2016 Chicago – Memphis and New Orleans excursions and sightseeing

2016 Prices in £’s


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

Big Bus Tours – Big 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, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building.Take in the city’s impressive landmarks whilst our tour guides provide an entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago’s history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.Our hop-on, hop-off buses and conveniently located stops make navigating your way around the city easy, and with a choice of 24, 48 or 72 hour tickets, you can take your time discovering Chicago.

Classic The Big Loop 1-day.  £24.00 per adult / £13.50 per child (5-15 years).
Deluxe The Big Loop 2-day. £26.50 per adult / £14.50 per child (5-15 years).
Big Bang The Big Loop 3-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) 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, the Adler Planetarium with its sky dome, and the Joseph Petrillo outdoor band-shell where Chicagoans listen to music throughout the summer nights.  Also on your journey is the Art Institute of Chicago, world-renowned for the largest collection of impressionist art, Orchestra Hall – home to the 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 sites you’ll see the 80-story Amoco Oil Building, completely faced in 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 Columbian 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 truibute 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.

Operates daily (except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).  Duration approx. 2 hours.  Prices £21.50 per adult / £12.00 per child (5-14 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 The John Hancock Observatory (Fass Pass entry).  Or, Option 2 which includes your choice of The Adler Planetarium OR The Art Institute of Chicago.     Prices £62.00 per adult / £54.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

Willis Tower Skydeck (CHISTX-ADM ATI).  You’ll see the best view and best overview of Chicago from the Skydeck which rises 1,353-feet above downtown Chicago and is the highest observatory in the city.  The view is amazing!  You can see 40 – 50 miles on a clear day.  Imagine seeing Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin – and Lake Michigan – just by walking around the Skydeck. The Skydeck is open daily, 365 days a year.  Prices £12.00 per person.

Memphis Elvis' Graceland
Elvis’ Graceland, Memphis


Memphis City Tour and Elvis.  You’ll see everything on the Elvis Graceland Tour – the jungle room, the Music Room, Trophy Room and the Memorial Garden (Elvis’s resting place)…plus cruise through the car museum and Sincerely Elvis museum.  Operates daily (apart from Thanksgiving & Christmas Day and is closed every Tuesday between 01 Dec’15 and 28 Feb’16).  Duration: approx. 3 hours.  Prices £38.00 per adult / £30.00 per child (7-12 yrs).


Memphis Stax theater
Stax Theater, Memphis

Memphis Music Attraction Package (SEWE01-GTA01) Memphis is widely considered by many to be the birthplace of Soul Music breeding some of the biggest names in music history: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course, Elvis Presley.  On this tour you visit the birthplace of American Soul Music, tour Graceland – home of Elvis Presley and see where the King of Rock n’ Roll lived.  You’ll also be able to see where the biggest names in Rock n’ Soul got their careers started, at the famous Sun Studio.  Visit the inspiring museums of American Soul Music at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Rock n’ Soul Museum.  Enjoy the Memphis Music Attraction package presented by Sweet Magnolia Tours and find the soul in you!  Operation dates and times vary at each attraction.  Not all the museums are open daily.  Graceland is closed December thru March on Tuesdays.  Price includes admissions only, transportation is not included.  Price £55.00 per adult / £29.00 per child (2-12 yrs


New Orleans
New Orleans streetcar


New Orleans

Super City Tour (MSYGRY-T01 ATI) Travel through three centuries of history, legends and romance as you discover New Orleans.  Absorb the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbyter Museums.  Visit one of the historic cemetaries, 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 you make your 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 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 of one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.  Includes cemetary stop and narrated motorcoach tour.   Operates daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).  Duration: approx. 2 hours.  Prices £30.00 per adult / £12.50 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, build 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 Colours” 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 sandwich in the Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (cost 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 the plantation home and narrated motorcoach transportation.  Operates daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).  Duration: approx. 5 hours.  Price £40.00 per adult / £22.00 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 Louisana Swamps and 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, racoons, 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 for purchase 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 £32.00 per adult / £17.50 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/hop-off the buses at any of the 15 stops throughout the city. Escorted walking tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District are included FREE. The tour route includes stops at all New Orleans’ top attractions, shops and restaurants with discounts and deals along the way!.   Operates daily (except Feb. 22 & 23, March 1 & 2, March 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days).  Ticket valid for one day.  Prices £26.00 per adult / £10.00 per child (3-12 yrs).

Evening Jazz Cruise (MSYNOS-DIN ATI).  Savour the beauty and romance of New Orleans’ skyline aboard the 7pm Dinner/Jazz Cruise on the authenitc Steamboat NATCHEZ.  Highlights include breathtaking views of the city; enjoy casual buffet-style dining; meals prepared fresh onboard’ indoor and outdoor seating; live jazz by the world-renowned “Dukes of Dixieland”.   Operators daily (except Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Duration: approx. 2 hours.  Prices £49.00 per adult / £23.50 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 neighbourhoods!  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 the city’s 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 inn 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 centre 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 £19.00 per adult / £12.50 per child (5-11 yrs).