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Southern Grace

Operated by: Luxury Gold

9 Days from $5,650 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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  1. Day 1 Arrive in Nashville.

    Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and taken to your luxury downtown hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    hotel Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection, Nashville.
  2. Day 2 Nashville's Musical History.

    Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, an esteemed singer/songwriter, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry or "country's most famous stage", for a live performance. If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will meet one of two music legends, either Country Hall of Fame musician Charlie McCoy or Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Brenda Lee, for a special introduction to the city's impressive music history.

    hotel Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection, Nashville.
  3. Day 3 Memphis and Graceland. Relaxed Start

    Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of Blues, Soul and Rock ’n’ roll, Memphis. This afternoon visit Graceland. See the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture as you marvel at the mansion set on 13.8 acres of land.

    hotel The Peabody Memphis.
  4. Day 4 The Best of Memphis.

    Learn about Memphis' history and culture through music. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit Sun Studio, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," as you hear intimate stories of American soul legends B.B. King, Elvis, and Johnny Cash and walk through the very rooms that they first recorded in. Alternatively, you can stop by the Stax Museum of American Soul, a former studio which pays special tribute to soul music, through interactive exhibits, films, and vintage recording equipment. Later, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the National Civil Rights Museum for an immersive journey through the history of civil rights in America, from the 17th century to the present day.

    hotel The Peabody Memphis.
  5. Day 5 Mississippi Mystique in Natchez.

    Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to learn about the history of the many Natchez mansions on a tour to explore their interiors and grounds. Alternatively, enjoy a beer tasting and tour at a family-owned brewing company and learn about the beer of the south. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, when your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine in the stunning main house.

    hotel Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez.
  6. Day 6 Frogmore, Houmas House, and New Orleans.

    Today offers another encounter with American history at Frogmore Plantation and Gins. As you explore the property, from the original gin through to modern day you'll learn about the history of slavery in the south. Next, visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens to understand daily life on this sugarcane plantation and get a deeper understanding of what life what like in the era of wealthy Sugar Barons. Learn about Creole Cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Afterwards, indulge in your Highlight Dinner.

    hotel The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
  7. Day 7 New Orleans Sightseeing. Relaxed Start

    Join a Local Expert for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm café au lait in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the uniquely joyful perspective on life and death. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to embark on a Creole and Cajun food tour of New Orleans while learning about the city's unique blend of worldly influences. Alternatively, you can mingle over a traditional Jazz Brunch, where you'll take in the lively musical scene.

    hotel The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
  8. Day 8 Exploring the Big Easy. Relaxed Start

    Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a bayou expert on a unique and immersive eco-excursion for an insider’s perspective of the Great Mississippi River and how it has shaped the rich tapestry of land, people and cultures of this region. Meet the local fishermen and sample some of the fresh seafood. This evening, toast to lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with lively jazz as your backdrop.

    hotel The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
  9. Day 9 Depart New Orleans.

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport or choose to extend your stay.

Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Memphis: Visit the Stax Museum and learn the story of American Soul music, Stax Records and the Memphis sound.
  • Memphis: Explore Sun Studios where Elvis got his start along with many of the greats. Stand in the very same spot that Elvis first recorded. Sun Studio is known as "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll." It is the discovery location of musical legends and genres of the 50's from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; from Blues and Gospel to Country and Rock 'n' Roll.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Natchez: Learn about the beer of the South and it's distinct local flavour as you tour the family-owned Natchez Brewing Company.
  • Natchez: Partake in a private tour of an antebellum mansion. Explore the interior and grounds as you learn about its past and its distinct architectural style.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • New Orleans: Get a taste of the city to learn what Cajun and Creole food is all about- you can taste Cajun and Creole originals like king cake, crawfish etouffee, cracklin' and a boil.
  • New Orleans: Enjoy a tasty selection of creole cuisine such as shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Exceptional Dining

  • Nashville: Get acquainted with Nashville's burgeoning food scene as you join your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests at your hotel for a Welcome Dinner.
  • Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, three-course Southern dinner at the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
  • New Orleans: Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a cooking demonstration and special Highlight Dinner.
  • New Orleans: Get a taste of the city to learn what Cajun and Creole food is all about- you can taste Cajun and Creole originals like king cake, crawfish etouffee, cracklin' and a boil.
  • New Orleans: Enjoy a tasty selection of creole cuisine such as shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts.
  • New Orleans: Gather at the famous Arnaud's for a Celebration Dinner featuring live jazz. Classic Creole cuisine and exceptional service are just steps away from Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, and within the beautifully restored, turn of the century dining rooms, Arnaud’s remains true to its over 100-year tradition. Today, the restaurant is operated by the fourth generation of owners dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the original Arnaud Cazenave.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Chairman's Collection

  • Nashville: What better way to discover Music City than alongside one of the stars who contributed to its legacy? Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame musician and Grammy-winning artist, has collaborated with famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn. Brenda Lee is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to music, being the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. Only as a Luxury Gold guest will you meet one of these legendary locals during your time in Nashville.

VIP Experiences

  • Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.

Journey Highlights

  • Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton as you record a take-home song at legendary Studio B.
  • Memphis: Visit Graceland, as much as an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture.
  • Memphis: Visit the Stax Museum and learn the story of American Soul music, Stax Records and the Memphis sound.
  • Memphis: Explore Sun Studios where Elvis got his start along with many of the greats. Stand in the very same spot that Elvis first recorded. Sun Studio is known as "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll." It is the discovery location of musical legends and genres of the 50's from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; from Blues and Gospel to Country and Rock 'n' Roll.
  • Memphis: Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and embark on a poignant and important tour through five centuries of the Civil Rights Movement. Pay your respects to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn about his impact on the world.
  • New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road, previously voted best Louisiana attraction. Tour the estate and gardens while you learn about daily life on this former sugarcane plantation. Gain a deeper understanding of the architecture, heritage and history surrounding this 1800's mansion.
  • New Orleans: Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you embark on a unique, immersive, insider's perspective tour of the Great Mississippi River and how it shaped a richly important tapestry of land, people and cultures through a memorable eco excursion. You'll get to explore places, cultures and history that visitors rarely get to experience. Meet local fishermen and sample fresh seafood, "Gulf to Table".

Your Way

  • Natchez: Learn about the beer of the South and it's distinct local flavour as you tour the family-owned Natchez Brewing Company.
  • Natchez: Partake in a private tour of an antebellum mansion. Explore the interior and grounds as you learn about its past and its distinct architectural style.

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