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JTW 2019 – THE USA From New York to New Orleans

14 October 2019 – 9 November 2019

There is no better place than New York City to start our adventures through the USA. With 6 nights’ in the city that never sleeps, unpack your bags and immerse yourself in the bright lights of the Big Apple! 

But then it’s time to set your watch to the slow, sultry drawl of America’s Deep South – as we sojourn from Savannah’s magnolia blossomed avenues to the jaunty cobblestone streets of Charleston – stately homes, lush plantations and some good ol’ Southern hospitality are yours to discover!

Then it’s time for a little honky-tonk, home cookin’ and a whole lot of Rock N Roll as we take a lyrical pilgramige from Nashville to Memphis and The Big Easy. The sounds of Cash and the King are never far away before we finish our travels in Texas!

// Enjoy a performance from a live gospel choir
// Take a charming horse-drawn carriage through Central Park
// Take a buggy ride through Amish Country
// Go through some of the most beautifully creepy locations on a Ghost Tour in Savannah
// Visit one of the last sixteen tea rooms in Atlanta
// Eat your way through the USA from Creole in New Orleans to smoky Bar-B-Q’s in Texas
// Enjoy a show at the Grande Ole Opry
// Visit the home of Elvis, Graceland Mansion
// Go on an adventure with the ‘Voodoo Bone Lady’ in New Orleans

Day One // 14th October 2019
Due to the schedule of flights, you will be transferred from your home address to Sydney today. We will stay overnight at an airport hotel, before checking in the following morning.
Meals: Dinner

Day Two // 15th October 2019
Check in for your flight to New York City! Due to the international date line, we will arrive on the same day we depart). Its easy to see why people fall in love with the ‘Big Apple’; it’s a one of a kind destination that pulses with life and buzzes with excitement. With something happening on every street, something to do around every corner, no wonder it’s known as the city that never sleeps! Tonight we will have a quick dinner so you can recover and be ready to explore the city tomorrow.
Meals: In flight, Dinner

Day Three // 16th October 2019
This morning we take a tour of Harlem; long known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions and African-American heritage. Enjoy a performance from a live gospel choir and lunch at Sylvia’s  – “The Queen of Soul Food”. This afternoon a charming horse-drawn carriage with take you through Central Park. One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake and reservoir — not to mention an outdoor theater, a memorial to John Lennon, an idyllic waterside eatery (the Loeb Boathouse) and a famous statue of Alice in Wonderland. You will have time to further explore the park on foot after the horse-drawn carriage ride.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four // 17th October 2019
Today you will meet with a historian for a guided tour of the Rockefeller Center. A national historic landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. This large complex is famous for its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Visit the NBC Studios before travelling to ‘Top of the Rock’ for magnificent views over Central Park and the city. But this isn’t the only view point of the city – a holiday to New York isn’t complete without experiencing the top of the Empire State Building. We will take the elevators to the 86th Floor Observatory of the Empire State and also hear about its’ fascinating history. We need to fit as much as we can into our time in New York, so today we will also be visiting Madison Square Garden and Grand Central Station!

Be transported by the iconic beauty and lasting legacy of Grand Central Terminal. This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is not simply a transportation hub—it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof. Grand Central Terminal is one of the country’s great architectural achievements and New York City’s unofficial meeting place with thousands of people choosing to meet friends and loved ones each day at the opal-faced Main Concourse Information Booth Clock. Hailed as a temple to the everyday commuter, this cathedral-like building was constructed to honor you, its visitors.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Five // 18th October 2019
Start your day with a walk on the Highline, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. This has become an icon in contemporary landscape architecture and the stories of it’s residents are sure to be remembered. We will also spend time exploring the Chelsea Market and stop for lunch, before visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This is a tribute of remembrance, to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This is a moving experience, from the ‘Little Church that Stood’ to the twin reflecting pools, and the 110,000 square feet of the Museum. This evening, sit back and relax as you take in the views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on a Liberty Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six // 19th October 2019
This morning, journey over to Brooklyn to visit the Bushwick Collective. This large and ever growing outdoor graffiti exhibition features many works from all kinds of up-an-coming artists. From here, we continue to the Brooklyn Brewery for delicious Brooklyn beer tasting and pizza for lunch! Afterwards, take a leisurely walk over Brooklyn Bridge, delivering soul-stirring views of lower Manhattan, the East River and the rapidly developing Brooklyn waterfront. A New York icon, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, this was the world’s first steel suspension bridge.

Tonight, we will be seeing a Broadway Show – a must-do on any stay in New York City. We will announce the specific show closer to departure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seven // 20th October 2019
Today you have the full day free to explore on your own. Visit one or many of the art museums, or cafes, spend some time navigating the different neighborhoods. Each offers a dramatically different version of the city, from the Jewish details of the Upper West Side to the cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. This evening, we will have a special ‘farewell to New York’ dinner so pack a nice frock!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eight // 21st October 2019
Today we farewell the Big Apple and travel to Washington DC. Enroute we will stop at Philadelphia to take a look through the Independence Hall to view the famed Liberty Bell. Many Historians believe it was one of the bells rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Continue through to Amish Country for a feast at ‘Plain and Fancy Farm’. A farm to table experience, visit an Amish House and One-Room School at Bird in Hand. Inside the school you will find  a working gas stove and gas lights, Amish artwork done by local Amish children, a filled cloak room, Amish curriculum, games, posters, and much more! Take a buggy ride through the Amish farm before ending our day in Washington DC. The USA’s capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power where visionaries and demagogues roam.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Nine // 22nd October 2019
Start the day by visiting the monuments and memorials of the National Mall, before travelling to Arlington to see the National Cemetery. Established during the Civil War, the cemetery is the final resting place for more than 300,000 veterans of American conflicts. Here you will also find the tomb and memorial to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Walk through the National Gallery of Art before stopping at the White House Visitors Center for photos. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Paolo’s Ristorante in Georgetown.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Ten // 23rd October 2019
This morning pass through the Shenandoah Mountains on the way to Asheville. Tens of thousands of living creatures make their homes in the Shenandoah National Park, from black bear resting beneath rock overhangs to tiny aquatic insects darting through cool mountain streams.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eleven // 24th October 2019
Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Today spend the day visiting the house and gardens of the Biltmore Estate. Immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by gracious hospitality, and a desire to share the very best with friends and family, including a tasting at their winery and a “Taste of the South” buffet lunch at the Deerpark Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twelve // 25th October 2019
This morning we will make our way to Charleston, stopping at Magnolia Plantation House. Over 464 acres, this historic house and gardens is located on the Ashley River, Charleston County, South Carolina. It is one of the oldest plantations in the South, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and grounds. View the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in this famous garden, and be sure to also visit the Audubon Swamp Garden. It is a unique world where trees grow from the water, islands float, and wild creatures can be spotted.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Thirteen // 26th October 2019
Charleston will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend. Historic romanticism along with the food and Southern graciousness, make Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South. Learn about antebellum life with a visit to the Aiken-Rhett House. Built in the early 1800’s, much of the house’s original style has been preserved, including the slave quarters, stables and kitchens. Relax during a carriage tour of historic Charleston before dinner at The Southend Brewery and Smokehouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Fourteen // 27th October 2019
This morning you will depart Charleston, travelling to the oldest city in Georgia – Savannah. Savannah is built around a historic district that is rife with elegant townhouses, antebellum mansions, mammoth oak trees and public squares draped in Spanish moss. Savannah’s cobblestone streets are begging to be explored! Tonight, you’ll walk through some of the most beautifully creepy locations you can imagine on a Ghost Tour!  Through the beautiful streets of Savannah, we’ll visit haunted and historic homes, hidden cemeteries and many of Savannah’s secret, haunted locations.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Fifteen // 28th October 2019
This morning we will travel from Savannah to Atlanta. Atlanta originally a railroad town that served as a gateway to more remote corners of the Southeast. This vibrant city played an important role in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Tour the city before visiting the studio at CNN Center. Get an inside look at how live broadcast is produced and learn how the CNN became the worldwide leader in news. Finish the day with a delicious meal at Mary Mac’s Tea Room. The last of sixteen tea rooms that once dotted intown Atlanta in the 1940s.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Sixteen // 29th October 2019
Set along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains lies Chattanooga. As we travel from Atlanta to Nashville, you will be able to see amazing scenery. It’s trolleylike Incline Railway scales the steep Lookout Mountain before reaching Ruby Falls waterfall and Rock City. We will have a quick visit here, to take in the view of the many sandstones formations and beautiful gardens.  Once we arrive in Nashville, you will enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry is world-Famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Seventeen // 30th October 2019
Today go behind the scenes of last night’s show with a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House. Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous.

Learn more about the history of country music with visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. The auditorium is a building where anything is possible: a soul can find redemption, a crumbling building can find salvation, and an unknown kid with a guitar can find their name in lights. Finish the day with a barbecue at Bronco Buster, live entertainment and line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eighteen // 31st October 2019
This morning we travel to Memphis! Music-lovers lose themselves to the throb of blues guitar on Beale St and Barbecue connoisseurs descend to stuff themselves silly on smoky pulled pork and dry-rubbed ribs…and of course Elvis fanatics fly in to worship at the altar of the King at Graceland! Today you will visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. It was at the motel that Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed while standing on a balcony.

Later visit Sun Studio – the birthplace of Rock N Roll and the home to the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perks. Tonight we are off to B.B King’s blues club for dinner. With live entertainment every night – from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll – and a menu full of Southern favorites, the club is a popular destination spot on Memphis’ historic Beale Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Nineteen // 1st November 2019
No visit to Memphis is complete without a visit to the home of Elvis. Put on your Blue Sueded Shoes and make your way through Graceland Mansion, the famous “Jungle Room” and the entertainment complex. Fully immerse yourself in Elvis’ life and career like never before as you experience Elvis’ roots, his influences and his artistry.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twenty // 2nd November 2019
Today you will stop at Mississippi’s capital city – Jackson – on the way to New Orleans. “The City with Soul” you can trace Mississippi’s evolution from the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, to the hub of music and culture it is today.  Later, you will continue your journey to New Orleans where you will discover a dining experience unlike any other – celebrating the fine Creole cuisine and culture of New Orleans at Muriel Jacksons Square in the French Quarter.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty One // 3rd November 2019
The things that make life worth living – eating, drinking and the making of merriment – are the air that New Orleans breathes. This is a fascinating city, with plenty to see and do; but some of New Orleans must see attractions are its cemeteries. Many of the tombs found in these “cities of the dead” are above ground to protect them from rising water levels. Walk through and see decorative artwork embellishing the tombs. Only in New Orleans, which is unique in so many ways, could cemeteries be major tourist attractions! Today go back to the time when life was as slow and graceful as the current Mississippi as you board a Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise for live traditional jazz music and lunch. Later you will visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum where you will find an amazing assortment of memorabilia indigenous to Mardi Gras, jazz funerals and other traditions found only in New Orleans.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twenty Two // 4th November 2019
This morning take a walk through the French Quarter of New Orleans. From the beautiful architecture to art galleries, museums, restaurants, and bars – the French Quarter has something for everyone, no matter what your interests are. Visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World where you will see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. This all access opportunity allows you to see where artists and architects build floats from the ground up.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twenty Three // 5th November 2019
Today you will have the day at leisure to explore New Orleans at your own pace. We definitely recommend taking yourself to the French Market in the heart of the French Quarter. Similar to some European markets, this historically charming open-air market features shopping, dining, music and local tradition that is uniquely New Orleans. From Café du Monde near Jackson Square to the flea market at the end of Esplanade Avenue, the French Market includes five blocks of local produce, specialty art, handmade crafts, retail shopping and more.

In the evening, we will have dinner at the famous Mulates Cajuns Restaurant before an exciting night-time adventure with the ‘Voodoo Bone Lady’. She has over 30 years of experience helping curious, confused and grieving souls to claim the love, happiness, prosperity, success, and well being that is our divine right. Hear about the ghosts, voodoo, vampires, zombies, and the famous St. Louis Cemetery.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Four // 6th November 2019
This morning hop aboard an airboat to get up close and personal with the Cajun Swamp! Here you will have the chance to see alligators, wild boar, raccoons, snakes, owls, egrets, and more – all in their natural habitat, and just a few feet from your boat. Later, explore Louisiana’s back country to see bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plants before we arrive into Houston.

Welcome to Texas! America’s fourth-largest city, Houston is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Tonight we will indulge in an good old Texas Bar-B-Q for dinner!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Five // 7th November 2019
Today, we will be exploring Houston. Long before oil dominated Houston’s economy, cotton was king. Architect Eugene Heiner designed a building in 1884 that would serve as the home of the newly formed Houston Cotton Exchange. The classic revival design with Victorian masonry, ornamental stonework, arches and sandstone molding still stands today, though the exchange is long gone.

Maybe pick yourself up a pair of Cowboy Boots at the Texas National Outfitters, which offers handmade cowboy boots by over 50 local artisans! The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants. Late this afternoon, we will check in to begin our journey back to Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Six // 8th November 2019
Due to the international date line, today is spent in flight.
Meals: In flight

Day Twenty Seven // 9th November 2019
We will arrive in Sydney early this morning, and once luggage is collected you will be transferred to your home address in Newcastle.
Meals: In flight

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