2018 Chicago – Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans excursions and sightseeing

2018 Prices in £’s

Chicago

Chicago skyline from Willis Tower
Chicago skyline from the Willis Tower. Copyright Alex Easton

Big Bus Tours – Big Bus sightseeing bus tours of Chicago take you on an extensive route, showcasing the best the city has to offer. From the great vantage point of our double-decker buses, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers and impressive landmarks. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish, you can take your time discovering Chicago.

Classic Tour (CHIBBC-T01 ATI ) 1 Day, FREE voucher Book, Free Drawstring Backpack (May 4th – Sept 30), Discounts and free offers at select partners; Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café.   Prices Classic Tour 1-day (CHIBBC-T01 ATI).  £32.00 per adult / £17.50 per child (5-15 years).

Premium Tour (CHIBBC-T02 ATI) The Big Loop 1 Day, Panoramic Night Tour (departs from Navy Pier stop 11, 7:45pm, 8:15pm & 8:45pm), FREE voucher Book, Free Drawstring Backpack (May 4th – Sept 30), Discounts and free offers at select partners; Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café.   Prices Premium Tour 1-day £40.00 per adult / £21.50 per child (5-15 years).

Deluxe Tour (CHIBBC-T03 ATI) The Big Loop 2 Day, Panoramic Night Tour (departs from Navy Pier stop 11, 7:45pm, 8:15pm & 8:45pm), Classic Lake Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing (departs from Navy Pier stop 11, 7:45pm, 8:15pm & 8:45pm), FREE voucher Book, Free Drawstring Backpack (May 4th – Sept 30), Discounts and free offers at select partners; Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café.   Deluxe Tour 2-day £30.00 per adult / £17.00 per child (5-15 years).

Chicago Grand Tour (CHIGRY-T02 ATI) This is a comprehensive tour of everything that Chicago has to offer.  You’ll travel both the North Side and South Side business and residential districts as well as the beautiful Lincoln, Washington and Grant Parks, and see virtually the entire length of the scenic Outer Drive.  A stop will be made at the fascinating Lincoln Park Observatory and a camera stop will be made at the Museum Campus for its breathtaking view.   Operates daily (except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days).  Duration: approx. 4 hours.  Prices £32.00 per adult / £20.00 per child (5-14 yrs).

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Chicago, ©City of Chicago

Historic Chicago Tour (CHIGRY-T04) Here is a tour full of interest, history, and beauty! You’ll travel through Grant Park, the front lawn of the city and site of Soldier Field, Adler Planetarium with its sky dome, and the Joseph Petrillo outdoor band-shell where Chicagoans listen to fine music throughout the summer nights. Also on your journey is the Art Institute of Chicago, world-renowned for the largest collection of impressionistic art, Orchestra Hall, home of the famous Chicago Symphony, and Shedd Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. You’ll stop by the Field Museum of Natural History, which is famous for the size and scope of its collections. And looking over from these sights you’ll see the 80-story Amoco Oil Building, completely faced in white granite. Afterwards, you will travel through the South Commons, a new “close-in” residential community. The tour will go through beautiful Jackson Park, where the Colombian Exposition of 1893 was held to celebrate the founding of America 400 years earlier.Following this you’ll pass through the University of Chicago, with its elegant English style architecture, as well as pass the Museum of Science and Industry, a tribute to man’s ingenuity and inventiveness. Finally, you’ll see the world’s highest apartment building, Lake Point Towers, which is an architecturally stunning building of glass and curves, adjacent to Navy Pier, Chicago’s inland port. A camera stop will be made at the museum campus for its breathtaking view, (or a substitute stop will be made).

Operates daily (except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).  Duration approx. 2 hours.  Prices £27.00 per adult / £15.50 per child (5-14 yrs).

360 degree Chicago (CHITSC-ADM ATI)  Located on the cusp Lake Michigan, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) is one of Chicago’s most visited tourist attractions and is located at 875 North Michigan Avenue on the 94th floor of John Hancock Center. Perched 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile®, adults and children can explore the city by zooming in and out on the interactive screens to learn more about the famous locations and test their knowledge playing with digital quizzes.  With a tagline of “Best Views. All Around.” 360 CHICAGO aptly describes the comprehensive guest experience at the 94th floor observatory. From the moment they step off the elevator, guests are awed by the breathtaking, 360-degree views of Chicago. 360 CHICAGO takes it a step further, providing interactive learning opportunities at every turn.The experience begins with a journey on the fastest elevator in the North America, traveling at 1,800 feet (549 meters) per minute, only taking 40 seconds to reach the 94th floor.  Observatory Hours:Open 365 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   Prices £15.00 per adult / £13.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

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Chicago. Copyright Alex Easton

Chicago City Pass (CHICPS-A01 ATI). Chicago CityPASS packs five of Chicago’s must-see attractions into a prepaid ticket booklet that fits easily into your pocket.   Each City PASS ticket booklet also includes such helpful information as insider tips, a map, attraction and transportation details, and money-saving coupons.  Booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.  Chicago CityPASS ticket booklets include:

* Shedd Aquarium.          *Skydeck Chicago (Fast Pass entry).          *The Field Museum.

In addition to the three attractions above you have two options to choose from:   Option 1 includes – your choice of the Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 Chicago.  Or, Option 2 which includes your choice of The Adler Planetarium OR The Art Institute of Chicago.     Prices £73.00 per adult / £63.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

Skydeck Chicago (CHISTX-ADM ATI).   You’ll see the best view and best overview of Chicago. At 1,353 feet (412 meters), the Skydeck is the highest observatory in Chicago. The view is amazing! You can see 40 – 50 miles (65 – 80 kilometers) on a clear day. Imagine seeing Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, just by walking around the Skydeck. And there’s no finer view of Chicago architecture.The Skydeck is open daily, 365 days a year, April-September 9am-10pm and October-March 10am-8pm. Last entry admittance is 30 minutes prior to closing.  Prices £19.00 per adult / £17.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

Memphis Elvis' Graceland
Elvis’ Graceland, Memphis

Memphis

Memphis City Tour.  (MEMMBT-T01 ATI) Discover all that Memphis has to offer and truly learn what the city is all about. This overview of the most historical landmarks in Memphis takes you passed downtown and the Mississippi River, Beale Street, Cotton Row, Victorian Village, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Graceland and Sun Studio (admission not included), the Pyramid, and the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. View statues of Elvis Presley and B.B. King, stop at A Schwab, a 20-year old General Store, and see the world famous march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. Operates daily except Thanksgiving & Christmas).  Duration approx. 3 hours.  Prices £32.00 per adult / £25.00 per child (7-12 yrs)

Memphis City Tour / Elvis Graceland Tour.  (MEMMBT-T03 ATI) That’s right SEE IT ALL! This tour leaves at 9:30am daily and combines the Memphis City tour and the Elvis Graceland Tour. Lasting about 6hrs and 30 mins this tour includes lunch as well!On the city tour, you will see: Downtown Memphis and The Mississippi River | Beale Street | Cotton Row | Victorian Village(homes built in the 1800s) | Two Statues of the King(Elvis Presley and B.B. King) | Lorraine Hotel | A Stop at A Schwab (A 120 year old general Store) | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital | Elvis Presley’s Graceland |The Peabody Hotel(Stop to see the march of the World Famous Ducks) | Sun Studio | The Pyramid Experience life as Elvis did at Graceland Mansion… Explore: The Jungle Room | The Music Room | The Trophy Room | Visit Memorial Garden (Elvis’s Final Resting Place) Graceland will be closed: 24 Nov and 25 Dec.  Operates daily   Duration: approx. 6.5 hours.  Prices £128.00 per person.

Nashville

Discover Nashville (BNAGRN-T12 ATI  The all inclusive tour of the best that Nashville has to offer! Enjoy a narrated tour of Historic Downtown, Fort Nash borough, the State Capitol, The Parthenon, Vanderbilt University and Music Row. Your tour will also include entrance into the Ryman Auditorium the Mother Church of Country Music, long time home of the Grand Ole Opry and recently voted the finest concert venue in the United States. You will also tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This 37 million dollar facility is a beautiful tribute to Country Music and the artist who have made it great. End your touring day at a Nashville Honky Tonk with live Country Music and a refreshing soft drink, compliments of Gray Line Tours. This is a fantastic and affordable way to get to know our city.  Operates daily at 09.00 and 13.30.   Duration approx. 3.5 hours. Prices £55.00 per adult / £26.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

New Orleans

Super City Tour (MSYGRY-T01 ATI)   Travel Through Three Centuries of history, legends and romance as you encounter “The City That Care Forgot!” Absorb the sights & sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbyter Museums. Visit one of our historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead,” and learn about this unique above ground burial system. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world, past the homes of former Kings & Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous, exclusive Garden District. View Tulane & Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.  Includes cemetery stop and narrated motorcoach tour.   Operates daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).  Duration: approx. 2 hours.  Prices £36.00 per adult / £15.00 per child (5-11 yrs).

Oak Alley Plantation (MSYGRY-T05 ATI).  Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glory of the Old South! Experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most beautiful settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as “Interview with a Vampire”, “Primary Colors” and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, “Days of our Lives”. Your guided tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana’s swamps bordering the Mississippi River. You can purchase a snack, salad or s

New Orleans
New Orleans streetcar

andwich in the Café & Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (Cost is not included in tour price). Note: Due to the historic nature of the plantation, access to the second floor is by stairs only. No photography is allowed inside the plantation home. Tour includes guided tour of plantation home and narrated motorcoach transportation. Operates daily   (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) at midday.  Duration: approx. 5 hours.  Price £53.00 per adult / £28.00 per child (5-11 yrs).

Swamp and Bayou Tour (MSYGRY-T10 ATI)  After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built, all weather swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun “joie de vivre”. Hear how the Cajuns turned soup into gumbo, the washboard into a musical instrument, and the swamps of Louisiana into a paradise. Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year. You will be treated to a Bayou Nature Wildlife Show by a local naturalist. Snakes, alligator snapping turtles, raccoons and nutria will be among the animal guests. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands. Visit www.americaswetland.com. These tours have been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, CBS, NBC & ABC. Lunch is available for purchase on this tour. Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou! Snacks and refreshments are available on the boat. Tour includes narrated boat cruise and narrated transportation.  Operates daily (excpet Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).  Duration: approx. 4 hours.  Prices £42.00 per adult / £21.00 per child (5-11 yrs).

City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Double Decker tours (MSYCSG-T01 ATI).  City Sightseeing is New Orleans’ most flexible, fun and affordable sightseeing tour aboard classic Red, Double-Decker, Open-Top buses with live guided commentary. Tour guests are free to Hop-On and Hop-Off the buses whenever and wherever they choose, spending as much time as desired in their preferred locations. Hop on Hop Off, One complete your loop is two hours, Live guided tour, French Quarter walking Tour: escorted walking tour included fine for 3 days tickets only, Garden District walk Tour: escorted walking tour included free for 3 day ticks only, Multi Stop Route, Deals & Discounts & Cemetery walk Tours : Self Guided tour of Lafagehe Cemetery included. Operates daily except April 8 & 9 Thanksgiving (Nov 23) Dec 02, and Christmas Day).  Ticket valid for one day.  Prices £32.00 per adult / £10.00 per child (3-12 yrs).

Evening Jazz Cruise (MSYNOS-DIN ATI).  Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans skyline aboard the 7:00 pm Dinner/ Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ. Dinner/Jazz Cruise Highlights: Breathtaking views of the city; Enjoy casual buffet-style dining; Meals prepared fresh on board; Indoor and Outdoor seating; Featuring live jazz by the world renowned “Dukes of Dixieland”; Museum quality Engine Room  Operators daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Duration: approx. 2 hours.  Prices £65.00 per adult / £32.00 per child (2-12 yrs).

New Orleans
New Orleans

French Quarter Walking Tour (MSYGRY-T16 ATI).  Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods! Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets named for saints and sinners from our European past. Learn about the Creoles on this tour through the original city, founded in 1718 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. See the old Quarter come to life as your guide explains its secrets and helps you understand all it has to offer – architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art. Tour the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the Old Ursuline Convent, constructed by French Colonial Engineers under the auspices of the crown and completed in 1753. Included in this tour is St. Mary’s Church, completed in 1845, which has served as a center of worship for the French, Spanish, African Americans, German, Irish and Italian communities. Tour operates daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day).  Duration: approx. 2 hours.  Prices £25.00 per adult / £15.00 per child (5-11 yrs).