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7-Day Mid-South Mississippi Tour from Houston

  • Tour code: 955-6413
  • Available: Fri (4/1 - 12/31)
  • Depart from: Houston, TX
  • Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
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Highlights:

Visit Baton Rouge, Berea, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains, Indianapolis, Lexington, New Orleans, Pigeon Forge, West Lafayette, Williamstown.

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Single: $952
Double (/Person): $635
Third Person Adult: $236
Child : $236
Fourth Person Adult: $420
Child : $420

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Houston - Baton Rouge - New Orleans(330 miles)
  • Day 2 New Orleans
  • Day 3 New Orleans - Birmingham(312 miles)
  • Day 4 Chattanooga - Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge - Knoxville(149 miles)
  • Day 5 Knoxville - Berea - Lexington - Louisville(351 miles)
  • Day 6 Louisville - Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Chicago(274 miles)
  • Day 7 Chicago
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Day 1 Houston - Baton Rouge - New Orleans(330 miles)

Our first stop of the day will be the Bayou Rum Distillery, the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the United States, where we will learn all about the distillation process from fermentation to bottling. After that, we will tour Baton Rouge, visiting the Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest capitol building in the country, to ascend to the observation deck on the 27th floor. Next, we will head to our hotel for the night in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where guests can choose to rest for the remainder of the day or go out exploring. There are many live jazz bars around Bourbon Street, and the Café du Monde is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Be sure to sample the local cuisine at a restaurant and see Jackson Square.

The capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the county seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River.

  • Always Visit
    This incredible Art Deco-style building that dominates the skyline of the Louisiana capital. In addition to being the center of the state's government, the building is a National Historic Landmark and member of the Register of National Historic Places.

The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

  • Always Visit
    The most famous area of New Orleans 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.
  • Always Visit
    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.
  • Always Visit
    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.
Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Slidell/New Orleans East Area or equivalent

Day 2 New Orleans

Today, we will visit Oak Alley Plantation, a U.S. National Historic Landmark located west of New Orleans, and go on a swamp tour boat ride that showcases the unique ecosystem of the Louisiana bayou. We might be able to see alligators, snakes, turtles and more! We will also take the Mardi Gras World tour, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how this famous event is built from the ground up. Besides we will tour Garden District on the bus, passing by Tulane University and Loyola University New Orlean.

The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

  • Always Visit
    This historic plantation on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana is a National Historic Landmark. In addition to its function as a museum, the Oak Alley Plantation has served as a set for films and TV shows.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (6-12 yrs) $7; Child (13-18 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm
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    Take a trip down the bayous of Louisiana on a swamp boat tour to encounter the local wildlife, like alligators, turtles, birds, snakes, and much more! You'll also get a lesson in Cajun culture.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $30; Child (5-12 yrs) $25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $30|Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm|Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Always Visit
    Mardi Gras World (also known as Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, MGW) is a tourist attraction located in New Orleans. Guests tour the 300,000 square foot working warehouse where floats are made for Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:30am - 5:30pm
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    Once, the area of New Orleans' Garden District was covered exclusively by plantations. Because of its many affluent mansions and historic houses, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Slidell/New Orleans East Area or equivalent

Day 3 New Orleans - Birmingham(312 miles)

Today, we will get to explore New Orleans. Our stops will include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Royal Street, and the many antique stores and jazz bars on Bourbon Street. We will head to Birmingham, AL for the evening, where we will get to see Kelly Ingram Park.

The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

  • Always Visit
    The most famous area of New Orleans 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.
  • Always Visit
    Royal Street, located one block from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the oldest streets in the city and famous for its antique shops, art galleries, and stately hotels. Described as the quintessential French Quarter street, Royal Street is also home to restaurants and cafes.
  • Always Visit
    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.
  • Always Visit
    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.
Standard Hotel: Comfort Suites Gadsden or equivalent

Day 4 Chattanooga - Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge - Knoxville(149 miles)

In the morning, we will explore Chattanooga, TN, heading up the slopes of Lookout Mountain and Rock City. Then, we'll drive through the Great Smoky Mountains, home to a variety of animals. Eventually, we will reach Gatlinburg, a charming mountain town with a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and hotels. Afterwards, we will continue to Pigeon Forge, TN to see the Dixie Stampede show, created by the famous country singer Dolly Parton.

Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee. A unique distinction for Chattanooga is the fact that the city has its own typeface, Chatype, which was launched in August 2012.

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    This historic hilltop on the southern border of Tennessee has a colorful history as a place of importance during wartime. Most notably, it was the centerpiece of the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.
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    Rock City is as famous for its aggressive mid-19th-century marketing campaigns as for its views and gardens. Still, Rock City does offer a lot to visitors: panoramic views, botanical gardens, and amazing rock formations are all features.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-12 yrs) $13.10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $22

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee boasts impeccable views of that state's segment of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Come visit this impressive wilderness to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee. The city is a popular vacation resort, as it rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina through the national park.

Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist destination. The city's attractions include Dollywood, numerous outlet malls, and music theaters.

  • Always Visit
    In 1988, the first Dixie Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just outside of Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. The show is still going strong today, and has expanded to two other locations in the American South.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $66.84; Child (4-11 yrs) $39.25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $66.84|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Clarion Inn & Suites West Knoxville or equivalent

Day 5 Knoxville - Berea - Lexington - Louisville(351 miles)

Today, we will stop by the Kentucky Artisan Center, which celebrates the state's charming local folk art. Later, we will arrive in Lexington to visit the Kentucky Horse Park. At noon we will head towards the Ark Encounter theme park. After that we will visit the historic Findley Market to enjoy local food for dinner.

Berea, located in central Kentucky, is best known as being a cultural center for music, food, and arts festivals. It has a rich history with links to notable Appalachian writers, teachers, and artists.

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    This gallery is a 25,000 square foot complex where guests can shop, dine, and relax among artisan foods and goods through special exhibits. It is in an easy-to-find location about 40 miles south of Lexington.

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 61st largest in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located on the Kentucky River in the heart of the state's Bluegrass region.

  • If Kentucky Horse Park closed, visitors would see the statue of champion horse and its championship career in front of the 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.
    If Kentucky Horse Park closed, visitors would see the statue of champion horse and its championship career in front of the park.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $20; Child (6-12 yrs) $9; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $20

  • Always Visit
    The theme park is a $100 million representation of Noah's Ark in Kentucky. The Ark itself claims to be the largest timber frame structure in the world.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $48; Child (3-12 yrs) $25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $38

Cincinnati is a city in the state of Ohio. Cincinnati is known for its large collection of historic architecture. Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood just to the north of Downtown Cincinnati, boasts among the world's largest collections of Italianate architecture, rivaling similar neighborhoods in New York City, Vienna and Munich in size and scope.

  • Always Visit
    Findlay Market is the state's oldest continuously operated public market. It's a place for unique foods and good friends.
Standard Hotel: Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North or Similar

Day 6 Louisville - Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Chicago(274 miles)

After seeing Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis from outside and Indy 500, we will travel to Lafayette to visit IPurdue University. We will reach Chicago later afternoon of the day.

Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city in Indiana. Indianapolis hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NFL Scouting Combine, the largest half marathon in the U.S., and the Indianapolis 500.

  • Always Visit
    The Indiana Statehouse is the center of governmental function for the entire state of Indiana. This member of the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1878 and is an important historic and architectural building.

West Lafayette holds the distinction of being the most densely populated urban area in the state of Indiana and having the most culturally diverse population in the Midwest. It is home to Purdue University.

  • Always Visit
    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.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $10; Child (3-12 yrs) $7; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10
Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus O'Hare International South Hotel or equivalent

Day 7 Chicago

On this tour, guests will get to see the best of Chicago in one day. Today, we will take a walk in Millennium Park, where we will see a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture, and landscape design in the heart of downtown. There, we will see the famous Cloud Gate before taking a break at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. After that, we will stroll around the Navy Pier. Then, we will get an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theater, an exquisite French Baroque style building. Walking along Michigan Avenue, we will be strolling down the brilliant Magnificent Mile, where we will see the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, and the historical Chicago Water Tower. For the best view of the city, we will go to the top of 360 CHICAGO. Afterward, we will take a Architectural cruise to further admire the city's architecture (the cruise will be closed in winter).

Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

  • Always Visit
    Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.
    Opening Hours: Sun Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm
  • Always Visit
    Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 6:00am - 11:00pm
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    This impressive and somewhat bizarre stainless steel sculpture is the focal point of AT&T Plaza in Chiago, Illinois' Millennium Park. Nicknamed "The Bean" due to its shape, it was constructed in 2006 and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor.
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    Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.
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    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.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (3-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15
  • Always Visit
    Part of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is one of the city's major roadways, running north-to-south through the heart of downtown. It is home to many famous buildings and upscale shops.
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    The Art Institute 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.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (Under 14 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Fri - Wed 10:30am - 5:00pm, Last entry time is 4:30pm, Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
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    This observsation 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 exhilirating experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (3-12 yrs) $21; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 11:00pm
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    The 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.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $45; Child (3-12 yrs) $25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $45; Tax not included

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