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Southern Grace

Operated by: Luxury Gold

9 Days from $5,876 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Usa Farm Field Horses Feeding Sunset

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Nashville, Memphis, Graceland, Natchez, New Orleans ...more Nashville, Memphis, Graceland, Natchez, New Orleans
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Nashville

    Your USA luxury tour begins by private transfer to Union Station Hotel, once a bustling train station from the early 1900s. Tonight, get your first taste of Deep South cuisine.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Nashville.
  2. Day 2 Nashville's Musical History

    Visit Nashville’s highlights and participate in a rare recording session at Studio B joining a singer/songwriter to learn the stories behind the hits. Enjoy a performance at the Grand Ole Opry and, if you are travelling on a Founder's Collection departure, meet a Grammy-winning legend.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Nashville.
  3. Day 3 Memphis and Graceland Relaxed Start

    Delve into the birthplace of blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll in Memphis where you’re treated to a tour of Elvis’ Graceland. Learn the personal side of "The King," getting up close to Elvis’ amazing collection of flashy memorabilia and iconic pink Cadillac.

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

    Reflect upon a key moment in history at the National Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy a backstage pass to Memphis’ oldest BBQ restaurant, as you meet a grilling expert over lunch. Visit the Sun Studio with a local musician or the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel The Peabody Memphis.
  5. Day 5 Mississippi Mystique in Natchez

    The South’s unique architecture comes to life in Natchez’s antebellum homes. Tour an 1850s home or visit the Dunleith Historic Inn for a mixology class. At Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens, learn the science behind the mint julep before a three-course dinner.

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

    Gain insight into the history of the South at Frogmore Plantation and Gins, and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. The French Quarter’s historic Ritz Carlton New Orleans welcomes you for the evening.

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

    Explore the Big Easy’s iconic sights and stroll through a beautiful above-ground cemetery. Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World or visit the National WWII Museum.

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

    Dive into the Mississippi River Delta. Discover wildlife in the wetlands and explore the “Islenos” fishing villages over a Bayou-side lunch with a local fisherman. Whet your appetite on a VIP tour of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum followed by a private cooking class and feast of Creole and Cajun specialties.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.
  9. Day 9 Depart New Orleans

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy. Sit back and relax as your complimentary transfer escorts you to the Louis Armstrong Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Southern Grace Luxury Tour Map
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Memphis: Explore Sun Studios, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," on a guided tour led take-home song. At this circa 1950 recording studio, stand in the very same spot Elvis and other musical legends including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis first recorded.
  • Memphis: Learn about the slave trade, runaway slaves and the message system and travel patterns of escaping slaves at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum or Burkle Estate. Time travel back through the history of the Deep South to the pre-Civil War era when you step inside the main house once used as a shelter for slaves along the Underground Railroad and owned by Jacob Burkle, part of the antislavery movement and an aid to those trying to escape slavery.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Natchez: Awaken your imagination on a private tour of an antebellum mansion. Explore the interior and grounds as you learn about its past and distinct architectural style. This 1850's Greek-Revival cottage on 10 acres near Natchez’s historic downtown is the beloved home of a local who is eager to show off their stunning property. Take in the architecture and wander among the expansive gardens, certified as a Wildlife Habitat and a member of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
  • Natchez: Visit Dunleith Historic Inn,  a National Historic Landmark built in 1855 that remains Mississippi’s sole example of a pre-civil-war mansion. Join the Bar Manager at Castle Pub for a mixology class on two seasonal cocktails as you learn the history of each cocktail and the ingredients. After the demonstration relax and sip on the delicious final product.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • New Orleans: Tour Mardi Gras World’s Blaine Kern Studios, a workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. With your all-access pass, wind through the massive studio where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. Viewing floats, colorful costumes and props, you’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation and getting a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras.
  • New Orleans: Embark on an immersive tour of World War II through the exhibits, multimedia experiences and thousands of personal accounts at the National World War II Museum. You’ll learn not only about the role of world leaders, but also the everyday men and women who fought. Through experiences such as the 4D film Beyond All Boundaries, go on a journey through the war that changed the world.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : You will be escorted by one of our fine Travel 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).

Exceptional Dining

  • Nashville: Get acquainted with Nashville's burgeoning food scene as you join your Traveling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner at Henley’s modern American brasserie where inventive small plates and entrées using classical French technique meet sociable Southern dining. Perhaps start with a grilled broccolini Caesar salad followed by American Wagyu strip or parsnip gnocchi before finishing with banana pudding. Raise a glass with one of their signature cocktails such as “Queen’s Cure” and “Henley G & T” and toast to a grand adventure ahead.
  • 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, a National Historic Landmark in Natchez. As you take in your surroundings of this early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in within manicured gardens, let the flavors of the "Crown Julep" show off the best of the South.
  • New Orleans: Dive into a hands-on private cooking class at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where students of the Deelightful Roux School of Cooking learn basic culinary techniques such as sautéing, boiling, flambé and handy knife skills. The Creole and Cajun cuisine will be taught by New Orleans very own Chef Dee Lavigne. Enjoy a fun and educational, hands-on culinary journey as you discover some of New Orleans most famous dishes like Jambalaya, Gumbo and NOLA Style Bananas Foster, while reflecting on your incredible tour of the South over a delicious Celebration Dinner.

Founder's Collection

  • Nashville: If you are traveling on a Founder's Collection departure, you will have the privilege of meeting a living legend in the country music sphere. Get to know the harmonica legend Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame musician and Grammy-winning artist, who has collaborated with famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn. Or, chat with Brenda Lee, the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to music as the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s.

Journey Highlights

  • Nashville: You’re in for a treat, joining a professional sound engineer to record a take-home song just as legends like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton have at legendary Studio B, the cradle of the Nashville sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s and once home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. Hear the stories behind the music in an intimate private session with one of Nashville’s songwriters learning how a song is created from concept to hit.
  • Memphis: Visit Graceland, a National Historic Landmark and museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. Tour Graceland Mansion walking through the living room, his parents’ bedroom, kitchen, TV room, pool room, the famous Jungle Room, his father’s office, the newly enhanced Trophy Building and the Racquetball Building for an eye-opening experience on how he and his family lived their daily lives. In Elvis The Entertainer Career Museum, immerse yourself in the King’s career through hundreds of artifacts and photos.
  • Memphis: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 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., learn about his impact on the world and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.
  • 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.

Luxury Hotels

  • New Orleans: Relax in luxury at the elegant 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building in the French Quarter. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans retains the grace and charm of this mansion, and is centrally located to the area's most popular attractions, including Bourbon Street.

Personalize your day

  • Memphis: Explore Sun Studios, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," on a guided tour led take-home song. At this circa 1950 recording studio, stand in the very same spot Elvis and other musical legends including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis first recorded.
  • Memphis: Learn about the slave trade, runaway slaves and the message system and travel patterns of escaping slaves at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum or Burkle Estate. Time travel back through the history of the Deep South to the pre-Civil War era when you step inside the main house once used as a shelter for slaves along the Underground Railroad and owned by Jacob Burkle, part of the antislavery movement and an aid to those trying to escape slavery.
  • Natchez: Awaken your imagination on a private tour of an antebellum mansion. Explore the interior and grounds as you learn about its past and distinct architectural style. This 1850's Greek-Revival cottage on 10 acres near Natchez’s historic downtown is the beloved home of a local who is eager to show off their stunning property. Take in the architecture and wander among the expansive gardens, certified as a Wildlife Habitat and a member of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
  • Natchez: Visit Dunleith Historic Inn,  a National Historic Landmark built in 1855 that remains Mississippi’s sole example of a pre-civil-war mansion. Join the Bar Manager at Castle Pub for a mixology class on two seasonal cocktails as you learn the history of each cocktail and the ingredients. After the demonstration relax and sip on the delicious final product.
  • New Orleans: Tour Mardi Gras World’s Blaine Kern Studios, a workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. With your all-access pass, wind through the massive studio where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. Viewing floats, colorful costumes and props, you’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation and getting a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras.
  • New Orleans: Embark on an immersive tour of World War II through the exhibits, multimedia experiences and thousands of personal accounts at the National World War II Museum. You’ll learn not only about the role of world leaders, but also the everyday men and women who fought. Through experiences such as the 4D film Beyond All Boundaries, go on a journey through the war that changed the world.

VIP Experiences

  • Nashville: Experience the “Smithsonian of country music,” the Country Music Hall of Fame, for a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer. On your visit, see memorabilia from stars such as Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison as you uncover the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
  • New Orleans: Follow the path of the Mississippi River that has created one of the most distinctive and important American cities and coastal environments in the world. Your Local Expert offers you an insider’s perspective on La Nouvelle Orleans from New Orleans Lakefront Airport to the surrounding wetlands, ghost forests and the new levees and barriers put in place since Katrina. A Bayou-side chat and lunch with a local oysterman offers a rare peek into one individual's experience in this storied place.

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 customised luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customised 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.

Dates & Prices

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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