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America's Music Cities

America's Music Cities

Join us on an unforgettable musical journey to America’s Music Cities. From Nashville, the Home of Country Music to Memphis, the Birthplace of the Blues and on to New Orleans with its deep Jazz roots, you will be entertained and energized every step of the way.

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Join our partners at Mayflower Cruises as Tours on an unforgettable 8-day vacation filled with music, history, and Southern charm. Begin your journey settling into the luxurious Gaylord Opryland Hotel, where you'll spend two nights. Take in the sights and sounds of Nashville on a tour of its famous Honky Tonks and Music Row. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, often referred to as the "Smithsonian of Country Music," and enjoy reserved seats at the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Discover the roots of American music at the Stax Museum of American Soul and Sun Studio, known as "The Birthplace of Rock'n'Roll," in Memphis. Delve into the legacy of Elvis Presley at on a tour of his Graceland estate and Car Museum. Journey through the history of the Blues at the Delta Blues Museum and the B.B. King Museum before savoring a delicious lunch at the famed Ground Zero Blues Club. In Vicksburg, take a narrated tour of the National Military Park, then admire the majestic Oak Alley Plantation and take in a tasty Mint Julep. Your adventure concludes with a narrated tour of New Orleans, including the historic French Quarter, Garden District, and lively Bourbon Street. Cap off your vacation with a New Orleans Jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River, leaving you with lifelong memories.

Day 1

Travel to Nashville

Arrive in Nashville, Music City USA and transfer to the glorious Gaylord Opryland Resort. Get to know the property on your own before meeting your traveling companions and Tour Manager in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner at the resort.

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Day 2

Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry

Begin your musical adventure with a narrated driving tour of Nashville. See the Honkey Tonks, Music Row, the historic Ryman Auditorium and even a full-scale replica of the Parthenon.

Then, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Called the "Smithsonian of Country Music" because of its collection of artists’ artifacts, photographs, recorded sound and vintage video, the museum is highlighted by its core exhibit Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. After time to freshen up at the hotel you have reserved seats at the Granddaddy of Country shows, the Grand Ole Opry.

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Day 3

Stuido B and The Memphis Sound

Get that Nashville feel at historic RCA Studio B. Once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and the Everly Brothers, it was here the "Nashville Sound" was born in the 1960’s and helped establish Nashville as an international recording center.

Depart for Memphis where your first stop is at the Stax Museum of American Soul. The museum traces the roots of "Soulsville," the neighborhood once called home by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Memphis Slim and Booker T Jones.

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Day 4

Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion & Estate

Today is devoted to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Tour the mansion, the heart of the 14-acre estate and see the living rooms, music room and "jungle" den. You will also see the meditation garden where "The King" is laid to rest.

Also tour Elvis’ two custom airplanes, the Car Museum, The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum as well as the new state-of-the-art Visitor Entertainment Complex. Truly a day of musical history to remember.

Later, visit Sun Studio, known as "The Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll", as musical legends from the 50s began here. Imagine standing on the very same spot where Elvis was first recorded. Then, enjoy some delicious Memphis cooking at Central BBQ.

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Day 5

Delta Blues Museum, Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero & B.B. King

Travel south to the town of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 and known as "The Crossroads." Clarksdale’s roots with the Blues culture dates back to the 1920s. At the Delta Blues Museum, learn how the Blues was born and grew up in the area thanks to musicians like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Ike Turner.

It is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the Blues. Enjoy an included lunch at the Morgan Freeman-owned Ground Zero Blues Club, established in 2001 to celebrate the area’s rich Blues heritage. At the B.B. King Museum trace the roots of Blues music from the cotton fields and juke joints through the life of the Blues’ foremost ambassador, Riley B.B. King.

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Day 6

Civil War Memories

This morning a licensed park guide leads you on a narrated tour of Vicksburg National Military Park. Learn about civilian life and military operations in the defense of Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. Continue south for a stop at majestic Oak Alley Plantation. This impressive "Big House" sits on twenty-five acres of history and romance.

Enjoy a tasty Mint Julep and take in the immense "alley" of 300-year-old live oak trees. Later, arrive in New Orleans for a two-night stay.

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Day 7

New Orleans Sightseeing & Jazz Dinner Cruise

Begin the day with a narrated tour of New Orleans. See the sights you’ve heard about for years such as the historic French Quarter, beautiful Garden District, colorful River Walk along the Mississippi and famous Bourbon Street.

Enjoy free time on your own in the "Quarter" for lunch or maybe some beignets and coffee at Café du Monde before taking to the water for an exciting dinner cruise aboard the paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Enjoy the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz music while dining on regional cuisine as it sails along the Mississippi River.

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Day 8

Travel Home

Following breakfast, a group transfer to New Orleans International Airport is available for flights out after 11:00 a.m.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Highlights

  • 11 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners

  • Round trip airport transfers

  • Spend two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville’s Honky Tonks and Music Row

  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the “Smithsonian of County Music”

  • Reserved seats to the Granddaddy of Country shows, the Grand Ole Opry

  • Tour historic RCA Studio B, the recording home of musicians Elvis Presley and Chet Atkins

  • In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul and Sun Studio, known as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll”

  • Spend the day at Elvis Presley’s Graceland and tour the mansion, the meditation garden, his custom airplanes and Car Museum

  • Visit the Delta Blues Museum and have lunch at the Ground Zero Blues Club

  • Tour the B.B. King Museum and trace the roots of the Blues through the life of the man himself

  • Take a narrated tour of Vicksburg National Military Park with a licensed guide

  • Tour the majestic Oak Alley Plantation

  • Narrated tour of New Orleans to see the historic French Quarter, Garden District and Bourbon Street

  • New Orleans Jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River

 

Accommodations

Days 1 & 2  Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee

Days 3 & 4  The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Days 5  Hampton Inn & Suites, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Days 6 & 7  Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Per Person Twin*                       Single Room

May 17, 2024            $2,899       + $1,129

September 27, 2024   $2,899       + $1,129

May 23, 2025            $2,979       + $1,149

September 26, 2025   $2,979       + $1,149

 

*These prices are land only and do not include your airfare.

 

This tour is operated by the DayTripper Extended and Vacations Department through our partners at Mayflower Cruises and Tours. There is no financial obligation or reservation required by filling out this form; it is simply a request to have an agent contact you with more information, provide an air quote, or take your reservation if you are ready to move forward with booking.

 

You may also reach our Extrended Vacations Department by phone at (800) 456-7910.

 

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