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Tastes and Sounds of the South

10 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Journey through America's south, hear soothing soul music or simply savour a Southern style reception.

"An experience of a lifetime"

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    • These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Amble through the honky-tonk scene in Nashville and wind along the path many musicians have strut their way down
    • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow Frogmore Cotton Plantation You'll meet the Tanners on their cotton plantation. As you explore, you learn all about their work to research and preserve the history of their estate.
    • 3 Nights in the musical South to explore exciting Nashville
    • (Ref: DTSG) These departures will include tickets to the Mardi Gras Parade and will not visit The Grand Ole Opry.
    • (Ref: DTSJ) 1 Nov 2018 departure will include tickets to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and will not visit Grand Ole Opry.
    • Mardi Gras: See the brightly themed floats carrying krewe royalty, celebrities, and masked members, lead marching bands and riders on horseback during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Jazz Festival: Spend a day at the annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
    • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2019 brochure.
      • These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Amble through the honky-tonk scene in Nashville and wind along the path many musicians have strut their way down
      • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow Frogmore Cotton Plantation You'll meet the Tanners on their cotton plantation. As you explore, you learn all about their work to research and preserve the history of their estate.
      • 3 Nights in the musical South to explore exciting Nashville
      • (Ref: DTSG) These departures will include tickets to the Mardi Gras Parade and will not visit The Grand Ole Opry.
      • (Ref: DTSJ) 1 Nov 2018 departure will include tickets to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and will not visit Grand Ole Opry.
      • Mardi Gras: See the brightly themed floats carrying krewe royalty, celebrities, and masked members, lead marching bands and riders on horseback during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Jazz Festival: Spend a day at the annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Join us for a little honky-tonk, down home cookin', hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of Rock 'n' Roll on this leisurely, lyrical pilgrimage from Nashville to Memphis and The Big Easy. The sounds of Cash and the King are never far on this At Leisure jaunt through the Deep South.


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      Trip code: DTSS

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      13 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans

        • Orientation of Nashville

        • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Sun Studios, The National Civil Rights Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame


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      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

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      Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

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      Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

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      Graceland Excursion

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      Memphis – Natchez

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      Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

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      New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

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      Day 1

      Arrive Nashville (3 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

      The beating heart of America's Music City will chart your pace as you prepare to embark on a leisurely pilgrimage to discover the sounds of the South. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Nashville Sightseeing Day 2 - Nashville Sightseeing

      The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA's Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison.Take a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a discussion and private performance of original and popular Cash tunes with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash (or another family member). Our acoustic journey continues with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see Elvis' Solid Gold Cadillac limousine and Jim Reeves' tuxedo jacket-an extraordinary collection of memorabilia on display to admire. You'll have some time to yourself to continue your discovery of Nashville on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

      There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show. You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done. Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$28.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing Day 3 - Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

      Today is at leisure. Amble through Broadway’s honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homegrown hot chicken and biscuits. This evening, the sounds of country music fill the air as we head to the Grand Ole Opry to watch a performance of America’s longest running live radio programme.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights) Day 4 - Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

      Winding your way along the vast Mississippi Delta, head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, with the sounds of Blues on Beale Street to meet a musician and Local Specialist. The former Lorraine Hotel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in cold blood, is the backdrop for the National Civil Rights Museum, which you will have an opportunity to explore. The evening is at leisure.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Memphis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Memphis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Graceland Excursion Day 5 - Graceland Excursion

      Worship at the altar of the King and head to Graceland, a tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture forever. See Graceland's Jungle room and visit the grave of Elvis as you stroll the grounds where the music giant once walked. Pay a visit to Sun Studios, whose noble aim was to capture the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock 'n' Roll single in 1951. This evening, embark on a Your Choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade

      True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.

      Adult Price: US$24.00

      Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

      Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

      Adult Price: US$46.00

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      Day 6

      Memphis – Natchez Day 6 - Memphis – Natchez

      Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the legendary Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before saying so long to Memphis, bound for the city of Natchez. With a little French flair and a flowering antebellum culture, Natchez is the perfect spot for a leisurely exploration of Southern history and hospitality, which you'll have an opportunity to experience during a Be My Guest dinner beginning with a reception at the private residence of Joe Stone, whose gracious 1850s home features a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the inspiration behind each piece of music before you are treated to a glass of wine and are free to tour the expansive collection. Head over to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, to enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner with wine.

      Hotel

      Natchez Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Natchez Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights) Day 7 - Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

      Join costumed Local Specialists to discover the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation heritage that produces over 900 bales of white gold each day. The slave customs, secret music and an authentically reconstructed 19th century plantation are yours to explore at Frogmore Plantation and Gins, before meandering through the charming Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation, along a quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old oak trees, overlooking the sleepy Mississippi River. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger on this evening's visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we will enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before tucking in to a Regional Meal of culinary Creole creations.

      Hotel

      Sheraton New Orleans

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Sheraton New Orleans

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 8 - New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Let the good times roll in New Orleans today, tracing the cosmopolitan history of one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the ornate above-ground cemeteries, a unique feature of this city built on swamplands. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

      Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the authentic Steamboat Natchez for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$83.00

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      Day 9

      New Orleans At Leisure Day 9 - New Orleans At Leisure

      Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're feeling adventurous, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum which traces the mysteries, legends and traditions of voodoo. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Swamp And Bayou Tour

      After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Transportation included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$52.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart New Orleans Day 10 - Depart New Orleans

      For now, it's 'Au Revoir' New Orleans, but not 'Adieu'. Take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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        Join a pianist for an evening of true southern hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez estates

      • Cultural Insights
        Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with a member of his family

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For sightseeing in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, on a reconstructed cotton plantation and in New Orleans

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        • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans

        • Orientation of Nashville

        • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Sun Studios, The National Civil Rights Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame


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        • 4 dinners
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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