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Tastes and Sounds of the South

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,743 per person
JUN - NOV 2021
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Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Nashville (TN), Memphis, Natchez, Frogmore, New Orleans, Vacherie ...more Nashville (TN), Memphis, Natchez, Frogmore, New Orleans, Vacherie
  1. Day 1 Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

    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 travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton Nashville
  2. Day 2 Nashville Sightseeing

    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 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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

    In the morning, we will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then continue our discovery of Nashville on a 'Your Choice' sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium. Amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homegrown hot chicken or biscuits. This evening, the sound of country music fills the air as we head to the Grand Ole Opry to watch a performance of America's longest running live radio programme. Then, you will have the option to join a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry or you can spend the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

    Head to Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock 'n' Roll, where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. In the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the National Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy a Regional Dinner this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hotel Hu
  5. Day 5 Graceland Excursion

    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 immortalise the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock 'n' Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Memphis – Natchez

    Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before leaving for Natchez, Mississippi. 'Connect with Locals' as you enjoy a meal at a private home.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Magnolia Bluffs
  7. Day 7 Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

    Today you’ll take a deep dive into 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. To further understand Louisiana history, continue through the countryside to visit Oak Alley Plantation.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Sheraton New Orleans
  8. Day 8 New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 New Orleans At Leisure

    Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're feeling adventurous, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart New Orleans

    For now, it's 'Au Revoir' New Orleans, but not 'Adieu'. Take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.

    meals Breakfast
Tastes and Sounds of the South
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Memphis, New Orleans
  • ORIENTATION of Nashville
  • VISIT Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Studio B, Sun Studios, Country Music Hall of Fame
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy an evening of true southern hospitality as you enjoy a meal at a private home. (Day 6)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with a member of his family and with costumed guides at the Frogmore Plantation. (Days 2, 7)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For sightseeing in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, on a restored cotton plantation and in New Orleans. (Days 4, 7, 8)
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE Meet the Tanners on their cotton plantation and learn how your visit helps them to preserve the history of their estate and Louisiana cotton plantation heritage. (Day 7)

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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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

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 artist 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. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $34

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 has 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. Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $44

Memphis

Mansion Upgrade to Elvis Experience

True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio-guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place, the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II – Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.
Adult Price: $33

New Orleans

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. Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $87

Swamp And Bayou Tour

After a short motorcoach 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 included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours
Adult Price: $53

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Karen Haynes
Friday, June 28, 2019
Service
Barbara was very helpful in setting up my Southern trip. She answered all questions and was very nice.
Vacation
Went to a lot of interesting places. Tour Director Drew was very informative and a lot of fun.
Christina Costa
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
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Service
It was easy and the trip was great!
Vacation
The trip exceeded our expectations.
Jean Kuszmar
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
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
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Very helpful. Answered some pre trip questions thoroughly.
Vacation
Very nice trip. Good balance of activity and free time.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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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
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
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
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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