America's Rhythms

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  • Visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, “the King of Rock and Roll” 
  • Discover the careers of country music greats on a visit to RCA Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Explore Nashville, the capital of Country Music on a guided walking tour 
  • Savour a Jazz Brunch in the Big Easy, New Orleans
  • City tour of the home of the Blues, Memphis including famous Beale Street

This fascinating tour takes you to the rhythmic places that saw the birth of Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and so much more. From the melodic sounds of BB King to the Rock ‘n’ Roll beats of Elvis, we will experience the rhythms of the south that modern day American music was founded on.

Excursions

New Orleans (Included)

We visit 'The Big Easy', home of Jazz and Dixieland music as well as fantastic Cajun and Creole culture. We will enjoy a number of great included and optional excursions during our time here, discovering the music and culture that have made this city famous. In free time explore the city's historic side, from the ornate Spanish and French colonial houses of the French Quarter to the historic cemeteries of the Downtown area, which are popular tourist destinations in their own right and are known as the "cities of the dead".


Nashville (Included)

From the emergence of the 'Nashville Sound' in the 1950s, through performances by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton and many more right up to the modern era of being the starting point of artists such as Taylor Swift, Nashville has always been one of America's most important musical cities. We will discover many of the city's musical highlights including The Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame. You will also have plenty of time to explore Nashville at leisure, learn about one of the biggest selling musicians of all time at the Johnny Cash Museum, or head down to one of the bars on Printer's Alley for live music and let the good times roll. 


Selected Destination: Memphis (Included)

Once the home of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Memphis buzzes with the memory of its most famous son. We will stay right across the road from Elvis' former home of Graceland and will visit the house on an included tour. The King's music was largely influenced by the Blues and Memphis was the home of the genre, on a tour of the city we visit Beale Street, whose bars keep alive the sound, it really is worth taking a trip back here during free time in the evening to hear them in full swing. Walk from place to place discovering the various bands that will play long into the night, or if you do happen to be here in the day, try and visit the Rock 'n' Soul Museum for a real insight into the history of Blues.

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (primary)

Destinations
  • North America
  • USA
  • New Orleans
  • Jackson (Mississippi)
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Scenic
  • Entertainment
  • History
  • City
  • Cultural


Day 1: Arrival in Nashville

Welcome to Nashville, the ‘Country Music  Capital of the World’. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will join your tour. This evening will be at leisure, a great chance to explore Music City, USA. Enjoy live music at classic venues such as the Bluebird Cafe and Whiskey Jam at Winner’s which have both hosted big names as well as Nashville’s best up-and-coming artists.
Hotel: The Inn at Opryland



Day 2: Nashville

You’ll have a great opportunity to explore the city again today. There is an optional excursion to the historic Grand Ole Opry, which includes a backstage tour and a concert broadcasted on live radio. The broadcast is the longest running radio program in the USA, a testament to the continued importance of Country Music in
Nashville. We’ll be able to see the city on foot with our tour director who will help you understand the unique culture, take you to the places where you can take in the sounds of up and coming musicians playing along Broadway, passing by famous Honky Tonks and Boots stores, and immerse yourself in ‘Music City’.
Hotel: The Inn at Opryland



Day 3: Nashville

Today we will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here you’ll be able to discover the careers of country music greats including The Everly Brothers, Elvis, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Then discover the world famous RCA studio B where these legendary artists recorded many of their greatest hits. There is also an opportunity for you and your fellow passengers to enjoy an evening of line dancing featuring live music at the Wildhorse Saloon.
Hotel: The Inn at Opryland



Day 4: Nashville to Memphis

We travel through the majestic countryside to another world famous musical city, Memphis, home of the Blues, cotton and the home of Sun Records. Your city tour includes Beale Street, heart of the Blues scene and lined with legendary venues. In the afternoon we’ll take a trip to the city’s most famous attraction, the palatial Graceland, tour the home of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza




Day 5: Memphis – Jackson – New Orleans

We cross over to the state of Mississippi today, passing through the state capital of Jackson. We will arrive in New Orleans, famous for jazz, Mardi Gras, Creole and Cajun food and culture, its party reputation and laid back atmosphere. Tonight, experience that Creole culture on a Mississippi dinner cruise, sound tracked by a Dixieland jazz band on an optional excursion.
Hotel: Hilton New Orleans



Day 6: New Orleans

You have a full day to take in the amazing city of New Orleans. The historic French Quarter is famous for its narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful courtyards and iron balconies that overlook them. Take an included excursion with us today, travelling back in time along the river road to the outskirts of the city. Where you can visit Oak Alley Plantation, with its iconic double row of oak trees that line the drive up to the house it is easy to picture how this place has changed very little in the years, since the American Civil War. Following your visit to Oak Alley, you’ll enjoy a fantastic New Orleans Jazz Brunch, savour good food, jazz music and warm hospitality.
Hotel: Hilton New Orleans



Day 7: New Orleans

Today you can choose from a number of different optional excursions to make the most of your final day in this beautiful region. Explore the Louisiana swamps and Bayous in a custom built, all-weather swamp boat on a tour in which local guides will take you through the history of the region, mysteries of the swamp and a whistle-stop education of Cajun culture. Spend the afternoon at the New Orleans School of Cooking where you’ll learn the basics of cooking the Louisianan way. Creole cooking has spread around the world and takes inspiration from the mix of cultures that live here and is an absolutely fascinating style to learn. Or discover Mardi Gras world where you can find out about how the raucousness and party time atmosphere of this amazing carnival is created.
Hotel: Hilton New Orleans



Day 8: Depart New Orleans

This morning we will check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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