America's Music Heritage

Classic Touring

14 Days from $5,399

Sep 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures

​Music is at the heart of this fantastic tour, which takes you to the capital of country music, Nashville, Elvis Presley's opulent mansion Graceland and New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. We'll also visit sites linked to the US Civil Rights Movement and see author Harper Lee's hometown.

Overview

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 13 nights in hotels of a great standard
  • 14 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Specialist Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage

Included excursions

  • ​Tour of Atlanta, including Martin Luther King Museum
  • Nashville tour
  • Visit Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame & the Muscle Shoals Studio
  • Visit Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace
  • Sun Studios & Graceland
  • Tour of Stanton Hall, an antebellum mansion
  • Walking & sightseeing tours of New Orleans
  • Tour of Mobile, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Visit Monroeville, the birthplace of author Harper Lee

Optional excursions

  • ​Nashville night out​
  • Enjoy an evening at the iconic Grand Ole Opry
  • Take a dinner cruise on an authentic paddle steamer​
  • ​Explore Louisiana's swamps & visit a traditional Southern plantation

Itinerary

Make your own way to Atlanta, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

​Our day begins with an included tour of Atlanta, including entrance to the Martin Luther King museum.

Get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome dinner this evening. ​

​Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and the country music capital of the world. This is where we spend the next two nights, with a sightseeing tour of its highlights included on day 3. Enjoy dinner and live music with our optional evening out.
On day 4 we'll visit Studio B, which became famous in the 1960s for its part in the Nashville Sound, which revived the popularity of country music. We'll also head to the Country Music Hall of Fame, to see a huge collection of artefacts connected with the genre.
The perfect way to end the day is with an optional evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most important venues for country music anywhere in the world.​​

​Sitting on the Tennessee River is the area of Muscle Shoals, and it's where we head for an overnight stay.

Another day inspired by music begins with a visit to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to see exhibits ranging from gold discs to costumes worn by the likes of Hank Williams and the Commodores. We also step inside the FAME Studios, where music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Otis Redding have recorded, and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. ​

​We make our way to another great musical city today – Memphis, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River.

En route we call at Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. We'll see the house where he was born and visit a museum which is home to one of the finest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.​

​On day 7 we'll learn more about Elvis, starting with a visit to Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings. Next we'll head to Graceland, the opulent mansion where the King of Rock 'n' Roll lived until his untimely death in 1977.

You can explore Memphis at your own pace on day 8. A stroll along Beale Street, which is lined with blues clubs, restaurants, shops and bars, is a great way to soak up the city's vibrant atmosphere​.

​We'll leave Memphis today and head to Natchez. This historic city boasts a great number of well-preserved antebellum mansions and we will step inside one of these today. Stanton Hall was built in 1859, and was occupied by Union troops during the American Civil War. Our guided tour here will give us a fascinating glimpse into the life of wealthy cotton merchant, Frederick Stanton, and his family.​

​New Orleans is our destination today, and we'll stay here for two nights. Also known as the 'Big Easy', this exciting city is the home of jazz, and on our walking tour of the French Quarter we'll hear snatches of music as we stroll along historic streets.
This evening, you could head to Bourbon Street with your travelling companions to enjoy a drink and a meal and soak up the lively atmosphere of this iconic street, where music spills from every doorway.​ 
Alternatively, if you want to enjoy a real southern experience, why not join our optional excursion. You'll board an authentic paddle steamer and cruise along the Mississippi River as you enjoy dinner accompanied by live jazz music.

​We'll discover even more of New Orleans on an included sightseeing tour this morning.

The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish. Why not join one of our optional excursions. You can explore Louisiana's swamps and visit a plantation. ​

Founded in 1702 as Louisiana's original capital, Mobile is in our sights today. Our afternoon tour will introduce its highlights, which include beautiful mansions and pristine gardens.

This evening why not head to a seafood restaurant, Mobile's location on the Gulf of Mexico means you'll be spoilt for choice.​

Our final destination is Montgomery, where we stay tonight. En route we'll make a stop at Monroeville, the hometown of Harper Lee, whose novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a classic of modern American literature. Here we'll see the building which was the inspiration for the courthouse that appeared in the film adaptation. We'll also call at Selma, the starting point of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. This historic protest, and the participation of Martin Luther King Jr, raised awareness about the need for a national Voting Rights Act.
We then continue to Montgomery. This is where, in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, therefore violating segregation laws and ultimately helping to initiate the civil rights movement.​

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

USA - New Orleans - evening jazz cruise with dinner

USA - New Orleans - evening  jazz cruise with dinner

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Savour the age-old power and majesty of the Mississippi River in a new spirit of adventure. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city by night, as you watch the French Quarter come to life to the soundtrack of Dixieland jazz whilst enjoying dinner.

Evening Excursion - 2 hours on-board - Authentic Experience

USA - Scenic Louisiana swamp and a traditional Southern plantation

USA - Scenic Louisiana swamp and a traditional Southern plantation

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For many years people have travelled extensively to locate a unique and exciting form of entertainment that you can only experience here – the famous Manchac Swamp. Join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.

Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Wander around the authentic buildings on the plantation and lovingly restored main house. Find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and understand what it was like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.

Half Day – Minimum walking – Not to be missed!

USA - Grand Ole Opry Evening - a must for Country music fans

USA - Grand Ole Opry Evening - a must for Country music fans

from $129

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The Grand Ole Opry is an American Icon and Nashville’s number one attraction, drawing thousands of people every year all looking to experience this one of a kind entertainment. This world famous venue has been referred to as the “Home of American Music” and “country music’s most famous stage”. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend an unforgettable performance at either the Ryman Auditorium or Grand Ole Opry House. (Operates subject to availability).

Evening – moderate walking – A Must See

USA - Nashville Night Out

USA - Nashville Night Out

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Enjoy dinner, live music and the Honky Tonk atmosphere in a Nashville bar.

Evening - Minimal Walking - Atmospheric Experience

Accommodation

Set in an elegant and storied building, this contemporary hotel offers casual rooms with modern decor, bamboo panelling and limestone bathrooms. They also feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Free coffee is served in the lobby, and a bistro offers farm-to-table cuisine and there''s a fitness center.
Clarion Hotel Downtown Stadium is located in Nashville city centre. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, microwaves, fridges and a desk. Other hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool, a fitness room, a restaurant and bar.
The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa is ideally situated within the Muscle Shoals area. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi (in public areas), indoor & outdoor pools, fitness centre & sauna. Additionally there is a restaurant & bar within the hotel. Rooms are furnished with a safe & TV.
The Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis is located in a great position within walking distance of many of Memphis' attractions. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, coffee-maker and iron.
Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez is located in downtown of Natchez. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, flats-screen TVs, coffee-making facilities, minifridges and microwaves. Hotel further benefit from an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a contemporary hotel located near to the French Quarter. Hotel amenities include a bistro which serves New-Orleans inspired cuisine, a bar, fitness centre and rooftop pool.
In the historic district of downtown Mobile, this modern hotel features stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as coffeemakers. Daily hot breakfast (served on-site) is included and takeout breakfast bags available during weekdays. There''s an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
This contemporary downtown hotel offers a modern restaurant, buffet breakfast and lunch, plus all-day Southern-style meals. There''s also a fitness center and an outdoor terrace garden. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as chic decor and custom-designed beds.

The Ellis Hotel

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Saturday 07 Sep 2019

14 Days

$5,399

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