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RAIL NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the flavours of Cajun and Creole cuisine of New Orleans • Visit Graceland once home to the King of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Presley • Discover the vibrant music scenes on Beale St, Memphis and the “honky tonks” in Nashville • Tread the boards in the footsteps of music legends at the Ryman Auditorium and become a recorded artist at their recording studio • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Historic RCA Studio B • Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham Alabama 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1
SMALL GROUP TOUR
PRICES FROM £2459pp
8 day Southern Story: Sounds & Specialities New Orleans • Memphis • Nashville • Muscle Shoals • Birmingham • Atlanta
Day 1: Arrive New Orleans On arrival into New Orleans, transfer independently to your hotel. This evening, mingle with other group members and your Tour Manager, a destination specialist. Hotel Indigo (2 nights) Day 2: New Orleans A heady mix of European, Caribbean and African influences makes New Orleans one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations. Start the day by visiting some of the city’s varied neighbourhoods and meet the locals who’ll engage you with fascinating stories of “their” New Orleans. In the afternoon, embark on a walking and tasting tour of the French Quarter and get acquainted with the city’s acclaimed foods; led by a local culinary expert you will learn how to appreciate the differences between Creole and Cajun cooking, and about the varied ethnic influences that contribute to New Orleans’ cuisine. The evening is free to enjoy New Orleans’ vibrant nightlife. Day 3: New Orleans - Jackson - Memphis Depart for Memphis, stopping in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, en route. Memphis is the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, famous barbecue and historic landmarks. Begin with a visit to Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll, followed by a visit to the Rock ‘n Soul Museum. In the evening, stroll along iconic Beale St for a dose of authentic blues, soul and rock n’ roll at one of the many music clubs. Hotel Napoleon (2 nights) Day 4: Memphis No trip to Memphis would be complete without a tour of Graceland, home to the King of Rock ‘n Roll until his death in 1977. Your Experience Tour will include the Mansion, exhibits showcasing Elvis’ career, his automobiles, his wardrobe, his gold records and much more from the Graceland Archives. The afternoon offers the choice of a walking tour of Memphis that includes authentic, mouth-watering BBQ like dry- rubbed or saucy ribs and pulled pork with a sprinkling of history and culture, or a visit to the Gibson Guitar Factory for an intimate viewing of Gibson’s skilled Luthiers crafting some of the finest guitars in the world.
Day 5: Memphis - Nashville Depart Memphis for Nashville the home of country music. Upon arrival, visit Ryman Auditorium, known most famously as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 — 1974, and take a special backstage tour with the group. Stand on the stage graced by music legends such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Katharine Hepburn and get the chance to take home your own Ryman Records CD that you record in the Ryman Recording Studio. After dinner, enjoy the area between Broadway and 2nd Avenue, filled with entertainment venues and night clubs, known locally as “honky tonks”. Kimpton Aertson Hotel (2 nights) Day 6: Nashville This morning, choose between a driving tour through the neighbourhoods of country music greats and famous Nashvillians who call Music City USA their home or visit Belle Meade Plantation, once known as the “Queen of Southern Plantations”. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and tour Historic RCA Studio B – where Elvis and others recorded over 35,000 songs. The night is yours to enjoy more of the local music and entertainment venues. Day 7: Nashville – Muscle Shoals - Birmingham Leaving Nashville in the morning, the first stop will be Muscle Shoals; while here visit FAME Studios, home of the Muscle Shoals Sound and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to discover the stories behind the songs from Alabama’s music legends. End the day in Birmingham which gained national and international attention as a centre of activity during the Civil Rights Movement. This evening’s final dinner is a highlight authentic Alabama BBQ from Dreamland, cooked up low and slow. (D) Holiday Inn & Suites Tutwiler Day 8: Birmingham – Atlanta Enjoy a morning tour through the heart of Birmingham’s Civil Rights District this morning to see important sites in the city’s fight for Civil Rights before departing the city for Atlanta, arriving late afternoon for airport and city drop-offs.
£2459 per person
PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 1 dinner • Touring by private air-conditioned small group vehicle • Services of a Driver/Guide and Local Guides • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
DEPARTURES 2019: Apr 12; May 10; Sep 13; Oct 18
TOUR STYLE: Small Group
GROUP SIZE: 14 max
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: min 3 stars
Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.
Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in New Orleans and Atlanta. Please call for details.
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