BBQ & Blues (ex New Orleans) 2020

BBQ & Blues | Topdeck Travel
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  • What's Included
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Kick things off with Bayou beats and Cajun treats in New Orleans, then prepare to tap those toes as we rock 'n' roll our cares away in Memphis, have a fling with country and western in Nashville and get bluesy in Chicago. Bonus: some of these trips coincide with some of the USA's best festivals. Hot damn. Ready to eat, drink and be merry? Yeah, you are!

Destinations
  • USA
  • North America
Tour Types
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Youth
  • Arts & culture
  • Food & Wine
  • Local experiences
  • Music
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bayou! Get excited: you’re in the home of jazz music AND finger-lickin’ Cajun food. What better way to get acquainted with the city (and your fellow Topdeckers) than by getting down with the legendary party vibes of Bourbon Street? Make sure you grab a Hand Grenade cocktail ! they’re the bomb.



Day 2: New Orleans

Po’boys, gumbo, jambalaya... just how do they get Cajun food to taste so damn good? Learn the secrets behind New Orleans’ tastiest treats with an optional cooking demonstration. Not your thing? You could always go party-hunting around town. There’s bound to be a festival going on somewhere!



Day 3: New Orleans

Feeling the after-effects of last night? No worries. Today you’re free to chill. If you fancy seeing another side to New Orleans, why not hop on an optional swamp tour and check out the alligators? If you’d rather steer clear of swamp monsters, there’s also an optional paddleboat cruise down the Mississippi to get on board with. How civilised!



Day 4: New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee 

Do your best jazz hands as we wave goodbye to New Orleans today - we’re rockin’ and rollin’ into Memphis, the city Elvis Presley called home. If that’s not enough to get you thrusting, this place is also renowned for its ah-mazing BBQ food. You’ll see why at dinner.



Day 5: Memphis

We’re not going to lie - today’s got a pretty strong musical theme. Kick things off with a visit to Sun Studio (the ‘Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll’) to whet your appetite for all things tuneful, then take your pick between today’s optionals: a visit to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum OR the one and only Graceland. Wowee.



Day 6: Memphis to Nashville

See ya later, rock and roll. Hello, country and western! Zip up those cowboy boots and get ready to scoot, ‘cause we’re on our way to Nashville. First up: we’ll take you around the city’s main sights on a driving tour. Tonight, we’ll sit down to some good old fashioned eats at our included dinner.



Day 7: Nashville

You’ve got a free day to see all this lively city has to offer. Centennial Park, Belle Meade Plantation and the Parthenon (spoiler alert: it’s a replica) await, so get cracking. Got a hankering for some more country music? Then the optional visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame has your name written all over it.



Day 8: Nashville to Chicago, Illinois

If you’ve got the blues because we’re leaving Nashville, we’re going to the perfect place for you to express them: Chicago. Get to know the Windy City on a driving tour, then gather with the group for a trip to the top of the 360 Chicago tower. If you thought the views couldn’t get any better, wait for the TILT experience to kick in. Note: don’t forget to pack your head for heights.



Day 9: Chicago

Today is all about Chicago’s awesome optionals. Pedal your way around on a bike ride, take to the water on an architecture cruise, go up, up, and away on a helicopter tour over the city, or get shady with a gangster tour and see what Chicago was like during the 20s and 30s.



Day 10: Chicago

Wow, time flies - it’s your last full day in Chicago! What you do with it is your call, but we recommend that you get your fill of exploring while you still can. Or, if you’re here for the food, make sure you get your fill of deep-dish pizza. Either way, you do you.



Day 11: Chicago 

Today, our BBQ & Blues trips sings its swan song - time to say goodbye. If you’re not ready to go home, an encore could be in order...



  • Sun Studio tour, Memphis
  • Driving tour of Nashville
  • Driving tour of Chicago
  • 360 Tower with TILT experience, Chicago
  • 10 nights in hotels
  • Awesome Trip Leader
  • Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)
  • 10 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners

Dates Price Single Availability
06-Oct-2020 for 10 Nights Visit Website

Touring with Top Deck

If you’re between 18-30 something, don’t miss the opportunity to travel with this awesome travel company. Topdeck was born in 1973 when Skroo Turner and his mates bought a double-decker bus and drove across Europe to Morocco. They now offer over 330 amazing tours in 65 countries,  so they will definitely have a touring adventure to whet your appetite.

A collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, they strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. Their passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. Their business is to make travel dreams a reality. They know what works. And they’re not afraid to shout about it. They refuse to sacrifice quality, independence and freedom, and believe solo adventures should go hand in hand with unforgettable moments with like-minded travellers. They offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences.

They are lively, curious, knowledgeable and dedicated; driven with the desire to laugh and have fun. They build the trips. You build the memories. Go on, jump on board and discover what it means to be a #Topdecker!

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