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Icons of the American Heartland

Gold Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Gold Journey through Americas Heartland with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

7 Nights From €2350 (Per Person)

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Gold Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Icons of the American Heartland

United States • 8 days

May 2015 to October 2015

Prices from €2156

Escorted Tour with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

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Icons of the American Heartland

Highlights

 

Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and the best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago

 

Chicago: It's love affair with state-of-the-art high-rise means its history is written across the sky and there is no better vantage point than from the deck of an architectural cruise.


St Louis: Tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery and taste their lager.


Louisville: Enjoy a tour of a local distillery, concluding with a complimentary shot of bourbon.


Kentucky: Visit one of its premier thoroughbred farms.


Kentucky: Visit Churchill Downs and the Derby Museum.


Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels! The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.


Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B and take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.


St. Louis: Take in the views from the top of the Gateway Arch.


Nashville: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner.


Welcome Reception (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Dinners (D) 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)


Hotel Overview: Welcome to a cornucopia of luxury resorts which range in style from gleaming skyscrapers to charming heritage hotels. Some are backed by prestigious brands such as the Four Seasons, while others are still family-owned, passed down from generation to generation.


ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land


The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.


We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries


Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region


We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel


Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency


Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coach with extended legroom and onboard restroom

Icons of the American Heartland

Itinerary

Day 1 Chicago, the Windy City

Welcome to Chicago! Upon arrival at Chicago International Airport, a transfer takes you to your exclusive retreat high above the Magnificent Mile in Chicago's Gold Coast. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Welcome Dinner


Day 2 Scaling Chicago

After a restful night's sleep, start your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs, the 360 Chicago where you get what many call Chicago's best view. Complete with interactive telescopes, this 1,000-foot high vantage point is an experience you'll never forget. Continue your exploration during a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. See The Trump Tower, Bertrand Goldberg building, Grant Park and learn about the extreme influence that Chicago still has on the world of modern architecture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Full Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 St. Louis, the Gateway to the West

Continue along to St. Louis and get ready for a real taste of America's Midwest with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Witness all parts of A-B (as Anheuser-Busch is known locally) production from the Clydesdales stables to the tasting room and, of course, enjoy a sampling of the famous beer. Check into your luxurious downtown hotel.

Full Breakfast


Day 4 St Louis Arch to Louisville

Get a bird's-eye view of the city this morning with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 ft tall. Then head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville.

Full Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 Spirited Residents and Resident Spirits of Louisville

This morning, visit a bourbon distillery. During a guided tour, discover the secrets and details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit before indulging in the flavours during a sampling. Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up close look at some of Kentucky's most spirited residents during a visit to a thoroughbred farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn the ins and outs of breeding champion racers and meet some of the prize horses. The evening is yours to grab dinner in town or enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

Full Breakfast


Day 6 A Corvette on the Honky -Tonk Highway to Nashville

The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby and its past winners. This is followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum for a browse through the events' history told through over 20,000 collectible items and artifacts. Get a closer look during a private “Inside the Vault” tour. Move on to Bowling Green to discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum. Explore the rows of display vehicles including vintage models and contemporary styles before enjoying lunch at the Corvette Café. Arrive in Nashville and settle into your hotel. This evening, gather with your new friends to enjoy a Celebration Dinner.

Full Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner


Day 7 Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History

After a restful night's sleep, enjoy a leisurely morning before your fascinating visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. After a tour of historic Studio B, work with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home your own copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. How many people can say they recorded a song in the same studio Elvis created so many of his hits! No visit to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America's longest-running live radio program.

Full Breakfast


Day 8 Memphis and the Birthplace of the Blues

Your tour departs after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Full Breakfast

***Accommodation***
Insight Vacations have top class hand picked hotels in the best locations, in all their destinations.
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas

Please enquire now for full listing of accommodation included on this itinerary.

The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !

If you would like to know more about what accommodation is included in this trip call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Insight Vacations one of the world’s finest escorted touring company’s, who offer a vast range of tours throughout the USA.

There is no more inspirational way to explore and discover the jewels of North America. Insight can take you to the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, through vibrant landscape of New England’s spectacular foliage, through the majesty of the National Parks, and to vibrant cities like New Orleans and New York.

Whichever legendary route you choose, simply relax and enjoy outstanding quality and unmatched comfort and service, knowing that Insight will take care of everything from start to end.

Included Value

With our escorted tours, you can be assured there is so much included in the price

  • private tours and exclusive sightseeing
  • special excursions,
  • authentic and engaging experiences, such as a Creole and Cajun cooking class in New Orleans, and Legendary Routes like Route 66.

These high value included excursions and experiences often worth hundreds of euro on each tour, will ensure you experience the real magic of each destination.

There is free time at every stop to ensure you have the freedom to see the sights your way, in your own time.

As a full service travel agent we have access to negotiated wholesale rates with airlines worldwide and these rates are not generally on the internet.

We have expert knowledge of all airlines on all routes so we will constantly compare airlines with each other to get the best offer.

We are familiar with the myriad of confusing check-in, baggage, seat and priority boarding charges and we know how to exploit these to your advantage.

Many of our airline fares are refundable whereas internet fares are generally non-refundable.


There are currently direct flights from Ireland to the USA with Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways. There are also many connections via the UK with British Airways, Virgin and other airlines.

Platinum Travel are a fully licensed and bonded travel agent so you have a lot more protection with us than with the internet (airlines are not bonded).

For more information Please call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ieor click button below and complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!



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