Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Experience America’s most singular city in New Orleans, home to the French Quartre where the world’s great jazz musicians reside. Spend the night in Memphis, “birthplace of the blues,” and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and a backstage tour. Tour historic RCA Studio B and see where country legends recorded hit songs. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you humming long after you return home.
NEW ORLEANS (WC)
Step back in time on a cultural getaway to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans. This soulful city abounds with rich history, delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.
Come together in a private Welcome Cocktail to meet other travelers and learn more about the program.
NEW ORLEANS (B,D)
Enjoy a walking tour of New Orleans famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, discover why New Orleans is known as the “Birthplace of Jazz” when you take in a toe-tapping jazz revue at a local jazz club.
NEW ORLEANS (B)
Enjoy a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through Louisiana’s beautiful Honey Island swamp on a cruise narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bold eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. You will see the houses of the local Cajuns who have made their homes here in the bayous, which are accessible only by boat.
Return to New Orleans and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this great city your way.
NEW ORLEANS – MEMPHIS (B,D)
Visit St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and features some of the most elaborate crypts found in New Orleans’ cemeteries. Then, travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Upon arrival , immerse yourself in Memphis’ energetic musical scene as you feast on southern cuisine on world-famous Beale Street.
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights .. you may even be tempted to sing along. Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building and Meditation Garden, where Elvis and his members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Dance to the live music that may fill the open sir or spend the evening exploring Beale’s Street’s vibrant musical clubs.
MEMPHIS – NASHVILLE (B)
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. After the show, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the music during a backstage tour of the Opry.
Your day begins with a tour of historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio, where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit. Then, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits. Relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. Later today, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour. Visit the Old Ryman Auditorium and view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon – a full scale of replica of the Athenian original. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at the famous Wildhorse Saloon, home of a 3,300 square foot dance floor that is used every night of the week by dancers and revelers.
New Orleans’ jazz and food, the country music of Nashville, and the sounds of Memphis comprise a journey full of experiences that will have you humming and smiling long after you return home.
Sheraton New Orleans is within a 15-minute walk of the French Quarter and 4 blocks from the Mississippi River. It offers an outdoor pool, gym and a tour desk.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel rooms include a coffee maker, work desk and safety deposit box. The hotel offers 24-hour room service.
The New Orleans Hotel Sheraton features the Roux Bistro, which offers regional New Orleans cuisine. Guests can also have a cocktail in the Pelican Bar or drink Starbucks Coffee in the lobby.
The Sheraton is within a 5-minute walk of Harrah’s Casino. The Audubon Aquarium of Americas is 6 blocks from the hotel.
The full-service Sheraton Memphis Downtown is within walking distance of historic Beale street. A Main Street Trolley stop is located outside the hotel entrance. The trolley offers transportation to nearby popular attractions including the National Civil Rights Museum, FedEx Forum and South Main Historic Arts District
Every room at Sheraton Memphis Downtown provides a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV with premium cable channels and a large work area with a desk. Select rooms offer views of the Mississippi River. A small refrigerator and coffee maker are also included.
Crossroads Tavern & Grille is located on-site and offers Southern American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and artisan wines. Prepared packaged to-go meals are also available.
Featuring a glass atrium and surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers and waterfalls, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers accommodations less than 1.2 mi from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. This resort features 6 restaurants, 4 bars and multiple retails stores. It features rooms furnished with an compact refrigerator and interior balconies.
A flat-screen cable TV and coffee maker are standard in every room. All rooms are warmly decorated with wood furniture and include a safety deposit box and work desk. Some rooms offer a balcony with seating areas and views the interior landscape.
International cuisine is represented through the various restaurants at Opryland Gaylord resort, including Revello’s southern Italian and Solario’s Mexican dishes. Guests have their choice of swimming in 2 outdoor pools or an indoor pool.
Massage and body treatments are offered at Relache Spa and access to the fitness center and sauna is provided to all hotel guests.
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