The success of this ride will largely depend on the spirit you bring to the pursuit of the American 'outback'. No photographs or paintings, nothing but authentic traditional USA. On this trip more than any other, your enjoyment will depend a lot on your investment and your personal taste for research and discovery.
Trace with a little humility and a certain disposition, the simple beauty of the American heartland.
There may not be bar music every night, but when we hit the nightspots, they will be the true and original! This trip may not pack as many Kodak moments as some of the other rides, but here we embrace history, both of America's heartland and of the creation and celebration of a number of deeply American music styles.
- 15 nights' Accommodation
- Harley-Davidson© for 14 days
- Bike Insurance (Excess US$2,000)
- 3rd Party ( US$1,000,000 )
- Unlimited mileage
- Tolls & National Park Entry Fees
- Entrance Fees per Itinerary
- Luggage Van
- Professional tour guide(s)
- Technical assistance
- T-Shirt & Patch
- International and domestic airfares
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Insurance (Excess US$2,000)
- Airport Transfers
- Food and Beverages (per above)
- Optional activities
Day by Day on the Road!
Day 1: New Orleans [Arrival]
We arrive in New Orleans New Orleans, Ready, get set, GO!
Stroll down Bourbon Street and its many bars with Live Music. Soak up the atmosphere of jazz, banjos and violins.
Day 2: New Orleans [Free Day]
Free day in New Orleans, the French Quarter is on the docks of the Mississippi, the Saint Louis cemetery, live music everywhere.
In the evening visit the many bar and restaurants and immerse yourself in the Southern Hospitality
Oh when the Saints! Go marching in!.
Day 3: New Orleans - Lafayette [270km]
OK, we are here, at the start of Route 61 (the blues highway).
Visit the Oak Alley Plantation, where the atmosphere aspires to "Gone with the Wind."
Dinner with Live Music Band ... "Zydeco" (traditional Creole music) in the heart of Cajun country.
Day 4: Lafayette - Natchez [260km]
Enjoy a boat ride in the bayous on "Lake Martin"
Ride some amazing country roads, among plantations and colonial houses. We are back on Route61.
Day 5: Natchez - Vicksburg [170km]
Arriving via the Natchez Trace Parkway, an idyllic road leading to Vicksburg famous for one of the major battles of the Civil War.
A quiet afternoon with a visit to the park museum. Jump in the pool at the hotel or go shopping at the outlet stores. Dinner at the pub with live band.
Day 6: Vicksburg - Clarksdale [260km]
We are now in the "Delta of the Blues" and the birthplace of jazz.
Lunch in Indianola with a visit to the BB King museum.
We continue on "The Old Route 61" and spend the night in Clarksdale, one of the key cities of Delta Blues and stronghold of Muddy Waters.
Day 7: Clarksdale - Memphis [120km]
Back on Route61 this morning and after a short ride, we arrive at Memphis where we make a short stop at the Lorraine Hotel (the assassination of Martin Luther King).
We visit Sun Studio (Elvis) and enjoy an evening at Beales Street, where we can pick from the huge number of bars and music saloons.
Day 8: Memphis [Free Day]
Visit the Gospel Tabernacle Church where you can attend a performance of the Reverend Al Green ("The Blues Brothers" Jake & Elwood ... in the church ... you're there!) And of course, visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.
Day 9: Memphis - Nashville [365km]
We ride due East from Blues to Country!
A Stop at a grocery community to experience the "Amish Mennonite".
We arrive in Nashville, Broadway, Country Music is now on the menu!!
Day 10: Nashville [Free Day]
Located in Davidson County, Nashville is certainly the capital of Tennessee, but it is mainly the world capital of country music.
You will soon realise that there is no time to get bored! Country Music Of Johnny Cash Fame and Museums are on the schedule.
Day 11: Nashville - Gilbertsville [255km]
A fresh set of beautiful roads this morning and then we ascend to the North via the forest of "The Land betweens the Lakes" causeway wedged between two magnificent rivers. Swimming is optional!
We suggest dinner at Fisherman's Wharf Pier 39.
Day 12: Gilbertsville - St Louis [375km]
We return to ride along the Mississippi River.
Lunch in Chester, the birthplace of the creator of Popeye!
We then ride into Missouri and arrive at the Great Arch of Saint Louis! Pubs after dinner. ..and now for the Electric Blues!
Day 13: St Louis - Lincoln [220km]
This trip is indulgent, but never boring, now you ride on a piece of the remaining Route66, with the myths, its brands and its old-fashioned charm.
The small town of Lincoln, hometown and cemetery to the president of the same name welcomes us for the evening.
Day 14: Lincoln - Chicago [290km]
We jump on a major road today, and inland to Chicago, with its skyscrapers and canals leading to Lake Michigan, one the most beautiful cities USA.
We drop off the bikes! and this evening gives us a chance to hit the "House of Blues".
Day 15: Chicago [Free Day]
Shopping and sightseeing is part of this final stage of your adventure.
You can visit Union Station (the famous scene of the Untouchables), then eat at Buddy Guy (live band), just to put a final touch to this journey to the heart of American music.
Harley enthusiasts, a chance to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum ® in Milwaukee.
Day 16: Chicago [Departure]
That's it, tours over.. you are free to stay, fly home or carry on on your adventures!!
Map view for The Blues Highway
The Map is just an indication of where we are riding, the actual roads we take you on are fine-tuned to give you the best riding experience for each segment!