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Tastes and Sounds of the South

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,588 per person
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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 saying so long to Memphis, bound for our next destination, Natchez. Located along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, the city was once one of the USA’s pivotal centers for trade, cotton and sugarcane exports in the South. Travelling through Natchez, you’ll unlock the South’s turbulent past by learning about its history and culture through the people who are local to the region on an orientation tour of the city. Natchez is in the heart of the Mississippi, and there’s no better way to end the day than with a taste, quite literally, of Southern hospitality. Tonight will be an evening to remember, as you 'Connect with Locals' in one of the region’s beautiful historic homes, where your hosts will open their doors for us. First up, you’ll be welcomed by the talented Joe Stone, a concert pianist and historian who’ll give you a tour of his home, before sitting down to feel like part of the family at the main event, a traditional, three-course 'Be My Guest' experience, a delicious home-cooked meal by a local chef, topped off with wine.

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

    Today offers another encounter with American history as we 'Dive into Culture' at Frogmore Plantation and Gins. As you explore the property, from the original gin through to modern day through the eyes of our hosts Buddy and Lynette, you’ll learn of the incredibly harsh realities of this trade and the mark it made on Southern history. Continue through the Louisiana countryside for another chance to learn and appreciate the stories of the south at Oak Alley Plantation, with its perfectly manicured gardens and quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old oak trees. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger long after this evening's visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we enjoy a fun cooking demonstration with a passionate New Orleans local and a Regional Dinner of delicious and hearty Creole cuisine, one of the region’s most iconic tastes.

    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

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Reviews
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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
Service
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
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
Monday, June 6, 2016
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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
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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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