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Duration: 9 days Visiting: United States
Nashville and Memphis, two legendary cradles of modern music, offer exceptional opportunities to immerse yourself in their heritage, from reserved seats at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry to the Jungle room at Graceland. Your unforgettable journey culminates in the multicultural melting pot of New Orleans, renowned for its unparalleled cuisine. Explore Louisiana's distinctive culinary heritage, the history and ingredients of Creole cuisine at a New Orleans cookery class. Meet Elvis' close friend for a tour of Graceland before sitting down to a private dinner on the Grounds. In Natchez stay at Monmouth Inn. An early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens and a National Historic Landmark. Like 'sweet magnolia perfume, floating on the breeze', this laid back journey reflects the easy-going attitudes of the southern Blues and Jazz musicians.
Welcome to Nashville
Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and taken to your luxury hotel. Relax and settle in or start your exploration of the world's country music capital. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Enjoy Nashville’s Musical History
Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B, work with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. Take home your own copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. How many people can say they recorded a song in the same studio Elvis created so many of his hits? Then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music starts. No trip to Nashville would be complete without visiting the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America's longest-running live radio program.
Memphis and the Birthplace of the Blues
(Relaxed Start) Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll. Your day is at leisure to explore museums, shops or try some Memphis barbecue.
Graceland, Home of 'The King'
(Relaxed Start) Spend your morning at leisure. Then travel to Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. The evening is devoted to Graceland, as much an object of pilgrimage, as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Spend your evening with George Klein, Elvis' close friend before enjoying a private Highlight Dinner on Graceland's grounds.
Mississippi Mystique in Natchez
Continue to Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. Check in to your charming, luxury country mansion hotel. Whet your palate before dinner during a mixology class to learn the 'science' of mixing a signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then savour a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner in the stunning main house.
Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans
Stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation and compare it to the modern day operation that produces more than 900 bales of cotton each day. Get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House Plantation. Once the largest producer of sugar in the country, the mansion was often referred to as 'The Sugar Palace' during its antebellum heyday. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations with a special Highlight Dinner.
New Orleans Sightseeing
Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. Wind your way through one of the above-ground final resting place of pirates, politicians and voodoo queens. Explore the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square you will see the city's colonial heritage and cultured history.
Exploring New Orleans, the Big Easy
(Relaxed Start) Start the day up-close and personal with the rural side of the Cresent City, as you board a boat for a tour to meet the resident alligators and other flora and fauna. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Celebration Dinner at the famous New Orleans restaurant Arnaud's.
Depart New Orleans
Bid 'Au Revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to New Orleans International Airport.
Nashville (Central) - USA
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is a premier hotel offering guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Guest rooms feature comfortable beds with thick mattresses and fluffy down pillows, mini-refrigerators and 32" LCD cable televisions with CNN, ESPN and HBO. Room service is available 24 hours a day. During downtime, enjoy our Opryland hotel's 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls, or unwind in Relache Spa & Salon, our on-site spa offering massages, facials and more.
Memphis (Central) - USA
Located on Beale Street, this hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound of Memphis and immerses you into the culture and history of the blues. Along with numerous barbecue restaurants, there are countless things to do in Memphis. You’re steps away from FedEx Forum, Gibson Museum, Beale Street, and so much more! 203 beautiful guest rooms and suites, featuring Westin's plush Heavenly Bed®, promise restoration and relaxation. Thoughtful amenities such as radio alarm clocks with i-Pod docking stations, coffeemakers with Starbucks Coffee®, and signature bath amenities help make your stay enjoyable.
Natchez (Scenic) - USA
An early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens. Monmouth Historic Inn is a National Historic Landmark. With an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone age, the rooms and suites are as perfect as a picture. Available either in the main house or in any of the seven outbuildings, rooms have period furnishings and/or antebellum-era reproductions. Some include a spa tub and a fireplace. Wander around the meticulously nurtured gardens amidst blooming magnolias, roses, azaleas and Monmouth’s signature collection of angel statuary, accompanied by the gentle humming of cicadas. Then enjoy mint juleps or a cocktail of your choice in the Quitman Study/Lounge, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner in the award winning Restaurant 1818 inside the antebellum home.
New Orleans (Central) - USA
Hotel Monteleone New Orleans