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An escorted tour for a little honky-tonk, down home cookin’, hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll on this music filled adventure from Nashville to Memphis and New Orleans. The iconic music of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley are sure to be the soundtrack to this Deep South trip.
Wake up to the famous Nashville Sound as RCA’s Studio B reveals the legends of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. Learn all about and indulge in the life and music of Johnny Cash during a discussion and private performance of original and popular Cash tunes with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash (or another family member).
Afterwards you’ll have some time to discover Nashville on a your own terms. Take an inspiring walk and enjoy some city sightseeing, explore the Johnny Cash Museum or check out the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. You’ll make your way down the Mississippi Delta, then head for the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with the sounds of Blues on Beale Street of Memphis. Then fully immerse yourself in the life of the King and career like never before at Graceland!
Saying so long to Memphis, head for the city of Natchez the jewel of the Mississippi River, before letting the good times roll on the last stop of the tour, New Orleans.
The Exciting Parts
- City tours of Memphis & New Orleans
- Orientation of Nashville
- Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Sun Studios, The National Civil Rights Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame
Arrive in Nashville (3 nights)
Nashville at Leisure & Sightseeing
Nashville - Memphis (2 nights)
Graceland Excursion Day
Memphis - Natchez
Natchez - Oak Alley - New Orleans (3 nights)
New Orleans Sightseeing & Leisure Day
New Orleans at Leisure
Depart New Orleans
Day 1 Arrive in 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 sounds of the South. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
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. Take a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a discussion and private performance of original and popular Cash tunes with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash (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-an extraordinary collection of memorabilia on display to admire. You'll have some time to yourself to continue your discovery of Nashville on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium.
Day 3 Nashville at Leisure & Sightseeing
Today is at leisure. Amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homegrown hot chicken and biscuits. This evening, the sounds of country music fill the air as we head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio programme.
Day 4 Nashville - Memphis (2 nights)
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.
Day 5 Graceland Excursion Day
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. 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.
Day 6 Memphis - Natchez
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.
Day 7 Natchez - Oak Alley - New Orleans (3 nights)
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.
Day 8 New Orleans Sightseeing & Leisure Day
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, a unique feature of this city built on swamplands. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy.
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 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.
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.