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America's Music Cities 2013

8 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe


800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Step back in time for a cultural getaway to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.

Day 2: French Quarter
Enjoy a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you will see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite - beignets at Café Du Monde. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, discover why New Orleans is known as the “Birthplace of Jazz” when you take in a toe-tapping jazz revue at a local jazz club.(B,D)

Day 3: French Quarter
Enjoy a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. See St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and features some of the most elaborate crypts found in New Orleans’ cemeteries. Then, journey through Louisiana’s beautiful Honey Island swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! You’ll also see houses of the local Cajuns who have made their homes here in the bayous, which are accessible only by boat. Return to New Orleans and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this great city your way.(B)

Day 4: New Orleans - Memphis, Tennessee
Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in Memphis’ energetic musical scene as you feast on southern cuisine on world-famous Beale Street.(B,D)

Day 5: Memphis
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Dance to the live music that may fill the open air or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs.(B)

Day 6: Memphis - Nashville
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. Upon arrival, tour the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining record studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits! Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart topping music in this famous studio, where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned “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. After the show, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the music during a backstage tour of the Opry.(B)

Day 7: Nashville
This morning, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. This afternoon, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour. Visit the Old Ryman Auditorium* and view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon - a full scale replica of the Athenian original! Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at the famous Wildhorse Saloon, home of a 3,300 square foot dance floor that is used every night of the week by dancers and revelers.(B,D)

Day 8: Nashville - Tour Ends
New Orleans’ jazz and food, the country music of Nashville and the sounds of Memphis comprise a journey full of experiences that will have you humming and smiling long after you return home.(B)
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Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Experience America’s most singular city in New Orleans, home to the French Quarter where the world’s great jazz musicians reside. Spend two nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues," and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and a backstage tour. Tour historic RCA Studio B, and see where country legends recorded hit songs. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you humming long after you return home.
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • New Orleans walking tour
  • Grand Ole Opry backstage tour
  • Graceland
  • Jazz Revue
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Baggage Handling from hotel to hotel
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style during a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • Stroll world-famous Beale Street, Memphis’ lively and historic entertainment district, alive with the buzz of live music, throngs of music lovers and the glow of city lights.
  • Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry, the “home of American music,” followed by a backstage tour.
  • French Quarter
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Graceland
  • Grand Ole Opry Show & Backstage Tour
  • Historic RCA Studio B
  • Wildhorse Saloon
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
New Orleans, Louisiana: Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis Marriott Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee: Gaylord Opryland Resort
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Additional nights per person in New Orleans or Nashville:
starting at $70 in a double room
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • On some dates, the Old Ryman Auditorium may be closed for special events.
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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