Details

Start date:05 October 2020
End date:21 October 2020
  • Duration:17 Days
  • Departs:Dallas
  • Ends:Dallas

Price

  • $5,500* per person, twin share
  • Single supplement $1,300*
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Inclusions

  • Coach travel
  • Accommodation, 3-4 star rated with en-suites
  • Admissions to attractions as stated in itinerary
  • Meals as shown: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
  • Gratuities on meals included
  • Tour led by Bruce & Lindy Bishop

What our guests say

Thanks for a great holiday – we enjoyed every experience particularly the walks, accommodation, food and company. We will have life long memories of our walking tour of Northern Italy.

– Graham & Jill

Thank you Bruno & Christine for a wonderful tour. In a few word “Buonissimo” our Northern Italian walking tour was a smorgasbord of breathtaking scenery, compelling history, cultural insights, fine Italian cuisine and wines and many captivating Italian characters all superbly packaged and led by you both.

– Ellis & Bronwyn

Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Northern Italy. We certainly met the locals and felt that we were a part of this beautiful region. The tour was set at a very comfortable pace which made the distance travelled by both walking and train easy and rewarding. Once again thank you for showing us this colourful Region of Northern Italy and your great pre-tour info reading.

– Bob & Barbara

Thanks to Bruno & Christine for the wonderful experience we shared with you and 14 other intrepid adventurers which ended far too quickly. The food, the views and camaraderie of the tour group were complemented by the care and attention given to us. This adventure will remain high on our list of memorable experiences.

– Mario & Cheryl

Thanks again for an interesting and informative trip, we really appreciated how much preparation you put into the program. It’s not only all that but also the way you looked after us so well too, we will remember this for a very long time. Let us know any future trips planned and we will be there!!

– Fred & Susan

Beginning at the Lone Star State of Texas with its cowboys and oil fields we travel down to the Mississippi delta experiencing the Creole culture then up through the “cradle of the civil war” to the music cities of Memphis (home of the Blues) and Nashville (country music capital of the world). ‘Get some kicks’ on Route 66 when we drive a section of the famous “Mother Road” from St Louis to Joplin.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - DALLAS TEXAS

Dinner included

Welcome to Dallas! Our starting point is at a centrally located hotel in Elm St (near to the much heard of Dealey Plaza). Gather at 6:30pm with Bruce and Lindy Bishop and your fellow travellers in the hotel dining room for a “meet and greet” dinner.

DAY 2 - DALLAS – SAN ANTONIO (Spanish for “St Anthony”)

Breakfast included

We board the coach early and begin our road trip experience heading for San Antonio. On the way we pass through Waco, an old cowboy town, which has made world headlines at times. Early afternoon we arrive in San Antonio, the historic former Spanish Mission/ Mexican Republic town and site of the famous “Battle of the Alamo”. Hear about the battle on a guided tour through the old mission located right in the heart of the city. Free time then to enjoy the city highlights and the must do River Walk of the San Antonio River. Located one storey below the city streets there is plenty to see and do along the river – bars and restaurants, shops, public artworks and river cruises to name a few. Our hotel for the next 2 nights is within walking distance of this part of the city.

DAY 3 - SAN ANTONIO - FREDERICKSBURG – SAN ANTONIO TX

Breakfast included

This morning we drive to Johnson City and pass by the boyhood home of Lynden B Johnson, the 36th President of the USA. We then drive to the LBJ Ranch which is now a National Park that protects the President’s ranch, home and final resting place. On then through the Texas Hills to Fredericksburg, the Peach Capital of the USA and hometown of WW11 Fleet Admiral Chester W Nimitz. We stop here to browse the town rich in German history with its many beautiful sandstone buildings and visit the museum of the Pacific war. This museum covers 6 acres and includes the old Nimitz Hotel and “Plaza of the Presidents” honouring the ten US Presidents who served in WW11.

DAY 4 - SAN ANTONIO – GALVESTON

Breakfast included

Today we head to the gulf coast of Texas at Corpus Christie where we visit the historic USS Lexington – a WW11 aircraft carrier now a national monument and museum. Our guide will lead us on a tour of the “Lady Lex” and the collection of restored aircraft on display. Back on the coach we head eastward around the gulf coast to Galveston Island and our hotel accommodation near the waterfront. Soak up this iconic place with its many attractions for the next two nights.

DAY 5 - GALVESTON (Johnson Space Centre)

Breakfast included

The whole day is spent at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre and Museum in the nearby city of Houston. Take a tram tour of the working complex including training facilities, zero gravity labs and the original mission control (“Houston, we have a problem”). Watch short films, see Apollo capsules and the immense Saturn V rocket and try your hand at landing the Space Shuttle in a simulator.

DAY 6 - GALVESTON TEXAS – LAFAYETTE LA

Breakfast included

First up this morning we take the vehicular ferry and drive the less travelled route along the gulf coast. We pass by sparkling bays, small harbours filled with shrimp boats and protected beaches. Then on to the Creole Nature Trail, a national scenic byway through Louisiana’s renowned coastal wetlands. An important wildlife habitat the reserve protects many species such as alligators, birds, butterflies and fish. Visit the Creole Trail Visitors Centre.

DAY 7 - LAFAYETTE - NEW ORLEANS LA

Breakfast included

A true southern experience this morning on a boat tour in the Atchafalaya swamp before a guided visit to the Houmas House Plantation and gardens. History is reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace this magnificent Antebellum mansion. In 1963 the film ‘Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte’ was filmed here starring Bette Davis. The drive to New Orleans crosses miles of bayou country and swamps on elevated roads and our hotel for the next 2 nights is within walking distance of the New Orleans French Quarter with its Jazz bars and Clubs.

DAY 8 - NEW ORLEANS LA

Breakfast included

A full day free and at your own expense. Roam through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History buffs can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and museums catching a glimpse of how life used to be in the old south. Tonight, you might like to see the city’s beauty from a steamboat cruise on the Mississippi River that departs from right near the French Quarter.

DAY 9 - NEW ORLEANS LA – VICKSBURG MI

Breakfast included

We drive through extraordinary agricultural country and see the massive levees that control flooding. On then through Baton Rouge and “Mississippi Burning” country to Natchez with its incredible “Lost Cause” monument. Near Vicksburg we visit the site of Grant’s Canal where Gen. Grant’s army engineers attempted to dig a bypass canal so that Union Army ships could avoid the Confederate held river fortress of Vicksburg during the Civil War.

DAY 10 - VICKSBURG MI – MEMPHIS TN

Breakfast included

First highlight is a visit to the Vicksburg Military Park that occupies the site where the famous siege of Vicksburg happened. Eventually the Union Army won this battle on the day prior to their famous victory at Gettysburg thus opening the way for the winning of the Civil War. Later we cross into Tennessee and arrive in Memphis “Home of the Blues” and a city with a distinct southern flavour. Our hotel for the next 2 nights is in downtown Memphis from where you can lose yourself amidst the throb of blues guitar on Beale Street or gorge yourself on smoky pulled pork or dry rubbed ribs and sipping a bourbon.

DAY 11 - MEMPHIS TN

Breakfast included

The famous Sun Studios where “Rock and Roll” was first recorded is our first port of call today. Names such as BB King, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and of course the “King”, Elvis Presley recorded here. Then we head for Graceland, Elvis Presley’s private estate, and take a self-guided tour through his well-preserved home. Our Platinum tour focuses on the splendid garden, private plane, gold Cadillacs and opulent 15,000 square foot mansion. Back in the city we see where Martin Luther King was shot and visit the Peabody Hotel for the daily March of the Ducks which has been an attraction for many years.

DAY 12 - MEMPHIS TN – NASHVILLE TN

Breakfast included

Today we briefly cross back into Mississippi State to visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley in the town of Tupelo. We see the modest house where he was born and spent his younger years. Our route north from here is along a section of the Natchez Trace Parkway that runs from Nashville Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. We travel a short section of this 10,000 year old traditional trade route which was called a “trace” because herds of bison created a track that could be “traced”. This track was then used by native Americans, fur trappers, explorers, settlers, then road builders. We spend the next two nights in the Country Music Capital of the World at Nashville Tennessee. Tonight, as a fun way to enjoy the city, we take a pedal bar tour of downtown Nashville whilst sipping a cold Yazoo or two.

DAY 13 - NASHVILLE TN

Breakfast included

Nashville is a place of great interest not only for Country Music fans but also for history “buffs” and lovers of The South. With a guide on board we explore the city with a highlight being a visit to the world famous RCA Studio B where many artists recorded – Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, the Everly Bros, Connie Francis, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Charlie Pride just to name a few. Later we visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tonight, is the highlight of the entire tour when we enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment at The Grand Ole Opry. This is the world’s premier country music venue having operated since 1925 and is the setting for the longest running radio music show in the USA.

DAY 14 - NASHVILLE TN – ST LOUIS MO

Breakfast included

Today is a travel day as we leave the state of Tennessee, cross the bottom corner of Kentucky, pass through Illinois and over the Mississippi River into St Louis, Missouri. St Louis has historically been the gateway to the west and in 1965 the Gateway Arch was constructed to symbolize this. We take the tram ride inside the arch to the summit (630ft high) for great views of the city.

DAY 15 - ST LOUIS - ROUTE 66 – CARTHAGE MO

Breakfast & dinner included

Today the main highlight is our drive along a section of the famous Route 66 that once ran all the way from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles California. This route became a busy “migration” path in the early years of motor car travel to the point where it became known as “The Mother Road”. Even with much of the original road now overlapped by Interstate 44, we can still drive sections of the old road with the many reminders of its once busy traffic flow. Tonight, we stay in Carthage Missouri and enjoy a roving dinner in the pretty central square of this historic town. (It is here that the first official battle in the Civil War took place!)

DAY 16 - CARTHAGE MO – DALLAS TX

Breakfast & dinner included

Our return drive today takes us further west and into Oklahoma passing through Tulsa before heading back down south to Dallas. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in our hotel dining room.

DAY 17 - DEPART DALLAS

Breakfast included

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules.

* The tour will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers and maximum of 30; The price based on AUD$1 = US$0.65 and may change

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Highlights

  • Historic Alamo and San Antonio
  • George W & LBJ’s home towns
  • Johnson Space Centre
  • Scenic Gulf coast and Louisiana wetlands
  • New Orleans homes and bayou country
  • Swamp boat tour
  • German heritage at Fredericksburg
  • Vicksburg and Civil War park
  • Memphis – Sun Studios, Graceland
  • Nashville – Grand Ole Opry show
  • Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois touring
  • Sections of the famous Route 66