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Rhythms of the South

11 Days from $1,690 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Spend this trip being immersed in the music, culture and romance of the enchanting Deep South. Meander through charming squares admiring the stately mansions and Spanish moss-draped oaks, feel the buzz of Bourbon and Beale streets, toe tap at the local honky tonks and pay homage to the "King" as you tour Graceland. From Jazz to Blues, to Rock 'n' Roll and Country this is a journey that is steeped in musical history and full of Southern charm; a recipe for success.

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Spend this trip being immersed in the music, culture and romance of the enchanting Deep South. Meander through charming squares admiring the stately mansions and Spanish moss-draped oaks, feel the buzz of Bourbon and Beale streets, toe tap at the local honky tonks and pay homage to the "King" as you tour Graceland. From Jazz to Blues, to Rock 'n' Roll and Country this is a journey that is steeped in musical history and full of Southern charm; a recipe for success.

  1. Welcome to Nashville, "Music City, U.S.A." Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Quality Inn Nashville Downtown-Stadium
  2. This morning, tour Nashville, passing historic Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol and Centennial State Park, home to the world's only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens. Explore the vibrant heart of Nashville's entertainment industry at Music Row. Visit Studio B where the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton recorded some of their albums. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see memorabilia from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Your afternoon is free. This evening, attend a live recording session at the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
  3. A full day at leisure in Nashville to do as you please. Choose from the variety that Nashville has to offer: perhaps visit the Johnny Cash museum, or journey to the Belle Meade Plantation, or maybe visit the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Your Travel Director will be on hand to help plan your day.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
  4. This morning, drive to Memphis, a city steeped in music history from B.B. King to Elvis. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. See iconic sites like the massive Memphis Pyramid and the luxurious Peabody Hotel. Check out the mighty Mississippi before stopping in the Victoria Village neighborhood to see fabulous houses from an elegant era. Drive past the historically significant Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This evening is at leisure.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
    hotel:Guest House at Graceland
  5. Start the day with an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family-style at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis. Next, visit Sun Studios where Elvis was discovered, followed by a pilgrimage to Graceland. The mansion was purchased by the “King” back in 1957 for $100,000 when he was just 22 years old. Back in town, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Travel Director will be on hand to help you plan.

    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
  6. Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or as an option, travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
  7. Set out for Natchez on the Mississippi River and drive along a portion of the famous Natchez Trace Parkway through exceptional scenery. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers and future presidents, you'll learn why the Old Trace played an important role in American history. As you arrive, you will see some of Natchez's many beautiful antebellum homes that remained untouched during the plight of the South.

    hotel:Hampton Inn and Suites Natchez
  8. Head south to New Orleans, traveling over the world's longest overwater bridge. On arrival in New Orleans, soak up the "Big Easy" as you are joined by a Local Specialist for a city tour. Highlights include the French Market, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District and an above-ground cemetery with elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. This evening is free.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
    hotel:Wyndham New Orleans-French Quarter
  9. The day is yours to explore New Orleans with many optional activities. Perhaps visit the French Quarter with a jazz brunch, head out to the swamps to see alligators or take an evening jazz cruise along the Mississippi.
  10. Today, you have the entire day to explore this vibrant city on your own—visit a jazz club, Oak Alley or take a cooking class. The choice is entirely yours.
  11. Bid farewell to New Orleans and your newfound friends or extend your stay at the Wyndham in New Orleans.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $795.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $124 per person.

Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers are available. Restrictions apply.

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy an evening at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
  • Visit Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis recorded some of his revolutionary albums before heading to his home, Graceland, to tour the grounds
  • Enjoy an Iconic Breakfast in Memphis at a classic American “greasy spoon” restaurant for a typical Southern family-style breakfast
  • Revel in the pure beauty of the South's antebellum estates in Natchez
  • Spend the early afternoon with a Local Specialist touring the downtown area and Garden District of New Orleans before visiting one of the above-ground cemeteries
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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NASHVILLE

Belle Meade Plantation Tour

Adult Price: 26.00

This tour features the intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation and its beautiful grounds and architecturally significant buildings. Throughout the 45 minute guided tour of the 1853 Greek-Revival Mansion, a century of Belle Meade Plantation’s history is told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson Family and the skilled laborers who collectively worked to make the Plantation America’s premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. After the guided tour of the Mansion, guests will enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. Following the tasting, guests are encouraged to enjoy the self-guided portion of the tour featuring eight historic buildings on site including a massive 1800′s Carriage House and Stable. Approx. duration: 2 hours

Johnny Cash Museum

Adult Price: 20.00

The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more.

Soul of Nashville

Adult Price: 25.00

Take a self-guided tour through the hallowed halls of Ryman Auditorium. Immerse yourself in the Ryman’s magical history during “Soul of Nashville,” a one-of-a-kind theater experience which puts the spotlight on more than a century of legendary performances and showcases. This magical performance that jumps right off the walls featuring a collaboration with Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. Approx. duration: 1 hour

Grand Ole Opry Tier 2

Adult Price: 54.00

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment (a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.), it is the longest-running radio broadcast in US history, albeit not the longest-running one on a radio network. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and comedic performances and skits. Considered an American icon, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

MEMPHIS

Elvis Presley Birthplace Park in Tupelo with transportation from Memphis

Adult Price: 75.00

Travel from Memphis, Tennessee to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley, aka the King of Rock 'n' Roll. See the home where Elvis lived for 13 years, and journey to other sites dedicated to his life during a 2-hour guided tour of Elvis Presley Birthplace Park.

Backbeats Musical Mojo Tour

Adult Price: 29.00

The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way you will see many of the iconic sites that make Memphis an important part of the nation's musical and social history. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages! Approx. duration: 1 hour

Bluesy Bites

Adult Price: 45.00

Go back in time while exploring the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, where extensive exhibits detail the musical pioneers who put Memphis on the map. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. Your audio guide adds depth to the detailed displays, with more than 100 songs to make your toes tap as you take in the museum. Then take a walk down Beale Street and head over to Blue's City Cafe for dinner. This famous restaurant is a favorite of locals and tourists alike featuring delicious southern fare and live, local music. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade

Adult Price: 24.00

True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.

Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

Adult Price: 46.00

Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

NATCHEZ

Natchez Pilgrimage - Stanton Hall

Adult Price: 18.00

In 1857, Irish immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton began construction on the home of his dreams: a palatial Greek Revival style residence in the heart of Natchez. Marble mantel pieces were imported from New York, ornate gasoliers were purchased from Philadelphia, and immense mirrors were ordered from France. The facade of Stanton's home was equally impressive with its Corinthian columns and delicate cast iron railings. Officially designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the building is now furnished much as Frederick originally intended and offers a glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family. Enjoy a 30 minute walking tour of the home, plus time to enjoy the picturesque grounds at your leisure. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

NEW ORLEANS

City Walking Tour and Jazz Brunch

Adult Price: 70.00

The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city. Enjoy a one hour guided walking tour led by born and bred locals who will entertain and educate you about the vibrant history and modern culture of this historic neighborhood. Your walking tour ends at the historical Court of Two Sisters restaurant for their famous Jazz Brunch. The menu includes a sumptuous selection of hot and cold creole inspired cuisine such as cold, refreshing shellfish with house made remoulade and cocktail sauce, a carving station, specialty salads, hot entrees such as shrimp etoufee and jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts! (Menu subject to change.) Approx. duration: 3 hours

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Adult Price: 83.00

Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the authentic Steamboat Natchez for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

Swamp And Bayou Tour

Adult Price: 52.00

After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Transportation included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

New Orleans School of Cooking

Adult Price: 40.00

Cooking demonstration and meal hosted by local chef's showcasing authentic, regional flavors. Group will visit during public lunch demonstration. Approx. duration: 2 hours

Oak Alley Plantation

Adult Price: 34.00

Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glamour of the Antebellum Era. Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Alley Plantation tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. Your time at Oak Alley will consist of free time to enjoy lunch at their cafe or full service restaurant, peruse the beautiful grounds, and a one hour guided tour of the pristinely preserved mansion. Approx. duration: 4 hours

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