America’s Music Cities

Music Cities

Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country and good old rock ‘n’ roll.

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Highlights

  • Nashville
  • RCA Studio Tour
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • Memphis
  • Tour with local musicians
  • Graceland
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana swamp tour
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • French Quarter jazz revue.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air from Portland or Boise
  • Air taxes and fees, hotel transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Services of a tour director
  • Hotel to hotel baggage handling
  • 11 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 dinners)

Itinerary

Day One – Nashville

TOUR BEGINS

Journey to the “Music Capital of the World”

Day Two – Nashville

Your day begins with a tour of the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits! Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio. Later, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour. View the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon – a full scale replica
of the Athenian original! Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. Its cutting-edge exhibits relay the colorful histories of country music and its artists. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.*

Day Three – Nashville and Memphis

Your day begins with a visit to the old Ryman Auditorium.** Then, step back in time and relive days gone by during a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a local wine tasting.  Later, travel to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul.  This evening, enjoy delectable Southern cuisine along with some of the best live music in town.  Your dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.

Day Four – Memphis

This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis.  Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s main highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along.  Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offering on your own.  Dance to the live music that may fill the open air, or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs!

Day Five – Memphis and New Orleans

Travel south and step back in time to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.

Day Six – New Orleans

Today the choice is yours. Perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Or set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities.  Whichever you choose, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde.

Day Seven – New Orleans

Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise*** narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Return to New Orleans. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has
to offer. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.

Day Eight – New Orleans

The country music of Nashville, the sounds of Memphis, and New Orleans’ jazz and food comprise a journey full of experiences that will have you humming and smiling long after you return home.
**On some dates, the Old Ryman Auditorium may be closed for special events.
***The swamp tour is subject to change due to severe inclement weather. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute for another attraction if possible.

 

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