Visit America’s most famed musical cities. From the jazz music of New Orleans to the blues in Memphis and the country music of Nashville, this tour showcases the finest sights and sounds that the deep south has to offer with one-of-a-kind experiences along the way. This is an inclusive tour that offers great value!
Enjoy a leisurely drive to Seattle today where we will spend the night prior to our morning flight tomorrow out of SEATAC. Hotel: Red Lion Hotel
Following a direct flight from Seattle, arrive into Music City – Nashville, Tennessee this afternoon and unpack for the next two nights. Mix and mingle with your fellow travelers at the Drury Kickback where you will enjoy complimentary beverages (wine and beer included) and hot and cold appetizers before we gather for a group welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Hotel: Drury Inn (D)
Nashville is home to country music, delicious Southern cooking, and great hospitality. These three traditions come together in this quintessential Music City experience. Embark on a city sightseeing tour complete with singing tour guides with stops including the Country Music Hall of Fame where you will follow the story of country music, past to present through the Museum’s exhibits and programs and the famed Music Row. This evening we are off to the GRAND OLE OPRY for an unforgettable evening of uniquely American entertainment. For more than 85 years, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. (B)
Visit the birthplace and home of Elvis Presley. The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a tiny shotgun house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. Immerse yourself into Elvis’ life and artistic influences. Stand in front of the life-size bronze statue of “Elvis at 13,” Elvis’s age when he and his parents moved to Memphis. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer. Hotel: Drury Inn, Horn Lake, MS (located on the Tennessee border.) (B)
Welcome to Memphis, home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll where its reputation for good food and even better music won’t disappoint. Visit Graceland and walk in the footsteps of the ‘King of Rock n’ Roll – Elvis Presley. The full experience will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to superstardom. See firsthand how this rock n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family & friends. Tonight we venture out to world-famous Beale Street for dinner. This entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, R & B and gospel. (B,D)
Blues is one of the few music genres considered to be wholly American and its roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. Here is where legendary musician, B.B. King came of age. The B.B. King Museum celebrates the 60+ year career beginning with his humble time as a sharecropper all the way to the international star he became. Arrive into Natchez this evening, considered one of the South’s most charming cities. (B,L,D)
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
A local guide joins us today for a sightseeing tour of Natchez including the impressive Stanton Hall. Built in 1858, this impressive Antebellum home takes up an entire city block and offers a glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family. Arrive into New Orleans this afternoon. With a combination of rich history and culture, the birthplace of jazz is the perfect destination. A special treat is in store for this evening’s meal as we roll up our sleeves and immerse ourselves in the ‘fun, food & folklore’ of a Cajun experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking. This is an experience not to be missed and will leave you talking about it for years to come. (B,D)
Hotel: Sheraton Four Points Hotel
We are joined by a local guide who will introduce us to the sights and sounds of ‘The Big Easy’ including such highlights as the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery where you will learn about the unique above-ground burial system the city has in place, St. Charles Street and Jackson Square. Enter into another world with a behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World where the design and construction of the floats takes place for the annual event. Following dinner on your own, we end the evening at a local jazz club. (B)
A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a meal at the Court of Two Sisters where you will enjoy a delicious brunch while listening to a live jazz band and a swamp tour that includes cruising along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous in search of alligators. Today we experience both before departing for our flight back to Seattle late this afternoon. Hotel: Red Lion Hotel (B,BR)
Continuing north, we cross the border back into beautiful British Columbia. Bid a fond farewell to travelling companions as we make our way over the Coquihalla arriving home early this evening. (B)
B = Breakfast, BR = Brunch
L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Cancellation Policy: $100 up to June 22 |50% penalty June 23 – July 28| No refund after July 28
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*Due to fluctuations in the US currency, prices may be adjusted accordingly. Subject to change. *Frequent Traveller Redemptions limited to 4 per tour.*Not Included: any meals not listed, incidentals, driver and tour director gratuity.
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
September 7, 2017 Guaranteed Departure