America’s Music
Cities

May 26 – June 2, 2019

Your Tour at a Glance

Stay: 8 days, 7 nights

Location: United States 

Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville, and revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Experience the unique city of New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Take advantage of your choice on tour, whether it’s a stroll through New Orleans’ famous French Quarter alongside a local expert or a panoramic motor coach tour for a different perspective of the city. Discover Mardi Gras World, where the massive, magical parade floats are crafted. Spend two nights in Memphis, “birthplace of the blues,” and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Visit the West Delta Heritage Center with exhibits dedicated to Tina Turner and other musical legends of West Tennessee. Sample Tennessee whiskey at a local distillery with a rich history. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Tour historic RCA Studio B and see where country legends recorded hit songs. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you hummin’ and strummin’ long after you return home.

LOCATIONS

a map of southern United States marking the three stops on this trip: New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville

ITINERARY

Pre Night – Sheraton New Orleans

Would you like to begin your vacation with an additional Hotel in New Orleans?
a photograph of the Sheraton New Orleans on Bourbon Street

DAY 1

a photograph of the New Orleans city skyline

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

a photograph of a man holding a tuba while looking at a classic New Orleans style building adorned with hanging plants

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

a photograph of a facade of a classic New Orleans style building adorned with Mardi Gras flags and beads

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

a photograph of retro store signs in downtown Memphis

Memphis

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 5

a photograph of the Meditation Garden in Graceland; the photo features a fountain and intricate columns

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

a photograph of the exterior of the Ryman auditorium

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

a photograph of someone operating a sound board, only the person's hand is visible

Nashville

Today, 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. Then, discover the flavor of the region at a family-owned distillery when you tour the facility and taste its Tennessee whiskey. Afterwards, a tour of RCA Studio B gives you an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie 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!

DAY 8

a photograph of the Nashville city skyline awash in the sunset's vibrant purple and pink

Nashville – Tour Ends

Your rockin’ musical journey comes to a close today.

Post Night

a photograph of the exterior of Gaylord Opryland Resort as the sun sets

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Would you like to end your vacation with an additional hotel in Nashville?

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets. To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times. Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. *The swamp tour is subject to change due to severe inclement weather. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute for another attraction if possible. **Your admission to Graceland includes the mansion tour only. ***On some dates the Old Ryman Auditorium may be closed for special events. ****The Grand Ole Opry moves to the Ryman Auditorium during the months of November and December and throughout the year during special events.

Budget: $2384 – $3239

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