Trip Type : Group Tour
America's Music Cities featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville tour
Cultural Culture America's Music Cities featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville package
50 plus Historic sightseeing America's Music Cities featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville package

America's Music Cities featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
8 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy Creole delights at a favorite French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans.
  • Stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite — beignets at Café Du Monde.
  • Indulge in a king cake tasting at Mardi Gras World.
  • Embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Memphis where local musicians share the story of the city’s musical heritage and history.
  • Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry, the “home of American music.”
  • Tour the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio.
  • Visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley.
  • Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world.
  • Visit the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Short Description

Enjoy a toe-tapping tour of America's most famed musical meccas: New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Music 50 plus

Destinations

United States

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Itinerary

Day 1 New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins

Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack.

Day 2 Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans

It’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and view the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba -OR- set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide that begins along historic Esplanade Avenue and rolls on to see St. Louis Cemetery #3, which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world-famous universities, Loyola and Tulane. Whichever you choose, you’ll stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at the famed Café Du Monde. Tonight, get to know your travel companions at a festive New Orleans-style welcome dinner.

Day 3 New Orleans

Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by the captain himself. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Then, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the spectacular floats for the famous parades. You’ll even get to indulge in a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting your Tour Manager and fellow travel companions at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter.

Day 4 New Orleans - Memphis, Tennessee

Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Enjoy Southern hospitality at your hotel just steps away from the iconic Graceland.

Day 8 Nashville - Tour Ends

Your rockin’ musical journey comes to a close today.

Day 5 Memphis

This morning, put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to visit Graceland, the palatial home of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Then head out on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. You may be tempted to sing along as local musicians board the coach to tell the stories of Memphis’ musical heritage and its rich history. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings. You may wish to spend more time at Graceland** or join an optional Memphis Musical History Tour with dinner.

Day 6 Memphis - Nashville

Roll along Music Highway to the “Music Capital of the World,” Nashville! We’ll make a stop at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound that originated in West Tennessee. The Queen of Rock, Tina Turner, was born here in Brownsville, so it’s only fitting that there’s an exhibit dedicated to her. When you arrive in Nashville, enjoy a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium,*** the original home of the Grand Ole Opry! This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.**** What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.

Day 7 Nashville

Your day begins with a tour of RCA Studio B giving you an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charley Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio – you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Then, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. Check out the museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments, artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits that relay the colorful histories of country music and its artists. Afterwards, discover the flavor of the region at a family-owned distillery when you tour the facility and taste its Tennessee whiskey.

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