Music is the focus on this incredible journey through the American South. Begin in Nashville, “Music City, USA,” where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights and includes visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B, plus a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Head southwest to Memphis and visit famous Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Follow the mighty Mississippi south and visit the Delta Blues Museum and enjoy a special lunch at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. Explore the B.B. King Museum, take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Natchez, and have dinner at an elegant antebellum mansion. Also visit a historic plantation and the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, learn the history of accordion making at family-owned Martin Accordions, and cruise through the swampy Atchafalaya Basin. Next up: exciting New Orleans, where you visit the French Quarter, an above-ground cemetery, the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and the National World War II Museum.
- ARRIVE IN NASHVILLE.
Welcome to Music City, USA!
A sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park’s full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row, and famous Honky Tonk Row. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and this evening enjoy an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, the mecca for country musicians.
Visit RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio then depart for Memphis, “Home of the Blues.” Visit Sun Studio, probably the most famous recording studio in the world and where Rock `n’ Roll was first recorded. This historic studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. Then, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, a celebration of the great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Aretha Franklin, and others.
- MEMPHIS-EXCURSION TO GRACELAND.
See all the landmarks of Memphis. A Local Guide will play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage, along with generous amounts of comedy and interaction. Travel to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Follow the path of the mighty Mississippi River and travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues.” From the cotton fields, street corners, and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta came a new kind of music – the blues. Visit the Delta Blues Museum and spend time at the Rock & Blues Museum before continuing to Greenwood.
Visit the B.B. King Museum and continue south to beautiful Natchez. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown.
Visit a plantation and enjoy a guided visit to Louisana Delta Music Museum before travelling through Louisiana into the heart of Cajun Country. Arrive in Lafayette and learn the history of accordion making, and enjoy music and storytelling.
- LAFAYETTE-HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION-NEW ORLEANS.
Cruise through the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. and visit Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of the Great River Road.” Tour the mansion and enjoy some time to stroll the magnificent gardens and then continue to New Orleans.
- NEW ORLEANS.
Visit the French Quarter and the Garden District and enjoy the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
- NEW ORLEANS.
Keryn loved this trip! Read her travel journal here