The home of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and the blues, America’s Deep South is the ultimate destination for anyone with a passion for popular music, and on this wonderful tour you’ll spend time in Nashville, the ‘Country Music Capital of the World’, Memphis the ‘Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, and New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. You may choose to experience the musical spectacle of the Grand Ole Opry and visit Elvis Presley’s legendary home, Graceland. Take a walk along Memphis’ world-famous Beale Street, visit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Delta Blues Museum and soak up the atmosphere of the Big Easy on a big night out visiting the bars and restaurants of the French Quarter.
9 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
Included excursions and visits: 6
City tour of Atlanta
City tour of Nashville with local guide
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Entrance to the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, Tupelo
Orientation tour of Memphis
Delta Blues Museum
Plus all these benefits:
Services of an experienced local Titan tour manager
Scheduled British Airways direct flights
Best available coaches with experienced drivers
Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
Fly from London Heathrow Airport on a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel for the night, the Stone Mountain Inn (3T).
Day 2 Atlanta - Nashville
We take an orientation tour of Atlanta before crossing the border into Tennessee and on to the ‘Music City’ of Nashville, where we check into our hotel for the next two nights, the Four Points by Sheraton Nashville-Brentwood (3T). This evening you might like to join an optional visit to the Grand Ole Opry (must be pre-booked). America’s longest-running scheduled show; it hasn’t missed a Saturday performance since it was first broadcast on radio in 1925. A truly unforgettable feast of music.
Day 3 Nashville
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Nashville in the company of a local guide, introducing us to the sights of the ‘Country Music Capital of the World’. Highlights include the world’s only full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon, which stands in Centennial Park, and the 19th century Tennessee State Capitol. This afternoon there will be an optional excursion to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B, where more than 35,000 songs were produced, including 40 million-selling singles and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings.
Day 4 Nashville - Muscles Shoals
Our next musical destination is Muscle Shoals, the legendary ‘Hit Recording Capital of the World’, where we visit Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which holds personal memorabilia from stars including Tammy Wynette, The Commodores, Wilson Picket, and Percy Sledge. This evening we transfer to our hotel for the night, the Hampton Inn and Suites Florence-Downtown (3T).
Day 5 Muscle Shoals - Tupelo - Memphis
On our way to Memphis today we will stop at Tupelo to visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, based around the humble two-roomed shack where ‘the King’ spent his early years. Memphis is known as the ‘Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and the ‘Home of the Blues’, and is a city with a rich and unique musical heritage. Enjoy a Memphis orientation tour and then transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown (3T) where we will be spending the next two nights.
Day 6 Memphis
You have free time to make your own discoveries in Memphis today or take our optional full-day tour to Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many other legendary artists made records, and then on to Graceland, home of the King. Explore the mansion and grounds of his estate on a well-presented audio walking tour which has an emotional conclusion at his final resting place.
Day 7 Memphis - Indianola
We leave Memphis today and travel south. We visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, the centre for blues culture since the 1920s and the birthplace of many legendary musical artists including Ike Turner and Sam Cooke. We continue to Indianola, where in the early and mid-20th century, a number of Blues musicians originated, including BB King who worked in the local cotton industry before pursuing a professional musical career. We check in to the Hampton Inn Indianola (3T) and this afternoon maybe visit the BB King Museum.
Day 8 Indianola - New Orleans
We arrive at New Orleans, also known as The Big Easy, the largest city in the state of Louisiana. Named after the Duke of Orleans, New Orleans is well known for its distinct French heritage and strong European culture. It is also famous for its cuisine, festivals, and music - particularly as the birthplace of jazz. Transfer to the Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (4T) for two nights.
Day 9 New Orleans
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the Crescent City or join an optional guided tour to enjoy the highlights of this city. Discover where jazz was born, visit the oldest African-American neighbourhood and learn about local architecture and Voodoo history. This evening maybe take an optional dinner cruise aboard the Natchez Steamboat on the Mississippi River or sample some delicious Creole cuisine, like Gumbo and Jumbalaya, in one of the many restaurants.
Day 10 New Orleans - In flight
At leisure today before transferring to New Orleans for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.