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Tastes & Sounds of the South

10 Days from $2,850 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Join us for a little honky-tonk, home cookin', hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of Rock 'n' Roll on this inspiring, at leisure jaunt through the Deep South.

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Join us for a little honky-tonk, home cookin', hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of Rock 'n' Roll on this inspiring, at leisure jaunt through the Deep South.

  1. 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. 

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Renaissance Nashville
  2. 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 Johnny and June's granddaughter (or another family member). 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. Discover the iconic and unexpected on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Today is a free day for you to explore. Amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavors of homegrown hot chicken and biscuits. This evening, the sounds of country music fill the air as we head to the Grand Ole Opry to watch a performance of America's longest running live radio programe.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  4. We head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and meet a musician and Local Specialist amidst the sounds of Blues on Beale Street. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional to the National Civil Rights Museum, home to the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Memphis Downtown
  5. 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. Then worship at the altar of the King and head to Graceland, paying tribute to man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. This evening, embark on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries. 

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dinner
  6. Visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before travelling to Natchez. Connect with Locals as you meet Joe Stone in his 1850s home and visit the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom you'll enjoy a traditional three-course Deep South Be My Guest dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with WIne
    hotel:Natchez Grand
  7. Dive into Culture at Frogmore Plantation and Gins and Make a Difference as you learn about efforts to preserve the cotton plantation heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Continue through the Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation along a 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 and a Regional Meal of Creole cuisine.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Sheraton New Orleans
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  9. 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 which traces the mysteries, legends and traditions of voodoo. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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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: $1,075.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $108 per person.

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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

14 Meals: 9 full breakfasts, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

  • Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with a member of his family

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 estates

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Memphis, New Orleans

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans
  • Orientation of Nashville
  • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Sun Studios, Country Music Hall of Fame
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Reviews

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Service rating : It was easy and the trip was great!
Vacation : The trip exceeded our expectations.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Jean Kuszmar
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Service rating : 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.
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.
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.).
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Service rating : Very helpful. Answered some pre trip questions thoroughly.
Vacation : 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!.
Vacation : 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.
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 !!!
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.
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.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Service rating : 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
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!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. We love to see that you were able to enjoy those hidden away spots. Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Vacation : 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!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Service rating : The Double tree Hotel in Memphis was very tired. All other lodging was excellent
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, October 2, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent service as I have had from you in the past.
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. Grand European Travel
Monday, October 5, 2015
Vacation : 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.
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.
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
Friday, November 7, 2014
Vacation : 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.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Service rating : Gary was an excellent tour leader - knowlegable, accessible, and very, very accommodating
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
Vacation : Covered all the musical highlights one could hope for
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Service rating : Two thumbs up !
Vacation : Excellent
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  • 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 24 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.

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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: $29

Memphis Sun Records Studio Visit

Experience a guided tour of the legendary Sun Records Studio, the “Most Famous Recording Studio in the World.” Learn how the blending of Blues and Country music came together in the Big Bang of Rock N’ Roll. Hear the outtakes from sessions, see loads of memorabilia, and re-live the history of the studio that launched the musical careers of Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Charlie Rich, Little Milton, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Rosco Gardon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and many other music legends! Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.
Adult Price: $15

Elvis Presley Birthplace Park in Tupelo with transportation from Memphis

Travel from Memphis, Tennessee to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley, aka the King of Rock 'n' Roll. See the home where Elvis lived for 13 years, and journey to other sites dedicated to his life during a 2-hour guided tour of Elvis Presley Birthplace Park.
Adult Price: $75

Graceland

Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade to VIP Tour

Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour option. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.
Adult Price: $39

Graceland Mansion - VIP Tour Upgrade

Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.
Adult Price: $64

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: $86

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

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