Tastes & Sounds of the South Escorted Tour

Nashville • Memphis • Natchez • New Orleans

Join this escorted tour for a little honky-tonk, down home cookin’, hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll on this leisurely, lyrical pilgrimage from Nashville to Memphis and The Big Easy. The sounds of Cash and the King are never far on this At Leisure jaunt through the Deep South.
Wake up to the famous Nashville Sound 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). You’ll also 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, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Winding your way along the vast Mississippi Delta, head for the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with the sounds of Blues on Beale Street of Memphis. Worship at the altar of the King and head to Graceland, a tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture forever.
Saying so long to Memphis, head for the city of Natchez for a leisurely exploration of Southern history and hospitality before letting the good times roll on the last stop of the tour, New Orleans.
From €3500pp

What's Included

  • Flights from Dublin to Nashville and return from New Orleans
  • 9 NIGHTS in selected tour hotels
  • 9 full breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board Wi-Fi and personal audio headsets
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • 2018 departure dates: February 5, 6 / March 21 / April 20 / May 9, 10, 17, 23, 30 / June 6 / September 5, 7, 12, 19, 26 / October 10, 17, 24 /November 7
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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

Your Adventure...

Arrive in Nashville (3 nights)
Nashville Sightseeing
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.
    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

  • 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, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry
    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

  • 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.
    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

  • Day 4 Nashville - Memphis (2 nights)

    Winding your way along the vast Mississippi Delta, head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, with the sounds of Blues on Beale Street to meet a musician and Local Specialist. The former Lorraine Hotel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in cold blood, is the backdrop for the National Civil Rights Museum, which you will have an opportunity to explore. The evening is at leisure.
    Hotel: Sheraton Memphis Downtown

  • Day 5 Graceland Excursion Day

    Worship at the altar of the King and head to Graceland, a tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture forever. See Graceland's Jungle room and visit the grave of Elvis as you stroll the grounds where the music giant once walked. Pay a visit to Sun Studios, whose noble aim was to capture the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock 'n' Roll single in 1951. This evening, embark on a Your Choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries.
    Hotel: Sheraton Memphis Downtown

  • Day 6 Memphis - Natchez

    Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the legendary Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before saying so long to Memphis, bound for the city of Natchez. With a little French flair and a flowering antebellum culture, Natchez is the perfect spot for a leisurely exploration of Southern history and hospitality, which you'll have an opportunity to experience during a Be My Guest dinner beginning with a reception at the private residence of Joe Stone, whose gracious 1850s home features a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the inspiration behind each piece of music before you are treated to a glass of wine and are free to tour the expansive collection. Head over to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, to enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner with wine.
    Hotel: Natchez Grand

  • Day 7 Natchez - Oak Alley - New Orleans (3 nights)

    Join costumed Local Specialists to discover the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation heritage that produces over 900 bales of white gold each day. The slave customs, secret music and an authentically reconstructed 19th century plantation are yours to explore at Frogmore Plantation and Gins, before meandering through the charming Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation, along a quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old oak trees, overlooking the sleepy Mississippi River. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger on this evening's visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we will enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before tucking in to a Regional Meal of culinary Creole creations.
    Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans

  • 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.
    Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans

  • 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.
    Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans

  • 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.

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