Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans

Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans

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Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans

7 Days Starting in Nashville and ending in New Orleans

Visiting: Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

SSKU

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Jump from Nashville to Memphis and New Orleans, laying down tracks at recording studios and hanging out at Graceland along the way – on this week-long trip in Tennessee and Louisiana. This may sound like a week in the life of Elvis Presley, but on this music-themed adventure, you’ll have the chance to walk a country mile in his blue suede shoes. Join your leader who knows all the best local spots and a group of fellow music lovers to get to the root of country music in Nashville, sing the blues in Memphis and jazz it up in New Orleans. If fantastic food, art, culture and history sound like music to your ears, then this is the trip for you.

Highlights

  • Walk in the famous footsteps of BB King, Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf at the 'Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll', the Sun Studio in Memphis.

  • Earn your place in the Country Music Hall of Fame as you take part in a recording session with a professional sound engineer at the iconic Studio B in Nashville.

  • Discover a kitschy world of Southern glitz and glamour at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley and his final resting place.

  • Get to know the real New Orleans during a walking tour that celebrates local artists and brings the culture and history of the city to light.

  • It doesn’t get much better than Southern food – learn how to cook a classic New Orleans crawfish boil for a true taste of Louisiana.

  • Walk in famous footsteps at the 'Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll', the Sun Studio in Memphis, and discover a kitschy world of Southern glitz and glamour at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

  • Get to know the real New Orleans during a walking tour that celebrates the city’s jazz music heritage, stopping off at some lively venues along the way.

  • Join a local Black-owned business for a tour of the Whitney Plantation, where you’ll get a sobering glimpse at what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation.

  • Visit the Whitney Plantation where you’ll get a sobering glimpse at what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation.

  • It doesn’t get much better than Southern food – learn how to cook a classic New Orleans Cajun feast for a true taste of Louisiana.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Nashville

Location: Nashville

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Tennessee! Your adventure begins in Nashville – an energetic city celebrating boot-scooting, whiskey shooting and rootin’-tootin’ country music like nowhere else. Kick off your trip with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you’ll meet up with your leader and the other travellers. After, head out on a leader-led walking tour of the city to get your bearings and then join your group for an optional welcome dinner.

Included Activities:
-Nashville- Leader-led orientation tour

Day 2: Nashville

Location: Nashville

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, dive straight into the city’s history with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This fabulous piano-shaped building is a work of art and contains Elvis’ gold Cadillac (among other impressive memorabilia). Then, cruise across town to Studio B, where Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and ‘The King’ Elvis Presley have all laid tracks – today, you’ll even be joining this prestigious list! Meet with a professional sound engineer for your own recording session and find out what it takes to create the Nashville sound. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city – you may like to check out the Nashville murals, visit the much-loved Goo Goo candy store, or swing by the Johnny Cash Museum.

Included Activities:
-Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame
-Nashville - Studio B tour with recording session

Day 3: Memphis

Location: Memphis

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Hit the road this morning and make tracks for Memphis – a city overflowing with musical history and legends. Your first stop is the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Here at the original location of Stax Records in downtown Memphis, you'll learn the story of the Memphis sound where stars like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes got their starts. You'll even have a chance to cut a rug on their dance floor as you listen to Stax tracks. The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights and sounds of Memphis. No visit to this city would be complete without checking out Beale Street, lined with traditional blues clubs – you can ask your leader where the locals hang out tonight so you can avoid the tourist hotspots.

Included Activities:
-Memphis - Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Day 4: Memphis

Location: Memphis

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head to the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel – where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated – for a dose of history that is both confronting and inspirational. Then you'll visit Memphis’s most iconic site – Graceland! Elvis’s former home and final resting place, a visit to Graceland is like stepping back into the 1970s, with a glamourous and kitschy twist. Explore a fascinating world of green shag-carpet ceilings and yellow vinyl walls while getting a sneak peek into the glitzy side of the Deep South.

Included Activities:
-Memphis - Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley
-Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum

Day 5: New Orleans

Location: New Orleans

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today you’ll be road-tripping from Memphis to New Orleans, arriving in the afternoon. Jazz is not just a part of the city’s history – it’s alive and kicking! When you arrive, join a local expert for a Black Heritage & Jazz tour to explore sites like Congo Square, known as the birthplace of jazz, Louis Armstrong Park, and the Tremé neighbourhood with time for shopping on Bayou Street. The evening is yours to explore further – your leader will have some great recommendations on where to grab a bite to eat and listen to more live music.

Included Activities:
-New Orleans - Jazz Music Tour

Day 6: New Orleans

Location: New Orleans

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a free day to explore New Orleans at your own pace. Then later this afternoon, you’re in for a real treat – not only famed for its music scene, the food in New Orleans is some of the best in the country, and today you’ll learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine at a local cooking school. Find out how to create one of the region’s most beloved dishes with a demonstration, then get hands-on and try it yourself. Tuck into the finished product for dinner with your group. This evening, why not check out a jazz club on Frenchman Street or join the party on Bourbon Street?

Included Activities:
-New Orleans - Cooking Class

Day 7: New Orleans

Location: New Orleans

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, your trip comes to an end. If you’d like, you can book an optional jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters – a gorgeous outdoor courtyard dining area where you can enjoy some delicious brunch specialities while live jazz plays –a great way to end your music trail! If you’d like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Optional Activities:
-New Orleans - Jazz Brunch

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotel (6 nights)

  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 1 dinners

  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame + Studio B Tour

  • Memphis - Sun Studio Visit

  • Memphis - Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley

  • New Orleans - Jazz Music Tour

  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum

  • New Orleans - Cooking Class

  • New Orleans – Plantation Tour

  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Nashville - Studio B tour & recording session

  • Nashville- Leader-led orientation tour

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Transport

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  • We recommend taxis and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber when traveling to and from hotels in the USA and Canada. These services are widely available across North America, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. Private transfers in North America incur high costs and present an increased risk of missed connections due to their fixed schedules. In contrast, taxis and rideshares offer both cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ensuring a smoother journey. With transparent pricing, GPS tracking, and on-demand availability, we believe that taxis and rideshare apps not only offer a reliable alternative to private transfers but also provide a secure, trustworthy, and budget-friendly transportation option for our customers.
  • NORTH AMERICA VEHICLES
  • Our large fleet of 15-passenger vans are fully equipped with air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio or CD players. Your luggage is typically transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced by a well-established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent. However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.
  • While your group will have a van for all included activities on the trip, the services of the van and leader may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Important Information

  • 1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Nashville. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
  • 2. Last day there are no activities planned. Check out of the hotel will be 10am
  • 3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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  • Is this trip right for you

    The South gets mighty steamy in the summertime. Pack appropriately, drink plenty of water and you might even grow to love it. September through to November is hurricane season, so if you’re travelling over this period you should pack a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.

    You're in the Deep South of the USA, so expect a lot of (delicious) fried food and barbecue. Vegetarians may have fewer options, as a lot of southern cuisine is meat-based.

    You may also want to check out our Best of the South trip if you have a longer time to explore the region:

    https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/best-south-atlanta-new-orleans-150418

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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