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Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Fly to Nashville where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights. Meet the Tour Director this evening as well as your travelling companions for a welcome drink.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park's full size replica of Athens' Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row and famous Honky Tonk Row. Learn the history, the importance and the celebrities that got their starts here. Afterwards, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments and photographs. There is free time this afternoon to explore at leisure before this evening's visit to the Grand Ole Opry. There are reserved seats for an unforgettable show at this world famous Country Music mecca.
A free day to explore all that Nashville has to offer. Perhaps, visit the Johnny Cash Museum or explore the city's many honky-tonks. During lunch you will be treated to a special 'Coal Miners Daughter' Tribute. The granddaughter of the legendary Loretta Lynn will engage you with songs and stories of growing up and performing with her grandmother. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Today starts with a visit to RCA Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important studios. Between 1957 and 1977, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here. Make a special recording and take it home as a memory of your time in Nashville. Afterwards leave for Memphis, 'Home of the Blues'. First visit Sun Studio, probably the most famous recording studio in the world and where Rock 'n' Roll was first recorded. This historic studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. Next visit the STAX Museum of American Soul Music, a celebration of the great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, Aretha Franklin and many more. Dinner this evening is on Beale Street. A vibrant street with neon signs and many music clubs.
Enjoy a tour of Memphis this morning. A local guide will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, along with generous amounts of comedy and interaction. Arrive at Graceland, Elvis Presley's mansion and one of the highlights of the tour. See the themed rooms, the trophy building with the enormous collection of gold records and awards, his original business office and the racquetball court that houses a collection of his ornate jumpsuits and capes. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, return to Graceland for the official Candlelight Vigil. You may walk through the gate and up the drive to Elvis' grave site and pay your respects to the King and his legacy.
A full day to explore Memphis at your leisure. Perhaps visit the National Civil Rights Museum, housed at the historic Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. A charming event to witness is the march of the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Hotel. There are many clubs to check out on Beale Street.
Today, follow the path of the Mississippi River and travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the 'Birthplace of the Blues'. From the cotton fields, street corners and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta came a new kind of music - the blues. Considered by many to be the only truly indigenous American music, the blues has influenced musicians worldwide. Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Ike Turner and John Lee Hooker honed their music talents here first. Visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of this unique American music. Exhibits contain historical images, artifacts, musical instruments and the remains of the cabin where Muddy Waters lived as a sharecropper. Enjoy a photo stop at the 'Cross Roads' where blues guitarist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play like no one else. Enjoy a special lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman. Spend time at the Rock & Blues Museum before continuing to Greenwood where many of the city's downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy a tour showing the sites and locations used for the award winning movie 'The Help'.
This morning enjoy a visit to the BB King Museum in Indianola, hometown of the legendary musician. Explore King's 60 year plus career, from his time as a sharecropper and his time on Memphis' Beale Street to the international music star he has become. Continue further into the Deep South to Natchez, Mississippi for an included horse-drawn carriage ride. The driver tells of the stories and history that make this such a special place. Dinner this evening is at an elegant Antebellum Mansion.
First stop today is Frogmore Plantation, where you can learn about life on the plantation from the 1700s to today. Continue to the Louisiana Delta Music Museum for a guided tour to learn intimate stories about Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty and other Louisiana Delta musicians. Later, head through Louisiana into the heart of Cajun country. Arriving in Layfayette, participate in a unique experience at Martin Accordions and learn the history of accordion making and enjoy music and storytelling by the Martin family.
Enjoy a short visit to St Martinville to see the famous oak tree from Longfellow's poem, Evangeline. Later enjoy a cruise through the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. See the Spanish Moss draped trees and even a lingering alligator or two. Continue on to the Great River Road, where wealthy plantation owners built their monumental homes. Afterwards, enjoy authentic Cajun home cooking along the banks of the Atchafalaya. Later, visit Houmas House Plantation, the 'Crown Jewel of the Great River Road'. Tour the mansion, which is filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork and enjoy a stroll around the magnificent gardens. End the day in New Orleans.
A local guide will show you the sights and sounds of New Orleans. Visit the French Quarter, including Jackson Square and Pirate's Alley, then stop at an above ground cemetery and learn about the city's unique burial customs. Drive along tree lined St Charles Avenue to see the stately homes bordering the historic Garden District. Visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park which preserves the history of the people of New Orleans. The afternoon is at leisure to explore independently. Tonight, celebrate this musical journey with a festive farewell dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New Orleans.
Due to the large anticipated crowds expected at Graceland, you can expect to wait in line for several hours during the candlelight vigil. It is likely to be very humid and the night-time temperatures will be high. Please consider these factors when deciding if you wish to participate.
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