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9-Day US Central South Full Experience Tour: New Orleans, St. Louis and Chattanooga
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Product Code: 82-79269
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OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Chicago
  • • Birmingham
  • • New Orleans
  • • St. Louis
  • • Memphis
  • • Indianapolis
  • • Springfield
  • • Lexington
  • • Vacherie
  • • West Lafayette
  • • Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede
  • • Great Smoky Mountain
  • • Kelly Ingram Park
  • • Graceland
  • • Purdue University
Tour Code
82-79269
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Chicago
End City
Chicago
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
Chinese, English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Chicago

Chicago

Hotel: Best Western or similar

Your guide will meet you at the O'Hare International Airport.

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.

Optional Tours

For those guests who arrive at O’Hare meeting point before 3:00pm, you will receive an additional gift - free transportation to the well-known Fashion Outlets of Chicago with many shopping and dining options.

For passengers who arrive before 5:00pm, you are invited to join the night tour of Chicago (admission not included). Minimum 4 guests needed for night tour to be arranged and there are limited seats.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Chicago Night Tour $25.00/Adult; $15.00/Child(3-12); $25.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 02
Chicago

Chicago

Hotel: Best Western or similar

This tour will show you the best of Chicago in one day. You will take a walk in the Millennium Park, a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design located in the heart of downtown Chicago. You will also see Cloud Gate, the impressive signature urban sculpture, which is one of the best public spaces that you can find on earth. Relax at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the world's largest artificial fountains, and at the Navy Pier, the former Navy training center, which is the most visited lakeshore park in central United States. You can also take an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theatre, an exquisite French Baroque style theatre (admission not included).

Afterwards we'll visit Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, where the Art Institute of Chicago (admission not included), Grant Park, shopping malls and boutique stores, and the historical Chicago Water Tower are located. To have the best view of this famous city, you can go up to the 360 CHICAGO (admission not included) which soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

As the birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers. You can also enjoy a Chicago Cruise along the Chicago River which lines up with best architecture in town: the corncob shaped Marina City buildings, Trump Tower, Willis Tower and much more (admission not included). Or take an in-depth walk tour (in winter) through the underground Pedway system which connects numerous famous landmarks (admission not included).

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Chicago Cruise $35.00/Adult; $21.00/Child(3-12); $32.00/Senior(65+) Only available in Summer
Chicago Architecture Walk Tour(Winter) $20.00/Adult; $15.00/Child(3-12); $20.00/Senior(65+)
The Chicago Theatre $15.00/Adult; $10.00/Child(3-12); $15.00/Senior(65+)
360 Chicago $25.00/Adult; $18.00/Child(3-12); $25.00/Senior(65+)
The Art Institute of Chicago $25.00/Adult; Free/Child(14-); $19.00/Child(14-17); $19.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 03
Springfield

Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis

Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar

First, we will go south to Springfield, hometown of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most respected presidents in the United States, and see his former home where he lived for 17 years (exterior only). Right behind his residence, there is the State Capitol of Illinois, the tallest non-skyscraper capitol building in the United States.

Then we will head for St. Louis, the largest metropolitan area of East Missouri, sitting by the banks of Mississippi River. Located in the Midwest, St. Louis is right at the geographical center point of the United States and is also well known for being the beginning point of the Westward Expansion of the U.S. Here we'll visit the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot monument that the world’s tallest arch and commemorates the striving men during this historical migration and land expansion. We will also visit the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The interior of the building is covered by 41.5 million pieces of mosaic glass in more than 7000 colors.

Tips:
Due to limited availability we cannot not offer an interior tour of Lincoln's home and we'll only see the exterior.
Day 04
Memphis

St. Louis - Memphis

Hotel: Ramada Pearl / Jackson Airport or similar

After traveling back across the Mississippi, we'll reach Memphis, the biggest city of Tennessee and the city of music. The city echoes its Egyptian reference city with a huge modern looking Pyramid that we can see on the bus. We'll visit Graceland, the mansion home of Elvis Presley, commonly regarded as the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis’ hit songs can be heard everywhere in Graceland to pay homage to this beloved superstar.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Graceland $39/Adult; $18.00/Child(3-12); $35/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 05
Vacherie

Vacherie - New Orleans

Hotel: La Quinta Inn or similar

Today we'll travel to Vacherie in Louisiana to see the Oak Alley Plantation (admission not included). At this U.S. National Historic Landmark, our attention will be attracted to the astonishing beauty that the plantation presents. The master’s mansion is contrasting with the slave quarter nearby. Two rows of 300-years-old oak trees conceals the amazing quarter-mile-long garden road.

We will also have a swamp tour (admission not included), 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 (admission not included). 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.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
New Orleans Night Tour $25.00/Adult; $15.00/Child(3-12); $25.00/Senior(65+)
New Orleans Swamp Tour $27.00/Adult; $16.00/Child(3-12); $27.00/Senior(65+)
Oak Alley Plantation $22.00/Adult; $5.00/Child(6-12); $8.00/Child(13-18); $22.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 06
New Orleans

New Orleans - Birmingham

Hotel: Days Inn Attalla / Best Western or similar

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.

It is up to you whether you like to start your day in the Café Du Monde with a most original French Coffee and their famed sugar coated donut, or, immerse yourself in the liveliness of local street art. Feel free to visit the antique stores alongside the Royal Street, or randomly jump in a jazz bar on the Bourbon Street. You can also visit Jackson Square which was built to commemorate General Andrew Jackson. St. Louis Cathedral and steamboat are also within walking distance. And, if anything, don’t miss out the chance to try some authentic Cajun food.

Afterwards, we'll bid farewell to New Orleans and head to Alabama State by noon. Passing through Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama and key point during Civil Right Movement in 60s, you will learn and feel how much the tears and blood of demonstrators shed for human rights and equality. The violent moments frozen in the silent statues in Kelly Ingram Park depict the unforgettable story passing through generations.

Day 07
Pigeon Forge

Chattanooga - Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Hotel: Clarion Inn / Baymont Inn & Suites or similar

Today we'll leave for Tennessee and arrive at Chattanooga to explore the magnificent Lookout Mountain at the top of Rock City. It is said seven neighboring states might be seen from Lover's Leap, one of the scenic points in the Rock City - you can find out by yourself whether it is true or not. 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'll continue on through the Great Smoky Mountains which is inhabited by 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 with a visit to the most popular dinner attraction in the U.S.: Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede (admission not included). Here you can enjoy a meal at the dinner theatre and watch a brilliant show with 32 horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. With such a visual spectacular and taste buds satisfaction, the experience composed is second to none.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Dixie Stampede Dinner Show $67.00/Adult; $41.46/Child(3-12); $67.00/Senior(65+)
Rock City $22.00/Adult; $13.10/Child(3-12); $22.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 08
Louisville

Berea - Lexington - Simpsonville - Louisville

Hotel: Ramada Louisville / Days Inn or similar

From Tennessee we'll head to Kentucky, the Bluegrass State. We'll stop by Kentucky Artisan Center, a state tourism agency celebrating Kentucky’s charming local folk art wares.

Later, we'll arrive in Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World, and visit Kentucky Horse Park. This equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre park features various shows and museums open to public. Kentucky Horse Park has also been home to many of the world's best competition horses, and a nursery ground to many rare horses.

Lastly, we will head to the shopping outlet at Simpsonville where you can purchase many name-brand styles and outfits at a low state sales tax.

Our overnight accommodations will be in Louisville.

Tips:
We will visit the statue of champion horse and its championship career in front of the park if Kentucky Horse Park is closed.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Kentucky Horse Park $20.00/Adult; $9.00/Child(3-12); Free/Child(under 5); $20.00/Senior(62+)
Ark Encounter $43.00/Adult; $30.00/Child(3-12); $33.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 09
West Lafayette

Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Chicago

Today we'll enter Indiana and see the exterior of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Then we'll travel to West Lafayette to see Purdue University, the giant public flagship university that was founded in 1869. The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 graduate and doctoral programs. Purdue has produced 23 astronauts who have been chosen for space flight, including Neil Armstrong.

In the late afternoon we'll arrive back in Chicago, ending this fantastic U.S. tour.

When returning Chicago, guests can also choose to be dropped off at the rest stops or cities along the way. Please check with your tour guide in advance.

Tips:
When returning Chicago, guests can also choose to be dropped off at the rest stops or cities along the way. Please check with your tour guide in advance.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Purdue University $10.00/Adult; $7.00/Child(3-12); $10.00/Senior(65+)
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
【Airport Pick-Up】
Complimentary pick-up service is available at O'Hare International Airport between 9:00am and 9:00pm.
For pick-up outside of normal operating hours, please contact us for a quote.
Customers who arrive at Chicago MDW Airport can contact us for a quote if they need airport pick-up service.

【Airport Drop-Off】
Please book your departure flight from Chicago area airport after 7:00pm.
We can transfer you to ORD airport for free. If you leave Chicago from MDW Airport, you can contact us for a quote or self-transfer to the airport.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Complimentary airport pick-up service
  • 8-night hotel accommodations
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned tour coach
  • Professional tour escort

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and Chicago
  • All personal expenses, additional hotel services, and meals
  • Service Fee for tour guide (min. USD 8.00/day per person)
  • Admissions and optional tours (prices may vary due to the season and are subject to the final box office price. All optional tours that include a service fee must be paid for in cash before joining the tour.):
Special Notes
  • The itinerary and operating dates may change due to weather, traffic and other reasons during our busy season. Please reconfirm your order prior to the departure date.
  • In the event of overbooking during peak season, we will arrange for you to stay at a hotel of equal or near-equal standards of service.
  • Flight information must be provided in order for airport transfer services to be arranged. If flight information is not provided or relayed at the last minute, we will assume you have arranged your own transportation and no driver will be sent. If you decide to make the trip from the airport to the hotel yourself, please inform us at your earliest convenience. If you opt out of airport transfer service, you may still request said service provided we receive the request well in advance. Urgent requests to reinstate airport shuttle service will not be guaranteed. If a flight is delayed, Tours4Fun / local provider will attempt to arrange pick-up at a later time, but this is not guaranteed. If an airport transfer service is not available, all guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation from the airport to the hotel.
  • Depending on your arrival time, your hotel room may not be available until the afternoon. Most hotels allow check-in between 1:00pm-3:00pm, however some charge a fee for early check-in. Please check at the hotel desk to see if you may store your luggage at the hotel if you wish to explore the city on your own before check-in.
  • Please Note:
    1. Guests are not allowed to use a CITY PASS and admission ticket purchased by themselves to join the sightseeing attractions included in this tour.
    2. Guests who do use a CITY PASS or admission ticket purchased by themselves, will not be offered the transportation service for that day, and will possible need to pay a penalty fee. Please consult your tour guide for details.
  • Language: This tour is escorted by a professional bilingual tour guide and/or driver guide (English/Chinese). Tours and/or languages may be combined to operate this tour depending on the number of passengers who have booked a particular departure.
  • Bus Arrangement: Passengers on the same reservation will be arranged on the same bus unless stated otherwise. If you wish to be on the same bus as another party /an existing reservation, please note your request with the reservation number in the comment section on the checkout page or notify us at least 24 hours prior to tour departure.
  • Tours4Fun cooperates with top local area tour operators and ensures the best quality of services to all travelers. We provide tour coaches that all are insured with a liability insurance coverage from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 to make sure that your trips are safer and more enjoyable.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Seat availability info was last updated at 02:16 am on 02/20/2018. Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

Buy 2 Get 3rd Discounted
*The third guest joins the tour at a discounted rate (except applicable admission fees, mandatory tips, optional activities, and own expense items) on shared room basis.
*For buy 2 get 3rd discounted promotion, please choose the actual passenger numbers so that we can reserve the bus seat for each passenger.
*** Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy applies to discounted-fare passenger based on triple or quadruple price.
*No-shows will be assessed a penalty fee $485.00 per passenger, that is to be paid in cash by the other participating travelers of the reservation.
*Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
*Price for Double/Triple/Quadruple Occupancy applies when two/three/four people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
*Triple/Quadruple price does not guarantee a third/fourth bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.
*Child enjoys the same price as adult as the 3rd/4th person in one room.
*Maximum room capacity: 4 people including adult and child/infant.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Elizabeth Bowman

    Elizabeth Bowman

    Verified Purchased 05/26/2017
    Great and Amazing Tour

    My husband and I joined this tour to experience the deep South since we have heard so many good things about New Orleans and Alabama. We so enjoyed the tour, the guide was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. Have made a few friends d...uring the tour and we all had good things to say about the places we have seen and the service of the bus driver/tour guide. Highly recommended! Read full review

  • Anonymous.

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    Verified Purchased 04/13/2017
    Deserves buying

    We had many tours with tours4fun. This was totally diffrent and it deserves buying and visiting

  • Anonymous.

    Anonymous.

    Verified Purchased 04/07/2017
    Different experience

    I have gone to several tours with tours4fun. From yellowstone to yusemiti national parks and hawai and san diego. This tour was different and we met many magnificent places of central america. Recommend it.

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Does the 8-night hotel accommodation includes free breakfast?

Thanks.
11/06/2017 07:14:49
Tours4Fun 11/06/2017 08:58:41

Dear Data,

Thanks for your interest on Tours4fun!

Please note that our tour package does not include meal accommodations. Meal breaks will be arranged at hotels, various ethnic restaurants, food courts and fast food restaurants with the cost of the meals payable as you go.

Best Regards,
Yuki
Customer Service Rep

Are there places to go to or wait, if we decide to skip a few of the optional tours in Chicago and New Orleans? 07/05/2017 01:58:53
Tours4Fun 07/05/2017 04:59:23

Dear Judy

Thanks for your inquiry on Tours4Fun.

You will be free to sightsee at leisure, take pictures, get a bite to eat, or shop for souvenirs if you choose to opt out of the offered optional tours, but you will have to stay in the general area the group will be doing their optional tours at.

You may also check it with your tour guide about your itinerary details.

To place your order for a reservation online, simply select your desired tour start date and the number of rooms you need/ travelers you are booking for on the upper right section of the tour information page, then click on "BOOK NOW".

Best Regards,
Jenny
Customer Service Rep

I want to join this tour with my family in 27th of June but we live in Viet Nam. What time and what day is best for us to take the flight?
And when this tour ends, i want to book a flight to San Francisco. When can i book it?
Thanks you for answering my questions.
05/05/2017 14:15:55
Tours4Fun 05/05/2017 17:03:23

Dear Nguyen,

Thank you for your interest in Tours4Fun.

You have the option to schedule your flight to arrive before your tour date or on the day of. There is complimentary pick-up service but note that this is only available on the first day of your tour.

Complimentary pick-up service is available at O'Hare International Airport between 9:00am and 9:00pm.

For more information on airfare availability and prices, you can follow the link below which will take you to an agency that we link up with that can assist with booking airfare:

http://www.tours4fun.com/flights/

July 5th would be your last day of the tour if you schedule for June 27th start day. You may book your flight on the last day of the tour anytime after 7:00pm.

-For Airport drop-offs please book your departure flight from Chicago area airport after 7:00pm.



Best Regards,
Tom
Customer Service Rep

WE are planning a trip to the USA Sept August 2017. Your 9 night tour above looks great but we would like to take in the Grand Old Ophrey in Tenasee. Is there any way this can be done or do you have another tour that would do this. I realise is is only on one night a week. Look forward to hearing from you. 07/22/2016 05:13:51
Tours4Fun 07/22/2016 07:41:42

Dear Murray,

Thank you for your inquiry.

For a tour including a visit of the Grand Ole Opry, please follow the link below:

http://www.tours4fun.com/cosmos-8270-new-york-city-philadelphia.html

To place your order for a reservation online, simply select your desired tour start date and the number of rooms you need/ travelers you are booking for on the upper right portion of the tour information page, then click on "BOOK NOW".


Best Regards,
Claire
Customer Service Rep

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