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Tastes and Sounds of the South

10 Day USA Tour of Nashville, Memphis

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10 Days
1 Country

United States

5 Cities

Nashville, Memphis, Graceland, Natchez, New Orleans

13 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Join us for a little jazz, home cookin' from local Southerners, country music and a whole lot of Rock 'n' Roll on this inspiring American South tour showcasing the rich culture of Memphis, Nashville, Natchez and New Orleans, plus a trip to Elvis’s iconic Graceland.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Howdy Nashville

The beating heart of America's Music City will chart your pace as you prepare to embark on a leisurely pilgrimage to discover the tastes and sounds of the South. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. 

Record plaques in Nashville, USA
Accommodation Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
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Gaylord Opryland Resort

Located in the heart of Nashville, the Gaylord Opryland Resort is an icon of cultural heritage and entertainment. Within the expansive property, yo...

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Day 2

Hear the Rhythm of Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of original Cash tunes with one of Johnny's family members. Our acoustic journey continues with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see Elvis' Solid Gold Cadillac limousine and Jim Reeves' tuxedo jacket. This evening, enjoy a live show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Grand Ole Opry Band in Nashville, USA
Accommodation Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
Included Meals Breakfast
Must-see Highlights Record plaques in Nashville, USA
RCA's Studio B, Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA's Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. 'Dive into ...

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Must-see Highlights

Dive Into Culture See a private performance with Cash family in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Cash on Cash

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience
Visit Grand Ole Opry Live Performance

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Discover the History of the Nashville Sound

Continue your discovery of Nashville by exploring the Johnny Cash Museum. With the remainder of the day at your leisure choose to visit the Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny & June first met, a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or a memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® visit to the National Museum of African American Music - celebrating the music genres created, inspired and influenced by African Americans. Or perhaps you'll enjoy the opportunity to amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or enjoy the gut-busting flavors of homemade chicken or biscuits.

Cowboy Boots in Nashville, USA
Accommodation Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville Tennessee USA
Johnny Cash Museum

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Optional Experiences Visit the Ryman Auditorium, one of the most active and celebrated venues in modern music in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Soul of Nashville

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Optional Experiences Visit the National Museum of African American Music, Nashville USA
National Museum of African American Music

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Optional Experiences Explore Nashville on an old town trolley tour, USA
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Day 4

Sway To The Blues Of Memphis

Head to Memphis' famous Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock 'n' Roll, for a tour where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Continue your Memphis sightseeing with a visit to the Lorraine Motel where civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated and one of the most significant locations of the Civil Rights Movement. Then MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you explore one of the most significant sites in town and one of the premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum. “Walk through history” in interactive exhibits that show how the heroes and lessons from the civil rights movement continue to impact equality all over the world. Enjoy a Regional Dinner of Southern cuisine this evening, capping off your tour of Memphis, past and present.

Guitar shop in Memphis, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, USA
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum

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Iconic Experience City Tour Memphis, Tennessee
Music Tour of Memphis

Memphis is the home of blues, soul, and rock n' roll music. Enjoy a Music city tour including Beale Street, a National Historic Landmark and one of...

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Visit The Home Of The King

Worship at the altar of the King, Elvis Presley, and head to Graceland, paying tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Then, pay a visit to Sun Studios, which sought to immortalize the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock 'n' Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

Sign for Graceland in Memphis, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Graceland Visit, Graceland, Memphis
Visit Graceland

Explore the lavish mansion and private retreat of Elvis Presley and get an intimate look into his Rock N' Roll life.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Sun Studio Visit, Memphis, Tennessee
Historic Sun Studio

Take in the historic Sun Studios on a guided tour led by a local musician. Opened in 1950 this storied studio is where Elvis got his start, along w...

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Taste Southern Charm In Natchez

Kick off the day’s sightseeing with a musical morning at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum exploring the blues, country, and gospel of the rural South before leaving for Natchez, Mississippi. You’ll arrive in Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi, surrounded by the antebellum homes. The best way to experience Natchez is with a taste of Southern hospitality and you’ll experience all this and more at tonight’s memorable Be My Guest experience at one of the region’s beautiful historic, private homes for a meal. Connect With Locals as hosts who have lived in the area for generations open their doors and share their stories as you enjoy dinner and backyard cocktails like Planter’s Punch paired with elevated Southern fare.  

Steamer boat in Natchez, USA
Accommodation Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel, Natchez
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest See a piano performance and enjoy a meal at Lansdowne Plantation, USA
Southern Hospitality at Natchez

Join your host for an evening of true southern hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez homes.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit Rock N Soul Museum in Memphis Tennessee, USA
Rock n Soul Museum

Take a trip to the Memphis' Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and explore the birth of rock and soul music. The museum tells the story of musical pioneers who, ...

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Explore the South's Story

Today your travels take you deeper into an important part of Southern history. On this morning’s visit to a working cotton plantation, Frogmore Plantation and Gins, learn about Natchez planters and slavery in the South. Tour the property boasting 19 restored antebellum structures and equipment dating from the early 1800's including a Smithsonian quality steam gin listed on the National Register. You’ll learn how cotton was made and most importantly gain a better understanding of slavery in the South. Your tour brings you back into the present with a stop at its currently operating 900 bales-per-day cotton gin. Next up: The Big Easy, where we are introduced to Creole cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Accommodation Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Cotton field in Natchez, USA
Visit the Frogmore Plantation

Discover how they preserve their Mississippi Delta cotton plantation heritage with costumed guides at the Frogmore Plantation.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit the New Orleans School of Cooking and enjoy delicious and hearty Creole dinner, USA
New Orleans School of Cooking

Taste the melting pot of cultures of New Orleans in this hands on cooking experience. Learn to make iconic southern dishes such as gumbo, red beans...

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Iconic Experience

Day 8

Venture Into New Orleans

Let the good times roll in New Orleans today, tracing the cosmopolitan history of one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the ornate above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Signs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, USA
Accommodation Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Enjoy a walking tour around New Orleans, Louisiana USA
New Orleans Tour

Get to know the city with a Local Expert - from the Garden District to the French Quarter, Uptown to Treme, you'll get to know and better understan...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy your evening aboard the City of New Orleans steamboat for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River, USA
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, USA
The National WWII Museum

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Day 9

Entice Your Senses In New Orleans

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. Why not join an optional experience at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park exploring the scenic swamp and bayou. Perhaps visit Mardi Gras World for a peek into what makes the New Orleans festival so popular or take a stroll down Magazine Street for plenty of regional food and shopping. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Man playng the Saxophone in New Orleans, USA
Accommodation Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Take a boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous and see alligators in Jean Lafitte National Park, USA
Swamp & Bayou Tour With Transportation

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Day 10

Until Next Time New Orleans

For now, it's ‘Au Revoir' New Orleans, but not ‘Adieu'. Make your own way to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans.

Coffee and donut in New Orleans, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Gaylord Opryland Resort

Located in the heart of Nashville, the Gaylord Opryland Resort is an icon of cultural heritage and entertainment. Within the expansive property, yo...

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Must-see Highlights
RCA's Studio B, Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA's Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. 'Dive into ...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Cash on Cash

You'll gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of original Johnny Cash songs with one of Johnny's family ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Grand Ole Opry Live Performance

See a live musical performance at the Grand Ole Opry - the show that made country music famous. The Grand Ole Opry is dedicated to honoring country...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Johnny Cash Museum

Visit the Johnny Cash Museum which features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the ...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum

The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most visible spoke...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Music Tour of Memphis

Memphis is the home of blues, soul, and rock n' roll music. Enjoy a Music city tour including Beale Street, a National Historic Landmark and one of...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Graceland

Explore the lavish mansion and private retreat of Elvis Presley and get an intimate look into his Rock N' Roll life.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Historic Sun Studio

Take in the historic Sun Studios on a guided tour led by a local musician. Opened in 1950 this storied studio is where Elvis got his start, along w...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Southern Hospitality at Natchez

Join your host for an evening of true southern hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez homes.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rock n Soul Museum

Take a trip to the Memphis' Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and explore the birth of rock and soul music. The museum tells the story of musical pioneers who, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit the Frogmore Plantation

Discover how they preserve their Mississippi Delta cotton plantation heritage with costumed guides at the Frogmore Plantation.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
New Orleans School of Cooking

Taste the melting pot of cultures of New Orleans in this hands on cooking experience. Learn to make iconic southern dishes such as gumbo, red beans...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
New Orleans Tour

Get to know the city with a Local Expert - from the Garden District to the French Quarter, Uptown to Treme, you'll get to know and better understan...

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore RCA Studio B, Sun Studios on a guided tour led by a local musician, Memphis on a musical city tour, Frogmore Plantation, and discover how to make iconic dishes at the New Orleans School of Cooking
Discover Nashville
Visit Grand Ole Opry, The Johnny Cash Museum, Graceland, Rock N Soul Museum, and Country Music Hall of Fame for a private performance of original Johnny Cash tunes with one of Johnny’s family members

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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, seek...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 m...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Old Town Trolley Tours - Nashville

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 c...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swamp & Bayou Tour With Transportation

Take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Native guides will rev...

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USA

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Barbara was very helpful in setting up my Southern trip. She answered all questions and was very nice.
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Went to a lot of interesting places. Tour Director Drew was very informative and a lot of fun.
Christina Costa
Review date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Service
Everything went right with booking. I would recommend GET to anyone wanting a great experience. I will travel with GET again.
Vacation
All the experiences were as advertised and our travel director threw in a few extras. One surprise was stopping at a walking bridge and allowing us to walk across the Mississippi to step into Arkansas. Fun
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear! Thank you for sharing.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Service
It was easy and the trip was great!
Vacation
The trip exceeded our expectations.
Jean Kuszmar
Review date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Service
Our tour director was very capable, knowleadgeable and accommodating. The sites we visited were iconic and historic. Austin delivered a high quality vacation.
Vacation
Value matched cost...worth it.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Service
Since the actual company leading the tour was Trafalgar, I cannot comment so much on Grand European Travel. Other travelers in our group had discounts that we were not aware of. (?) The pre-information provided by GET was good & received in a timely manner.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. There are several avenues in which to book your reservation and each agency offers different discounts to their customers. By booking with GET, you received a discount for being a member of AARP which the other guests on your trip did not receive. We're happy to see that you enjoyed yourself and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you in the future. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Vacation
95% of the vacation was excellent, but there are always a few things that are not. i.e. the meal on the Natchez riverboat cruise was not good (the cruise & the band were good). The Trafalgar tour guide was very fun & knowledgeable. A fun surprise bonus was the providing of local treats when we returned to the bus (Nashville Goo Goo Clusters, Memphis Moon Pies, etc.).
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Service
Very helpful. Answered some pre trip questions thoroughly.
Vacation
Very nice trip. Good balance of activity and free time.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Service
Our tour guide was from Nashville, so had local insights!.
Vacation
We enjoyed our trip very much--especially enjoyed Nashville! We were there during "Marine Week", which was an added bonus!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 6, 2016
Service
The service was as professional and things went as expected.
Vacation
The trip was an historical, cultural and musical adventure. Our tour director Drew and large global travel group were pleasant and cooperative. Nashville was a wonderful new and growing city. Memphis had plenty of history and New Orleans was wild and diverse. A great time had by all !!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Service
We had a change of dates after we had made our airline reservations. It was expensive to change the dates. Anyone who has booked a US tour needs to check with GET before locking in the dates of travel. Alaska Air was reasonable; United airlines through Expedia was punishing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We sorry for the hassle about the date change, but glad you were able to straighten out your flights for the new date. I also see we were able to reimburse your change fees to do so. We are glad to see that you enjoyed the trip itself and met some new people from around the world. Thank you! Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Vacation
We were surprised to meet many in our group from the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. It was so much fun to share meals and music with diverse travelers. The activities were all that was described and more. We know that getting around and into the sights were well planned to make our experience exceptional.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Service
Sam Rutledge. our guide was great.
Vacation
From Nashville to Memphis to Narchez to NEW Orleans we had a gremany surprises. Loved Grand Ole Opery and Country Music Hall of Fame. Also going to graceland and Civil rights Museum. Evening in Natchez was lovely with a concert in a home and a gourmet dinner in a lovely mansion. Perfect evening. Many surprises in New Orleans---dinner at a cooking school and 3 hr boat ride o Mississippi rover boat. Also final gourmet farewell dinner. A great trip
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