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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.

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10 Days, 1 Country, 4 Cities

Tastes and Sounds of the South

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Nashville (TN), USA

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New Orleans, USA

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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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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).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • 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).


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Travel Highlights

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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

    • 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


Tastes and Sounds of the South

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

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Nashville Sightseeing

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Day 3

Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

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Day 4

Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

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Day 5

Graceland Excursion

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Memphis – Natchez

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Day 7

Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

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New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

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New Orleans At Leisure

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Day 10

Depart New Orleans

Day 1

Arrive Nashville (3 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Renaissance Nashville

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Renaissance Nashville

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Nashville Sightseeing Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing Day 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.

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$26.00

Day 3

Day 4

Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Memphis Sun Records Studio Visit

Experience a guided tour of the legendary Sun Records Studio, the “Most Famous Recording Studio in the World.” Learn how the blending of Blues and Country music came together in the Big Bang of Rock N’ Roll. Hear the outtakes from sessions, see loads of memorabilia, and re-live the history of the studio that launched the musical careers of Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Charlie Rich, Little Milton, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Rosco Gardon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and many other music legends! Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$15.00

Day 4

Day 5

Graceland Excursion Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
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Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice

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

Day 5

Day 6

Memphis – Natchez Day 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.

Hotel

The Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

The 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)

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.

Hotel

Astor Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Astor Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 7

Day 8

New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 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.

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 enjoing 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$81.00

Day 8

Day 9

New Orleans At Leisure Day 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.

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$39.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart New Orleans Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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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.

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    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

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    • 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


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Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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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

    • 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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    Service rating : This was our second tour with Trafalgar - it went fairly seamless and the Tour Guide and Driver were excellent. One comment I would make is regarding the hotel that was booked at the Natchez Grand Hotel in Natchez - the breakfast/plastic plate/utensils were quite a come down

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    Service rating : Excellent trip with exceptional tour guide who handled all unexpected events efficiently Would recommend Trafalgar to friendsProduct : 4 stars means very good there are trips which are more luxurious but Trafalgar gives great value for money

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    The Tastes and Sounds of the South tour was very enjoyable with a great itinerary, travel director, coach driver. Monte, the travel director went the extra mile to ensure we all enjoyed the tour.

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    This was my third Trafalgar trip. They all have been great and I will be using them again.

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    Service rating : Trafalgar's choice of hotels was excellent. We were near to restaurants and attractions. Our tour guide, Drew Walker was a storehouse of knowledge and most courteous with the tour guests. I would definitely recommend him and the wonderful tour we took down south USA.Product

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