9 Day Musical Journey Through the South

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9 Day Musical Journey Through the South
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown Nashville, TN
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown Memphis, TN
Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown Memphis, TN
Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez Natchez, MS
Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans New Orleans, LA

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Sep 09  (Sold Out) $2719* $2429
Sep 23  (Sold Out) $2709* $2429
$2659* $2369
Oct 28  (Sold Out) $2709* $2429
$2719* $2429

*Not Included:
Optional tours, transfers and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Passengers arriving in Nashville should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.

For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, and you will encounter some uneven or wet surfaces. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options.

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DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Nashville
Welcome to Nashville, lovingly called the "Music City" with its charming mix of music, history, and culture. Transfer independently to the hotel. Time to settle in and get acquainted with this spirited city that's the wonderland of American music and gracious Southern hospitality. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers during a briefing about the fabulous journey through American music that lies ahead. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Nashville

DAY 2, Tuesday - RCA Studio B, Music Row, Evening at the Grand Ole Opry
Your Nashville discovery begins with a tour of historic RCA Studio B, the oldest remaining recording studio in the U.S. where legends such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once recorded their hit songs. Hear about the secrets of their success and even record your own CD in the same studio. On to the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry at Music Row, home to hundreds of businesses solely related to country, gospel, and Christian music. Travel past the Tennessee State Capitol, stopping at Bicentennial Mall State Park. Then drive through Centennial Park with the world's only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens. Time for lunch on your own on Broadway, packed with live music, dive bars and dance halls. After, get ready for your fabulous evening! A celebratory Welcome Dinner is followed by a performance at the renowned Grand Ole Opry,* iconic home of country music
*Location of the Grand Ole Opry performance may change due to special performances and events.
Overnight: Nashville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, Memphis
Morning visit to the Ryman Auditorium to discover the roots of country music and the influence that this historic building has had on the area. Continue to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest popular music museum, offering ever-changing exhibits highlighting the performers of country music past and today's hottest stars. View the museum's huge assemblage of costumes, recordings, instruments and memorabilia in exhibits that tell a tale of the history of country music and its artists. Because of its unrivaled collections, the museum is called the "Smithsonian of Country Music". Then follow in the footsteps of great musicians on the Walk of Fame on Music Mile, a landmark tribute to those who have made a significant contribution to the industry. After lunch on your own, you are off to Memphis; known for its Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n' Roll music that can be heard from numerous clubs on Beale Street. Enjoy your evening at leisure to try some of Memphis' fantastic BBQ and soul food
Overnight: Memphis
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Graceland
Begin your day with a tour of Memphis, view historical statues and cultural landmarks such as Pyramid Arena. Arrive at the corner of legendary Highway 61, "The Blues Highway", and world famous Beale Street to visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, an exhibition highlighting the birth of rock and soul music. Then, a highlight of the day as you depart for Graceland, the palatial mansion of American legend Elvis Presley. Tour the mansion on his gorgeous 14-acre estate that includes several rooms of the home, as well as other buildings. Continue with a visit to the Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. You can also explore exhibits that display his well-known jumpsuits and collection of gold records, awards, and other memorabilia. Lunch on your own at Graceland with time to linger before returning to Memphis
Overnight: Memphis
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Indianola's BB King Museum, Travel to Natchez
Travel to Indianola, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, to tour the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Hometown of the legendary musician, this museum honors his life and music and preserves the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Delta. At the guitar studio, you can try some of the instruments he actually used! After lunch at a nearby club with live music, your day continues with a drive to Natchez, the charming and quaint Southern town with a rich cultural heritage shaped by people of African, French, British and Spanish descent. Free time to explore on your own, relax at the hotel or join the optional to Glenfield Plantation. Take a tour of the historic antebellum home and learn about its history as part of a working cotton plantation. Following your visit, enjoy dinner while being entertained by talented local musicians
Optional: Glenfield Plantation with dinner
Overnight: Natchez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - Frogmore Plantation, New Orleans
Today, tour the Frogmore Plantation where you learn more about one of the state's premier cotton plantations situated along the back roads of east central Louisiana. Still in use after more than 200 years, this area once had a front row seat to Civil War battles. Afterward, on to Baton Rouge, the jewel of Louisiana settled by French explorers, a blend of extraordinary history and contrasting cultures. Lunch at leisure before departing for New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz and home of the Mardi Gras, lovingly referred to as the "Big Easy". As you approach New Orleans, drive through Lake Pontchartrain. Known for its slow flowing rivers and bayous, tranquil swamps, and lush hardwood forests, The Basin provides a necessary habitat for numerous types of flora and fauna. See trunks of bald cypress trees covered in thin bark that changes color from gray to reddish-brown when it peels off the tree in strips. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is at your leisure or join the evening optional to learn how to craft local New Orleans cocktails
Optional: Classic New Orleans Cocktail Class
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - French Quarter Walking Tour
On this morning's walking tour of the iconic French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city, delight in the sights and sounds of vibrant New Orleans. At historic Jackson Square, enjoy gorgeous views of the timeless Mississippi and the city's lovingly preserved historic buildings, including the majestic St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, once a seat of the colonial government. Visit the unique Presbytere, with a colorful past of its own, built on the residence (presbytery) of Capuchin monks. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day Tour of New Orleans
On your last day in New Orleans, time to soak up the magic of this city with a full day tour that surely will enhance your Louisiana experience. Begin with a unique behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras; see the hard work and planning that goes into this grand event. Visit the massive studio which builds the astonishing parade floats and learn more about the history of this festive tradition. Plenty of opportunity for photos with props or in a costume. Afterward, a delicious Cajun lunch before embarking on the exciting Jean Lafitte Bayou Adventure that takes you through the Southern Louisiana swamplands by boat. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters where you'll come face to face with moss-draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures that make their homes here. Return to New Orleans. Tonight, an evening at leisure is the perfect opportunity to listen to jazz at Preservation Hall, see the nightlife on Bourbon Street, shop for souvenirs, or, indulge in a superb dinner at a trendy restaurant
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Tuesday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown Image
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown Image
Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez Image
Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans Image

Optional Tours

This evening, drive to Glenfield Plantation for a tour of the historic antebellum home. Learn about its history as part of a working cotton plantation and disputes on its grounds during the Civil War. Afterwards, experience southern hospitality and enjoy dinner while being entertained by talented local musicians.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours

Day #5 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2019 $65.00
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It’s only fitting to take a mixology class on classic New Orleans cocktails, in a city where the cocktail was said to be born. The class is skillfully conducted by a master bartender. Learn bartending tricks, while listening to the history of the city’s most infamous cocktails. Sample your concoctions along with some light fare and snacks.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #6 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $59.00
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