From smooth saxophone to electric guitar, America's South is known for its auditory pleasures. Feel the beat from Atlanta to New Orleans in 10 days.
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Explore the jewels of the southern United States, from Graceland in Memphis to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, and you’ll be left with an abiding sense that you’ve been transported to a place where things move to a very different beat. This is a region where music isn’t just part of the culture, it’s part of the rhythm of daily life.
This is a journey that will allow you to unravel the wonders of America’s vibrant southern states. You’ll arrive in Atlanta for your overnight stay at Grand Hyatt. Please book your flight to arrive prior to 5pm. Tonight join your Tour Director and travel companions in celebrating your impending adventures over a ‘welcome to the USA’ dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Travel to Nashville, the home of country music.
Take a trip down memory lane at Nashville’s Studio B. Arranged exclusively for Scenic guests, you’ll get to record a song there, just as the likes of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers have done before you.
For the next two nights you’ll be based at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and learn of the fascinating country music culture in Tennessee, with an exclusive performance by one of Nashville’s acclaimed musicians.
Sing and clap along during an evening performance at Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry. ‘The Opry’ began as a radio broadcast in 1925 and today is a live entertainment phenomenon and American icon. You’ll gain backstage access to the Ryman Theatre on an exclusive tour of this incredible venue, which has hosted country music’s most famous musicians.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Make the ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll pilgrimage and delight in a tour of Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Later, dine in the original B.B. King’s Blues Club and revel in live blues tunes. Tonight you’ll get to stay at the Westin Memphis.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Today, travel deeper south to Natchez where you can learn of the antebellum era, where grand estates maintained by enslaved servants turned into desperate ruins following the Civil War. The Monmouth Plantation is typical of the type and today has been restored and transformed into an opulent hotel. Enjoy your Special Stay, it’s your opportunity to immerse yourself in the plantation experience.
Cruise through one of Louisiana’s bayous, natural habitat of the alligator.
This evening, join in the celebrations of a Cajun-style Bal de Maison, a house party, as you enjoy authentic cuisine and live local music.
Tonight, you’ll stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Lafayette.
You’ll be amazed by the culture of New Orleans. Explore this vibrant city and witness how the magic of the annual grand spectacular, the famous Mardi Gras, is created. Also, see the ongoing recovery since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Tonight, you’ll get to choose from an array of local restaurants.
Later, you’ll begin a three night stay at the venerable Hotel Monteleone in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
To truly round off your New Orleans experience, enjoy soulful sounds while cruising down the Mississippi River on a nostalgic paddle boat cruise.
Choose from a range of diverse activities on offer. Take a Cajun cooking class, a New Orleans movie tour, or a quaint horse and carriage ride. Alternatively visit the National World War II Museum.
Enjoy a lively dinner and dance the evening away with your fellow travellers to the tunes of a local band.
Your journey concludes today and you will transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.
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