America's Musical Heritage

Price per person
from £2,769

Price based on
London Heathrow
7th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Southern USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

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.

What's included

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

Our VIP 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.

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.

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. Meet the Tour Director this evening as well as your travelling companions for a welcome drink.

Your tour starts today.

Nashville

Day
2

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 their history, their importance, and the celebrities that got their breaks here. We then visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs. Free time this afternoon to explore on your own. 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

Start your day 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, then 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 M.G.’s, Aretha Franklin, and others. Enjoy dinner on vibrant Beale Street with its many music clubs

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Memphis - Visit 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 Elvis’ collection of ornate jumpsuits and capes, his original business office, the car museum, 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 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, artifacts, 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 and 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.

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. Artifacts, 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 will learn about the trials and triumphs of life on the plantation, from the 1700s to today. Travel then to the Louisana 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. Visit the New Oreleans Jazz National Historical Park, which preserves the history of the people and places that helped shape the development and progression of jazz in New Orleans. This afternoon is free to explore New Orleans on your own, shop for a favorite souvenir, or relax with a fresh cup of cafe 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 - Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

UK

Day
11

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

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • 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

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