Music Cities – October 2017

Music Cities – Nashville, Memphis, & New Orleans

October 20 – 27, 2017

*** SOLD OUT ***

Featuring: Historic RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, Historic Distillery, Grand Ole Opry Show, Ryman Auditorium, Belle Meade Plantation, Graceland, French Quarter Walking Tour or Panoramic Tour of New Orleans, Swamp Tour, New Orleans School of Cooking

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Day 1Nashville, Tennessee – Tour Begins!
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville.

Day 2 Nashville
Your day begins with a tour of the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits! Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Later today, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour. View the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon – a full scale replica of the Athenian original! Following your city tour, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. Learn about the Hatch Show Print, the original printer of the concert flyer for famous country musicians, and have the opportunity to see how they are still printed today. This afternoon discover the flavor of the region at a historic distillery when you tour the facility and taste its famous Tennessee whiskey. Later this evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.* What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.

Day 3 Nashville to Memphis
Your day begins with a tour of WSM Radio Station where you will meet a local radio show personality. Next, visit the old Ryman Auditorium.** Then, step back in time and relive days gone by during a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a local wine tasting. Later, travel to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. This evening enjoy delectable Southern cuisine along with some of the best live music in town. Tonight’s dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.

Day 4 Memphis
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Dance to the live music that may fill the open air or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs!

Day 5 Memphis to New Orleans
Step back in time to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.

Day 6Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans
Today the choice is yours. Perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba; stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Or maybe you’d prefer to set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities.

Day 7 French Quarter
Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise*** narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Return to New Orleans. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.

Day 8 New Orleans – Tour Ends!
The country music of Nashville, the sounds of Memphis, and New Orleans’ jazz and food comprise a journey full of experiences that will have you humming and smiling long after you return home.

Triple Occupancy – $3,019/person
Double Occupancy – $3,049/person
Single Occupancy – $3,849/person

Deposit: $200
Final Payment Due: July 20, 2017