Are you a music fan? Why not go to see three cities known for great music on the America’s Music Cities Tour, March 17-24, 2024.
Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on a tour of America’s most famed musical cities – New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. Experience New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Discover Mardi Gras World, where massive parade floats are crafted. Spend 2 nights in Memphis, “birthplace of the blues.” Choose how you connect with Memphis’ history – with a tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland or by following the last march of MLK. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. See where country legends recorded hit tunes at RCA Studio B. Create your own Goo Goo Cluster Candy at a chocolate-making lesson. You’ll be hummin’ and strummin’ long after you’ve returned home.
New Orleans, Louisiana – Tour Begins
Sheraton New Orleans
Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack. Take in the sights, flavors, and sounds of New Orleans on your own before meeting your group in the morning.
Breakfast & Dinner Sheraton New Orleans
Explore the many sides of New Orleans and how jazz began and thrives here. Join a local guide for a panoramic city tour, seeing the famous St. Louis Cemetery #3 and Esplanade. Then, it’s on to a walking tour of the French Quarter viewing St. Louis Cathedral, Pirates Alley and more. Tonight, get to know your travel companions at a New Orleans-style dinner.
Breakfast Sheraton New Orleans
Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by the captain himself. Learn about the ecosystem’s history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. Then, celebrate New Orleans’ festive side at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the floats for the famous parades, and get a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting your fellow travel companions at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter.
New Orleans – Memphis, Tennessee
Breakfast & Dinner The Guest House at Graceland
Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Soul. Enjoy Southern hospitality at your hotel just steps away from the iconic Graceland.
Breakfast The Guest House at Graceland
This morning, it’s your choice! Jive along to “Jailhouse Rock” as you visit Graceland, the stately mansion of the “King” himself, and tour Elvis’ 14-acre estate, home, private jets and Meditation Garden -OR- embark on a Civil Rights tour and follow the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last march by coach, stopping at Mason Temple where he gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was assassinated. Enjoy free time to grab lunch on your own before hopping back on the coach with some local musicians, who explain why Memphis embraces its title as the “Home of the Blues.” The remainder of the day is yours. You may opt to join a Memphis Musical History Tour with included dinner, or simply absorb the city’s vibrancy at your own pace!
Memphis – Nashville
Breakfast Gaylord Opryland Resort
Roll along Music Highway to Nashville – the “Music Capital of the World.” Along the way, stop in Brownsville at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound and the hometown of Tina Turner – the Queen of Rock. Arrive in Nashville and tour the historic Ryman Auditorium,** the original home of the 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. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.***
Breakfast & Lunch Gaylord Opryland Resort
Tour RCA Studio B and gain an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride once recorded classic hits. You may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world’s largest museum of popular music, and check out the vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings, and instruments followed by a farewell lunch at the museum. Then, test your culinary skills at a hands-on chocolate-making lesson at the iconic Goo Goo Candy Shop before enjoying your last evening in Nashville at leisure.
Nashville – Tour Ends
Your rockin’ musical journey comes to a close today.
Choice on Tour
Mardi Gras World
West Delta Heritage Center
Grand Ole Opry Show
Country Music Hall of Fame
Historic RCA Studio B
Hands-on Chocolate-making Lesson
Price for two is $8196.00 and includes non stop from Philadelphia, 10 meals and hotel stays.
** Price is subject to change after today 8/2/2023**