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9-Day U.S. Mid-South Mississippi Tour with Chicago Airport Pickup

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9 Days 8 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Austin, Springfield, Memphis, San Antonio, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago. Inclusions: Roundtrip airport transfer, 8 nights hotel accommodations

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    Day 1

    Chicago

    Today, guests will gather in Chicago to begin this tour. Those who fly in O'Hare International Airport can meet the tour guide at the baggage claim area and transfer to the hotel for free between 9:00am and 9:00pm. Those who arrive before 3:00pm will also receive free transportation to the Chicago Premium Outlets to do a little shopping. Any guests who arrive before 5:00pm are also invited to take a Night Tour of this marvelous city for $25 per person (a minimum of 4 guests is required for this tour to be arranged).
    • Chicago, IL

      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.

      Chicago Premium Outlets

      The Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora, IL, are a collection of outlet shops that house over 120 stores including Kenneth Cole, Coach, Adidas, GAP, and many more.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 7:00pm

      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.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25

    Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus O'Hare International South Hotel or similar
    Day 2

    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, IL

      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.

      Buckingham Fountain

      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

      Millennium Park

      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|Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

      Cloud Gate

      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.

      Navy Pier

      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.

      Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes

      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.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (3-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15

      Michigan Avenue

      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.

      Art Institute of Chicago

      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

      360 Chicago

      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

      Architectural Cruise

      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 $39; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $35; Tax not included

    Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus O' Hare International South Hotel or similar
    Day 3

    Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis (298 miles)

    After guests have been picked up from the specified departure location in Chicago, we will begin this tour. In the morning, we will drive to Springfield, the capital of Illinois, where we will visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Old Illinois State Capital Building. Then, we will head to St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
    • Springfield, IL

      Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the largest city in central Illinois. The city lies on a mostly flat plain that encompasses much of the surrounding countryside. And The city is governed by a mayor-council form of government.

      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. It was the only home he ever owned.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30am - 5:00pm

      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.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

    • St. Louis, MO

      St. Louis is a city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city developed along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.

      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.

      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.
    Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or equivalent
    Day 4

    St. Louis - Memphis - Jackson

    From St. Louis, we will head to Memphis, TN, where we will visit Graceland, the former estate of Elvis Presley. We will got to Jackson, MS for the night.
    • Memphis, TN

      Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. And it is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson.

      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.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $40; Child (7-12 yrs) $19; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $36

    Standard Hotel: Ramada Pearl/Jackson Airport or equivalent
    Day 5

    Jackson - New Orleans (162 miles)

    We will make our way from Jackson into Louisiana, where we will have the chance to take a Swamp Tour on a riverboat that will bring us closer to the unique nature of the South. From there, we will head to New Orleans, LA, stopping along the way at the Oak Alley Plantation. There is an optional Night Tour of New Orleans available.
    • New Orleans, LA

      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.

      Oak Alley Plantation

      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) $23|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

      Swamp Boat Tour

      Get up close and personal with the bayou! These tours take guests into protected swamps to see some of the South's unique indigenous wildlife. Guests may even meet an alligator! These guided tours are fun and informative.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $27; Child (3-12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $27

      New Orleans Night Tour

      This walking tour of New Orleans is one of the best ways to explore the city after dark. It is dramatic, historic, and entertaining, providing you with anecdotes detailing some of the darker parts of local history.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25

    Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Slidell/New Orleans East Area or equivalent
    Day 6

    New Orleans - Houston (317 miles)

    In the morning, we will visit the National World War II Memorial. Around noon, we will take a Mississippi Steamboat Jazz Cruise that leaves from the heart of the French Quarter.Later, we will return to Houston.
    • New Orleans, LA

      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.

      The National WWII Museum

      The National WWII Museum, formerly known as the D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. The museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (Under 12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $24

      Jazz Steamboat Mississippi

      The two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter shows you why the city was founded on the beautiful crescent of the lower Mississippi River. New Orleans is well-known as the birthplace of jazz. The live Jazz performance on the steamboat will make you an unforgettable trip.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $46; Child (6-12 yrs) $23; Child (2-5 yrs) $9.50; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $46; including lunch

    Standard Hotel: Crowne Plaza Near Sugar Land or equivalent
    Day 7

    Houston - Austin - San Antonio (225 miles)

    Today, we will travel to Austin, the capital of Texas, where we will have the chance to tour the State Capitol Building. Next, we will visit the campus of the University of Texas. Then we will head to San Antonio and visit Natural Bridge Caverns. We can take a night tour of the city when we arrive.
    • Austin, TX

      Nicknamed the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin is the capital of Texas. Located in the center of the state, it is the fastest growing major city in the U.S. The popular slogan among locals is "Keep Austin Weird."

      Texas State Capitol

      Situated in downtown Austin, Texas' capitol building was completed in 1888 in an Italian Renaissance Revival style. Covering over 51 acres, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 7:00am - 10:00pm, Sat - Sun 9:00am - 8:00pm

      University of Texas at Austin

      The University of Texas at Austin, informally UT Austin, UT, University of Texas, or Texas in sports contexts, is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas System.

      Texas Military Forces Museum

      A museum about the history of Texas' militia, volunteer forces and Texas Military Forces from 1823 to the present and is located in Austin, Texas.
    • San Antonio, TX

      San Antonio is the 7th most populated city in the U.S. and the 2nd most in Texas. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is famous for being the home of the Alamo.

      Natural Bridge Caverns

      The Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest known commercial caverns in the U.S. state of Texas.The name was derived from the 60 ft natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the cavern's entrance. The span was left suspended when a sinkhole collapsed below it.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $23.50; Child (3-12 yrs) $15.25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23.50

      San Antonio Night Tour Including River Walk

      Take the river walk cruise for night view of San Antonio.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $35; Child (2-11 yrs) $25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $30

    Standard Hotel: Fairfield Inn& Suites By Marriott San Antonio Sea World or equivalent
    Day 8

    San Antonio - Houston (189 miles)

    In the morning, we will go to the Alamo Mission. Next, the Buckhorn Museum features wildlife from all over the world. At Historic Market Square we will have a chance to explore over 100 locally owned shops and stalls. Also, we will go to the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City.
    • San Antonio, TX

      San Antonio is the 7th most populated city in the U.S. and the 2nd most in Texas. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is famous for being the home of the Alamo.

      The Alamo

      The Alamo, originally a Roman Catholic mission, was the site of a famous historic battle in 1836 in which the Mexican army laid siege to the building that was defended by a small group of Texans.

      The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum

      Located right in the heart of downtown San Antonio, we are two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Today, the saloon houses a Café, Gift Shop, Shooting Gallery and our two museums, the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-11 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $22|Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm

      Tower of the Americas

      The Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot (230-meter) observation tower-restaurant located in the Hemisfair district on the southeastern portion of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford and was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $13; Child (4-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $11

    Standard Hotel: Crowne Plaza Near Sugar Land or equivalent
    Day 9

    Houston City Tour

    Before 1/1/2019:
    Today we will go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and visit the campus of Rice University. We will also stop by the Toyota Center (outside visit) and Hermann Park. In the afternoon we will go to Outlets for shopping. Stay overnight in Houston hotel.

    From 1/1/2019:
    First, we will stop by Toyota Center and then head to Rice University. Later, we will go for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In the afternoon, you won't want to miss George Ranch Historic Park.

    • Houston, TX

      Houston is a large metropolis in Texas. It has become a major center of industry and development. It is home to some fascinating museums in it Museum District, including Houston Museum of Natural Science.

      Houston Museum of Natural Science

      Founded in 1909, the HMNS is one of the top 5 most popular museums in the United States. In addition to its halls and exhibits, it is home to a planetarium, a giant scree theater, and a butterfly garden.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-11 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas

      Rice University

      Rice University is a private research university located on a 295-acre (1.19 km2) campus in Houston, Texas, United States. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Rice is generally considered the top university and the most selective institute of higher education in the state of Texas.

      Toyota Center

      (Outside Visit) Toyota Center is an indoor arena located in downtown Houston, Texas. It is named after the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. The arena is home to the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association, the principal users of the building, and the former home of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

      Houston Premium Outlets

      Located in northwest Houston—off of U.S. Highway 290 West in Cypress—Houston Premium Outlets offers upscale outlet shopping at a savings of 25 to 65 percent every day.

      George Ranch Historic Park

      The George Ranch Historical Park's history follows family lines beginning in 1824 and spans more than 100 years. Visiting the 1830s farm, Cattle Demonstrations which Cowboys herd, sort and rope cattle every day to administer medicines and to prepare them for market.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (4-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $12

    Breakfast: Included
    • Departure & Return

    • Airport Pickup: Meet the tour guide at the baggage claim area at O'Hare, where pick-up service is available between 9 AM and 9 PM; charged pickup service is available for $120/person on 1st and 2nd guest, and $10 for each additional guest; at MDW(Midway International Airport), you have to get to the hotel by yourself.
    • Return Flight arrangement: There are still travel activities on the last day of the tour, please schedule flights to depart from Houston IAH/HOU airport after 8:00pm. From 2019, please schedule flights to depart from Houston IAH/HOU airport after 6:30pm.
    • Price Includes

    • Roundtrip airport transfer
    • 8 nights hotel accommodations
    • Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
    • Tour guide Level 2: semi-guided tour
    • Price Excludes

    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child Senior
      Chicago, IL
      360 Chicago (Optional) $28 $21 (3-12 yrs) $28 (Over 65 yrs)
      Architectural Cruise (Optional) $39 $18 (3-12 yrs) $35 (Over 65 yrs)
      Art Institute of Chicago (Optional) $25 Free (Under 14 yrs) $25 (Over 65 yrs)
      Chicago Night Tour (Optional) $25 $15 (3-12 yrs) $25 (Over 65 yrs)
      Chicago Theater (Optional) $15 $10 (3-12 yrs) $15 (Over 65 yrs)
      Houston, TX
      George Ranch Historic Park (Optional) $15 $10 (4-12 yrs) $12 (Over 62 yrs)
      Houston Museum of Natural Science (Optional) $25 $15 (3-11 yrs) $15 (Over 62 yrs)
      Memphis, TN
      Graceland (Optional) $40 $19 (7-12 yrs) $36 (Over 62 yrs)
      New Orleans, LA
      Jazz Steamboat Mississippi (Optional) $46
      $23 (6-12 yrs)
      $9.50 (2-5 yrs)
      $46 (Over 65 yrs)
      New Orleans Night Tour (Optional) $25 $15 (3-12 yrs) $25 (Over 65 yrs)
      Oak Alley Plantation (Optional) $25
      $7 (6-12 yrs)
      $10 (13-18 yrs)
      $23 (Over 65 yrs)
      Swamp Boat Tour (Optional) $27 $16 (3-12 yrs) $27 (Over 65 yrs)
      The National WWII Museum (Optional) $28 $18 (Under 12 yrs) $24 (Over 65 yrs)
      San Antonio, TX
      Natural Bridge Caverns (Optional) $23.50 $15.25 (3-12 yrs) $23.50 (Over 65 yrs)
      San Antonio Night Tour Including River Walk (Optional) $35 $25 (2-11 yrs) $30 (Over 65 yrs)
      The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum (Optional) $22 $17 (3-11 yrs) $22 (Over 65 yrs)
      Tower of the Americas (Optional) $13 $10 (4-12 yrs) $11 (Over 65 yrs)
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    • Up to 46 days prior to departure - 10% of total purchase amount.
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