Luxury Gold is inviting travellers to embrace two of life’s greatest pleasures – music and food – while visiting the American heartland known around the world for both.
The 14-day “Sumptuous Soul of America” will take guests through culture-laden cities including Louisville, Nashville and Memphis, before culminating in New Orleans, known for its annual Mardi Gras festival. Travellers can save 7.5% on featured New Orleans itineraries and other US and Canada journeys when booking by Feb. 28.
“Luxury Gold is immensely excited to our offer guests the ultimate journey through the southern states during New Orleans’ 300th anniversary celebrations taking place throughout 2018 with its 135 yearly festivals,” said Brad Ford, president of Luxury Gold Canada. “On this luxury trip, they will experience the best in the country in terms of cuisine, music, culture and spirits.”
For those looking to enjoy the elegance of the southern states on a bit of a shorter journey, there’s Luxury Gold’s nine-day Southern Grace journey.
The Sumptuous Soul of America excursion starts in Chicago where guests go aboard a 90-minute architectural river cruise before enjoying a night at a classic Chicago-style chophouse. A stop in Louisville will see guests imbibing on Kentucky’s signature spirit at a bourbon distillery before visiting the famed Churchill Downs, and the Kentucky Derby Museum. A trip to the south is not properly complete without a stop at Graceland in Memphis for a day devoted to The King of Rock, Elvis Presley. In the evening, guests will be treated to an exclusive dinner in the company of George Klein, a close childhood friend of Elvis who will share stories about the late musical legend.
Once in New Orleans, guests will traverse the electric city with a Local Expert and visit one of its most famous above-ground cemeteries – also known as a “City of the Dead” – before visiting the New Orleans School of Cooking to savour exquisite dishes of Creole cuisine during a cooking demonstration and Highlight Dinner. While in town, Hotel Monteleone will be home.
On the last day in New Orleans, the trip culminates with a boat ride in the bayou before heading to the world-famous Arnaud’s Restaurant, a century-old spot specializing in classic Creole dining known for its oysters and seafood offerings accompanied by a lively jazz trio.