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Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on a tour of America’s most famed musical cities – New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. Experience New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Choose how you explore New Orleans – by foot or by coach. Discover Mardi Gras World, where massive parade floats are crafted. Taste the classic beignets at Café Du Monde. Spend 2 nights in Memphis, “birthplace of the blues.” Choose how you connect with Memphis’ history – with a tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland or by following the last march of MLK. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. See where country legends recorded hit tunes at RCA Studio B. Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson. You’ll be hummin’ and strummin’ long after you’ve returned home.

Inclusions
  • 7 night guided vacation with accommodation
  • 7 nights at 3 hand picked hotel accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Services of professional Tour Manager
Sep 8-29, 2024 from $4339 tax included
Oct 20,27, 2024 from $3999 tax included
Single Supplement add $950
Option to add pre & post hotel extension from $165 per night
Roundtrip airfare to New Orleans and return from Nashville (or reverse) is additional

Note: This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

 

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana – Tour Begins

Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack. Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans (or similar)

Day 2: New Orleans: French Quarter (B/D)

Explore the many sides of New Orleans and how jazz began and thrives here. Join a local guide for a panoramic city tour, seeing the famous St. Louis Cemetery #3 and Esplanade. Then, it’s on to a walking tour of the French Quarter viewing St. Louis Cathedral, Pirates Alley and more. Tonight, get to know your travel companions at a New Orleans-style dinner.

Day 3: New Orleans (B)

Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by the captain himself. Learn about the ecosystem’s history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. Then, celebrate New Orleans’ festive side at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the floats for the famous parades, and get a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting your fellow travel companions at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter.

Day 4: New Orleans – Memphis, Tennessee (B/D)

Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Soul. Enjoy Southern hospitality at your hotel just steps away from the iconic Graceland.
Hotel: The Guest House at Graceland (or similar)

Day 5: Memphis (B)

This morning, it’s your choice! Jive along to “Jailhouse Rock” as you visit Graceland, the stately mansion of the “King” himself, and tour Elvis’ 14-acre estate, home, private jets and Meditation Garden -OR- embark on a Civil Rights tour and follow the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last march by coach, stopping at Mason Temple where he gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was assassinated. Enjoy free time to grab lunch on your own before hopping back on the coach with some local musicians, who explain why Memphis embraces its title as the “Home of the Blues.” The remainder of the day is yours. You may opt to join a Memphis Musical History Tour with included dinner, or simply absorb the city’s vibrancy at your own pace!

Day 6: Memphis – Nashville (B)

Roll along Music Highway to Nashville – the “Music Capital of the World.” Along the way, stop in Brownsville at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound and the hometown of Tina Turner – the Queen of Rock. Arrive in Nashville and tour the historic Ryman Auditorium,** the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.***
Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

Day 7: Nashville (B/L)

Tour RCA Studio B and gain an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride once recorded classic hits. You may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world’s largest museum of popular music, and check out the vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings, and instruments followed by a farewell lunch at the museum. Then, test your culinary skills at a hands-on chocolate-making lesson at the iconic Goo Goo Candy Shop before enjoying your last evening in Nashville at leisure.

Day 8: Nashville – Tour Ends (B)

Your rockin’ musical journey comes to a close today.

Extend your stay with pre or post hotel nights

It’s Your Choice
  • In Memphis, choose to visit Graceland, the stately mansion of the “King” himself. Enter Elvis’ 14 acre estate and begin to explore his home, including his two custom airplanes and the Meditation Garden, where the legendary Rock-and-Roller and his family lay to rest.
  • OR choose to embark on a Civil Rights tour of the city by coach. As you follow the route of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Last March, stop at Mason Temple, where the Civil Rights icon gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was assassinated. Continue to trace the African American experience across time as you visit the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, an antebellum home that harbored courageous runaway slaves in search of freedom. Come full circle as you end your tour with a visit to the renowned National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
Must-See Inclusions
  • Discover historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world.
Cultural Experiences
  • Embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Memphis where local musicians share the story of the city’s musical heritage and history.
  • Tour the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio.
  • Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry, the “home of American music.”
Culinary Inclusions
  • Enjoy Creole delights at a favourite French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans.
  • Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson.
  • Indulge in a king cake tasting at Mardi Gras World.

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All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287