Welcome to the Deep South

Journey to the Deep South for an unforgettable journey through America’s musical heartland. Discover Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans and bear witness to how the creativity of African Americans and European Americans turned poverty and prejudice into possibly the most influential blossoming of musical culture the world has yet seen. In the process, they created the blueprint for what we know today as: rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country music and everything else in between.

See musical legends perform at the Grand Ole Opry, sing your heart out around Nashville, pay homage to Elvis in Memphis and cruise the Mississippi River to the sound of New Orleans jazz.

Tour Highlights

  • Write your own hit with a songwriter on a tour of Nashville
  • Discover Graceland, the charming home of Elvis Presley
  • Listen to a live performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry
  • Wander the vibrant streets of New Orleans
  • Enjoy a Mississippi Jazz Sunday Brunch on the Steamboat Natchez
  • Dates & Prices

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    September 22 - October 4, 2018 (13 days)

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    Bright green hanging baskets line an ornate balcony in a traditional town house
  • A suited gentlemen is playing the trumpet lent against a brick wall

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights accommodation at The Inn at Opryland in Nashville
    • 3 nights accommodation at La Quinta in Memphis Downtown
    • 4 nights accommodation at Dauphine Orleans Hotel in New Orleans
    • All breakfasts
    • One afternoon brunch
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Country Hall of Fame Visit
    • Music & Song Writing Tour in Nashville
    • Grand Ole Opry Show Performance
    • Elvis Presley’s Graceland Visit
    • Memphis Walking Tour
    • Rock and Soul Museum Visit
    • New Orleans Walking Tour
    • Jazz Sunday Brunch Cruise on The Steamboat Natchez
    • Hermann-Grima Heritage House Tour
    • Voodoo, Ghost, Vampire and Witch Tour (Optional - £25)
    • Honey Island Swamp Kayak Tour (Optional - £85)
    A drum kit on stage at the Grand Ole Opry theatre

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 22nd September

Journey to Nashville and transfer to our hotel next to the Cumberland River in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry.

Overnight in Nashville.

Sunday 23rd September

Located in the State of Tennessee, Nashville has a musical heritage which is intertwined into the fabric of music heard across the world.  Today we’ll get taxis to Downtown Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an institution dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music.

Following this, you can enjoy time at leisure in Downtown Nashville to enjoy the multitude of entertainment and music options on offer alongside some tantalising American soul food.

Breakfast Included. Overnight in Nashville.

Monday 24th September

Today we’ll be collected by bus to further explore Nashville with our eyes and ears. Guided by a real Nashville songwriter we’ll hear musical stories whilst composing our own unique song during the tour. We’ll get into the country spirit by singing along to many musical classics whilst driving past the highlights of the city.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Nashville.

Tuesday 25th September

Enjoy today at leisure in Nashville. You may wish to venture back to Downtown and explore Centennial Park where there is a full-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens, a plethora of honky tonk music venues and a museum dedicated to the music icon Johnny Cash that uncovers the enigma behind The Man in Black.

Alternatively, you can head out of town to Davidson County and visit the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. Andrew Jackson served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837, following a career as an American soldier and statesman. The Hermitage is a historical mansion surrounded by tranquil beauty that exhibits the story of this American legend. Additionally, the Museum is a shining example of an Antebellum Southern mansion that has been restored to its appearance in 1837 and showcases the history of plantation and slavery that were prevalent in this region in the 19th century.

This evening, we’ll meet at the hotel and walk to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry for the show that made country music famous. There will be a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars and legends of country music who will perform new songs alongside old favourites.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Nashville.

Wednesday 26th September

This morning we’ll depart Nashville and head west to the other side of Tennessee to our next base of Memphis. We’ll travel straight to Graceland and tour the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley’s home. Bought for $100,000 by the already-famous 22-year old Elvis Presley, the Colonial-style mansion was extensively renovated to Elvis’s personal tastes and is now a living memorial to the musical legend and glorious 70’s décor at its finest. On our tour of the house we’ll discover why even decades after the singer’s death, Elvis Presley is still regarded by many around the world as ‘The King’ and has had an unprecedented and enduring legacy on music.

Following our tour, we’ll drive to Memphis Downtown and check into our central hotel.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Memphis.

Thursday 27th September

The city of Memphis, located close to the might Mississippi River, has a long and colourful past which stretches across a broad spectrum of social and cultural nuances. Legendary forefathers of American music such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and Memphis Minnie all brought their jazz and blues to this town and helped to put the clubs and bards of the legendary Beale Street on the musical map of 20th century America.

Today we’ll discover Memphis on foot with a guide, beginning with the famous March of the Peabody Ducks before we stroll down Beale Street, focusing on the famous blues and honky tonks where Elvis first made a name for himself and locals relax with a cold beer to the sound of hot music and the smell of marinated meat sizzling on a barbecue.

Our tour will conclude at the Rock and Soul Museum, itself located on Beale Street, where you can explore the critical story of the musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic obstacles to create the music that changed the cultural complexion of the world.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Memphis

Friday 28th September

Enjoy today at leisure to pursue your own interests in Memphis. You may wish to visit the National Civil Rights Museum which traces the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present day. The complex is built around the historic Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on the 4th of April 1968.

You may alternatively wish to visit Sun Studios, the birthplace of rock and roll but also the recording studio of choice for country, blues and R&B artists. Famous singers such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis all passed through these doors.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Memphis.

Saturday 29th September

This morning we’ll depart Memphis and journey south into the State of Mississippi on our way to New Orleans on the southern coast of the USA in the state of Louisiana.  We’ll break up our journey with a brief stop for lunch in a town along the way before arriving in New Orleans in our central hotel late this afternoon.

We’ll spend the next four nights in the diverse, unique and inspiring city of New Orleans, otherwise known as ‘the Big Easy.’ An eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests itself in every aspect of this city, as evidenced by the architecture, the cuisine and the thriving musical scene. We celebrate nightfall amid the sparkling blend of fine sounds, delicious cooking aromas and the fabulous textures of this seaport where the American mainland meets the Gulf of Mexico. In this most perfect of settings, we enjoy a selection of the multitude of live performances which pulse this vibrant city nightly.

Breakfast included. Overnight in New Orleans.

Sunday 30th September

Start today with a walking tour of this magical city, marvelling at the sights and sounds of the legendary Bourbon Street, relaxing in the Garden District and absorbing the quaintly poetic ambience of the French Quarter.

Following this, we’ll board the Steamboat Natchez for a two-hour cruise with traditional live jazz by some of the most talented musicians of the genre – The Steamboat Stompers. What better way to enhance this unique experience on the waters of the Mississippi River than by tucking into a typical New Orleans Brunch, fully equipped with biscuits, grits, gravy, patties, gumbo and beignets. Our cruise will finish in the late afternoon, leaving us with the rest of the evening to explore some of the city’s music venues and bars.

Breakfast and afternoon brunch included. Overnight in New Orleans.

Monday 1st October

This morning we’ll enjoy a tour of the historic Hermann-Grim House, a 19th century New Orleans home that has been restored and preserved in its original state. We’ll explore parlours, a dining room, bedrooms and outdoor workspaces as well as adjacent slave quarters that will take you back in time to historic New Orleans. Our foray into the past will be enhanced by stories of characters both free and enslaved, homeowners and tenants who can share their tales of fortunes made and lost, wars, romance and celebration.

The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to further explore at leisure. This evening, you may wish to join our optional tour – the New Orleans ghost, vampire, voodoo and witchcraft tour! In the dark of night, be guided through the historic French Quarter stopping at various buildings known for paranormal activity and other tragedies. On this scary tour, learn about hauntings, spirits and documented supernatural activity that has been recorded over the centuries. Additionally, learn about the history of witches and voodoo in New Orleans as well as the infamous Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

Breakfast included. Overnight in New Orleans.

Tuesday 2nd October

Today will be yours to continue examining the textures of life in beautiful Louisiana. You may opt to take our optional excursion to the Honey Island Swamp for a Kayak tour. You’ll be picked up and dropped off from the French Quarter and take a 40-minute transfer to the Honey Island Swamp in search of gorgeous, natural and picturesque swamp land. You’ll board a kayak and paddle through dense cypress forest and expansive wetlands surrounded by an array of wildlife.

This evening you may wish to queue up outside Preservation Hall, a musical venue in the French Quarter that serves to protect, preserve and perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz. Their daily shows are performed by passionate jazz players and the packed venue is seated on a first come, first serve basis on wooden benches, only adding to the sense of old fashioned magic.

Breakfast included. Overnight in New Orleans.

Wednesday 3rd October

This morning will be free for a final exploration of New Orleans before we transfer to the airport for our journey home.

Breakfast included.

Thursday 4th October

Arrive home.