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Welcome to Nashville, "Music City, U.S.A." Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
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.
A full day at leisure in Nashville to do as you please. Chose 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.
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 neighbourhood 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.
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.
Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or as an option, travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
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.
Head south to New Orleans, travelling 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.
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.
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.
Bid farewell to New Orleans and your newfound friends or extend your stay at the Wyndham in New Orleans.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
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
Adult Price: $23
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.
Adult Price: $21
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
Adult Price: $27
The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia. Make the most of your visit and walk up to the second floor and explore the newly minted Patsy Cline Museum, which celebrates the life of the legendary songstress and features hundreds of never before seen artifacts, personal belongings, videos, and much more.
Adult Price: $39
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
Adult Price: $54
Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour option. 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.
Adult Price: $39
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.
Adult Price: $64
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
Adult Price: $47
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
Adult Price: $27
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.
Adult Price: $75
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 mantelpieces 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
Adult Price: $19
Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the newly minted City of New Orleans steamboat 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
Adult Price: $86
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
Adult Price: $53
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 historic 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 etouffee and jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts! (Menu subject to change.) Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $71
Cooking demonstration and meal hosted by local chefs showcasing authentic, regional flavors. Group will visit during public lunch demonstration. Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $39
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
Adult Price: $38
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