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Graceland Mansion, Memphis
Country Music Nashville Building
Guitarist, Nashville
Honky Tonk, Nashville
Memphis at Night
Sun Studio, Memphis
Steamer Natchez, Mississippi River
Oak Alley Plantation
City Park, America
Jazz in New Orleans
French Quarter, New Orleans

Tastes & Sounds of the South

10 day Escorted Tour – from £3387 £3037

With flights from £3607

Enjoy the South’s music, food and culture – from Elvis’s Graceland to Creole cooking in New Orleans and grand hospitality in Natchez.

Highlights:
  • Enjoy an acoustic performance by a member of Johnny Cash’s family
  • Watch a live radio show recording at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Take a tour of Graceland, the home of ‘The King’
  • Visit historic Oak Alley
  • Explore New Orleans’ vibrant French Quarter

Your Itinerary

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You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Country Music Nashville Building

Day 1 – Welcome to Nashville

The beating heart of America’s Music City will chart your pace as you prepare to embark…

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

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Welcome Reception
Country Music Nashville Building
Guitarist, Nashville

Day 2 – Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA Studio B reveals the legends of…

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of original Cash tunes with one of Johnny’s family members. 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. Then, you will have the opportunity to take a backstage tour before witnessing the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Breakfast
Guitarist, Nashville
Honky Tonk, Nashville

Day 3 – Nashville

Continue your discovery of Nashville by exploring the Johnny Cash Museum. With the remainder of the…

Continue your discovery of Nashville by exploring the Johnny Cash Museum. With the remainder of the day at your leisure choose to visit the Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny & June first met, a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or a memorable visit to the National Museum of African American Music – celebrating the music genres created, inspired and influenced by African Americans. Or perhaps amble through Broadway’s honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the flavours of homemade hot chicken or biscuits.

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Breakfast
Honky Tonk, Nashville
Memphis at Night

Day 4 – Memphis

Head to Memphis’ famous Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, for…

Head to Memphis’ famous Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, for a tour where we’ll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Continue your Memphis sightseeing with a visit to the Lorraine Motel where civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated and one of the most significant locations of the Civil Rights Movement. Then explore one of the most significant sites in town and one of the premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum. “Walk through history” in interactive exhibits that show how the heroes and lessons from the civil rights movement continue to impact equality all over the world. Enjoy a Regional dinner of Southern cuisine this evening, capping off your tour of Memphis, past and present.

    Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown

    Breakfast, Dinner
Memphis at Night
Sun Studio, Memphis

Day 5 – Graceland

Worship at the altar of the King, Elvis Presley, and head to Graceland, paying tribute to…

Worship at the altar of the King, Elvis Presley, and head to Graceland, paying tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Then, pay a visit to Sun Studios, which sought to immortalize the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock ‘n’ Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

    Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown

    Breakfast
Sun Studio, Memphis
Steamer Natchez, Mississippi River

Day 6 – Natchez

Kick off the day’s sightseeing with a musical morning at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum…

Kick off the day’s sightseeing with a musical morning at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum exploring the blues, country, and gospel of the rural South before leaving for Natchez, Mississippi. You’ll arrive in Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi, surrounded by historic homes. The best way to experience Natchez is with a taste of Southern hospitality and you’ll experience all this and more at tonight’s meal at one of the region’s beautiful historic, private homes. Our hosts, who have lived in the area for generations, will open their doors and share their stories as you enjoy dinner and backyard cocktails like Planter’s Punch paired with elevated Southern fare.

    Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Steamer Natchez, Mississippi River
Oak Alley Plantation

Day 7 – Frogmore & New Orleans

Today your travels take you deeper into an important part of Southern history. On this morning’s…

Today your travels take you deeper into an important part of Southern history. On this morning’s visit to a working cotton plantation, Frogmore Plantation and Gins, learn about Natchez planters and slavery in the South. Tour the property boasting 19 restored antebellum structures and equipment dating from the early 1800s including a Smithsonian quality steam gin listed on the National Register. You’ll learn how cotton was made and most importantly gain a better understanding of slavery in the South. Your tour brings you back into the present with a stop at its currently operating 900 bales-per-day cotton gin. Next up: The Big Easy, where we are introduced to Creole cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Oak Alley Plantation
City Park, America

Day 8 – New Orleans

Let the good times roll in New Orleans today, tracing the cosmopolitan history of one of…

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. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast
City Park, America
Jazz in New Orleans

Day 9 – New Orleans

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans….

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. Why not join an optional experience at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park exploring the scenic swamp and bayou. Perhaps visit Mardi Gras World for a peek into what makes the New Orleans festival so popular or take a stroll down Magazine Street for plenty of regional food and shopping. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Jazz in New Orleans
French Quarter, New Orleans

Day 10 – Farewell from New Orleans

For now, it’s ‘Au Revoir’ New Orleans. Make your own way to New Orleans International Airport…

For now, it’s ‘Au Revoir’ New Orleans. Make your own way to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay.

    Breakfast
French Quarter, New Orleans

Your Itinerary

You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1

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Welcome to Nashville

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

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Welcome Reception
Country Music Nashville Building

Day 2

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Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of original Cash tunes with one of Johnny’s family members. 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. Then, you will have the opportunity to take a backstage tour before witnessing the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Breakfast
Guitarist, Nashville

Day 3

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Nashville

Continue your discovery of Nashville by exploring the Johnny Cash Museum. With the remainder of the day at your leisure choose to visit the Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny & June first met, a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or a memorable visit to the National Museum of African American Music – celebrating the music genres created, inspired and influenced by African Americans. Or perhaps amble through Broadway’s honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the flavours of homemade hot chicken or biscuits.

    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

    Breakfast
Honky Tonk, Nashville

Day 4

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Memphis

Head to Memphis’ famous Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, for a tour where we’ll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Continue your Memphis sightseeing with a visit to the Lorraine Motel where civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated and one of the most significant locations of the Civil Rights Movement. Then explore one of the most significant sites in town and one of the premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum. “Walk through history” in interactive exhibits that show how the heroes and lessons from the civil rights movement continue to impact equality all over the world. Enjoy a Regional dinner of Southern cuisine this evening, capping off your tour of Memphis, past and present.

    Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown

    Breakfast, Dinner
Memphis at Night

Day 5

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Graceland

Worship at the altar of the King, Elvis Presley, and head to Graceland, paying tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Then, pay a visit to Sun Studios, which sought to immortalize the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock ‘n’ Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

    Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown

    Breakfast
Sun Studio, Memphis

Day 6

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Natchez

Kick off the day’s sightseeing with a musical morning at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum exploring the blues, country, and gospel of the rural South before leaving for Natchez, Mississippi. You’ll arrive in Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi, surrounded by historic homes. The best way to experience Natchez is with a taste of Southern hospitality and you’ll experience all this and more at tonight’s meal at one of the region’s beautiful historic, private homes. Our hosts, who have lived in the area for generations, will open their doors and share their stories as you enjoy dinner and backyard cocktails like Planter’s Punch paired with elevated Southern fare.

    Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Steamer Natchez, Mississippi River

Day 7

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Frogmore & New Orleans

Today your travels take you deeper into an important part of Southern history. On this morning’s visit to a working cotton plantation, Frogmore Plantation and Gins, learn about Natchez planters and slavery in the South. Tour the property boasting 19 restored antebellum structures and equipment dating from the early 1800s including a Smithsonian quality steam gin listed on the National Register. You’ll learn how cotton was made and most importantly gain a better understanding of slavery in the South. Your tour brings you back into the present with a stop at its currently operating 900 bales-per-day cotton gin. Next up: The Big Easy, where we are introduced to Creole cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Oak Alley Plantation

Day 8

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New Orleans

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. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast
City Park, America

Day 9

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New Orleans

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. Why not join an optional experience at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park exploring the scenic swamp and bayou. Perhaps visit Mardi Gras World for a peek into what makes the New Orleans festival so popular or take a stroll down Magazine Street for plenty of regional food and shopping. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Jazz in New Orleans

Day 10

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Farewell from New Orleans

For now, it’s ‘Au Revoir’ New Orleans. Make your own way to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay.

    Breakfast
French Quarter, New Orleans

This Tour Includes

9 nights hotel accommodation
9 breakfasts, 4 dinners and 1 Welcome Reception
Expert Travel Director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Professional and experienced driver

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-05-31

2024-06-07

2024-06-21

2024-09-13

2024-09-20

2024-09-27

2024-10-04

2024-10-18

2024-10-25

2024-11-08

2024-12-06

2025-02-21

2025-03-14

2025-04-11

2025-04-25

2025-05-02

2025-05-09

2025-05-16

2025-05-30

2025-06-06

2025-06-13

2025-09-12

2025-09-26

2025-10-03

2025-10-17

2025-10-24

2025-12-05

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Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in Nashville or New Orleans, before or after your tour

Next Step

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Tastes & Sounds of the South

10 day Escorted Tour – from £3387 £3037

With flights from £3607

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply.

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