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Rhythms of the South

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From Jazz to Blues, to Rock & Roll and Country this is a journey that is steeped in musical history and full of Southern charm.

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      • For a trip with more exclusive Insider experiences, more included meals and upgraded hotels, see our Tastes and Sounds of the South itinerary featured in the USA & Canada brochure.
      • These departures will operate per the 2017 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Spend this CostSaver trip being immersed in the music, culture and romance of the enchanting Deep South. Meander through charming squares admiring the stately mansions and Spanish moss-draped oaks, feel the buzz of Bourbon and Beale streets, toe tap at the local honky tonks and pay homage to the "King" as you tour Graceland. From Jazz to Blues, to Rock 'n' Roll and Country this is a journey that is steeped in musical history and full of Southern charm; a recipe for success.


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        • Memphis
          Iconic Breakfast at a classic American "greasy spoon" restaurant for a typical Southern family-style breakfast

        • Memphis
          Visit Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his revolutionary albums before heading to his home, Graceland, to tour the grounds

        • Nashville
          Explore Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy an evening at the Grand Ole Opry

        • Natchez
          Revel in the pure beauty of the South's antebellum estates

        • New Orleans
          Spend the morning with a Local Specialist touring the downtown area and Garden District before visiting one of the above-ground cemeteries


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 Breakfasts


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets: Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Rhythms of the South

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

      Welcome to Nashville, "Music City, U.S.A." Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

      Hotel
      Quality Inn Nashville Downtown-Stadium

      2. Nashville Sightseeing and Free Time

      This morning explore Nashville with an orientation tour, passing well-known sites including historic Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol and Centennial State Park, home to the world's only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens. Explore the vibrant heart of Nashville's entertainment industry at Music Row, home to hundreds of businesses dedicated to music. Visit Studio B where the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton, among others, recorded some of their albums. Next is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to view memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. The afternoon is free to pursue your own interests. This evening, attend a live recording session at the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast

      3. Nashville Free Time

      A full day at leisure in Nashville to do as you please. Visit the Ryman Auditorium, the live performance venue, best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 or visit the Hermitage, built as the home of the U.S.'s seventh President, Andrew Jackson. Another option is a visit with an expert costumed guide to Belle Meade Plantation, a magnificent plantation with an 1853 Greek Revival mansion which is now a historic site. Of course, you may prefer to explore on your own the best of Nashville Honky Tonk scene.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Soul of Nashville

      Take a self-guided tour through the hallowed halls of Ryman Auditorium. Immerse yourself in the Ryman’s magical history during “Soul of Nashville,” a one-of-a-kind theater experience which puts the spotlight on more than a century of legendary performances and showcases. This magical performance that jumps right off the walls featuring a collaboration with Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$25.00

      Johnny Cash Museum

      The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more.

      Adult Price: US$20.00

      Belle Meade Plantation Tour

      This tour features the intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation and its beautiful grounds and architecturally significant buildings. Throughout the 45 minute guided tour of the 1853 Greek-Revival Mansion, a century of Belle Meade Plantation’s history is told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson Family and the skilled laborers who collectively worked to make the Plantation America’s premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. After the guided tour of the Mansion, guests will enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. Following the tasting, guests are encouraged to enjoy the self-guided portion of the tour featuring eight historic buildings on site including a massive 1800′s Carriage House and Stable. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$26.00

      Savannah City Transportainment Tour

      Tour at your own pace! Old Town Trolley Tours allows you to get off at any of the 16 convenient stops situated close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. When you're ready, just re-board and it's on with the tour. Trolleys depart from all stops at least every 20-minutes. Some sites included in the Old Town Trolley Savannah Tour are the Davenport House, Forsyth Park, Colonial Park Cemetery, World famous River Street, City Market, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Mercer House, Broughton Street, Andrew Low House, Telfair Museum, The Waving Girl and much, much more.

      Adult Price: US$32.00

      Fort Pulaski and Lunch at the Famous Crab Shack

      This afternoon enjoy a scenic drive to Cockspur Island and be transported back in time to the American Civil War with a visit to the well preserved Fort Pulaski National Monument. Built in 1833 to protect the port of Savannah, as a facility to test rifled cannon combat, and a prisoner of war camp. Then board the coach once again and travel to Tybee Island's famous Crab Shack "where the elite eat in their bare feet"! Kick-back and enjoy your choice of regional lunch special along with a glass of wine or bottle of beer and dessert, then visit the local inhabitants of Gator Lagoon before transferring back to Savannah for your evening at leisure. (Price includes all transportation and gratuities). Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$53.00

      4. Nashville – Memphis (3 Nights)

      This morning, drive to Memphis, a city steeped in music history from BB King to Elvis. On arrival in Memphis, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. See iconic sites like the massive Memphis Pyramid and the luxurious Peabody Hotel. Check out the mighty Mississippi as it winds through town and stop in the Victoria Village neighbourhood to see fabulous houses from an elegant era. The tour takes a somber tone as you drive past the non-descript but historically significant Lorraine Motel, where you'll hear about the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This evening is at leisure to sample the music scene on Memphis' famous Beale Street and experience some authentic Memphis-style BBQ or enjoy dinner at the Blues City Cafe.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton Memphis

      5. Memphis Sightseeing and Free Time

      Start the day with an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family-style at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis. Next, visit Sun Studios where Elvis was discovered, followed by a pilgrimage to the museum dedicated to the late Elvis Presley, Graceland. The mansion was purchased by the "King" back in 1957 for $100,000 when he was just 22 years old. Back in town, perhaps visit the famous Gibson Guitar Factory, the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, the National Civil War Museum at the Lorraine Motel or the Stax Museum of American Soul Museum. Your Travel Director will be on hand to help you plan your time in Memphis.

      Meal(s)
      Iconic Breakfast

      6. Memphis Free Time

      As an option today, travel from Memphis, Tennessee to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley. See the modest two-room home, built by Elvis' father Vernon Presley, where the King was born and raised. You will also visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace, Museum and Chapel. Completely renovated in 2006, the state-of-the-art museum displays new exhibits contains Tupelo artifacts, large photo-murals and graphics and audiovisual presentations that focus on Elvis, his childhood and his first music. Back in Memphis, you have the rest of the day at leisure to pursue your own interests.

      Optional Experiences

      Elvis Presley Birthplace Park in Tupelo with transportation from Memphis

      Travel from Memphis, Tennessee to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley, aka the King of Rock 'n' Roll. See the home where Elvis lived for 13 years, and journey to other sites dedicated to his life during a 2-hour guided tour of Elvis Presley Birthplace Park.

      Adult Price: US$75.00

      7. Memphis – Natchez

      Set out for Natchez on the Mississippi River and drive along a portion of the famous Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile (714 kilometres) drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers and future presidents, you'll learn why the Old Trace played an important role in American history. As you arrive in Natchez, you will see some of Natchez's many beautiful antebellum homes. Natchez is fortunate to have the great number of historic structures that remained untouched during the plight of the South. There are 1,000 plus structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and about a dozen of those are actually designated as National Historic Landmarks.

      Hotel
      Hampton Inn and Suites Natchez

      Optional Experiences

      Natchez Pilgrimage - Stanton Hall

      In 1857, Irish immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton began construction on the home of his dreams: a palatial Greek Revival style residence in the heart of Natchez. Marble mantel pieces were imported from New York, ornate gasoliers were purchased from Philadelphia, and immense mirrors were ordered from France. The facade of Stanton's home was equally impressive with its Corinthian columns and delicate cast iron railings. Officially designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the building is now furnished much as Frederick originally intended and offers a glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family. Enjoy a 30 minute walking tour of the home, plus time to enjoy the picturesque grounds at your leisure. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$18.00

      8. Natchez – New Orleans (3 Nights)

      Head south to New Orleans, travelling over the 126,122ft. long Lake Pontchartain Causeway, the world's longest overwater bridge. The bridge is so long that for about 8 of its 24 miles, you cannot see land in any direction. On arrival in New Orleans, soak up the "Big Easy" as you are joined by a Local Specialist for a city tour. Highlights include the French Market, Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District and an above-ground cemetery. Since the city is built on a swamp, the deceased have to be buried above ground here in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. This evening is free to pursue your own interests.

      Meal(s)
      Continental Breakfast
      Hotel
      Wyndham New Orleans-French Quarter

      9. New Orleans Sightseeing and Free Time

      This morning, perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of the French Quarter with a jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, while this afternoon, you might want to head out to the swamps for a guided tour to see alligators in the Cajun backwaters of Louisiana. This evening, perhaps take an optional jazz cruise along the Mississippi or explore the city on your own.

      Optional Experiences

      Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade

      True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.

      Adult Price: US$24.00

      Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

      Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

      Adult Price: US$46.00

      Bluesy Bites

      Go back in time while exploring the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, where extensive exhibits detail the musical pioneers who put Memphis on the map. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. Your audio guide adds depth to the detailed displays, with more than 100 songs to make your toes tap as you take in the museum. Then take a walk down Beale Street and head over to Blue's City Cafe for dinner. This famous restaurant is a favorite of locals and tourists alike featuring delicious southern fare and live, local music. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$45.00

      Backbeats Musical Mojo Tour

      The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way you will see many of the iconic sites that make Memphis an important part of the nation's musical and social history. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages! Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$29.00

      Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

      Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the authentic Steamboat Natchez for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$83.00

      Swamp And Bayou Tour

      After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Transportation included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$52.00

      City Walking Tour and Jazz Brunch

      The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city. Enjoy a one hour guided walking tour led by born and bred locals who will entertain and educate you about the vibrant history and modern culture of this historic neighborhood. Your walking tour ends at the historical Court of Two Sisters restaurant for their famous Jazz Brunch. The menu includes a sumptuous selection of hot and cold creole inspired cuisine such as cold, refreshing shellfish with house made remoulade and cocktail sauce, a carving station, specialty salads, hot entrees such as shrimp etoufee and jambalaya, and freshly baked desserts! (Menu subject to change.) Approx. duration: 3 hours

      Adult Price: US$70.00

      10. New Orleans Free Time

      Today, you have the entire day to explore this vibrant city on your own-visit a jazz club or enjoy beignets with coffee at Café du Monde. Take an optional excursion to Oak Alley, wander through the excellent National WWII Museum or take a cooking class. The choice is entirely yours and your Travel Director will be happy to plan your day.

      Optional Experiences

      New Orleans School of Cooking

      Cooking demonstration and meal hosted by local chef's showcasing authentic, regional flavors. Group will visit during public lunch demonstration. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$40.00

      Oak Alley Plantation

      Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glamour of the Antebellum Era. Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Alley Plantation tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. Your time at Oak Alley will consist of free time to enjoy lunch at their cafe or full service restaurant, peruse the beautiful grounds, and a one hour guided tour of the pristinely preserved mansion. Approx. duration: 4 hours

      Adult Price: US$34.00

      11. Depart New Orleans

      Bid farewell to New Orleans and your newfound friends or extend your stay at the Wyndham in New Orleans.

      Optional Experiences

      Grand Ole Opry Tier 2

      The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment (a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.), it is the longest-running radio broadcast in US history, albeit not the longest-running one on a radio network. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and comedic performances and skits. Considered an American icon, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$54.00

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Memphis
          Iconic Breakfast at a classic American "greasy spoon" restaurant for a typical Southern family-style breakfast

        • Memphis
          Visit Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his revolutionary albums before heading to his home, Graceland, to tour the grounds

        • Nashville
          Explore Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy an evening at the Grand Ole Opry

        • Natchez
          Revel in the pure beauty of the South's antebellum estates

        • New Orleans
          Spend the morning with a Local Specialist touring the downtown area and Garden District before visiting one of the above-ground cemeteries


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 Breakfasts


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets: Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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