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Trip Overview

Tour America’s Lone Star State and most famed musical cities on this 10-day rail journey to Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Memphis! Revel in the sights, sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz and blues, flavors, cultures, and experiences of these southern states. Start your vacation in the capital of Austin, visiting all the famous landmarks and hidden gems throughout the city. Aside from your sightseeing tour, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know ATX at your leisure before traveling to your next destination. In San Antonio, you’ll experience the Alamo, El Mercado, historic missions, frontier life, and so much more. Fascinating New Orleans has many attractions to discover, like historic Jackson Square, the French Quarter, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. You may also choose to explore the region’s mossy swamplands that meander through seemingly endless miles of Louisiana coastline. Your last stop is Memphis, legendary for its music scene. Take two incredible tours of the city’s must-see crowd-pleasers and get up close to the things Elvis Presley cherished most at Graceland. Everything old is new (and amazing) again.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing city tour of Austin
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off in San Antonio w/ River Walk Boat Cruise + Tower of the America's admission + Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum admission
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans OR Swamp and Bayou Tour
  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis including admission to Graceland

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Austin to San Antonio; San Antonio to New Orleans; New Orleans to Memphis on Texas Eagle®, Sunset limited® and City of New Orleans®
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meals included (1 brunch)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1              YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN AUSTIN
Welcome to the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The day is free for you to enjoy and embrace all things Texas. Stroll through downtown and marvel at the growing skyline’s gorgeous architecture, or enjoy some world-class barbeque and an avocado margarita in one of the city’s many incredible restaurants. (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 2              AUSTIN
Climb aboard a comfortable Mercedes van for your included Real Austin Tour! Discover the exciting landmarks, hidden gems, local favorites, historic neighborhoods, and all the delicious food that make this place so amazing. You’ll learn about its culture, music, famous people, and everything in between that makes people want to “Keep Austin Weird” from the passionate and informative guides. Stop at the capital, the Welcome to Austin mural, food trucks, downtown, and the west, south, and east sides of the city. After this fun tour, you’ll understand why Austin is such a popular destination. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 3              AUSTIN TO SAN ANTONIO
Spend the morning on your own partaking in some traditional breakfast tacos and the afternoon continuing to get to know the city of Austin before boarding the Texas Eagle to San Antonio in the evening. A great option, especially if it’s warm out that day, is to spend the afternoon at Barton Springs, a year-round natural spring pool in Zilker Park. When you arrive in San Antonio, check into your hotel for a three-night stay and then step out and enjoy the rest of the day exploring this big city with a small-town vibe on your own. Maybe head over to a local favorite for an authentic Texas-style dinner and Tejano music. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 4              SAN ANTONIO
Today, begin using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Antonio. Prepare to take in all the crowd-pleasing, popular sights and attractions that brought you to this incredible city. During this tour, you’ll have the chance to experience the city’s distinctive heritage, art, culture, and preeminent landmarks. Visit The Alamo (famous for the 1836 Battle for Texas Independence), take a relaxing cruise along the San Antonio River, see the oldest stone church in America (the Mission Concepcion), stroll through the Japanese Sunken Gardens and El Mercado’s quintessential Mexican shops, and get a glimpse of Mission San Jose’s exquisite Rose Window stone carving. The evening is all yours to enjoy at your leisure. Make a stop at the pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined Pearl District for some of the best tacos in Texas or catch a captivating play at the Majestic Theatre.  (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 5              SAN ANTONIO
Your included admission to The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museums will give you a taste of the frontier life! This popular attraction features a café, gift shop, shooting gallery, and saloon. For more than 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been a famous watering hole. It’s known for its locally brewed beers on tap and icy Prickly Pear Margaritas. At the Texas Ranger Museum, check out some priceless artifacts that document Ranger history or enjoy some BBQ brisket at the café. Make sure to stop in the gift shop where you can purchase cowboy hats, t-shirts, mugs, and other interesting items. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 6              SAN ANTONIO TO NEW ORLEANS
In the early morning, board the Sunset Limited for your rail journey to New Orleans. It’s worth noting that there is no Wi-Fi on the Sunset Limited. So, you may want to bring along a great read, board game, or make sure to have a few playlists handy. After arriving at the impressive Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans, check into your hotel and rest up before exploring all the city has to offer tomorrow. If you’re not too tired, head to a local cocktail lounge and enjoy the Sazerac, the city’s official drink. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 7              NEW ORLEANS
Take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the morning Quarter before enjoying your included Gray Line Super City Tour or Swamp and Bayou Tour. Visit historic cemeteries, Bayou St. John, the famous French Quarter, bustling Magazine St., Jackson Square, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and meander through mossy swamplands while spotting alligators and regional wildlife. In the evening, embark on the National Park Service’s self-guided jazz walking tour, which includes Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park and Black Storyville. End your night with some beignets and a chicory café au lait or a po’boy. You’re sure to capture the “bon temps” or good times in New Orleans. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 8              NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS
Start your day enjoying a jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters, a historic New Orleans restaurant famous for its French Quarter courtyard dining. Then, board the train and relax on your ride into Memphis. When you arrive, check into your hotel and get some rest or head out and explore the city’s nightlife. (Overnight in Memphis) BR

DAY 9              MEMPHIS
What's the first thing you think about when you hear the name Memphis? You probably think music. You probably think Elvis. Spend the day experiencing the incredible tours of the city’s must-see crowd-pleasers and get up close to the things Elvis Presley cherished most at Graceland. (Overnight in Memphis)

DAY 10            YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN MEMPHIS

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown

Stay in the heart of historical Memphis traditions at the fully renovated Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown. Fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation, with no detail overlooked, our hotel is within minutes of famed Barbeque and Blues. Situated between the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Beale Street, the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown is the ideal location for those in town for business and pleasure

Peabody Memphis Hotel

In the heart of "Blues City," you'll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent hotel. Our convenient downtown location is just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

Crockett Hotel

As spirited and spellbinding as the Lone Star State itself, the Crockett is a historic boutique hotel and beloved San Antonio landmark, continuously operating for more than a century. Named after legendary frontiersman Davey Crockett, this independent hotel located just 18 steps from the Alamo delights modern-day travelers with 138 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, Ernie’s Bar, and Landmark, a daily gathering spot for complimentary hot breakfast featuring Texas-shaped waffles, breakfast tacos and other signature fare.

Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk

Located in the heart of downtown and directly on the River Walk, Holiday Inn San Antonio River Walk is a newly renovated, sophisticated hotel that offers the ultimate travel experience. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, our contemporary hotel features a warm atmosphere with modern design features.

Menger Hotel

Built in 1859, this beautiful structure has become an important part of San Antonio's history. The hotel is located downtown, immediately adjacent to both the Alamo and the Rivercenter Mall. In addition to its significance as a historical landmark, the Menger offers unparalleled amenities including: The famous Colonial Room Restaurant, the Menger Bar, downtown San Antonio's largest outdoor swimming pool and a full service spa.

Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel

Omni La Mansión del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk on the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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