Blues Highway & Route 61 - 13 days
- Day 1: Europe / Chicago
Rendezvous at the Airport. Check-in and flight to Chicago. Arrival in Chicago, transfer to hotel and check-in.
- Day 2: Chicago / (either Milwaukee H-D Museum (300km) / or day in Chicago
First breakfast on American soil. After picking-up your motorbikes, you’ll jump on your saddles for a city tour of Chicago. The city of Chicago is considered to be the birthplace of skyscrapers. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, its 46 km of beaches make it popular among sports lovers. The city of Big Business, its mercantile exchange is ranked first in the world. Chicago also has an artistic feel, with its distinctive architecture and strong Afro-American music scene. Free time to get to know the City of the Blues or visit the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
- Day 3: Chicago / Davenport (290km)
After breakfast, you'll set off for the vast prairies of the Mid West via the towns of Dixon and Rochelle. The State of Illinois and its capital Chicago represented, for thousands of Blues and Jazzmen, the end of the road and the beginning of a dream. Arrival in Davenport (the town of Bix Beiderbecke), which marks the end of the route of the Blues and Jazzmen on the Route 61. Chicago was their final destination. Check-in to hotel for a well-earned rest.
- Day 4: Davenport / Keokuk / Hannibal / St Louis (490km)
American breakfast. Your morning ride will take you through the industrial landscapes of the north towards Hannibal, which was home to the legendary Mark Twain. After a stop off in the world of Huckleberry Finn on the banks of the Mississippi, you’ll continue south along Route 61 to St Louis, the birthplace of both Miles Davis and Chuck Berry, where you’ll spend the night.
- Day 5: St Louis / Cape Girardeau (200km)
After breakfast you’ll set off for a ride through small towns such as Old Appleton, Perryville, Longtown in one of the most beautiful agricultural regions of Missouri, with its patchwork fields. After St Geneviève, Route 61 starts to take on a more suburban feel. We’ll stop in Cape Girardeau (a small town on the banks of the Mississippi) for a good night's sleep.
- Day 6: Cape Girardeau / Memphis (280km)
Breakfast. You’ll continue your journey south along the Mississippi to Memphis, where you will visit Graceland, the famous house of Elvis Presley and his various ‘playthings’. A stroll down Beale Street, and why not stop off in the BB King Café? Night in Memphis.
- Day 7: Memphis / Clarksdale (160km)
Breakfast. City tour of Memphis before setting off for Clarksdale, where John Lee Hooker, Muddy Water, Ike Turner and many others took their first steps in the Blues. Why not check out a concert in Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Night in Blues territory.
- Day 8: Clarksdale / Natchez (340km)
Breakfast. The cotton fields and farmland stretching out as far as the eye can see remind us of the melancholy route north taken by the first bluesmen. Today you’ll head to the state of Mississippi and Greenville, home to the world-famous bluesman Robert Johnson, then onwards through the land of the Delta Blues with its fields of sugar cane to Natchez, the town of 500 plantation houses, where you will spend the night.
- Day 9: Natchez / Houma (accommodation with a local family) -290km
After breakfast, you’ll get back on your bikes to continue down a stretch of the Route 61 famous for its plantation houses. You'll stop off in St Francisville, where the Barrow family (Bonnie and Clyde) owned the Greenwood plantation and then in the capital of Louisiana, before continuing to the Bayous, via River Road and Thibodeaux, and Houma, where you’ll meet your Acadian host family, who will provide dinner and accommodation for you.
- Day 10: Houma/ New Orleans (100km)
After an Acadian breakfast, you’ll get back on the road to Kraemer on the Bayou Bœuf, where you’ll take a boat trip through the famous Louisiana swamps, where you may meet their inhabitants (alligators). On to New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, where you’ll stay the night.
- Day 11: New Orleans / City Tour
Breakfast. In the morning you’ll get back in your saddles for a city tour of New Orleans (including the French Quarter, Riverwalk, St Charles Avenue, City Park Garden District, Esplanade Avenue and Louis Armstrong Park). After that you’ll be free to explore the ‘Big Easy’ with an evening in the French Quarter with its musical melting pot.
- Day 12: New Orleans / Departure
Last American breakfast. Transfer to airport and assistance with check-in. Flight home.
- Day 13: Europe.
Arrival home. End of our services. We look forward to seeing you again soon for new adventures !!!