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Tastes and Sounds of the South

Overview

  • 4 destinations
  • 10 nights

9 nights’ accommodation and breakfasts, 5 dinners, all transport and transfers shown. This trip gives you time to enjoy the South’s music and food, from Elvis’s Graceland to Creole cooking in New Orleans and grand antebellum hospitality in Natchez.

  • Nashville- Music City visit Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA's Studio B
  • Have a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash
  • Memphis: take in Beale Street and Sun Studios then visit Graceland once home to The King
  • Travel the Mississippi Delta, home of the blues, and marvel at the antebellum homes.
  • Explore Bourbon Street, then head to the bayou and look for alligators in the swamps
  • Places on the Tour

    Each destination is carefully selected to ensure you have the best possible holiday experience.
  • START
    • Day 1

      Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)
      Welcome to Music City. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    • Day 2

      Nashville Sightseeing
      This morning, visit RCA's Studio B, one of the world's most successful recording studios where musicians such as Elvis Presley recorded their iconic sounds. Then, get a unique look into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, a Cultural Insight. John (or a member of his family) entertains with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family. Spend some time exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Later your choice of sightseeing offers a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum or, if you prefer, choose a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, awash in musical history, where country music's biggest stars play to cheering audiences today. Full Breakfast.

      Meals included: Breakfast and a Regional Meal

    • Day 3

      Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing
      The day is yours to discover Nashville. Perhaps enjoy some live music at a honky tonk on Broadway street. This evening, head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America’s longest-running live radio program. Dinner is on your own tonight to venture out and sample delicious Southern cuisine. (FB)

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4

      Nashville – Memphis (2 nights)
      This morning, hit the highway to Memphis along the Mississippi Delta. Upon arrival in Memphis, visit the National Civil Rights Museum before joining a Local Specialist who shares stories about Beale Street and Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. See the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated. Then get an in-depth look at the rich music history of Memphis with a tour of the legendary Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Memphis Downtown

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5

      Graceland Excursion
      Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. Marvel at the Jungle Room and walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming “Blue Suede Shoes.” If so, don’t worry, there’s leisure time this afternoon to pick up a pair before embarking on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries for the evening’s meal. (FB, YC)

      Meals included: Breakfast and Your Choice dining

    • Day 6

      Memphis - Natchez
      This morning, depart for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Tonight, enjoy an incredible evening highlighting Southern hospitality at a Be My Guest dinner. Explore the private residence of Joe Stone, whose home, built in the 1850s, contains a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the meaning and inspiration behind each piece of music as you enjoy a cocktail. Later, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804, to hear the stories, past and present, about this historic estate. Esther, a former Four Seasons chef and once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, hosts a four-course dinner with wine featuring a true taste of the Deep South. (FB, BG) Hotel: The Grand

      Meals included: Breakfast and Be My Guest Dinner

    • Day 7

      Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 nights)
      After breakfast, stop at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to learn about the white gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, Local Specialists , on a visit to a reconstructed 19th century cotton plantation witness a modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales each day. From Natchez, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. Late this afternoon, arrive in New Orleans. This evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a fun cooking class before enjoying your culinary creations during a Regional Meal. (FB, RM) Hotel: Astor Crowne Plaza

      Meals included: Breakfast and a Regional Meal

    • Day 8

      New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure
      Delight in a hearty New Orleans breakfast and coffee before today’s exploration of the Crescent City. Join a tour with a Local Specialist and see the atmospheric French Quarter and Jackson Square, originally called Place d’Armes when it was the centre of the old city, and tour one of the city’s above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time. (FB)

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9

      New Orleans At Leisure
      Enjoy a leisurely day to explore this vibrant city. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for a guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators or opt to stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau’s Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters. (FB, FD)

      Meals included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

    • Day 10

      Depart New Orleans
      Extend your stay in New Orleans Marriott or say ‘Au Revoir’ to the Big Easy this morning with a transfer provided to New Orleans International Airport. (FB)

      Meals included: Breakfast

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