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America's Music Cities

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 Trip Length
8 Days
 Trip Starts
New Orleans
 Trip Finishes
Nashville
8 Day America's Music Cities Itinerary (Collette)
Countries Explored: USA
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4 Star
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44
Trip Style
Classic
Trip Code
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Overview

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 8 Day America's Music Cities. Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on a tour of America’s most famed musical cities – New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. Experience New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Choose how you explore New Orleans – by foot or by coach. Discover Mardi Gras World, where massive parade floats are crafted. Taste the classic beignets at Café Du Monde.

Spend 2 nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues." Choose how you connect...read more with Memphis’ history – with a tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland or by following the last march of MLK. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. See where country legends recorded hit tunes at RCA Studio B. Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson. You’ll be hummin’ and strummin’ long after you’ve returned home.

Itinerary

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. Stay: Sheraton Hotel (3 Nights)

It's your choice! Embark on a walking tour of New Orleans' famous French Quarter, viewing St. Louis Cathedral, the bustling French Marketplace, Pirates Alley and more -OR- set out on a panoramic motor coach tour of New Orleans with a local guide, seeing the famous St. Louis Cemetery #3 and stunning mansions. Later, 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. (B/D)

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

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. (B/D) Stay: The Guest House at Graceland (2 Nights)

This morning, it's your choice! Jive along to “Jailhouse Rock” as you visit Graceland, the stately mansion of the “King” himself, and tour Elvis' 14-acre estate, home, private jets and Meditation Garden -OR- embark on a Civil Rights tour and follow the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last march by coach, stopping at Mason Temple where he gave his famous “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was assassinated. Enjoy free time to grab lunch on your own before hopping back on the coach with some local musicians, who explain why Memphis embraces its title as the “Home of the Blues.” The remainder of the day is yours. You may opt to join a Memphis Musical History Tour with included dinner, or simply absorb the city's vibrancy at your own pace! (B)

Roll along Music Highway to Nashville – the “Music Capital of the World.” Along the way, stop in Brownsville at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound and the hometown of Tina Turner – the Queen of Rock. Arrive in Nashville and tour the historic Ryman Auditorium,** the original home of the 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. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.*** (B) Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort (2 Nights)

Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest museum of popular music, and check out the vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings, and instruments. Tour RCA Studio B and gain an insider's look at Nashville's oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride once recorded classic hits. You may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Then, test your culinary skills at a hands-on chocolate-making lesson at the iconic Goo Goo Candy Shop. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner. (B/D)

Your rockin' musical journey comes to a close today. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • 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.
  • Discover historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world.
  • 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.
  • Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson.
  • Indulge in a king cake tasting at Mardi Gras World.

  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour

  • This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is New Orleans Intl Airport (MSY) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Nashville Metro Airport (BNA) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day

  • Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Trip Reviews (2) Most Recent 'America's Music Cities' Reviews

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America's Music Cities 2 , WA, Australia, Nov 2018
My main reason for selecting this tour was to go to Graceland and everything else was a bonus. However, everything was great to see and visit. We had a mix of Americans, Canadians and Australians (including me). The best highlights for me (other than Graceland) were RCA Studio B where Elvis recorded most of his songs as did many others and going to ...read more the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium. The only problem with the tour timetable was that day 2 had half a day and the night as free time and day 1 was busy from morning to late evening. It would have been more comfortable if dinner on day 1 was on day 2 to break the days up a bit. I also think that for another $40 or $50 the visit to Graceland could have included all of the exhibits rather than some and then being asked to pay for other displays. Staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It is fantastic.
USA Music Cities 4 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2018
Enjoyed this tour very much, New Orleans - Memphis - Nashville. Great accommodation, excellent tour guide. Generally a value packed tour.
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