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Tastes & Sounds Of The South

10 day Escorted Tour - from £2115

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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Memphis and New Orleans
  • Orientation of Nashville
  • Visit Graceland
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in 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.

Hotel: Renaissance Nashville
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Nashville

The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA’s 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 Johnny’s granddaughter (or another family member). 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. Discover the iconic and unexpected on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring either the Johnny Cash Museum or the Ryman Auditorium.

Hotel: Renaissance Nashville
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Nashville

Today is a free day for you to explore. Amble through Broadway’s honky-tonk scene or perhaps enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homegrown hot chicken and biscuits. This evening, the sounds of country music fill the air as we head to the Grand Ole Opry to watch a performance of America’s longest running live radio programme.

Hotel: Renaissance Nashville
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Memphis

We head for the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and meet a musician and Local Specialist amidst the sounds of Blues on Beale Street. This afternoon, perhaps visit the National Civil Rights Museum, home to the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Enjoy a Regional Dinner this evening.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Graceland Excursion

Worship at the altar of the King 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 immortalise the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock ‘n’ Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 6 - Natchez

Kick off this morning’s musical interlude at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before saying so long to Memphis, bound for the city of Natchez. With a little French flair and a flowering antebellum culture, Natchez is the perfect showcase of Southern history and hospitality, which you’ll have an opportunity to experience when you ‘Connect with Locals’ in their gracious homes. Meet Joe Stone in his 1850s home and visit the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom you’ll enjoy a traditional three-course Deep South ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with wine.

Hotel: Magnolia Bluffs
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - New Orleans

‘Dive into Culture’ at Frogmore Plantation and Gins and ‘Make a Difference’ as you learn about efforts to preserve the cotton plantation heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Continue through the Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation along a quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old oak trees. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger long after this evening’s visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we enjoy a fun cooking demonstration and a Regional Dinner of Creole cuisine.

Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - 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.

Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - New Orleans

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Marie Laveau’s Historic Voodoo Museum. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - Depart New Orleans

Extend your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans or say ‘Au Revoir’ to the Big Easy this morning with a transfer provided to New Orleans International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

10 day Escorted Tour - from £2115

With flights from £2596

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in Nashville – from £129
  • Add a Miami beach stay – from £83
  • Extend your stay in New Orleans – from £94
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 Departures
22 & 29 April 2020
6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 May 2020
10 & 17 June 2020
9, 10, 16, 23, 24 & 30 September 2020
14, 15, 21, 28 & 29 October 2020
11 November 2020

Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date.

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability.

Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2021 onwards.

YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

First class touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your Escorted Tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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