Tastes & Sounds of the South

Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
10 Days from $2,426 per person

This trip gives you time to enjoy the South's music and food—from Elvis's Graceland to Creole cooking in New Orleans and grand antebellum hospitality in Natchez.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... experiencing Southern hospitality at two period homes in one amazing evening. Joe Stone plays the piano for you as you sip a beverage, while Esther Carpenter – once listed among America's top 20 female chefs – invites you to dinner. It's getting to know the home of Rock n' Roll with our passionate Memphis expert, and learning about the city's role in the civil rights movement. And it's learning about ‘white gold' and the stark contrasts between life on a modern and pre-Civil War cotton plantation.

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  1. Welcome to Music City. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Renaissance Nashville
  2. This morning, visit RCA's Studio B, one of the world's most successful recording studios where musicians such as Elvis Presley recorded their iconic sounds. Then, get a unique look into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, a Cultural Insight. John (or a member of his family) entertains with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family. Spend some time exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Later your choice of sightseeing offers a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum or, if you prefer, choose a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, awash in musical history, where country music's biggest stars play to cheering audiences today.
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  3. The day is yours to discover Nashville. Perhaps enjoy some live music at a honky tonk on Broadway street. This evening, head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program. Dinner is on your own to venture out and sample delicious Southern cuisine.
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  4. This morning, hit the highway to Memphis along the Mississippi Delta. Upon arrival in Memphis, meet a Beale Street musician, and Local Specialist, to learn about the rich musical heritage of the area. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum and see the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated before catching a glimpse of the late afternoon light on the Big Muddy. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore or embark on a culinary adventure and cherish a meal at one of Memphis' many restaurants.
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    hotel:Sheraton Memphis Downtown
  5. Graceland is as much 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. Marvel at Graceland's Jungle Room, walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming “Blue Suede Shoes.” Visit Sun Studios where the first Rock 'n Roll single was recorded in 1951. This evening, embark on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries for the evening's meal.
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  6. This morning, get an in-depth look at the rich music history of Memphis with a tour of the legendary Rock 'n' Soul Museum before departing for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Take in more of the nation's Southern history here and see the gracious homes overlooking the river. Tonight, enjoy an incredible evening highlighting Southern hospitality at a Be My Guest dinner. Explore the private residence of Joe Stone, whose home, built in the 1850s, contains a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the meaning and inspiration behind each piece of music before you are treated to a glass of wine and are free to tour the expansive collection. Later, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804 to explore the historic estate. Esther, a former Four Seasons chef, once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, hosts a four-course dinner with wine featuring a true taste of the Deep South.
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    hotel:The Grand
  7. After breakfast, stop at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to learn about the white gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, Local Specialists, on a visit to a reconstructed 19th century cotton plantation, witness the modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales each day. From there, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. In this grand dame of Southern mansions, learn about the lives of the plantation owners. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to discover the flair of Creole cuisine watching a fun cooking demonstration before enjoying culinary creations during a Regional Meal.
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    hotel:Astor Crowne Plaza
  8. This morning, join a Local Specialist who shares extensive knowledge of New Orleans' history as you travel throughout the city stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own; grab a po' boy or some fresh beignets, stroll down Bourbon Street or hit the lively waterfront area.
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  9. Enjoy a leisurely day to explore this vibrant city. If you're feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for an optional guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators or opt to stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.
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  10. Extend your stay in New Orleans at the Astor Crowne Plaza or say ‘Au Revoir' to the Big Easy this morning with a transfer provided to New Orleans International Airport.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

9 nights' accommodations, 9 full breakfasts, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Learn about the life and iconic music of Johnny Cash with a member of his family.

Be My Guest

  • Dine in true Southern style featuring two beautiful private homes in Natchez.

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, on a reconstructed cotton plantation and in New Orleans.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Memphis and New Orleans
  • Orientation of Nashville
  • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
22 Mar 17 31 Mar 17 checkmark $2,695pp
$2,695 pp
10 May 17 19 May 17 checkmark $2,695pp
$2,695 pp
11 May 17 20 May 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
17 May 17 26 May 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
18 May 17 27 May 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
24 May 17 2 Jun 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
1 Jun 17 10 Jun 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
6 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
13 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
20 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
21 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
27 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
4 Oct 17 13 Oct 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
11 Oct 17 20 Oct 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
18 Oct 17 27 Oct 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
25 Oct 17 3 Nov 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp
1 Nov 17 10 Nov 17 $2,695$2,426pp
$2,695 $2,426 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate per the 2016 brochure; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedMardi Gras: These departures will include tickets to the Mardi Gras Parade and will not visit Grand Ole Opry.


undefinedJazz Festival: This departure will include tickets to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and will not visit Grand Ole Opry.

2018 dates: Subject to date, price and itinerary changes; final details will be confirmed.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $925.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $103 per person.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Monday, November 7, 2016
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Service rating : 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.
Product : 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.).
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.

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Monday, November 7, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Service rating : Very helpful. Answered some pre trip questions thoroughly.
Product : Very nice trip. Good balance of activity and free time.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Service rating : Our tour guide was from Nashville, so had local insights!.
Product : We enjoyed our trip very much--especially enjoyed Nashville! We were there during "Marine Week", which was an added bonus!
Monday, June 6, 2016
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Service rating : The service was as professional and things went as expected.
Product : 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 !!!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Service rating : 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.
Product : 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.
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!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Service rating : Sam Rutledge. our guide was great.
Product : 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
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Service rating : Our tour director was perfection!! We saw a lot of places we would not have been
without our tour director!!
Product : We enjoyed seeing places we have heard about and the food was good too, especially in Natchez at a private home/bed and breakfast. Great food and good entertainment too!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. We love to see that you were able to enjoy those hidden away spots.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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The Double tree Hotel in Memphis was very tired. All other lodging was excellent
Friday, October 2, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent service as I have had from you in the past.
Product : Our director Sam Rutledge was excellent as was driver Ryan. The trip had so many excellent sites to see. We never felt rushed. no one on the tour was ever late to leave. Please continue the Black Tabernacle service and the antebellum tour and dinner. Bravo/. I will highly recommend the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We will be sure to share your comments with Sam, Ryan and their management. We appreciate your recommendation very much.

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Service rating : As a first time Grand European Traveler I was very satisfied with the tour and the tour director. Sam was very professional and yet very friendly.
Product : The tour was all and more then I expected. It lived up to the name of the tour The tastes and sounds of the south.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. I'm happy that you enjoyed your first trip with Grand European Travel. I'm glad that the tour of the American South more than met your expectations.

Liz, Grand European Travel
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Service rating : Gary was an excellent tour leader - knowlegable, accessible, and very, very accommodating
Product : Covered all the musical highlights one could hope for
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad that you enjoyed your tour of the American South and that you had the experience of such a wonderful guide. I hope you choose Grand European Travel again soon.

Liz, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Two thumbs up !

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