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Southern Sounds (8730)

8 days from New Orleans to Nashville

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If you are a music fan—don’t miss this Southern Sounds tour!

Begin with two overnights in New Orleans, where your expert Local Guide knows the sights and sounds of the Old World City. From New Orleans, travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit Elvis’ Birthplace & Museum. This small, 2-room house was built by Elvis’ father. Enjoy seeing memorabilia from Elvis’ childhood. Stay three nights in Memphis, where your expert Local Guide knows Memphis’ history, like no one else-including the inside, “backstage” stories from the folks who were there. In addition to guided sightseeing, your Memphis experience includes visits to the Stax Museum, dedicated to American Soul music; the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, tracing Memphis’ cultural and musical past; and Sun Studio, probably the world’s most famous recording studio. Here, you’ll relive the studio’s history.

You’ll also visit Graceland, Elvis’ palatial estate, and walk through the same rooms he did. You’ll even board his private jet! Also visit the Meditation Garden, where Elvis went to reflect on life and where he is laid to rest.

In Nashville, where you’ll spend two nights, visit Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. As one of country music’s most important recording studios, it is a must for any music fan. You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to Elvis’ “solid-gold” Cadillac, and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll see a show.

For music lovers, this Southern Sounds tour designed for value-minded travelers is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing with Local Guide

TUPELO
Visit Elvis’ Birthplace & Museum; Elvis Presley Museum

MEMPHIS
Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Stax Museum; Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio; Graceland

NASHVILLE
Orientation tour; visit Country Music Hall of Fame; tour RCA Studio B; reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Transportation:

Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

NEW ORLEANS. Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2

NEW ORLEANS. The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city on a guided sightseeing tour. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars.

Day 3

NEW ORLEANS-TUPELO–MEMPHIS. Visit ELVIS’ BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM, a small, 2-room house built by the singer’s father, Vernon Presley. You will also visit the Elvis Presley Museum, featuring “Remembrance of Things Past,” an exhibit displaying memorabilia from Elvis’ childhood. It’s here that you can see, feel, and touch where the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” began his musical journey. Afterward, journey to Memphis, and spend the next two nights in close proximity to Beale Street.

Day 4

MEMPHIS. This morning, experience this amazing city on your guided city sightseeing tour. Your expert Local Guide knows the history of Memphis like no one else—including the inside, “backstage” stories from the folks who were there. For music lovers, a visit to the STAX MUSEUM of American Soul Music is next. Then, on to the ROCK ‘N’ SOUL MUSEUM, which traces Memphis’ cultural and musical past. End the day with a visit to SUN STUDIO, probably the most famous recording studio in the world, where rock ‘n’ roll was first recorded. Hear outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis’ first microphone, see memorabilia, and relive the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, and many other music legends.

Day 5

MEMPHIS. EXCURSION TO GRACELAND. Today is dedicated to a guided audio tour of GRACELAND. Experience life as Elvis did by walking through the decadent and quirky rooms where he felt truly at home. Finish your tour of Graceland with a visit to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis often went to reflect on life, and where he is now laid to rest along with members of his family. You’ll also be able to board “The King’s” private jet! Tonight check-in to the Guest House at Graceland.

Day 6

MEMPHIS–NASHVILLE. Today, we head to Nashville—“Music City USA.” Upon arrival, go behind the scenes of the music industry by visiting the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac. This evening join the optional outing and be entertained with songs from so many of country music’s greats!

Day 7

NASHVILLE. Nashville is the ideal destination for music fans, history buffs, and lovers of the South. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important. Between 1957 and 1977, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here, including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Studio B is a “must-see” for any music fan, but especially for those who love Elvis. Afterward, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing by famous Music Row recording studios, the center of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950s. Tonight, see an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the world’s premier country music venue since 1925 and the setting for the nation’s longest-running music show.

Day 8

NASHVILLE. Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Music City USA” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PATRICK NEILSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"An educator by trade, I hold post-graduate degrees in English Emersion and Tourism & Marketing. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I use my training and experience to bring the history and culture of each place alive. I love to share my passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with guests while providing a unique local perspective."

Tour Director -  PATRICK NEILSON

KEN THOMPSON

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"My fascination with the world led me to a degree in Geography and a yearning to travel the globe. After an earlier career of over two decades in the airline business and several years teaching high school World Geography, I was ready to combine vocation with avocation. After nearly 15 years as a tour director I have led tours over most of the United States, plus Canada, Mexico, Panama, UK, France, Italy, Sicily, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and even Iceland. I now specialize in the Southern region of the US. In my off season, I enjoy my 'playing' with my 1968 Mustang convertible, my 1959 and 1952 antique tractors, and my 1946 Ercoupe airplane."

Tour Director -  KEN THOMPSON

 Accommodations

MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF) or The Guest House at Graceland (F)
NASHVILLE Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown (F)
NEW ORLEANS Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

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