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Tastes and Sounds of the South

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days
JAN - DEC 2022
Two women in front of mural, Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville (TN), Memphis, Indianola, Natchez, Frogmore, New Orleans, Vacherie ...more Nashville (TN), Memphis, Indianola, Natchez, Frogmore, New Orleans, Vacherie
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  1. 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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  2. 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. Then, you will have the opportunity to watch the Grand Ole Opry.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  3. Day 3 Discover The History Of The Nashville Sound

    Continue our discovery of Nashville on a Your Choice sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium. With an afternoon on your own, amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homegrown hot chicken or biscuits.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  4. 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 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.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hu
  5. 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.

    meals Breakfast
  6. 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. Follow the path of the famous Natchez Trace scenic road, originally established as a footpath by Native Americans and later used by explorers, traders and travelers. 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 backyard cocktails like Planter’s Punch paired with elevated Southern fare.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Magnolia Bluffs
  7. Day 7 Sample The Flavours Of New Orleans

    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 will be stopping for the evening.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Sheraton New Orleans
  8. 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.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Entice Your Senses In New Orleans

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Until Next Time 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

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Regional Dinners
  • 9 Breakfasts

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Nashville
  • Explore Memphis and New Orleans
  • Visit Graceland, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Studio B, Sun Studio, Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Connect With Locals Join a pianist and a chef for an evening of true southern  hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez homes.
  • Dive Into Culture Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with members of his family

Dates & Prices

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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.


Available on Day 3

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.
Adult Price: $35

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 many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. This optional is for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American music all while celebrating the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. The National Museum of African American Music is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present. NMAAM is the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American Music. Their mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Adult Price: $25

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 century, Old Town Trolley Tours have 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.
Adult Price: $47

New Orleans

Available on Day 8

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.
Adult Price: $89

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 of artifacts that bring history to life. Discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the greatest generation in thought-provoking exhibits—including the newest exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front—and explore the American experience in the war that changed the world. From D-Day galleries to the soaring US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and the groundbreaking Campaigns of Courage, this world-renowned history museum is designed to inspire visitors of all ages in the lessons of World War II and the stories of heroism, tragedy, and liberation.
Adult Price: $27

Available on Day 9

Adventures of Jean Laffite Pontoon Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour (with transportation)

After a short 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 to and from hotel included.
Adult Price: $56

Independent Reviews
Karen Haynes
Friday, June 28, 2019
Barbara was very helpful in setting up my Southern trip. She answered all questions and was very nice.
Went to a lot of interesting places. Tour Director Drew was very informative and a lot of fun.
Christina Costa
Friday, June 7, 2019
Everything went right with booking. I would recommend GET to anyone wanting a great experience. I will travel with GET again.
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
It was easy and the trip was great!
The trip exceeded our expectations.
Jean Kuszmar
Friday, April 6, 2018
Our tour director was very capable, knowleadgeable and accommodating. The sites we visited were iconic and historic. Austin delivered a high quality vacation.
Value matched cost...worth it.
Trusted Customer
Monday, November 7, 2016
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
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
Very helpful. Answered some pre trip questions thoroughly.
Very nice trip. Good balance of activity and free time.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Our tour guide was from Nashville, so had local insights!.
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
The service was as professional and things went as expected.
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
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
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
Sam Rutledge. our guide was great.
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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