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.
Small Group Tour – Space is Limited
The excitement builds as we enjoy a leisurely drive to Vancouver for our pre-night at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport before boarding tomorrow morning’s flight to Nashville, TN.
*Depending on group size, the transfer to Vancouver may be done by air in lieu of the motorcoach. You will be advised of the final itinerary closer to the date of departure.
Travelling by air, we transfer through Denver enroute to Nashville, Tennessee, arriving in the Music City this afternoon. Unpack for your two-night stay at the extraordinary Gaylord Opryland Resort offering you lush atrium gardens, poolside fun, live music and entertainment and more. Tonight, we gather for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B,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 that include 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 95 years, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. (B)
Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart for Memphis, TN, home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We are given a tour of Sun Records Recording Studio, the most famous recording studio in the world. Born to capture the pure ray energy of Beale Street, Sun Records opened its doors in 1952 and launched careers of such greats as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and many more. Soak up the vibe of America’s most iconic street – Beale Street – where some of Memphis’ most popular spots for dining are. We check into The Guest House at Graceland which is located just steps away from the music world’s most important and beloved landmark. (B)
There is nothing like waking up in Memphis, where its reputation for good food and even better music won’t disappoint. We start the day with a city sightseeing tour which will include the number 1 ranked facility specializing in pediatric care, St. Jude’s and many Historic sites. We then take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world: Graceland. Tennessee was the rock-and-roll legend’s home for more than 20 years and at Graceland you can explore the personal side of Elvis Presley. Here, we will learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. Tonight, we dine at one of the local favorites on Beale Street. 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 New Orleans this afternoon. With a combination of rich history and culture, the birthplace of jazz is the perfect destination. Our next three evenings are spent at the Bienville House, a boutique hotel located in the French Quarter right in the heart of New Orleans. (B,L)
This morning, a local guide 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. This is followed by a lunch cruise on the Mississippi where we will be shown one of the world’s most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans’ only authentic Steamboat – Steamboat Natchez. A special treat is in store for this evening’s meal as we roll up our sleeves and immerse ourselves in the ‘fun, food and folklore’ of a Cajun experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking (or similar). (B,L,D)
Today, we experience the thrill of a Cajun swamp tour that includes cruising along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous of Natchez, LA in search of alligators. Then, a visit to New Orleans is not complete without a meal at the Court of Two Sisters where we will enjoy a group dinner while listening to a live jazz band. This evening, experience one of North America’s oldest and most celebrated musical genres, – jazz at Bourbon Street’s oldest jazz club, Maison Bourbon. (B, D
Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart to the airport for our flight back to Vancouver. The final night will, once again, be spent at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport. (B)
Bid a fond farewell to new friends and travelling companions as our exciting trip to America’s Music Cities concludes. (B)
*Depending on the group size, the transfer from Vancouver may be done by air in lieu of the motorcoach. You will be advised of the final itinerary closer to the date of departure.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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.
Cancellation Policy: $100 up to 45 Days Prior |No Refund from 45 Days Prior to Date of Departure
Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance is recommended. Quote available upon request.
*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: Meals not listed, incidentals, Gratuities for US Coach Driver, US Tour Manager, CDN Transfer Driver, Journey’s Representative
April 21, 2022
A high physical activity level is required to walk quickly through airports, along beaches, on trails with higher elevations; board a variety of watercraft; etc. This is not recommended for guests who require canes or walkers.