America’s Music Cities
Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans
Enjoy a knee slapping, toe tapping good time on a tour of America’s most famed musical cities – Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.
From Nashville – the home of Country Music to Memphis – the birthplace of the Blues and the “Big Easy” of New Orleans -Jazz Capital of the World, you will be entertained, energized and captivated every step of the way.
DAY 1 – VANCOUVER, BC
The excitement builds as we join together for an overnight stay near the airport before tomorrow’s early morning flight to Nashville, Tennessee.
DAY 2-3 – NASHVILLE, TN
Arriving into the Music City of Nashville, we unpack for our two-night stay at the stunning Gaylord Opryland Resort. Embark on a city sightseeing tour, complete with singing Tour Guides and a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame. An unforgettable evening at the Grand Ole Opry would not be complete without a backstage tour.
EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
Gaylord Opryland Resort is an experience in itself. It offers 9 acres of airy, indoor garden atriums, award winning restaurants and bars and an exciting lineup of activities and entertainment.
The 350,000 square foot Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum boasts nearly 200,000 sound recordings, 500,000 photographs and so much more. Pre-fame, Trisha Yearwood got her dream job there as a Tour Guide.
The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest-running radio show in country music or otherwise. The weekly show has been broadcasting for 96 years.
DAY 4-5 – MEMPHIS, TN
Depart for Memphis, home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We are given a tour of Sun Records Recording Studio, the famous recording study that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many more greats!
Enjoy a city tour which includes St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and many of Memphis’ historic sights. This is followed by an unforgettable journey through the most famous Rock ‘n’ Roll residence in the world – Graceland and an evening on the famous Beale Street.
Beale Street has the Brass Notes Walk of Fame with 127 musical notes honoring the legends of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll
DAY 6-8 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
Today, we visit the B.B. King Museum to celebrate the legendary musician, B.B. King from his humble beginning as a sharecropper all the way to the star he became. This afternoon, we arrive in New Orleans, LA, the birthplace of jazz. Our next 3 nights are spent in the French Quarter right in the heart of the city.
A local guide will introduce us to the sights and sounds of “The Big Easy” including the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery and Jackson Square. We then board the Steamboat Natchez for a cruise on the Mississippi. Roll up your sleeves for some “fun, food and folklore” with a Cajun experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking (or similar).
Experience the thrill of a Cajun swamp tour as we cruise along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous of Natchez, LA in search of alligators. Dinner will be enjoyed while listening to a live jazz band followed by a visit to the oldest jazz club, Maison Bourbon.
The Steamboat Natchez is the last authentic Steamboat on the Mighty Mississippi River. The ninth steamer to bear the name, she was first launched in 1975.
DAY 9 – RETURN HOME
Enjoy your final morning before Departing to the airport for our flight back to Vancouver.