neighbourhood.

Day 11

New York City

These vagabond shoes are longing to stray all the way to New York City – our final stop. Be sure to soak up life in the Big Apple and see the bright lights of Times Square, walk in Central Park or take a boat trip to Lady Liberty to enjoy the best this city has to offer. Or if you have the time take in a show on the glittering streets of Broadway or while away a couple of hours enjoy a thick-sliced pastrami monster sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen before heading to the Rubin Museum of Art, that holds a great selection of live music Naked Soul and jazz sessions, movies and talks all year round.

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