America's Musical Heritage

  • 11 Days

  • Southern USA

  • Active pace

From B.B. King to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, trace the rhythms, histories and folk tales of American music in its southern states on a fascinating tour of Delta Blues, New Orleans Jazz, and the country music of Nashville.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 1st June 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Overview

From B.B. King to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, trace the rhythms, histories and folk tales of American music in its southern states on a fascinating tour of Delta Blues, New Orleans Jazz, and the country music of Nashville.

At a glance

  • Grand Ole Opry Take your reserved seat at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
  • Graceland Visit the legendary mansion home of Elvis.
  • Sun Studio Stand in this holy shrine of the Memphis music scene.
  • BB King Museum Visit the Delta Blues monument to the great blues man.
  • Louisiana Delta Museum Hear the stories behind the musicians from Jerry Lee Lewis to Fats Domino.
  • Jazz National Historic Park Discover more about the history of jazz in New Orleans.

Extensions

  • 7 nights Caribbean cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Nashville

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Nashville

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Nashville - Memphis

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Memphis - Visit to Graceland

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 tour highlights. Tour the mansion, see Elvis’ collection of ornate jumpsuits and capes, his original business office and 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Memphis - Clarksdale - Greenwood

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'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Greenwood - Indianola - Natchez

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 where dinner is at an elegant Antebellum Mansion.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Natchez - Frogmore - Lafayette

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lafayette - Houmas House Plantation - New Orleans

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

New Orleans - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Nashville: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Centre
  • Memphis: The Guesthouse at Graceland
  • Greenwood: The Alluvian
  • Natchez: Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Lafayette: Doubletree by Hilton Layfayette
  • New Orleans: Sheraton New Orleans

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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