America's Music Cities Holiday
Take in the sights and sounds of the holidays in America's most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville and revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock 'n' roll. Experience the unique city of New Orleans, where jazz, food, and fun are always on the menu. Take advantage of your choice on tour, whether it's a stroll through New Orleans' famous French Quarter alongside a local expert, or a panoramic motorcoach tour for a different perspective of the city. Discover Mardi Gras World, where the massive, magical parade floats are crafted. Spend two nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues," and tour Elvis Presley's Graceland. Visit the West Delta Heritage Center with exhibits dedicated to Tina Turner and other musical legends of West Tennessee. Sample Tennessee whiskey at a local distillery with a rich history. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Tour historic RCA Studio B and see where country legends recorded hit songs. Experience a magical holiday dinner and show at the Opryland Resort. Delight in a choice of a horse-drawn carriage ride or a Grand Ole Opry Resort's Delta River cruise and marvel at all the holiday lights and decor. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you hummin' and strummin' long after you return home.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 8 Days
|Day 1||New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins: 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.|
|Day 2||New Orleans||Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans: It's your choice! Embark on a walking tour of New Orleans' famous French Quarter where you'll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you'll explore Pirates Alley, and view the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba -OR- set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide that begins along historic Esplanade Avenue and rolls on to see St. Louis Cemetery #3, which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city's cemeteries. Relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world-famous universities, Loyola and Tulane. Whichever you choose, you'll stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite - beignets at the famed Cafe Du Monde. Tonight, get to know your travel companions at a festive New Orleans-style welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||New Orleans||New Orleans: Journey through Louisiana's swamp on a cruise* narrated by the captain himself. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Then, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the spectacular floats for the famous parades. You'll even get to indulge in a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting your Tour Manager and fellow travel companions at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter.|
|Day 4||New Orleans||New Orleans - Memphis, Tennessee: 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.|
|Day 5||Memphis||Memphis - Nashville, Tennessee: This morning, head out on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. You may be tempted to sing along as local musicians board the coach to tell the stories of Memphis' musical heritage and its rich history. Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to visit Graceland,** the palatial home of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis' 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis' life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Then, journey along Music Highway to the 'Music Capital of the World' - Nashville - and the glorious Gaylord Opryland Resort. This impressive property is a year-round wonderland but during the holidays it truly sparkles even brighter!|
|Day 6||Nashville||Nashville: Your day begins with a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium,*** the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Then, discover the flavor of the region at a family-owned distillery when you tour the facility and taste its Tennessee whiskey. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.****|
|Day 7||Nashville||Nashville: Today, a tour of RCA Studio B gives you an insider's look at Nashville's oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio - you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Later, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum's vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. This evening, gather for a spectacular dinner and holiday show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Then, it's your choice! Embark on a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride -OR- take in your resort's amazing lights and decor on a relaxing river cruise.|
|Day 8||Nashville||Nashville - Tour Ends: Your rockin' holiday journey comes to a close today.|
- Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville, United States
- Sheraton New Orleans New Orleans, United States
- The Guest House at Graceland Memphis, United States
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.