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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.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... experiencing Southern hospitality at two period homes in one amazing evening. Joe Stone plays the piano for you as you sip cocktails, while Esther Carpenter – once listed among America's top 20 female chefs – invites you to dinner. It's getting to know the home of Rock n' Roll with our passionate Memphis expert, and learning about the city's role in the civil rights movement. And it's learning about ‘white gold' and the stark contrasts between life on a modern and pre-Civil War cotton plantation.

Sightseeing Highlights

 

  • City tour in Memphis and New Orleans
  • Orientations of Nashville and Natchez
  • Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame

 

Dining Highlights

 

  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

 

First class travel Highlights

 

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • It's the right hotels With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and tripadvisor.com for reviews.
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation

 

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nashville (3 Nights)

Welcome to Music City. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

Accomodation: Renaissance Nashville

Day 2: Nashville Sightseeing

Today brings your choice of sightseeing with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you'll see memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Get a unique look into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, a Cultural Insight. John (or a member of his family) entertains with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family. Ask your own questions about the legend at a meet and greet. Your other choice is awash in musical history with a tour of the Ryman Auditorium where country music's biggest stars play to cheering audiences today. Next is a visit to RCA's Studio B, one of the world's most successful recording studios where musicians such as Elvis Presley recorded their iconic sounds. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 3: Nashville At Leisure And Sightseeing

The day is yours to discover Nashville. Perhaps enjoy some live music at a honky tonk on Broadway street. This evening, head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program. Dinner is on your own tonight to venture out and sample delicious Southern cuisine.Full Breakfast

Day 4: Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

This morning, hit the highway to Memphis along the Mississippi Delta. Upon arrival in Memphis, visit the National Civil Rights Museum before joining a Local Specialist who shares stories about Beale Street and Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. See the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated. Then get an in-depth look at the rich music history of Memphis with a tour of the legendary Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Full Breakfast

Accomodation: Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Day 5: Graceland Excursion

Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. Marvel at the Jungle Room and walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming “Blue Suede Shoes.” If so, don't worry, there's leisure time this afternoon to pick up a pair before embarking on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries for the evening's meal.Full Breakfast, Your Choice

Day 6: Memphis – Natchez

This morning, depart for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Tonight, enjoy an incredible evening highlighting Southern hospitality at a Be My Guest dinner. Explore the private residence of Joe Stone, whose home, built in the 1850s, contains a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the meaning and inspiration behind each piece of music as you enjoy a cocktail. Later, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804, to hear the stories, past and present, about this historic estate. Esther, a former Four Seasons chef and once named one of the Top 20 female chefs in America by USA Today, hosts a four-course dinner with wine featuring a true taste of the Deep South.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Accomodation: The Grand

Day 7: Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

After breakfast, stop at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to learn about the white gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, Local Specialists, on a visit to a reconstructed 19th century cotton plantation and compare it to the modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales each day. From Natchez, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. Late this afternoon, arrive in New Orleans. This evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a fun cooking class before enjoying your culinary creations during a Regional Meal.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Accomodation: Astor Crowne Plaza

Day 8: New Orleans Sightseeing And At Leisure

Delight in a hearty New Orleans breakfast and coffee before today's exploration of the Crescent City. Join a tour with a Local Specialist and see the atmospheric French Quarter and Jackson Square, originally called Place d'Armes when it was the centre of the old city, and tour one of the city's above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time.Full Breakfast

Day 9: New Orleans At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely day to explore this vibrant city. If you're feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for a guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators or opt to stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10: Transfer To Ship

After an overnight stay in New Orleans, take in some of the sights before being welcomed aboard the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. Full Breakfast

Day 11: New Orleans – Oak Alley

Gaze in awe at the natural wonder of Oak Alley and its classic plantation-style architecture.

Day 12: Oak Alley – St. Francisville

With the perfect balance of plantation homes, rolling countryside and bustling shops, you'll have no shortage of fun and activities.

Day 13: St. Francisville – Natchez

Welcome to Mississippi. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and all that one of Hugh Bayless' '100 Best Towns in America' has to offer.

Day 14: Natchez – Vicksburg

Known as the 'Red Carpet City of the South', Vicksburg will welcome you with true Southern hospitality.

Day 15: Scenic River Cruising

Enjoy a full day to relax on board your river cruise.

Day 16: Helena

With a proud musical history and a unique blend of shops and boutiques, you'll enjoy time spent in the town of Helena, Arkansas.

Day 17: Depart Memphis

Disembark the ship in Memphis today.

$7,795*pp
Trafalgar

Destination

North America: USA/Alaska/Hawaii

Duration

17 days