Day 1: Depart Chicago
Musical America tour members will meet their Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station.
You will board the Texas Eagle for its 1:45 p.m. departure for St. Louis.
Sit back and relax in your reclining coach seat. You may want to visit the Sightseer Lounge car for some refreshments and good conversation with fellow tour members.
Dinner in the diner is an option or for lighter fare you can visit the lower level of the Sightseer Lounge car. Arrival into St. Louis is scheduled for 7:21 p.m.
Upon arrival we’ll transfer to the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch, our home for the night.
Day 2: Branson
Enjoy a Drury QuikStart® breakfast in our hotel this morning.
This morning we’ll visit the world famous 630-foot high Gateway Arch. Options include: a trip to the top of the Arch and a 45-minute film chronicling the history of the Old West.
We’ll board our deluxe motorcoach for Branson. We will stop for an “on-your-own” lunch en route at the Sirloin Stockade.
This afternoon we’ll arrive at the attractive, full service Radisson Hotel, our comfortable home for the next two nights in Branson. The Radisson is convenient to theatres, shopping, and attractions.
Dinner is included this evening at the Wildwood Bistro located in our hotel.
Following dinner we will transfer to the Branson Famous Theatre for the 8:00 p.m. performance of the Baldknobbers.
The Baldknobbers began the family entertainment phenomenon in 1959, when the four Mabe brothers began entertaining fisherman on the downtown Branson lakefront. Today, over fifty years later, the second and third generations of the Mabe family continue the family tradition of combining your favorite country classics, with hot-new country hits and hilarious comedy into a fast paced, high energy show.
The Baldknobbers will entertain you with your favorite country classics, hot-new country hits and hilarious comedy.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 3: Branson
A full breakfast in our hotel is included this morning.
Following breakfast we’ll embark on a three-hour sightseeing tour of Branson and the scenic Ozark countryside. You’ll enjoy an “on-your-own” lunch at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner at Branson’s Grand Village where you’ll be entertained by your talented wait staff vocalists.
This afternoon we’ll transfer to the Kings Castle Theater where we will see the Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies. They will entertain you with opera, pop, and swing, as well as famous Irish classics.
We will then transfer to Pasghetti’s Restaurant for an included dinner.
This evening we’ll transfer to the Jim Stafford Theater. The singer, songwriter and comic is celetrating his 28th year in Branson. He will entertain you with his hits from the past along with new vocals, new stories and new instruments.
Following the show we will return to our hotel.
Meal(s): B & D
Day 4: En Route to Memphis
Following breakfast we’ll board our motorcoach and head southeast to Memphis.
We will stop en route for an “on-your-own” lunch.
Before dinner, we’ll check into the Hampton Inn & Suites, located a block from Beale Street.
We’ll spend the evening on Beale Street, beginning with a BBQ dinner at the King’s Palace (included).
Following dinner, there will be free time to experience some of the great entertainment of this world-renowned music hot spot.
Meal(s): B & D
Day 5: Memphis
Following a Continental breakfast at our hotel we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach for Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
The Elvis Experience Tour includes self guided tours of the mansion, the Elvis Automobile Museum and a memorabilia museum called “Sincerely Elvis.”
Following an “on-your-own” lunch, we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and head east through the beautiful hills of Tennessee. An included dinner stop will be made at the Opry Backstage Grill.
Our home for the next two nights will be the famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel. After you settle in, you’ll want to experience the opulence of this world-class resort.
The hotel features stunning indoor landscaping across several sprawling atriums that make this hotel America’s largest non-casino resort!
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 6: Nashville
This morning we’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This 37-million-dollar facility is a beautiful tribute to Country Music and the artists who have made it great. Enjoy an “on-your-own” lunch at the Museum’s popular Two Twenty Two Grill.
Following lunch we’ll embark on a sightseeing tour including historic downtown, Fort Nashborough, the state capitol, the Parthenon and homes of the stars.
We will conclude the day with an evening performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry.
Day 7: En Route
This morning we’ll enjoy a brunch cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat while being entertained by a musical review.
Following brunch, we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel to Indianapolis. An included dinner stop will be made.
Upon arrival we will check into the Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis, our home for the night.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 8: En Route to Chicago
This morning we’ll transfer to the Indianapolis Amtrak station where, at 6:00 a.m., we’ll board the Cardinal for Chicago. We’ll get a to-go breakfast from the hotel. On the train snacks and beverages are available in the diner/lounge.
Our arrival into Chicago’s Union Station is scheduled for 10:05 a.m.
Travelers will continue to home destinations.