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Tastes and Sounds of the South

10 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

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

"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"

Kevin

About this trip

This trip gives you time to enjoy the South's music and food-from Elvis's Graceland to Creole cooking in New Orleans and grand antebellum hospitality in Natchez.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... experiencing Southern hospitality at two period homes in one amazing evening. Joe Stone plays the piano for you as you sip a beverage, while Esther Carpenter - once listed among America's top 20 female chefs - invites you to dinner. It's getting to know the home of Rock n' Roll with our passionate Memphis expert, and learning about the city's role in the civil rights movement. And it's learning about 'white gold' and the stark contrasts between life on a modern and pre-Civil War cotton plantation.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: DTSS

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Tastes and Sounds of the South

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

Welcome to Music City. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Renaissance Nashville

2. Nashville Sightseeing

This morning, visit RCA's Studio B, one of the world's most successful recording studios where musicians such as Elvis Presley recorded their iconic sounds. Then, get a unique look into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, a Cultural Insight. John (or a member of his family) entertains with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family. Spend some time exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Later your choice of sightseeing offers a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum or, if you prefer, choose a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, awash in musical history, where country music's biggest stars play to cheering audiences today.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

3. Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

The day is yours to discover Nashville. Perhaps enjoy some live music at a honky tonk on Broadway street. This evening, head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program. Dinner is on your own to venture out and sample delicious Southern cuisine.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

4. Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

This morning, hit the highway to Memphis along the Mississippi Delta. Upon arrival in Memphis, meet a Beale Street musician, and Local Specialist, to learn about the rich musical heritage of the area. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum and see the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated before catching a glimpse of the late afternoon light on the Big Muddy. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore or embark on a culinary adventure and cherish a meal at one of Memphis' many restaurants.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Sheraton Memphis Downtown

5. Graceland Excursion

Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Marvel at Graceland's Jungle Room, walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming "Blue Suede Shoes." Visit Sun Studios where the first rock 'n roll single was recorded in 1951. This evening, embark on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries for the evening's meal.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Your Choice

6. Memphis – Natchez

This morning, get an in-depth look at the rich music history of Memphis with a tour of the legendary Rock 'n' Soul Museum before departing for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Take in more of the nation's Southern history here and see the gracious homes overlooking the river. Tonight, enjoy an incredible evening highlighting Southern hospitality at a Be My Guest dinner. Explore the private residence of Joe Stone, whose home, built in the 1850s, contains 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 meaning and inspiration behind each piece of music before you are treated to a glass of wine and are free to tour the expansive collection. Later, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804 to explore the historic estate. Esther, a former Four Seasons chef, once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, hosts a four-course dinner with wine featuring a true taste of the Deep South.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
The Grand

7. Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

After breakfast, stop at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to learn about the white gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, Local Specialists, on a visit to a reconstructed 19th century cotton plantation, witness the modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales each day. From there, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. In this grand dame of Southern mansions, learn about the lives of the plantation owners. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to discover the flair of Creole cuisine watching a fun cooking demonstration before enjoying culinary creations during a Regional Meal.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza

8. New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

This morning, join a Local Specialist who shares extensive knowledge of New Orleans' history as you travel throughout the city stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own; grab a po' boy or some fresh beignets, stroll down Bourbon Street or hit the lively waterfront area.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

9. New Orleans At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely day to explore this vibrant city. If you're feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for an optional guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators or opt to stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart New Orleans

Extend your stay in New Orleans at the Astor Crowne Plaza or say 'Au Revoir' to the Big Easy this morning with a transfer provided to New Orleans International Airport.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : we had a wonderful time, the hotels were great, the planned excursions were greatProduct : loved the sun studio tour and the graceland tour. an unexpected surprise was seeing one of our favourite artists at the grand ole opry

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    Wonderful service. Todd and Josh did not put one foot out of place. The hiddenvtreasures were a fantastic addition.

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    Service rating : very proffessional which allowed us to relax and enjoy the the tourProduct : all very good except the accomadation in memphis very poor

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    Service rating : The service was excellent across the board, accommodation was also good.Product : I thought the itinerary was good we got to see everything that was possible with the limitedtime we had in all places we stopped.

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    Service rating : The whole trip was handled perfectly by Todd and our bus driver.Trafalgar needs to look at using Astor in New Orleans yes it is in a great spot but that's all.I had an extra night after my tour ended and was awoken at 10pm with someone trying to get into my room and told me my

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Dine in true Southern style featuring two beautiful private homes in Natchez.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the life and iconic music 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.

  • Trafalgar Cares
    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.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Memphis and New Orleans

    • Orientation of Nashville

    • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2018 brochure.
    • (Ref: DTSG) 20 Feb 2017, 5 Feb 2018 and 6 Feb 2018 departures will include tickets to the Mardi Gras Parade and will not visit 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.
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