America's Musical Heritage


  • 10 days

  • Southern USA

  • Active pace

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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!

Special Departure Extension: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast. The music encompasses every style associated with New Orleans, plus the hottest names in music from around the world. In addition to the music, enjoy locally made specialties—from classic New Orleans gumbo, po-boys, and jambalaya to fine international cuisine. Don’t miss the craft and marketplaces, where you’ll find tempting handcrafted clothing, leather goods, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. Your New Orleans Jazz Fest package includes a 1-day pass to the festival plus transportation to and from the festival grounds.

Available on the 16 April 2020 departure.

Highlights

NASHVILLE Visit and make a recording at RCA Studio B; sightseeing with a Local Guide including a visit to Honky Tonk Row; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; 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 with private entertainment

GREENWOOD Sightseeing with a Local Guide, including sites from the movie The Help

INDIANOLA Visit the B.B. King Museum

NATCHEZ Enjoy dinner at an antebellum mansion

FROGMORE Visit the Delta Music Museum; visit a cotton plantation

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

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN NASHVILLE

Day
1

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

NASHVILLE

Day
2

Start your day with a visit to RCA STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest 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, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park’s full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon. See the legendary recording and performing venues of Music Row and Honky Tonk Row—where music history was made and the famous artists got their breaks. We then visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs. 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 M.G.’s, Aretha Franklin, and others. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
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, the automobile museum, and his collection of planes. 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. 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 with a local musician at GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB, owned by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. After lunch, continue to Greenwood, where many of the city’s downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon arrival, take a guided 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 became. 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 the 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. Then, visit the historic FROGMORE PLANTATION, where you’ll learn about the trials and triumphs of life on the plantation, from the 1700s to today. 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. 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 favorite 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

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+3 days New Orleans Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts

New Orleans

Days
1-2

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.

Departure April 16 also includes a one-day ticket to the Jazz and Heritage Festival and transportation to/from the Jazz Fest grounds.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

New Orleans

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

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  • Selected meals
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  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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