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Central South Full-Experience Chicago, New Orleans, Tennessee 9 Day Tour
Highlights

  • the Ark Encounter theme park ----the largest timber frame structure in the world
  • Travel across the Central US from North to South.
  • Experience the distinctive culture of the Central and South US up close
  • Exclusive tours in Chicago Theater and Purdue University Chicago, New Orleans, and Tennessee
  • Famous cities and spectacular natural landscape; music and equestrian events; modern beauty and pristine wildness; gourmet foods and shopping


Day 1 :HOMETOWN - Chicago/Night Tour

The first day’s itinerary is for your reference only; the schedule is subject to change upon your arrival.
Fly from home to Chicago. For passengers arriving with domestic flights, please wait at Baggage Claim area; for passengers taking International flight, please wait at the Exit doors after retrieving your luggage. Tour guide will lead you to the meeting point. For those guests who arrive at O’Hare meeting point before 3:00pm, you will receive an additional gift - free transportation to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago which features many shopping and dining options, there’s no complementary airport pickup and shopping option for Midway Airport arrival. For passengers who arrive before 5:00pm, you are invited to join the night tour of Chicago at $25 per person. (*To arrange the night tour, it requires at least 4 guests enrolled.) 【Chicago Night tour】 Start from the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, we will set off for Michigan Avenue where you can have a wonderful view of the Magnificent Mile in the night and take a walk alongside the Chicago River. The last stop will be the Michigan Lakeside with the panoramic view of the world-class city skyline of Chicago. 

* 9am-9:pm ORD airport free pick up,meeting piont before 3:00pm free time in fashion outlet shopping.

Hotel : Best Western Plus O’Hare International South Hotel or equivalent
Day 2 :Chicago City Tour
This tour will show you the best of Chicago in one day. This is a world’s top architecture city with bold architectures. You will take a walk in the Millennium Park, see the Cloud Gate, enjoy the urban view of city from 360 Chicago.

Itinerary: MillenniumPark & Cloud Gate (20 mins) →Grant Park (10 mins) →Chicago Theater (Optional, 60 mins) →The Art Institute of Chicago (Optional, 120mins) →Chicago Water Tower (15 mins) →Michigan Avenue (30 mins) →Chicago Cruise (Optional, 75 mins) →360 Chicago (Optional, 75 mins, including Tilt) We will pass by: Navy Pier, Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, Marina City, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Willis Tower Observation Deck.

Special Notice: Chicago Cruise will be closed in Winter

Millennium Park Three square blocks of open lakefront complete with a Ferris Wheel, outdoor music pavilion and ice-skating rink; expected to become one of the city's most popular sites.

Grant Park is a large urban park in the city's central business district.t was renamed in 1901 to honor US President Ulysses S. Grant. The park contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities. It hosts public gatherings and several large annual events and is popularly referred to as "Chicago's front yard".

Chicago Theater In the busy Loop area of Chicago is the city's namesake theater with its iconic marquee, which has become an unofficial symbol of the city. It hosts performances of all kinds, including drama, comedy, dance, and more.

The Art Institute of Chicago is the 2nd-largest art museum in the US after the Met in New York. It houses pieces by renowned painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as well as an extensive collection of African-American art.

Michigan Avenue is a street well known to Chicago natives as well as tourists to the city. Michigan Avenue also is the main commercial street of Streeterville. It includes all of the Historic Michigan Boulevard District and most of the Michigan–Wacker Historic District, including the scenic urban space anchored by the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

360 Chicago (incl. Tilt) This observation deck sits atop the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, providing exquisite aerial views of the city's skyline that you can't get anywhere else. The new LIFT feature extends out above the city below for an exhilarating experience.

Chicago CruiseThe Architectural Cruise of Chicago is a perfect way to view one of America's most formidable cities, all from the comfort of a boat leisurely sailing down the Chicago River, either during the day or at twilight.  

Hotel : Best Western Plus O’Hare International South Hotel or equivalent
Day 3 :Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis

First, we will go south to Springfield, hometown of Abraham Lincoln and see his former home where Lincoln lived in for 17 years. Right behind his residence, there is the State Capitol of Illinois. Then we will head for St. Louis, the largest metropolitan area of East Missouri, which is well known for being the beginning point of the Westward Movement visiting its Gateway Arch and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Itinerary: Chicago → Springfield → Lincoln Home National Historic Site (Outside Visit)→ Old Illinois State Capitol(Outside Visit)→ St. Louis →Gateway Arch(30 mins) → Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis(20 mins) 

Lincoln Home National Historic Site This historic location, a house and the surrounding four blocks, was the home of President Abraham

Lincoln from 1844 to 1861, when he left for the White House in Washington. Lincoln's home has proved irresistible to visitors since it first opened to the public in 1887 and beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance.

Old Illinois State Capitol This historic site served as the state capitol building for the state of Illinois from 1840 to 1876, built in the Greek Revival Style. Both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama announced their candidacy for president here.

Gateway Arch This iconic stainless-steel monument in St. Louis is the tallest arch in the world. It was built as a homage to the westward expansion of the United States and sits on the site of St. Louis' founding. The monument opened to the public on Jume 10, 1967. And it has become to the well-known landmark building since then. The visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Located in the central West End of St. Louis, this Roman Catholic cathedral was designed in a mix of Neo-Byzantine and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. It was consecrated on June 29, 1926. Installation of mosaics in the interior beganin 1912 and completed in 1988, the mosaics collectively contain 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 colors. Covering 83,000 square feet (7,700 m2), it is the largest mosaic collection in the world outside Russia.

Hotel : Comfort Inn Festus or equivalent
Day 4 :Memphis – Jackson

After going across Mississippi River, the second time during this tour, we reach Memphis, the biggest city of Tennessee, the land of music. Memphis is a city of reminiscence. We will visit Graceland, the mansion home of Elvis Presley, commonly regarded as “the King of Rock and Roll”, “the most significant cultural icon of the 20th century”. Elvis’ hit songs can be heard everywhere in Graceland to pay homage to this beloved superstar. Later, go to the hotel near Jackson. Itinerary: Memphis → Graceland(Optional, 120 mins) 

Graceland This massive, opulent mansion in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley. It is a National Historic Landmark and today serves as a museum. Guests can visit the site of Elvis' grave and tour the thirteen-acre estate.

Hotel : Ramada Pearl/Jackson Airport or equivalent
Day 5 :Oak Alley Plantation - New Orleans (Night Tour)

When we reach Oak Alley Plantation, a U.S. National Historic Landmark located at the west suburban of New Orleans. We will also have a swamp tour, a fun adventurous yet safe boat ride that showcases the unique eco system of New Orleans region. You’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons, ibis and many other species as well as many strange looking plants living in the swamp. After going to the hotel, it is recommended to take an optional New Orleans night city tour .

Itinerary: Oak Alley Plantation(Optional, 90 mins)→ Swamp Tour (Optional, 90 mins)→ New Orleans Night Tour(Optional, 180 mins) New Orleans Night Tour: New Orleans is a city with rich French and Spanish heritage. In between corners of every old French style townhouse, you may find a live jazz performance; every narrow block you turn to, there might be an oyster cocktail bar. It feels like many festivals are going on simultaneously. The night is long, and the nightlife is on.   

Oak Alley Plantation Oak Alley Plantation is a U.S. National Historic Landmark located at the west suburban of New Orleans, our attention, right away, would be attracted to the astonishing beauty that the plantation presents. Visitors may even feel that they were taken into the scene of “Gone with Wind”. The master’s big house is contrasting with the slave quarter nearby. Two rows of 300-years-old oak trees are not only concealing the amazing quarter-mile-long garden road, but also the bitterness of the south had borne after Civil War. The natural environment of New Orleans is as distinctive as its local culture.

Swamp Tour A fun adventurous yet safe boat ride that showcases the unique eco system of New Orleans region. You’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons, ibis and many other species as well as many strange looking plants living in the swamp. It is like entering a land of unknown. The natural disaster remains of Hurricane Katrina of ten years ago can still be seen. It is so fascinating of the untouched swamp wildness of the pristine beauty.

Hotel : La Quinta Inn New Orleans Veterans/Metairie or equivalent
Day 6 :New Orleans - Birmingham

New Orleans, built in 1718, is an important historical city in South US and one of the major ports, also well-known as the birthplace of jazz and French Creole culture. In its French Quarter, streets are narrow and crowded with French-style architectures, much like in France. Feel free to visit the antique stores alongside the Royal Street, or randomly jump in a jazz bar on the Bourbon Street. Jackson Square was built to commemorate General Andrew Jackson. St. Louis Cathedral and steamboat are also within walking distance. Passing through Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, we will head to Alabama State.

Itinerary: New Orleans → French Quarter → Cafe Du Monde (Optional)→ Royal Street → Bourbon Street → Jackson Square → New Orleans Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France → Birmingham → Kelly Ingram Park    

French Quarter The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street. It is also the oldest. Dating back to the city's founding in 1718, this National Historic Landmark district is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and celebrations. Its most famous locale is Bourbon Street.

Bourbon Street Extending 13 blocks in the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the most famous thoroughfare in New Orleans, a top destination for generations of partygoers. It is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Jackson Square This historic park in the French Quarter is home to the St. Louis Cathedral. It's history dates all the way back to 1721, when it was built by French colonists in the area.

Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in the United States.

Hotel : Comfort Suites Gadsden or equivalent
Day 7 :Chattanooga - Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg

Leave for Tennessee, we will arrive Chattanooga and explore the magnificent Lookout Mountain by getting on top of Rock City. we are sure you will be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic views of natural landscape, massive ancient rock formations, and gardens with over 400 native plant species. We continually drive through the Great Smoky Mountains which is the habitat of a variety of animals. Then we will reach Gatlinburg, a charming mountain town with a variety of unique shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. Our Tennessee visit reaches the climax of the day by attending the most visited dinner attraction in America (at your own expense): Dixie Stampede, dine in a dinner theatre where you can watch a brilliant show with 32 horses and a cast of top-notch riders.

Itinerary: Chattanooga → Across Lookout Mountain → Rock City(Optional, 75 mins)→ Gatlinburg(100 mins) → Pigeon Forge → Dixie Stampede(Optional, 120 mins)
 
Rock City On the top of the Rock City, it is said seven neighboring states might be seen from Lover's Leap - you can find out whether it is true or not. However, we are sure you will be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic views of natural landscape, massive ancient rock formations, and gardens with over 400 native plant species. Dixie Stampede Dine in a dinner theatre where you can watch a brilliant show with 32 horses and a cast of top-notch riders plus a mouth-watering four-course feast complete with a delicious dessert! They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will also enjoy music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way.
Hotel : Clarion Inn & Suites West Knoxville or equivalent
Day 8 :Kentucky Horse Park – Ark Encounter theme park

Visit Kentucky, where known as the "Bluegrass State" due to its fertile soil in many pastures. We stop by Kentucky Artisan Center, a state tourism agency celebrating Kentucky’s charming local folk-art wares. Later, arrive in Lexington, the "Horse Capital of the World", visiting its famous horse racing. At noon we will head towards the Ark Encounter theme park. In the evening, we will head towards the historic Findley Market to enjoy local food for dinner. Itinerary: Ark Encounter theme park(30 mins)→ Kentucky Horse Park(Optional, 75 mins)→ Ark Encounter theme park(Optional, 210 mins) 

Kentucky Horse Park Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States. Visit the museums for a comprehensive look at horse history and culture around the world.

Ark Encounter Ark Encounter is a world-class theme park featuring the most authentic full-size replica of Noah's Ark in the world. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. We'll take a wild adventure and soar across gorgeous valleys on a zip line tour. Then spot some exotic animals at Ararat Ridge Zoo or relax with your friends and family.  

Hotel : Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North or equivalent
Day 9 :Purdue University - Chicago

After seeing Indiana state house in Indianapolis from outside, we travel to Lafayette, where Purdue University is located.

Itinerary: Indianapolis → Indiana State House(Outside Visit) → The West Lafayette → Purdue University(Optional, 90 mins,Including Lunch Time)→ Chicago 

Purdue University Named for business leader and philanthropist John Purdue, Purdue University consists of 6 campuses, the main location of which is situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. Notable highlights include the Purdo Mall, Memorial Mall, and South Campus, which offers visitors pristine lawns and a horticulture garden. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the largest student body of any university in Indiana, as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

End tour - Transfer to Chicago: ORD Airport for departure. Please book flight departs after 19:00Pm.

Notes: Upon completion of the tour, we will send you to the O’Hare International Airport (ORD) for flights home. See “Airport Pick-up/Drop-off Notes” for more details. (If you need to leave at any other places on the way back to Chicago, please confirm it with your tour guide in advance.)

  • Tour Exclude:
  • Meals, attractions tickets, service fee ($10 per person per day), and any private costs (such as hotel telephone charges, laundry etc.).

 

Admission tickets: :

Admission tickets:
Items

Adults Children Senior
(65+)
 Chicago
Chicago Night Tour (Minimum 4 Passengers)
 $28  $15 (4-17yrs)  $28
360 Chicago (incl. Tilt) $40 $10 (6-12yrs)  $40
Chicago Cruise (Summer)
$15 $10 $10
The Art Institute of Chicago $53 $24 (5-12yrs) $53
Chicago Theater In-depth Tour
$15 $0  
$15
 Memphis   
Graceland (Elvis Presley Mansion)
$21 $16 (5-12yrs  $19(62+)
 Tennessee/New Orleans   
Oak Alley Plantation
$19 $11 $19
New Orleans Night Tour $23 $15 (3-11yrs $23
Swamp Boat Tour   
$36 $17 $36
Rock City   
$25 $19 $19

 Tickets are subject to change without notice.

CODE

DEPARTURE

4/1 - 12/31, 2019

Twin 3rd & 4th Pax Single
LAP9CS

Every :Tue, Wed

Add Date: 1/29, 2/12, 2/26 , 3/12, 3/26

$996 $825 $1506
  • Scenic Spots Notes:
    1. Itinerary will be subject to traffic and weather. The sequence of the attractions might be changed according to actual and practical situation for better service.
    2. In case of attraction closures (due to holidays or construction, etc.), tour guide may make some necessary changes to the itinerary accordingly.
    3. (This tour does not accept any City Pass or your own tickets for the attraction. Guests need to purchase admission tickets from tour guides.
      Refund Remark:
      (1)    If the weather condition, war, general strikes and other unforeseen circumstances interrupt the journey, our company reserve the right to rearrange the journey without refunding the tour fee.    
      (2)    If visitors cannot join the tour because of personal reason, the fee for hotels and transportation is not refundable.
      Tour fee exclude: the meals, attractions tickets, service fee ($10 per person per day), and any private costs (such as hotel telephone charges, laundry etc.).


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