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America’s Music Cities Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans

 

OCT 10-17, 2021

Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on a tour of America’s most famed musical cities – New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. Experience New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Choose how you explore New Orleans – by foot or by coach. Discover Mardi Gras World, where massive parade floats are crafted. Taste the classic beignets at Café Du Monde. Spend 2 nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues." Choose how you connect with Memphis’ history – with a tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland or by following the last march of MLK. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. See where country legends recorded hit tunes at RCA Studio B. Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson. You’ll be hummin’ and strummin’ long after you’ve returned home.

Highlights
11 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Round trip airport transfers
Tour the majestic Oak Alley Plantation and enjoy a tasty Mint Julip
Narrated tour of New Orleans to see the historic French Quarter, beautiful Garden District, colorful River Walk and famous Bourbon Street
Dinner cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz music
In Memphis visit the Stax Museum of American Soul and Sun Studio, known as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll”
Spend the day at Elvis Presley’s Graceland to tour the mansion, the meditation garden, his custom airplanes, Car Museum and Visitor Entertainment Complex
Visit the Delta Blues Museum and have lunch at the unique, Morgan Freeman-owned Ground Zero Blues Club in historic Clarksdale
Tour the BB King Museum and trace the roots of the Blues through the life of the man himself
Take a narrated tour of Vicksburg National Military Park with a licensed guide
Spend 2 nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville to see the Honky Tonks, Music Row and the Ryman Auditorium
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, called the “Smithsonian of County Music” because of its collection of artists’ artifacts, photographs and recorded sound
Reserved seats to the Granddaddy of Country shows, the Grand Ole Opry.
Tour historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and the Everly Brothers

Days1-2 Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, New Orleans, Louisiana
Days 3 Hampton Inn & Suites, Vicksburg, MississippiDays 6-7 Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee
Days 4-5 The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
Days 6-7 Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Day 1
  •  High  82°  Low  58°
  • 2"
  •  Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack.

Day 2
  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  82°  Low  58°
  • 2"
  •  Sheraton New Orleans
French Quarter
It’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, viewing St. Louis Cathedral, the bustling French Marketplace, Pirates Alley and more -OR- set out on a panoramic motor coach tour of New Orleans with a local guide, seeing the famous St. Louis Cemetery #3 and stunning mansions. Later, taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at the famed Café Du Monde. Tonight, get to know your travel companions at a festive New Orleans-style welcome dinner.

Day 3
  •  Breakfast
  •  High  82°  Low  58°
  • 2"
  •  Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans
Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by the captain himself. Learn about the ecosystem’s history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. Then, celebrate New Orleans’ festive side at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the floats for the famous parades, and get a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting your fellow travel companions at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter.

Day 4
  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  72°  Low  48°
  • 2"
  •  The Guest House At Graceland
New Orleans - Memphis, Tennessee
Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Soul. Enjoy Southern hospitality at your hotel just steps away from the iconic Graceland.

Day 5
  •  Breakfast
  •  High  72°  Low  48°
  • 2"
  •  The Guest House At Graceland
Memphis
This morning, it’s your choice! Jive along to “Jailhouse Rock” as you visit Graceland, the stately mansion of the “King” himself, and tour Elvis’ 14-acre estate, home, private jets and Meditation Garden -OR- embark on a Civil Rights tour and follow the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last march by coach, stopping at Mason Temple where he gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was assassinated. Enjoy free time to grab lunch on your own before hopping back on the coach with some local musicians, who explain why Memphis embraces its title as the “Home of the Blues.” The remainder of the day is yours. You may opt to join a Memphis Musical History Tour with included dinner, or simply absorb the city’s vibrancy at your own pace!

Day 6
  •  Breakfast
  •  High  72°  Low  48°
  • 2"
  •  Gaylord Opryland Resort
Memphis - Nashville
Roll along Music Highway to Nashville – the “Music Capital of the World.” Along the way, stop in Brownsville at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound and the hometown of Tina Turner – the Queen of Rock. Arrive in Nashville and tour the historic Ryman Auditorium,** the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.***

Day 7
  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  72°  Low  48°
  • 2"
  •  Gaylord Opryland Resort
Nashville
Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world’s largest museum of popular music, and check out the vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings, and instruments. Tour RCA Studio B and gain an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride once recorded classic hits. You may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Then, test your culinary skills at a hands-on chocolate-making lesson at the iconic Goo Goo Candy Shop. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 8
  •  Breakfast
Nashville - Tour Ends
Your rockin’ musical journey comes to a close today.



$2,699 twin; $3299 single plus airfare. Travel Insurance recommended. Deposit $1000. Full payment due 60 days before departure.

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