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America's Musical Heritage

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Price per person
from £2,514

Price based on
London Gatwick
31st May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Southern USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

On this Southern US tour, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, rock-n-roll, soul, blues, and jazz with Elvis Presley also thrown into the mix. Start in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most important recording studios; and the Grand Ole Opry, where you have reserved seats. In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, celebrating the great Memphis soul music; Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more; and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues,” and visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the blues.

Other musical landmarks on this tour include the B.B. King Museum and the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, where you will learn more about Louisiana Delta musicians such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and more. In New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

But that’s not all…in addition to musical heritage, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about life on a plantation and cruise through the swampy waterways of Atchafalaya Basin. Plus, Globus has arranged unique experiences for you throughout this Southern US tour. Enjoy a special lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by actor Morgan Freeman, and dinner at an antebellum mansion in Natchez. A special treat is the opportunity for you to make a recording at RCA Studio B that you can take home with you! It’s a holiday no music lover should miss!

At a glance

Nashville Sightseeing with a Local Guide including a visit to Honky Tonk Row; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; visit and make a recording at RCA Studio B; reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry

Memphis Visit Sun Studios and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; sightseeing tour with a Local Guide; visit Graceland

Clarksdale Visit the Delta Blues Museum; lunch at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club; Rock & Blues Museum

Greenwood Orientation tour including sites from the movie The Help

Indianola Visit the B.B. King Museum

Natchez Enjoy dinner at an antebellum mansion

Frogmore Visit a cotton plantation; Louisiana Delta Music Museum

Lafayette Special program at Martin Accordions; cruise on the Atchafalaya Basin

Great River Road Guided visit of Houmas House Plantation

New Orleans Sightseeing, farewell dinner

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 3 days: New Orleans stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

The tour itself included a lot of musical experiences which...

16th June 2018
Mrs Keri Williams

The tour itself included a lot of musical experiences which were excellent.However the tour director did not seem to be interested in music at all and was a little dismissive of the Broadway and Beale Street opportunities to listen to live music. Most days there was no music played on the tour bus and a lot of the group were disappointed with this,

Overview

On this Southern US tour, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, rock-n-roll, soul, blues, and jazz with Elvis Presley also thrown into the mix. Start in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most important recording studios; and the Grand Ole Opry, where you have reserved seats. In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, celebrating the great Memphis soul music; Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more; and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues,” and visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the blues.

Other musical landmarks on this tour include the B.B. King Museum and the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, where you will learn more about Louisiana Delta musicians such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and more. In New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

But that’s not all…in addition to musical heritage, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about life on a plantation and cruise through the swampy waterways of Atchafalaya Basin. Plus, Globus has arranged unique experiences for you throughout this Southern US tour. Enjoy a special lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by actor Morgan Freeman, and dinner at an antebellum mansion in Natchez. A special treat is the opportunity for you to make a recording at RCA Studio B that you can take home with you! It’s a holiday no music lover should miss!

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

UK - Nashville

Day
1

Fly to Nashville where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Welcome to Music City, USA! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink.

Nashville

Day
2

Start your day with 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 their history, their importance, and the celebrities that got their starts here. We then visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs. This afternoon, visit 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. Tonight, you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the mecca for country musicians.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nashville - Memphis

Day
3

This morning, depart for Memphis, “Home of the Blues.” Upon arrival, 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. Then, 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 MG’s, Aretha Franklin, and others. Enjoy dinner on vibrant Beale Street with its many music clubs. SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the Guest House at Graceland, located just a few steps from Graceland. The hotel is designed with classic elegance, modern luxury, and is uniquely Elvis.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Memphis. Excursion to Graceland

Day
4

This morning, see all the landmarks of Memphis. A Local Guide will play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage, along with generous amounts of comedy and interaction. We then travel to Elvis Presley’s GRACELAND. Tour the mansion, see his original business office, his enormous collection of gold records and awards. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. There’s also time to see Elvis’ collection of ornate jumpsuits and capes, as well as the automobile museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Memphis – Clarksdale – Greenwood

Day
5

Today, we follow the path of the mighty 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 incredible music talents here before sharing them with the world. Visit the DELTA BLUES MUSEUM, dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of this unique American musical art form. Exhibits contain historical images, artefacts, musical instruments, and the remains of the cabin where Muddy Waters lived during his days as a sharecropper. Enjoy a photo stop at the “Cross Roads,” where legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play like no one else. Then, a special lunch at GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB, owned by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. After lunch, 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. Upon arrival, take a TOUR to see the sites and locations used for the Oscar-winning movie The Help. SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the historic Alluvian Hotel. Originally opened in 1917, it has undergone a major transformation and is now rated as one of the Top 10 Hotels in the United States by Condé Nast magazine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Greenwood – Indianola – Natchez

Day
6

This morning, we visit the B.B. KING MUSEUM in Indianola, hometown of the legendary musician. Explore King’s 60-plus year career, from his time as a sharecropper and his time on Memphis’ Beale Street to the international music star he has become. Artefacts, images, and a guitar studio where visitors can play instruments bring it all to life. We then continue south to beautiful Natchez. Dinner tonight is at an elegant ANTEBELLUM MANSION.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Natchez – Frogmore – Lafayette

Day
7

First stop today is FROGMORE PLANTATION, where you’ll learn about the trials and triumphs of life on the plantation, from the 1700s to today. Travel then to the LOUISIANA DELTA MUSIC MUSEUM, where you are treated to a guided tour and will learn intimate stories about Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, and other Louisiana Delta musicians. Head through Louisiana into the heart of Cajun Country. Arrive in Lafayette and participate in a unique experience at MARTIN ACCORDIONS, where you learn the history of accordion making, and enjoy music and storytelling by the Martin family.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lafayette – Houmas House Plantation – New Orleans

Day
8

Enjoy a morning visit to St. Martinville to see the famous oak tree from Longfellow’s poem, Evangeline. Then, CRUISE through the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. See moss-draped trees, wildlife, and maybe even a lingering alligator or two. On to the Great River Road, where wealthy plantation owners built their monumental homes. Afterward, enjoy authentic Cajun home cooking along the banks of the Atchafalaya. 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 some time to stroll the magnificent gardens. You may just want to relax under one of the magnificent oak trees. We then continue to exciting New Orleans for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

New Orleans

Day
9

This morning, a Local Guide shows 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. This afternoon is free to explore New Orleans on your own, shop for a favourite souvenir, or relax with a fresh cup of café au lait and a beignet. Tonight, celebrate your musical journey with a festive farewell dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

New Orleans - UK

Day
10

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New Orleans.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

New Orleans

Continue your stay with two more nights in New Orleans, the “Crescent City.” Sample beignets at Café du Monde, ride a New Orleans streetcar, shop for souvenirs, or learn to cook Cajun specialities at the New Orleans School of Cooking. This evening, sample some of the country’s finest restaurants or listen to some local jazz musicians at Preservation Hall. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for things to see and do. Included in your stay is a 2-hour Lunch Cruise along the Mississippi River, featuring great jazz and delicious food.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

New Orleans

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Nashville - Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

This premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of the Music City under one spectacular roof. There isn't a shortage of things to do at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state of the art fitness centre, relaxing spa and salon, and nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

  • Location

    2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Memphis - The Guest House at Graceland

Located just a few steps from the gates of Graceland, the newly built Guest House at Graceland hotel features a southern colonial exterior and is decorated with Elvis Presley's personal style in mind. The hotel offers 450 spacious rooms and a range of contemporary facilities, including two restaurants and a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies.

  • Location

    3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Greenwood - The Alluvian

A cosmopolitan boutique hotel in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.

  • Location

    318 Howard St, Greenwood, MS 38930, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Lafayette - DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

A dramatic 15-story Convention Hotel with glass facade, overlooking the Vermilion Bayou.

  • Location

    1521 West Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

New Orleans - Sheraton New Orleans

Located on historic Canal Street just steps from the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace and the assortment of renowned restaurants, boutiques, and live music clubs. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, business centre, gift shop, concierge service, Internet access, restaurant, lounge, and room service.

  • Location

    500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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