US, 12 Days · Tailor-made by car

Route 61 "The Blues Highway"

Explore Chicago and drive to the rhythm of blues, rock, country and jazz on Route 61, the soul of American music lore

Welcome to the most musical tour in the whole of America, where blues, jazz, country and rock 'n' roll will accompany you wherever you go. Route 61, aka The Blues Highway, crosses the country from north to south, so there are quite a few miles ahead. Set off on a truly fascinating road trip, with so much to see along the way. From statues of Elvis and Betty Boop to Civil War battlefields, passing through historic cotton plantations and the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 49, where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical genius in the world of blues. They're magical places brimming with history that will hypnotise you. You'll discover them as the days go by. As you will the legendary cities which this tour calls at. The most popular are Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. You'll have an incredible day in Chicago exploring one of America's most fascinating metropolises, strolling along Lake Michigan and visiting its parks and museums. Memphis is home to the historic Lorraine Motel (where Martin Luther King was murdered) and to the origins of blues and jazz. You'll step foot on pieces of history and visit mythical places such as Sun Records, site of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. Music is inherent to each stretch of Route 61. So, listening to live music will quite possibly become your favourite new hobby every night before heading back to the hotel. You'll round off the day at clubs listening to live bands. Such is the passion for music you'll no doubt be seduced by themed museums such as the Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Johnny Cash Museum. The final treasure on this trip is New Orleans, where you can visit legendary places such as the French Quarter or Bourbon Street. It's the capital of vitality, music and great ambience. If you like the open road and excellent music, this tour will not disappoint. Enjoy the drive!

Route 61 "The Blues Highway"

Departure date

Departures from February 2024 till February 2025

From

Dublin...

Travel details

  • Travel details

  • Day 1 City of origin - Chicago

  • Day 2 Chicago

  • Day 3 Chicago - Joliet - Wilmington - Braidwood - Pontiac - Towanda Avenue - Springfield - Saint Louis

  • Day 4 Saint Louis - Nashville

  • Day 5 Nashville

  • Day 6 Nashville - Parker’s Crossroads - Memphis (optional visit to Graceland)

  • Day 7 Memphis

  • Day 8 Memphis - Tunica - Clarksdale - Vicksburg

  • Day 9 Vicksburg - Baton Rouge - “Plantation Road” - Nueva Orleans

  • Day 10 Nueva Orleans (optional cruise on the Mississippi River)

  • Day 11 New Orleans - City of origin

  • Day 12 City of origin

Your trip includes

  • Return flight.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Chicago.

  • Selected meal plan in Chicago.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Saint Louis - Missouri.

  • Selected meal plan in Saint Louis - Missouri.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Nashville - Tennessee.

  • Selected meal plan in Nashville - Tennessee.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Memphis - Tennessee.

  • Selected meal plan in Memphis - Tennessee.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Vicksburg - Ms.

  • Selected meal plan in Vicksburg - Ms.

  • Stay in selected hotel in New Orleans.

  • Selected meal plan in New Orleans.

  • Rent-a-car.

    • Amount of the supplement for collection and return of the vehicle in a different office.

Your trip doesn't include

  • Electronic Authorization (ESTA/ETA) to enter in US.

  • Resort fee US.

  • Possible toll charges.

  • Insolvency protection.

  • Entrance to Graceland.

  • Boat trip on the Mississippi River.

  • Entrance to historical buildings (some are free).

Important remarks

- Tips in US are a common practice.

- Generally in US the accommodation in the triple rooms have two double beds or one double and one single bed and the quadruple accommodation has two double beds.

- Driving in the USA: 1.Overtaking on the right is not only legal but everyone does it. And the sooner you get used to roads with more than five lanes, the better. 2.It is legal (and mandatory) to turn right on a red light when there is a signal to do so. 3. With regard to parking, make sure you check when you can park on the street and never park in front of a fire hydrant (even though there are no signs prohibiting it). If there are lines painted on the road to mark out parking spaces, leave the car right in the middle of them, however huge the gap may seem. Be especially careful in the centre of big cities and don't let the parking meter go over by even one minute (check before paying because there are days of the week or certain times when you don't have to pay). 4.Beware of tolls. They will be indicated with the words toll or turnpike and don't usually have a barrier, so you can drive through them without realising and then receive a fine a few weeks later. Don't drive in FasTrak Only lanes and make sure you have some cash on you, as some tolls are cash-only. 5.Unless you want a ticket and a stern chat from a Highway Patrol Officer, it's best not to drive more than five or ten miles above the maximum speed allowed for the road. If the police end up stopping you, keep your hands on the steering wheel and in sight at all times and don't even think about trying to be funny. 6.We recommend signing up to roadside assistance services and a GPS when you hire a car.

- Consult the entry restrictions and additional requirements for people who have previously traveled to destinations such as Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, etc.

- Hotels may charge a Resort Fee charge that must be paid directly at the destination. The amount can vary between approximately $15 and $65 per room per night. This charge is indicative and may be modified depending on the establishment's policy.

- The proposed excursions and tours for each day are purely suggestions, as you can tailor the trip to suit your times, tastes and needs.

- A credit card is considered a guarantee, so sometimes you will need one for check-in at hotels.

- Hotels usually have cots available. Otherwise, babies will have to share a bed with an adult.

- To pick up your rental car, you'll need a credit (not debit) card in the name of the person who made the booking, who must also be the named driver of the vehicle.

- You must give notice that you are going to cross the border while collecting the vehicle. Authorisation may be required to drive through certain countries or areas/states (as is the case in the US and Canada). Depending on the conditions set out in the rental contract and the company hired, you might be charged a surcharge payable at the destination office.