The Blues Highway

From $1599 (was $1949)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

11 Days
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The Blues Highway Tour Details

The mournful, joyful, soulful notes of the blues are the true heartbeat of America—and this tour celebrates every chord that created America’s signature sound. Immerse yourself in music as you visit the cities that defined the blues, from Chicago down to the Big Easy!

Trip Includes

  • Chicago
  • St. Louis
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • Clarksdale
  • Natchez
  • New Orleans
Hotel Accommodations
  • 10 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • 8 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active

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Tour Highlights

  • Included Chicago and Nashville City Tours
  • Backstage tour of the famous Grand Ole Opry House
  • Admission to Sun Studio, one of Johnny Cash’s favorite places in Memphis to record
  • Visit Graceland, the legendary home of Elvis Presley
  • Visit St. Louis’ National Blues Museum and Mississippi’s B.B. King Museum
  • Enjoy live jazz music and an authentic southern lunch at B.B. King’s Club Ebony

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The Blues Highway

Tours Starts: Chicago, IL

Tours Ends: New Orleans, LA

Day 1

Arrive in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your centrally located hotel. This first day is yours to enjoy however you wish. Chicago has some of the best food, shopping, museums, and live music in the country, and there is never a shortage of excitement here in the Windy City.

Hampton Inn Magnificent Mile or similar

Day 2

Chicago City Tour

Spend the morning touring America’s third largest city. Your bus tour will include all of Chicago’s highlights, including the Magnificent Mile, the Wrigley Building, downtown Chicago including The Loop, the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and Millennium Park, home of iconic public art works including the stainless steel Cloud Gate, nicknamed “The Bean” because of its shape. Finally, visit the Chicago History Museum for a guided tour of the institution founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure, or you can take part in an optional Chicago River Architecture Tour. (B)

Hampton Inn Magnificent Mile or similar

Day 3

St. Louis

Your next stop is St. Louis, Missouri, with its own distinctive piano-heavy style of the blues. After lunch on your own, visit the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis. Learn about the genre that makes up the foundation of modern American music in an entertaining environment that includes high tech experiences, a state-of-the-art theater, and exhibits. (B)

Drury Inn & Suites or similar

Day 4


Today’s main stop is the Country Music Hall of Fame in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. It has been called the “Smithsonian of country music,” and is celebrated for its broad cultural impact, educational mission, and unrivaled collection of historically important artifacts. (B)

The Inn at Opryland or similar


See the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous, which features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Balcony seating just $55 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking. Please note that artists and schedule are subject to change without notice.

Day 5


Discover the best the legendary Music City has to offer. Experience Nashville’s landmarks and sites on a city tour including the Historic Downtown District and “Honky Tonk Row,” Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row. After lunch on your own, head to the Grand Ole Opry House, which debuted in 1974. Experience a fully guided backstage tour and see where the world’s longest-running live radio show is still performed. Walk in the footsteps of country music's legends and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this world-famous show.

The Inn at Opryland or similar

Day 6


Memphis is a mecca for music fans. Visitors come from all around the world to visit the city that invented the blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. After lunch on your own, take a tour of Sun Studio. This legendary recording studio opened in 1950, and drew musicians including Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison, who would go on to define their generation from this brick building at the intersection of Marshall and Union.

Hyatt Place Memphis/Primacy Parkway or similar

Day 7


Spend today on the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage at Graceland, the beloved home of Elvis Presley. Over the 20 years Elvis lived here, Graceland became part of the King’s legend and legacy. Because Graceland was so close to Elvis' heart, it also holds deep meaning to his legions of fans from around the world. As the front door to Elvis Presley's mansion opens, you are taken on an journey into the private world of an American legend. Explore the famous Jungle Room with its green shag carpets, Polynesian feel, and exotically carved woods, the trophy building, meditation garden, and more. (B)

Hyatt Place Memphis Parkway or similar

Day 8

Natchez via Clarksdale and Indianola

After breakfast, your first stop will be the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49, for a photo op at the quirky Crossroads Monument in Clarksdale. This Mississippi photo stop is a towering sculpture of three electric guitars on a pole that marks the spot where, according to legend, the traveling bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to be able to play the blues. Continue to Indianola, enjoy live jazz music, chicken wings and catfish at an included lunch at Club Ebony and admission to the B.B. King Museum. B.B. King was one of the pioneers of the technical and highly emotional Delta Blues. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center tells the story of King’s life, his career, and stories of the Delta—its history and music, social mores and race relations, literature and legends, adversities and successes. (B, L)

The Natchez Grand Hotel or similar

Day 9

New Orleans via Baton Rouge

Start the day with a visit to the Natchez National Historic Park, where you will discover the history of all the peoples of Natchez, Mississippi, from European settlement, African enslavement, the American cotton economy, to the Civil Rights struggle on the lower Mississippi River. Lunch will be on your own in Baton Rouge, which was founded in 1699 and has the most authentic Cajun food in the state. Enjoy a leisurely evening in New Orleans. (B)

Hampton Inn Suites French Quarter or similar

Day 10

New Orleans

Wake up in New Orleans, and take a tour of "The Big Easy." You'll experience the French Quarter with Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Bourbon Street. Visit one of the famous cemeteries, then continue to Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge in the world and see the new flood gates and rebuilt levees, as well as antebellum mansions. Finally, follow the Mardi Gras route on St. Charles Avenue. Guests are invited to sit down to an optional late afternoon meal at The Court of Two Sisters. Enjoy Cajun and Creole specialties as a jazz trio plays classic New Orleans jazz. (B)

Hampton Inn Suites French Quarter or similar

Day 11

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

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A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

Guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

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Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

You will need U.S. dollars.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. use standard 110V plugs.

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