Day 1: Nashville, Tennessee - Tour Begins
Step back in time on a holiday getaway that opens in the “Music Capital of the World” Nashville – and the glorious Gaylord Opryland Resort. This impressive property is a year-round wonderland but during the holidays it truly sparkles even brighter
Day 2: Nashville
Your day begins with a tour of the 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, visit the old Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry. Later, 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 this evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.
Day 3: Nashville
Your day begins with a local guide who will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row, and the Parthenon a full replica of the Athenian original! Later, immerse yourself in the flavors of the holidays at Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a wine tasting along with some warm holiday wassail and homemade sweets. This evening gathers for a spectacular dinner and holiday show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Then, the choice is yours! Embark on a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride or take in your resort’s amazing lights and décor on a relaxing river cruise.
Day 4: Nashville – Memphis
This morning we travel to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Behold Elvis’ 14-acre estate and his home decorated in its holiday best with impressive poinsettia displays and Presley family holiday trinkets. You will have access to Elvis’ original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Later, 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. Tonight’s dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.
Day 5: Memphis - New Orleans, Louisiana
Travel south and step back in time to the “Jazz Capital of the World” New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with a rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.
Day 6: Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans
The choice is yours! Take 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 to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Or, set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery 3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain; this romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Whichever you choose, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde.
Day 7: French Quarter
Journey through Louisiana’s 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 bald eagles, herons, turtles, and alligators! 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, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.
Day 8: New Orleans - Tour Ends
Your musical holiday journey comes to a close today.