This holiday to America is all about music. Visit cities synonymous with American music; Memphis, the home of The King of Rock ‘n Roll, Mississippi, New Orleans and Nashville, the spiritual home of country music.
Memphis attracts fans of The King from all over the world. No trip there is complete without a visit to Graceland, where you can explore the personal side of Elvis Presley. Stroll down Beale Street at night, home to over 25 music venues, you are sure to find entertainment of the highest quality. Here you will also have ample opportunity to sample the famous Memphis soul food.
Nashville is another Mecca for music fans. Visit Opryland the home of the world-famous country music show, the Grand Ole Opry. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum features a permanent exhibition ‘Sing Me Back Home’, a journey through the history of country music, featuring a rich collection of historical costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs and manuscripts.
New Orleans is famous for its jazz, Creole cuisine and the ‘big easy’ lifestyle. Bourbon Street is known for its extravagant carnivals and parades, the annual Mardi Gras in particular. The French Quarter comes to life at night. Revel in a giant street party with throngs of people dancing to the strains of jazz music coming from the numerous bars that stay open all night.
The Exciting Parts
- Grand Ole Opry Show and backstage tour
- Jack Daniels Distillery
- Sun Studio Tour
- Grammy Museum Mississippi
- BB. King Museum in Indianola
- Travel along scenic Natchez Trace Parkway
- New Orleans City Tour
- Dinner Jazz Cruise on the SS Natchez
Nashville - Tuscumbia
Tuscumbia - Memphis
Memphis - Cleveland
Cleveland - Natchez
Natchez - New Orleans
New Orleans Departure
Day 1 Nashville Arrival
Arrive Nashville and check-in the Country Inn & Suites Music Valley Drive area. You will be greeted by your Sweet Magnolia Tours’ escort and motorcoach.
Day 2 Nashville
Start the day with a Nashville Sightseeing Tour which includes the downtown area with some of its colourful history, famous Music Row, the Bi-Centennial Mall, The Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol. In the afternoon you will tour the Country Music Hall of Fame an exciting, multi-layered journey through the life of country music. Later you will tour the historic RCA Studio B - once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers. Tonight you will attend a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll catch today’s’ hottest stars, new faces, and Opry legends. Showcasing the best in country, blue grass and more, the Opry is an American experience like no other. After the show you will remain in the audience and someone from backstage will come out and take you on tour of the backstage. Also, usually you will get to see one or two stars still packing up.
Day 3 Nashville - Tuscumbia
Today you depart for Tuscumbia, Alabama located in the Muscle Shoals area with a stop off en route in Lynchburg for a tasting tour of Jack Daniels Distillery. Visit Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where artists like The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, and Cat Stevens recorded there. A very special feature will be one of the original “Swampers”, David Hood will meet the group at the studio and talk about the history making recording sessions. Check-in the Coldwater Inn and this evening enjoy an outstanding Spring Park Light & Water Show. This show offers a spectacular display of dancing waters, choreographed to the music of Alabama’s nationally known artists with a focus on those who recorded in Muscle Shoals.
Overnights in Tuscumbia
Day 4 Tuscumbia - Memphis
Today you depart for Memphis. En route you will stop in Tupelo, MS and tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace, Museum, Chapel & Church. Upon arrival in Memphis you will tour Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. The audio tour of Graceland Mansion is full of music and interesting stories about how Elvis lived in the home he loved so much. The mansion tour ends with a quiet visit to Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family are buried. You will then check-in the Comfort Inn Downtown and have the evening free to explore Beale Street, one of America's most famous streets where W.C. Handy first penned the Blues music of the Mississippi Delta.
Overnight in Memphis
Day 5 Memphis
This morning you will tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music: which houses more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, celebrating the music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. Next you will tour Sun Studio, which is the birthplace of Rock'n'Roll. Today the studio, where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers. In the afternoon you will enjoy a Memphis city tour. A beautiful city and a gateway to the Old South. Filled with Southern charm, beautifully restored mansions, sculptured tree-lined parkways.
Overnight in Memphis
Day 6 Memphis - Cleveland
As you leave Memphis and drive down legendary Highway 61, you will realize that you are in the true "Birthplace of the Blues". Highway 61 takes you through the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, which is the world’s richest farmland. Our first stop will be in Clarksdale. From the 30's on through the 50's Clarksdale was a major blues town. John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Little Junior Parker and Sam Cooke were born here. You will get the opportunity of touring the Delta Blues Museum. Next you will continue on to Cleveland and tour the new Grammy Museum, the only other Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music. Then check-in the Holiday Inn Express.
Overnight in Cleveland
Day 7 Cleveland - Natchez
Today we continue through the rich Delta farmland to the famous river city of Natchez. After a brief stop in Dockery Farms, the biggest exporter of American Cotton back in 1895 you continue on to B.B. King’s hometown of Indianola, where you tour the new B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center. En-route you will ride the famous and scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, which stretches from the Mississippi River in Natchez through the Shoals area in Alabama and across the Tennessee Valley to Nashville. Today, the 444-mile National Scenic Byway and All-American Road has emerged as one of America's most important examples of the nation's natural and cultural heritage. You will stay at the Vue Hotel in Natchez. You will have some free time this afternoon to walk around downtown Natchez and enjoy its many quaint shops.
Overnight in Natchez
Day 8 Natchez - New Orleans
This morning you will depart for New Orleans, but first you will tour the beautiful antebellum home, Stanton Hall. In 1857, Irish immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton began construction on the home of his dreams: a palatial Greek Revival style residence in the heart of Natchez. En route to New Orleans we are going to make a stop for a Swamp & Bayou Cruise. We will continue on to New Orleans and check-in the Staybridge Suites French Quarter Downtown Hotel. Tonight is free to explore the famous French Quarter. For jazz, for food, for history or for frivolity the French Quarter is a legendary destination.
Overnight New Orleans
Day 9 New Orleans
This morning you will enjoy a New Orleans City Sightseeing tour, where you will visit one of its historic cemeteries, referred to as "Cities of the Dead," and learn about this unique above ground burial system. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world. Tonight you will enjoy a Dinner Jazz Cruise on the SS Natchez, an authentic paddle wheeler. Enjoy breath taking views of the city, casual buffet-style dining and live jazz by the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland"
Overnight in New Orleans
Day 10 New Orleans Departure
It is time to bid a sad farewell to your many new friends made along the way and return to New Orleans Airport for your departure home.