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Visit the birthplaces of the blues, jazz and rock’n’roll, journey to famous musical landmarks, and sample some Cajun cuisine and creole charm – all in the one eclectic experience. This Deep South tour is a must for music lovers, food fiends and culture vultures!
Arrive to the airport and hop on your transfer to your Nashville base for the night, the Country Inn & Suites Music Valley on famous Music Valley Drive. You will be greeted by your tour escort to learn more about your Deep South adventure!
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Today, you will head out on a Nashville Sightseeing Tour, which will see you visit famous musical landmarks, including Music Row, the Ryman Auditorium, and Nashville’s Parthenon. In the afternoon, you will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, followed by a tour of the historic RCA Studio B, once the recording studio of musical legends including Elvis Presley. Tonight, you will attend a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, an authentic country and bluegrass music experience, after which you will also be treated to a tour backstage!
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Today you depart for Tuscumbia, Alabama. En route you will stop in the quaint town of Lynchburg and have a tasting tour of Jack Daniels Distillery. Then continue on to the Muscle Shoals area where you will tour the famous historic music studio, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Over the years, artists who recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio included The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, and Cat Stevens. Check-in the Coldwater Inn and this evening enjoy an outstanding Spring Park Light & Water Show. This show offers a spectacular display of dancing waters, choreographed to the music of Alabama’s nationally known artists with a focus on those who recorded in Muscle Shoals.
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Today you depart for Memphis. En route you will stop in Tupelo and tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, Chapel & Church. You will also stop in at the historic Tupelo Hardware Store where Elvis bought his first guitar. Upon arrival in Memphis you will tour Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. The audio tour of Graceland Mansion is full of music and interesting stories about how Elvis lived in the home he loved so much. You will see the largest privately owned collection of gold records in the world and Elvis' elaborate stage costumes and jewelry. The mansion tour ends with a quiet visit to Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family are buried. You can also see Elvis' famous 1955 pink Cadillac in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and climb aboard his custom jet the "Lisa Marie." Graceland plaza also offers fabulous shopping and restaurants. You will then heck-in the Comfort Inn Downtown and have the evening free to explore Beale Street, one of America's most famous streets where W.C. Handy first penned the Blues music of the Mississippi Delta. Located downtown Beale Street stretches several blocks east of the river bluffs. Nightclubs and restaurants offer a variety of food and live music including traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock'n'Roll.
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This morning you will tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Soulsville is a 17,000-square-foot museum on the original site of Stax Records and houses more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, celebrating the music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. Next you will tour Sun Studio, which is the birthplace of Rock'n'Roll. Today the studio is open to the public for tours daily while still operating as a studio by night. This afternoon you will enjoy a Memphis city tour. Memphis is the Gateway to the Old South. Filled with Southern charm, beautifully restored mansions, sculptured tree-lined parkways, on a setting high on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, this river city boasts of glowing sunsets over the Mississippi, the world’s finest BBQ restaurants, and the “Red, Hot & Blue” sounds of the Beale Street Historic Entertainment District. This tour will take you to the Mississippi Riverfront and through downtown Memphis where tradition and modern progress collide to form an exciting modern city filled with historic sites, fun & adventure. Next see the famous Peabody Duck March, which began in the 1930s, when the general manager placed his live hunting decoys in his lobby fountain and started a tradition. Today the Peabody Ducks have become a world-famous symbol for The Peabody and for Memphis hospitality.
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As you leave Memphis and drive down legendary Highway 61, you will realize that you are in the true "Birthplace of the Blues". Out of these fields came the original blues singers who performed in local honky tonks and juke joints. Highway 61 takes you through the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, which is the world’s richest farmland. Our first stop will be in Clarksdale. From the 30's on through the 50's Clarksdale was a major blues town. You will get the opportunity to tour the Delta Blues Museum, which is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues. Across the street from the museum is Ground Zero Restaurant, a replica of a juke joint owned by the actor, Morgan Freeman. Next you will continue on to Cleveland and tour the new Grammy Museum, the only other Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles. Then check-in the Holiday Inn Express.
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Today we continue through the rich Delta farmland to the famous river city of Natchez. First you will drive to Dockery Farms. Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, America's biggest export at the time. The African Americans of Dockery created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues. Their songs influenced the development of popular music all over the world. Then continue on to B.B. King’s hometown of Indianola, where you will tour the outstanding new B.B. King Museum. You will stay at the Vue Hotel in Natchez. You will have some free time this afternoon to walk around downtown Natchez and enjoy its many quaint shops. Tonight you can walk to Natchez Under-the-Hill, which in its day 165 years ago was the most notorious landing on the entire Mississippi River.
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This morning you will depart for New Orleans, but first you will tour the beautiful antebellum home, Stanton Hall. In 1857, Irish immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton began construction on the home of his dreams: a palatial Greek Revival style residence in the heart of Natchez. Officially designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the building is now furnished much as Frederick originally intended and offers a glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family. En route to New Orleans we make a stop for a Swamp & Bayou Cruise. We continue on to New Orleans and check-in the Staybridge Suites French Quarter Downtown Hotel. Tonight is free to explore the famous French Quarter. At the heart of New Orleans' enduring allure are the hundred-odd squares of the French Quarter. Alive with history, myth, music and a joie de vivre, the Vieux Carre attracts visitors from around the world to its time worn streets. For jazz, for food, for history or for frivolity the French Quarter is a legendary destination.
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This morning you will enjoy a New Orleans City Sightseeing tour, where you will visit one of its historic cemeteries, referred to as "Cities of the Dead," and learn about this unique above ground burial system. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina). See the homes of former Kings & Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous, exclusive Garden District. Tonight you will enjoy a Dinner Jazz Cruise on the SS Natchez, an authentic paddle wheeler, featuring live jazz.
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Time to say goodbye to the Deep South and hop on your flight back home!
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