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Rhythms of the South

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11 Days from $1,791 per person
MAR - NOV 2023
Graceland memorials, Memphis, Tennessee

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Nashville (TN), Memphis, Tupelo, Natchez, New Orleans, Open ...more Nashville (TN), Memphis, Tupelo, Natchez, New Orleans, Open
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  1. Day 1 Arrive Nashville (3 Days)

    Good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, charm and big smiles from locals will welcome you to 'Music City', otherwise known as Nashville. A place of pilgrimage for country music enthusiasts, Nashville attracts musicians, song writers and performers and this city is certainly responsible for the evolution and popularity of the country genre we know and love. The careers of some of the biggest names in the music industry started right here in the basement studios of Music Row or on stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry, and you'll notice this legacy is apparent all across town. Settle into your hotel and meet up with your Travel Director this afternoon, then retire to your room to enjoy a relaxing evening at your leisure.

    hotel The Inn at Opryland
  2. Day 2 Nashville sightseeing and free time

    Get your bearings this morning on a tour that will take you to Riverfront Park, Tennessee State Capitol and Centennial State Park, where you'll be transported straight to Athens as you admire the Parthenon, a jaw-dropping exact replica of the original. Icons visited, you'll then delve into the incredible musical history of the city with a visit to Music Row, stopping off at RCA Studio B where industry legends like Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers have all recorded albums. No Nashville musical tour would be complete without a snoop around the Country Music Hall of Fame, which traces the history of country music and proudly displays priceless memorabilia from Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn. Scout out the tastiest hot chicken and biscuits on your own this afternoon, then this evening you're off to the Grand Ole Opry to listen to a live show of America's longest running live radio program.

  3. Day 3 Nashville free time

    Ready to continue your country music education today on your own? If so there's no better option than the Ryman Auditorium, where you can take a self-guided tour and watch music magic come to life through the 'Soul of Nashville' theatre Optional Experience. Check out Nashville's newest museum - The National Museum of African American Music that tells the story of American music through interactive technology. The night is young! If you’re feeling in the mood, get out into the action and experience a honky tonk under the neon lights of Broadway!

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  4. Day 4 Nashville – Memphis (3 Nights)

    From one music obsessed city to another, you'll leave Nashville this morning and travel to Memphis. Home to "The King" who needs little introduction, music is the life blood of this toe tapping city with bluesy Beale St. a fine example of this. Arriving here you'll dive straight in with an orientation tour viewing the impressive Memphis Pyramid and the historic Peabody Hotel. Next, see the Lorraine Motel, perhaps one of the most significant site of the entire Civil Rights Movement, the very place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. With an afternoon and evening free, you might want to check out our Optional Experiences. You could visit the Rock N' Soul Museum, which displays wonderfully curated exhibits that tell the story of the birth of rock and soul music before grooving on over to Beale Street for a BBQ dinner at a lively joint that serves up Southern treats accompanied by live music, naturally.

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    hotel Doubletree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
  5. Day 5 Memphis sightseeing and free time

    Prepare to start your morning with a taste of the local Memphis cuisine that is sure to have your mouth watering. We hope you didn't peak too soon on last night's dinner, because this morning's Iconic Breakfast is Southern food, served with the same hospitality you'll find all throughout this city. You'll likely find yourself rolling out of a classic all-American diner, full of good eats and ready for all the excitement your next stop has to offer. Arrive at Sun Studio, where Elvis was first discovered back in 1954 and where you'll experience the legacy left behind by the 'King of Rock n' Roll' himself. Today will be a special one for Elvis fans as you have the chance to make the pilgrimage to Graceland.

    meals Iconic Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Memphis free time

    It's your final day in Memphis today so be sure to make the most of it before bidding a fond farewell to the Home of the Blues, Soul, and Rock-n-Roll. With your day at leisure, perhaps consider a Civil Rights History & Culture tour including the National Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. This museum is a complex of two historic buildings and houses extensive cultural exhibits that trace five centuries of history. Your visit will leave you nothing less than a moving experience from the tragic history of those that fought tirelessly for equality at this tribute and in-depth dive into American history. In the late afternoon you can join the Backbeats Musical Mojo Tour and dive deep into Blues Music.

  7. Day 7 Memphis – Natchez (1 Night)

    Under the guidance of your passionate Travel Director, you’ll soon understand how, and why, this important thoroughfare was originally established as a footpath by Native Americans and was later used by explorers, traders and travelers, including the Ohio River Valley boatmen who were known as 'kaintucks'. We’ll arrive on the banks of the Mississippi as we pull into Natchez, where the unique architecture of the South could be further understood as you explore the antebellum homes that are scattered here on our Optional Experience. These large mansions were originally built as plantation homes and remained untouched throughout history. If you feel like taking a closer look, you’ll have the chance to visit an Antebellum Classical Revival mansion, Stanton Hall. In the evening, join an optional mixology class at the National Historic Landmark - the Dunleith Historic Inn, followed by a delicious elevated Southern dinner.

    hotel Magnolia Bluffs Hotel
  8. Day 8 Natchez – New Orleans (3 Days)

    Heading further south today, travel over the world's longest continuous bridge over water as you journey towards 'The Big Easy'. Famed for its Mardi Gras celebrations and diverse culture, everything in New Orleans is a little larger than life. The weddings are bigger, the funerals are louder, the food is unique, and every single day is a cause for celebration. Meeting up with a Local Specialist on arrival you'll head out on a city tour. You'll also visit one of the city's many unique cemeteries, taking a peek around the elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Tonight, we recommend you sample some good Creole cooking, and in our opinion there's only one place to go for the best food in town - the New Orleans institution, Dooky Chase.

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    hotel La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham New Orleans Downtown
  9. Day 9 New Orleans sightseeing and free time

    Waking up with an extra NOLA induced spring in your step, today is entirely free for you to explore and perhaps try an Optional Experience. With the day ahead of you, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time. Head back to the cute cafes and decadent mansions of the Garden District, have your fortune told in Jackson Square or eat your way around the many incredible restaurants and cafés that dot around the city as you refuel from your adventures. If the swamps and bayous are on your list, there’s the Option to get out on the water with a boat trip through the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Led by a local guide who’ll share their in-depth knowledge of the region they’ll keep a keen eye out so you can, spot 'gators, eagles, snakes and egrets as you cruise these wild wetlands on this afternoon adventure.

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  10. Day 10 New Orleans free time

    It’s your final full day in NOLA and the final day of your trip, so make sure you go out in style. Why not join an Optional Experience cooking demonstration to learn how you can recreate some of the city’s tastiest dishes once you return home. The New Orleans School of Cooking is hosted by local chefs who share tips and stories, plus there are plenty of tasters to keep appetites at bay. Or visit the WWII Museum, designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life. Jazz fans can opt into a Jazz Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River, accompanied by the sounds of the Grammy nominated band Dukes of Dixieland, played by a live band.

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  11. Day 11 Depart New Orleans

    With the bluesy beats of Beale Street and the smiles of Nashville still fresh in your mind, your trip will come to an end today. Delicious Southern food still fresh in your thoughts and undoubtedly richer in memories, you'll say goodbye to your new friends as you head your separate ways. If you can't bear to leave NOLA just yet, you can also choose to extend your stay.

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Rhythms of the South
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Iconic Breakfast
  • 6 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals included
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • City orientation tours
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Nashville Explore Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy an evening at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Memphis Iconic Breakfast at Memphis' oldest café for a typical Southern-style breakfast
  • Memphis Visit Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his revolutionary albums before heading to his home, Graceland, to tour the mansion
  • Natchez Learn about the history of the South's Antebellum estates
  • New Orleans Spend the early afternoon with a Local Specialist touring the downtown area and Garden District before visiting one of the above-ground cemeteries

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Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Nashville

Available on Day 2

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artists' entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show. You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done.  Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW.
Adult Price: $35

Available on Day 3

Soul of Nashville

It’s more than a Nashville landmark. Ryman Auditorium is one of the most active and celebrated venues in modern music. Generations of artists, seekers, creators, rule-breakers and rebels have made their mark on the famous stage. From Elvis to Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash to Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Simon to Tom Petty, B.B. King to Kings of Leon, the Ryman is a source of inspiration where legendary moments are still in the making. Discover this iconic downtown Nashville landmark and former home of the Grand Ole Opry, where the stage has more stories to tell than we could ever count. This American music treasure is hallowed ground for creative souls of all kinds. The Mother Church is where artists, dreamers, fans and curious visitors tap into the magic that has powered Nashville’s cultural engine for more than a century - and shows no signs of slowing down. Self-guided.
Adult Price: $27

Old Town Trolley Tours

Discover the rich heritage of America and some of its most enthralling destinations on board Old Town Trolley Tours. For more than a quarter of a century, Old Town Trolley Tours have been treating guests to a journey back in time while touring the most interesting and popular attractions. This all-day hop-on/hop-off pass allows guests to board the trolley at any of its 15 locations throughout Nashville. Stops include Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Musicians Hall of Fame, Marathon Motor Works, Centennial Park, and many more.
Adult Price: $47

National Museum of African American Music

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® with your visit to the National Museum of African American Music, the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans. This optional is for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American music all while celebrating the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. The National Museum of African American Music is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.  The museum’s expertly curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.  NMAAM is the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American Music.  Its mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Adult Price: $25

Memphis

Available on Day 4

Rock and Soul Museum + Blues City Café

Enjoy a self-guided visit to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum whose 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. Afterward, dine in the footsteps of former musicians like BB Kings, Ike Turner, and Hank Williams at the famous Blues City Cafe, conveniently located on Beale Street.
Adult Price: $49

Available on Day 6

Backbeats Musical Mojo Tour

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!
Adult Price: $28

Civil Rights History & Culture Tour

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and walk on the trails and learn about the cultural and historical significance of the Civil Rights movement in Memphis. Start with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel—where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Exhibits chronicle some of the most important episodes of the Civil Rights Movement, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Little Rock Nine, Montgomery Bus Boycotts, and the famous sit-ins of the 1960s. Then we are joined by a local specialist for a 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour for an exclusive insight including Slave Haven Underground Railway Museum and over 30 other historical sites that are significant to the Civil Rights movement.
Adult Price: $67

Natchez

Available on Day 7

Natchez Pilgrimage - Stanton Hall

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.
Adult Price: $25

Southern Mixology Class & dinner

Visit Dunleith Historic Inn, built in 1855 and a National Historic Landmark that remains Mississippi’s sole example of a pre-civil-war mansion. Join the Bar Manager at Castle Pub for a mixology class of 2 seasonal cocktails as you learn the history of each cocktail, ingredients, and demonstration, and give each guest the finished product. Then continue to Castle Restaurant, located in Dunleith’s original carriage house and stables. This 18th-century brick structure was home to fine carriages and purebred stallions. Built to resemble a castle, it is an architectural gem that provides a comfortable dining atmosphere for delectable Southern cuisine.
Adult Price: $89

New Orleans

Available on Day 9

Adventures of Jean Laffite Pontoon Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour (with transportation)

After a short 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 to and from the hotel included.
Adult Price: $56

Southern Food & Beverage Museum & Pop Up Dinner

Southern Food & Beverage Museum's collection of artifacts on Southern Food is one of the largest in the United States. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour from one of SoFAB's curators and learn about the history of the food of the South. Galleries include exhibits on 13 Southern states, Popeye's Restaurant, Absinthe and Louisiana's connection to Europe, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and a special Louisiana gallery that explores classic New Orleans cuisine like Red Beans and Rice, Po'boys, Pralines, and much more. Then enjoy a pop-up dinner, prepared by one of the chefs in Residence featuring New Orleans classics!
Adult Price: $71

Available on Day 10

New Orleans School of Cooking Lunch (early lunch)

Welcome to the Fun, Food & Folklore of the New Orleans School of Cooking! Learn about the wonderful food and rich culture of New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole. Visit the Louisiana General Store located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter, a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products. Then join Cajun/Creole experts for a cooking demonstration & lunch that teach you New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoned with history, trivia and tall tales!
Adult Price: $42

The National WWII Museum

Visit the WWII Museum, designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life. Discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the greatest generation in thought-provoking exhibits—including the newest exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front—and explore the American experience in the war that changed the world. From D-Day galleries to the soaring US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and the groundbreaking Campaigns of Courage, this world-renowned history museum is designed to inspire visitors of all ages in the lessons of World War II and the stories of heroism, tragedy, and liberation.
Adult Price: $27

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

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.
Adult Price: $89

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