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9-day Chicago to New Orleans, Great Smoky Mountains, St. Louis, Birmingham, Oak Alley Plantation and Ark Encounter Theme Park Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

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9-day Chicago to New Orleans, Great Smoky Mountains, St. Louis, Birmingham, Oak Alley Plantation and Ark Encounter Theme Park Tour (Free Airport Pickup)
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Departure City Chicago IL US
Return City Chicago IL US
Language Chinese and English
Available Days Tue(2017-05-01 To 2022-12-31)
Duration 9 Day(s) / 8 Night(s)
Tour code GOL-CHI-134A

Explore Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile, Chicago River, Michigan Lakeside, Buckingham Fountain, Cloud Gate, Navy Pier, Chicago Theatre, Grand Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Water Tower, 360 CHICAGO, Marina City, Trump Tower, Willis Tower, Chicago Pedway, State Capitol of Illinois, Gateway Arch, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Memphis Pyramid, Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Café Du Monde, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, St. Louis Cathedral, Kelly Ingram Park, Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Lover's Leap, Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Dixie Stampede, Kentucky Artisan Center, Kentucky Horse Park, Purdue University, and Indiana State Capitol on an exciting 9-day bus tour starting from Chicago with special discounts and hotel accommodations.

Day 1
Home – Chicago

Our tour guide will pick you up from the airport. Domestic flight arrivals will meet our travel host at the luggage claiming area. International flight arrivals will wait for the travel host at the Exit area after reclaiming the luggage. The travel host will guide the guests to the meeting point. We will provide our guests free airport pick-up service from O'Hare International Airport between 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  The complimentary pick-up service and shopping tour are not available for the guests who reach the Midway International Airport. For those who arrive at the O'Hare International Airport before 3:00 PM will have a chance to join our free luxury tour to Fashion Outlets of Chicago which is a home to some of the region's finest dining options and outlet shopping area. Arrive before 5:00 PM to participate in an optional Chicago Night Tour to browse the vibrant nightlife of the city for just 25$ per head.  Chicago Night Tour will begin from the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park and head to the Michigan Avenue where we can glimpse the beautiful sight of Magnificent Mile and take a walk alongside the beautiful Chicago River. Then we make a stop at the Michigan Lakeside to enjoy the view of dazzling skylines of the city.

Hotel: Best Western Plus O’Hare International South Hotel or similar

Day 2
Chicago City Tour

Today we will discover the core spirit of the Chicago city. Begin the tour in the morning; arrive at the Millennium Park to view the stunning architecture, sculptures, and the Chicago's iconic Cloud Gate attraction. Then, we will make a stop at the Buckingham Fountain which is one of the largest artificial fountains in the world. Continue the tour to the Navy Pier which is a fifty-acre amusement attraction full of gardens, restaurants, shops, exhibition facilities and family attractions. Guests will also enjoy the exclusive tour of the Chicago Theatre. Arrive at the Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, which resides some of the city's most beautiful landmarks such as the Grand Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Water Tower, as well as the boutiques and shopping malls. Enjoy the 360-degree bird-eye views of Chicago at 360 CHICAGO as well as the Marina City buildings, Trump Tower, Willis Tower and countless others; the observation deck also enchants visitors for its new tilt forward feature. Next, we will take a scenic board cruise. However, the cruise does not operate in winter.

Hotel: Best Western Plus O’Hare International South Hotel or similar

Day 3
Chicago – Springfield – St. Louis

In the morning, the tour will go to Springfield the hometown of former President Abraham Lincoln. Make a stop at the residence of Abraham Lincoln where he spent sixteen years of his life. Besides the residence of Abraham Lincoln is a beautiful State Capitol of Illinois. Continue to the Saint Louis and visit the town's iconic attraction, the Gateway Arch which is also the tallest arch in the world. Our next stop will be the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis; the interior of the building is made of forty million pieces of mosaic glass in various colors. In the evening, we will return to the hotels.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Festus or Similar.

Day 4
St. Louis – Memphis Graceland

In the morning, we will head to the largest city of Tennessee, Memphis. While traveling through the city guests can glimpse the Memphis Pyramid. Arrive at the Graceland which is a 13-acre mansion and a former residence of Elvis Presley who is best known as the King of Rock & Roll music. Here, guests will browse the stunning mansion and hear the songs of Elvis Presley throughout the building; there is also an interactive iPad facility to learn more about the King of Rock & Roll. Later, we will return to the hotels near the Jackson.

Hotel: Ramada Pearl/Jackson Airport or Similar.​

Day 5
Oak Alley Plantation – New Orleans (Night Tour)

The tour will arrive at Oak Alley Plantation and the appealing charms of the Oak trees, which were planted in the 18th century, will enchant the visitors as well as the stunning mansion with slave quarters nearby. Guests will take the swamp boat tour which best views the ecosystems of New Orleans. We will have a chance to witness the turtles, snakes, alligators, egrets, and many other wildlife species and plants inhabited at the swamp. After returning to the hotels, guests will be invited to join our night tour to discover the energetic nightlife of New Orleans (tour fee: 25$ per head). New Orleans depicts both the French and Spanish heritage with year-round festivals, exquisite architecture, and exquisite nightlife scene.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn or Similar.

Day 6
New Orleans – Birmingham

The New Orleans is best known for the stunning French Creole culture, and some may call it the city of jazz music. Guests will choose where to enjoy the morning at Café Du Monde for its renowned French Coffee with a sugar-coated donut or discover the vibrant street art of the city. Guests can visit the Royal Street, Bourbon Street, St. Louis Cathedral, and many others and don't miss to taste the region's renowned Cajun food. The tour will reach Alabama in the afternoon. Travel through Birmingham, the state's largest city; discover the core spirit of the city where the notable and historic Civil Right Movement events have taken place, the Kelly Ingram Park holds many statues as well as of Martin Luther King.

Hotel: Days Inn Attalla, Best Western or Similar.

Day 7
Chattanooga – Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg

In the morning, we will travel to Chattanooga city in Tennessee and make a stop at the Rock City to explore the stunning Lookout Mountain. The Lover's Leap spot at the Rock City showcases some the most scenic and captivating views of the region. Witness the appealing natural landscape, lush gardens, and gigantic rock formations. Continue the journey through the Great Smoky Mountains and arrive at the Gatlinburg which is mountain town with a variety of unique restaurants, boutiques, shops, and hotels. Guests browse this magnificent town then continue to the Dixie Stampede which is unique and famous dining option showcasing the live horse shows with delicious continental food. Dine in at the dinner theater and watch the enticing 32-horse show (self-expense).  Relish the music, family-friendly comedy, and dancing along the way.

Hotel: Clarion Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites or Similar.

Day 8
Kentucky Horse Park – Ark Encounter theme park

In the morning, guests will reach the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea which exhibits many Kentucky’s appealing arts and crafts.  Continue to Kentucky Horse Park which is an educational theme park and horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky (if the park is closed, then we will tour it from the outside and witness the statues of champion horses). Then we will take you to Ark Encounter Theme Park. Later in the evening, our group will head to Findley Market to enjoy the local food.

Hotel: Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North or Similar.

Day 9
Purdue University – Chicago

In the morning, we will witness the Indiana State Capitol located at Indianapolis, and then we will reach Lafayette which is home to the leading Purdue University. Some of the top-notch astronauts like the Neil Armstrong have been produced by this renowned open research institute. In the afternoon, we will return to Chicago and the guests will dropped-off at the O'Hare International Airport for the flights back to hometown *or dismiss the tour anywhere in the city, guests will have to confirm it from the tour guide in advance.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • 1. The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
  • 2. The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.
  • 3. Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
  • 4. You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.
  • 5. Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.
  • 6. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
  • 7. These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.
  • 8. Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.
cost includes

  Most of the tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. A minivan can also be used depending on the number of people booking the tour.

  Free Airport Pickup is available on this tour.

  Tour is inclusive of hotel accommodation.

  Inclusive of all taxes.

  Tour is accompanied by the tour guide

cost Excludes

  Rates could alter without prior notice.

  Airport pickup service charges $8/person.

  Optional fees will be paid in cash to the guide.Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website. Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website.

  Guide will arrange meals and drinks when requested as they are not included in the package.

  Daily Service charges for driver and the guide is $10 minimum per person. 

  Such expenses as telephone services, alcoholic drinks, beverages and laundry services which are private room services.

  Services related to travel insurance.

  Other personal expenses.

Important: We never encourage customers to purchase admission packages from outside sources and try using them in this tour with discount. If they do, they must arrange transport on the same day.



Attractions Adult Child(3-11 yrs) Senior (65+ yrs)
Ark Encounter$43.00$30.00$33.00
Art Institute of Chicago, IL$25.00$0.00$25.00
Chicago 360, IL$25.00$18.00$25.00
Chicago Cruise, IL$35.00$21.00$32.00
Chicago Night Tour, IL$25.00$15.00$25.00
Chicago Theater, IL$15.00$10.00$15.00
Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede, TN$67.00$41.46$67.00
Graceland (Elvis Presley Mansion), TN$39.00$17.00$35.00
Kentucky Horse Park, KY$20.00$9.00$20.00
New Orleans Night Tour, LA$25.00$15.00$25.00
Oak Alley Plantation, LA$22.00$8.00$22.00
Purdue University, IN$10.00$7.00$10.00
Rock City Gardens, GA$22.00$13.10$22.00
Swamp Boat tour, IL$27.00$16.00$27.00
Important Notes
  • 1. All the prices are listed in USD.
  • 2. Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
  • 3. Prices may change without any notice.
  • 4. Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
  • 5. Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
  • 6. Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
  • 7. Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
  • 8. A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
  • 9. There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.
  • 10. Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.
Departure Locations

Free Airport Pickup service is available from O'Hare between 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Meet the tour guide at the baggage claim area.

From 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM $120 fee will be charged for 1 or 2 persons and $10 per additional person from  from O'Hare.

Returns Locations

Paid airport drop off service is available for return flight from Midway International Airport (MDW) after 7:00 PM

Kindly book your flights to depart from O'Hare(Airport) after 7:00 PM as there will be travel activities on the last day.Free Drop off to this Airport but only at the time mentioned before.

Important Notes
  • 1. Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).
  • 2. Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
  • 3. There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.
  • 4. You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
  • 5. Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
  • 6. If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
  • 7. If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
  • 8. On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.
Reservation, Booking & Redemption

Terms & Conditions

Any travel service purchases indicate your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein.

You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.


Tour Confirmation

You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.


E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)

Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.


Changes in Booking

You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.


Changes in Tour Itinerary

We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.

Reschedule

​If you wish to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. A reschedule fees of $25 or 6% (which one is higher) will be applied. Please note that all reschedule requests should be made before 18 days of tour departure. Requests made after the mentioned duration shall not be entertained.​

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.

Pricing

1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month old baby you still need 2 rooms.

2. If you can carry your child up to 3 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.

3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.

4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.

5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.

6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.

7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.

8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.

9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.

10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.

Child Rate:

Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.

Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.

Cancellation

No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from out travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that re-incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred. Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.

We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirement or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you, the passenger with the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements inclusive of separate purchase of air tickets.

We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations.


Cancellation charges 

⇒  A 60% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3-10 days or more before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3 days before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs on departure day.

 

There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no show.

In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained.

An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties.

Note: More 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds.

Buy 2 Get 3rd Free: 

⇒  In the case of free passenger cancellation kindly update us 7 days before the departure. 

⇒  In the case of late cancellation request or free passenger does not show up on tour day then $128 will be charged.

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.

Responsibility
1. We highly recommend you to provide your flight details while booking tour with us or at least send us flight details via email 3 days before your tour departure. In case of non-compliance, you will be asked to join your hotel on the first day of tour at your own expense
 
2. Please check our return timings before booking your return flights at the end of the tour. During high season (National and Summer Holidays) book your flights at least 1 hour later than the suggested time.

3. Before booking any tour make sure to go through every detail like tour itinerary, tour price, cancellation policy,  reschedule and refund policies.

4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.

5. Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.

6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.

    6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.

    6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.

    6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.

7. You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.

8. Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.

Lee ching
36 4

we get what we paid for, not that the tour cause us any disappointment by taking us to somewhere less interesting or anything like that. The bus tour service was a luxury one and the tour guide, Joe, was such a nice person, nevertheless, it’s pretty appreciable. What a wonderful city we have in our country, the Chicago, we get to know more about the Chicago as we toured its leading landmarks. Days Inn Attalla wasn’t a perfect lodging for us because I like those rooms with large screen television and have a hot bath tub in it. Anyhow, the tour was literally the most luxury tour I had with my kids. Appreciate it!

Shital
17 4

This tour is highly recommended. Great places to explore and a very good staff. Everything was executed perfectly and we really enjoyed our time on the tour. However, my only concern was with the hotel on day 3. It was not good at all.Apart from this we had great hotel stays and everything was delivered as they had advertised on their website.

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