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Rhythms of the South

Feel the distinct rhythm of the South from the lively French Quarter and bayou swamps to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Graceland.

Rhythms of the South

$ 1,549 from, per person

Immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities, New Orleans, and discover the history of European settlement in the Deep South as you go through the famously ornate Bourbon Street, and Natchez. Visit the Graceland Mansion in Memphis to discover the birthplace of the blues and the home of the ‘King of Rock n Roll’ Elvis Presley. Then move to a different beat in Nashville, tempting you with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville • Memphis • Natchez • New Orleans

Rhythms of the South Highlights

  • Visit the legendary Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville
  • Enjoy an iconic breakfast at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis
  • Visit Graceland, once home to and now a museum dedicated to Elvis Presley
  • Discover North American history and exceptional scenery on the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Join a local Specialist in New Orleans and see the unique aboveground cemeteries
  • Free time in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans to explore independently or join recommended optional tours
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Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Nashville
Welcome to Nashville, ‘Music City, U.S.A.’ Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon. Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown (3 nights)
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Days 2 & 3: Nashville
After a morning orientation tour that includes the vibrant heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry Music Row, Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum enjoy the rest of the afternoon 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. Day 3 is a full day to explore as you please or sign up to some of the optional sightseeing tours. Perhaps visit the Ryman Auditorium, the live performance venue once home to the Grand Ole Opry or head to the Johnny Cash Museum to see the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia. (B)
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Day 4: Nashville – Memphis
This morning, drive to Memphis, a city steeped in music history from BB King to Elvis. On your orientation tour of the city see iconic sites like the massive Memphis Pyramid and the luxurious Peabody Hotel. This evening is at leisure to sample the music scene on Memphis’ famous Beale Street, experience some authentic Memphis-style barbecue or enjoy dinner at the Blues City Cafe. (B) Holiday Inn Downtown (3 nights)
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Days 5 & 6: Memphis
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. 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. The following day is free to explore – perhaps head out to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Your Travel Director will be on hand to help you best plan your time in Memphis. (B*) *day 5 only
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Day 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 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. In Natchez, you will see a great number of beautiful antebellum homes and historic structures that remained untouched during the plight of the South. Hotel Vue
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Day 8: Natchez – New Orleans
Head south to New Orleans, travelling Lake Pontchartain Causeway, the world’s longest overwater bridge at almost 24 miles, the bridge is so long that for about eight of these 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. (B) Wyndham New Orleans-French Quarter (3 nights)
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Days 9 & 10: New Orleans
Enjoy two full days at leisure to soak up New Orleans’ unique vibe. With influences from Europe, the Caribbean and Africa, it is a melting pot of cultures. Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of the French Quarter with a jazz brunch, head out to the swamps for a guided boat tour to see alligators in the Jean Lafitte National Park, take an optional excursion to Oak Alley or slow it down on a jazz cruise along the Mississippi. The choice is entirely yours and your Travel Director will be happy to plan your day.
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Day 11: Depart New Orleans
Bid farewell to New Orleans and your new found friends as your tour concludes today.

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Nashville • Memphis • Natchez • New Orleans

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Feel the distinct rhythm of the South from the lively French Quarter and bayou swamps to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Graceland. Some of the best moments in this trip include:
  • Visit the legendary Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville
  • Enjoy an iconic breakfast at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis
  • Visit Graceland, once home to and now a museum dedicated to Elvis Presley
  • Discover North American history and exceptional scenery on the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Join a local Specialist in New Orleans and see the unique aboveground cemeteries
  • Free time in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans to explore independently or join recommended optional tours
A memorable moment on the road to New Orleans: travelling Lake Pontchartain Causeway, the world’s longest overwater bridge at almost 24 miles, the bridge is so long that for about eight of these miles you cannot see land in any direction.
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