8 Day Musical Journey Through the South
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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.
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
*Location of the Grand Ole Opry performance may change due to special performances and events.
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. (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 for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Friday - Indianola's BB King Museum, Travel to Jackson
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 Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, full of music and civil rights history. Spend your evening at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 6, Saturday - Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Travel to New Orleans
This morning, begin your day with a visit to Mississippi Civil Right Museum. View the history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi through eight galleries. Lunch at leisure during your journey to 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 in color from gray to reddish-brown when it peels off the tree in strips. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure. (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, admire 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 Musical Legends Park located on the lively Bourbon street. View commemorative displays and artwork, a tribute to New Orleans Music Legends, followed by a visit to the Jazz Museum that is located in the Old Mint Building of New Orleans. The balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps, spend the afternoon on the optional Swamp Tour to learn more about the culture and nature from Louisiana's untamed wilderness. Tonight, attend a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Swamp Tour (PM)
DAY 8, Monday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
All This Included
7 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
In Nashville, tour historic RCA Studio B, one of the oldest remaining recording studios in the U.S.
Follow in the footsteps of great musicians on the Nashville’s Walk of Fame on Music Mile
Attend a performance at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, famous home of country music
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest popular music museum
Tour Graceland, the palatial mansion of American legend Elvis Presley on his 14 acre estate
Travel to Indianola to tour the BB King Museum honoring his extraordinary life and music
Visit stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail in Jackson
Walking tour of the iconic French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in vibrant New Orleans
Cooking demonstration by a Chef – learn the secrets of classic New Orleans specialties
Nashville: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
Memphis: Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown or Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis Beale Street
Jackson: Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown
New Orleans: Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans
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.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
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. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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