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9 Day Canada and South America Food and Music Spectacular

Step into the heartland of soul music, as you travel from Nashville through Memphis on to New Orleans on our 9 day tour. Along the way, you’ll meet local singer-songwriters, taste the region’s renowned cuisine and experience southern hospitality at its best.

In Nashville with your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, visit the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and tour the historic Studio B  where you will record a memorable souvenir of a live taping of America’s longest-running live radio programme.

Tour Graceland in Memphis with one of Elvis’s close friends and visit Sun Studios where famous icons like Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their albums.

Visit the Frogmore Plantation in Natchez, attend a mixology class and sample the New Orleans School of Cooking.

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Memphis: Meet Elvis' close friend for a tour of Graceland before sitting down to a dinner on the grounds in Memphis
  • Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir
  • New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana's river road, voted best Louisiana attraction for 2017
  • Memphis: Visit Sun Studios, where famous music icons like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America's longest-running live radio program.
  • Natchez: At Frogmore Plantation, contrast early 19th century cotton plantation life with the modern processes of today
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Nashville

Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and taken to your downtown hotel. Relax and settle in or start your exploration of the world’s country music capital.

At 18:00, join you Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Hotel:   Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Meals:   Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Nashville's Musical History

Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B and take home a copy of a choir-style recording session as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia. Your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, will share stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars.

No trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America’s longest-running live radio programme.

Hotel:   Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 - Memphis and Graceland, Home of the King

Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, where your day is at leisure to explore. The evening is devoted to Graceland, as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the great Elvis Presley.

From the flowers outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture.

Meet George Klein, Elvis’ close friend, and enjoy a casual dinner with wine.

Hotel:   The Westin Memphis Beale Street

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 4 - Sun Studios and National Civil Rights Museum

Visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums.

Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.

Hotel:   The Westin Memphis Beale Street

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 - Mississippi Mystique in Natchez

Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. At your charming, luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the ‘science’ behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep.

Then enjoy a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner with wine in the stunning main house.

Hotel:   Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6 - Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

With your costumed hosts, tour the reconstructed 19th century Frogmore Plantation and compare it to the modern day operation. Get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House Plantation, 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 over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.

Hotel:   Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 7 - New Orleans Sightseeing

Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. Learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here over the centuries. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood. Explore City Park and take a moment to perhaps enjoy a café au lait while admiring the graceful oak trees.

Next, visit one of the city’s famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the local’s uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

Hotel:   Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 - Explore New Orleans

Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora.

Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Farewell Celebration Dinner, with wine, at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud’s.

Hotel:   Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 9 - Depart New Orleans

Bid ‘Au Revoir’ to the Big Easy in the morning as your transfer takes you to New Orleans International Airport.

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

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Important Information

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, on-board restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through us.

Departure Information

Departs Friday and returns on Saturday or Departs Monday and returns on Tuesday throughout the year.

Luxury Hotels

  • Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
  • Natchez: The Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens offers a unique combination of hospitality, world-class service and luxurious surroundings.
  • New Orleans: The iconic Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.

 



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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