America's Music Heritage

America's Music Heritage

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America's Music Heritage

11 Days Starting in Atlanta, GA, USA and ending in New Orleans, LA, USA

Visiting: Atlanta, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Tupelo, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans

Tour operator:

Just You

Specialist Group:

Singles Solo

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

21-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History, Music

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Discover the country music capital of the world, Nashville, stepping foot in some of the city's most famed venues, visited by the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. Speaking of Elvis, we'll also visit his birthplace, Tupelo, before heading to his opulent mansion, Graceland, in Memphis, where the 'King of Rock and Roll' lived. Finally, we'll head to the cultural melting pot of New Orleans, a city which everyone should visit at least once!

Highlights

  • Nashville tour

  • Visit Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame & the Muscle Shoals Studio

  • Visit Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace

  • Tour of Sun Studios, "the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll"

  • Sightseeing tour of New Orleans

  • Jazz brunch in New Orleans

  • Graceland and Elvis Experience tour

  • Visit historic Natchez and tour an antebellum mansion

  • Walking tour of the French Quarter

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Atlanta
Location: Atlanta
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Courtland Grand Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Make your own way to the hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting this evening.

Day 2 : Atlanta - Nashville
Location: Atlanta, Nashville
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and the country music capital of the world. This is where we spend the next two nights, with a sightseeing tour of its highlights included. Get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3 : Nashville
Location: Nashville
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we'll visit Studio B, which became famous in the 1960s for its part in the Nashville Sound, which revived the popularity of country music. We'll also head to the Country Music Hall of Fame to see a huge collection of artefacts connected with the genre.

The perfect way to end the day is with an optional evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most important venues for country music anywhere in the world.

Day 4 : Nashville - Muscle Shoals
Location: Nashville, Muscle Shoals
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day inspired by music begins with a visit to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to see exhibits ranging from gold discs to costumes worn by the likes of Hank Williams and the Commodores. We also step inside the FAME Studios, where music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Otis Redding have recorded, as well as the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Day 5 : Tupelo - Memphis
Location: Tupelo, Memphis
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast

We make our way to another great musical city today – Memphis, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River.

En route we call at Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. We'll see the house where he was born and visit a museum which is home to one of the finest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.

Day 6 : Memphis
Location: Memphis
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Today we'll learn more about Elvis, starting with a visit to Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings. Next, we'll head to Graceland, the opulent mansion where the King of Rock 'n' Roll lived until his untimely death in 1977. Later you can explore Memphis at your own pace. A stroll along Beale Street, which is lined with blues clubs, restaurants, shops and bars, is a great way to soak up the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Day 7 : Memphis - Natchez
Location: Memphis, Natchez
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez
Meals Included: Breakfast

We'll leave Memphis today and head to Natchez, a historic river town on the banks of the Mississippi. This laid back destination is filled with grand mansions and we’ll visit one today to learn about southern life in the “antebellum” period, before the civil war. Stanton Hall was built in 1859, and was occupied by Union troops during the American Civil War. Our guided tour here will give us a fascinating glimpse into the life of wealthy cotton merchant, Frederick Stanton, and his family.

Day 8 : Natchez - New Orleans
Location: Natchez, New Orleans
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

New Orleans is our destination today, and we'll stay here for three nights. Also known as the 'Big Easy', this exciting city is the home of jazz, and our hotel is located steps away from the French Quarter. We'll enjoy an included sightseeing tour on arrival.
This evening, why not head in to the French Quarter with your travelling companions to enjoy a drink and a meal and soak up the lively atmosphere of this iconic area, where music spills from every doorway.

Day 9 : New Orleans
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we'll discover even more of New Orleans on an included walking tour of the French Quarter. We'll finish at a restaurant for a buffet brunch accompanied by live jazz music, served in a pretty outdoor courtyard.

The rest of the day is all yours to explore the galleries and boutiques of the French Quarter, or join an optional Louisiana swamp and bayou tour.

Day 10 : New Orleans - At Leisure
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you can spend the day making your own discoveries in New Orleans. You could return to the French Quarter, explore some of the city's museums or stroll through one of the lovely parks.

This evening, if you want to enjoy a real southern experience, why not join our optional excursion. You'll board an authentic paddle steamer and cruise along the Mississippi River with dinner.

Day 11 : Departure
Location: New Orleans
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end.

What's Included

  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own

  • Porterage

  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport

  • Accommodation

    10 nights in hotels of a great standard

  • Meals

    11 included meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 brunch & 1 welcome dinner

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No and your own room is guaranteed!

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

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

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

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

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this Operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

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Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019

21/06/2021

Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Jan Clark  

My Go-to tour company!

16-Nov-2021

I’ve travelled many times with Just You and have always experienced 5-star service from them; so much so that they are always my go-to travel company. Realising a life-time’s dream of visiting Petra and touring Jordan with JY was amazing. Every day was a highlight and the tour manager, Jenny, was lovely and so professional. I can even see me doing this tour again next year.

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

Maureen May (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from St Lucia....

29-Feb-2024

Just returned from St Lucia. Hotel dreadfully shabby. Breakfasts very limited with very little fresh fruit. Our hotel was a 20 minute walk in 29C or a free bus on the hour to the beach and sister hotel. Location good for nearby local shopping and restaurants. The sunset cruise was brilliant as was the whale watching, but surf and safari trip was a disaster. We travelled in two open topped trucks with a two and a half hour drive to the surfing destination. During the trip smoke started from the gear box and we had to abandon the vehicle until the situation was rectified, which, to their credit, was sorted very quickly. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat so we had to return back in the trucks. Extremely uncomfortable on side bench seats, hanging on in the rain. So, all in all we don’t over 6 hours on the trucks - not good. The tour guide left before the 5 day extension period without a handover to the local tour operators. No Information was given except by the hotel. I had already booked to go the Athens with Just You in May, now I wish I hadn’t.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

Don't go to the Mercure...

10-Feb-2024

Don't go to the Mercure Hotel in Brighton for a Christmas holiday. Dingy rooms, small tables so you are encouraged to sit on your own when you have expected to be able to chat. But this is nothing compared to the Christmas lunch. Reconstituted white meat that could have been anything, no roasties, no stuffing, no cranberry sauce, you couldn't cut the sprouts because the knife wasn't sharp enough. I had pre ordered prawn cocktail as my starter but on the day when we all turned up together, there was no prawn cocktail for me they had run out, so all I had was soup. No dancing, no music. The carpets were stained and it was a very sorry affair. I paid £1348 for 4 nights of this very shabby standard. Sorry Just You, butbit is the last holiday I will have with you. This year, whether I go to Aldi or Waitrose, I will buy the whole shebang and cook it myself, and then I will be sure to enjoy it.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

Great holiday but then no...

21-Sep-2023

Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in online..you can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

Janet Roe (Google Reviewer)  

Travelled with Just You to...

10-Jan-2024

Travelled with Just You to South America - Chile Argentina and Brazil in Nov 2023. Tour guide was totally inexperienced for this long haul tour and was completely out of her depth. This caused massive problems with the holiday when we were unable to travel to Mendoza due to snow blocking the road across the Andes. The company head office did not address the group's concerns and did not offer us alternative air travel. Lots of other issues with this holiday and tour manager. Despite having made a formal complaint my concerns have not been addressed. I can't see me travelling with this company again.

shirley perry (Google Reviewer)  

What should have been the...

19-Dec-2023

What should have been the holiday of a lifetime to the National Parks of America was a big disappointment due mainly to our tour guide. When I traveled with Just You pre-Covid on their long haul holidays, there was always a Just You representative meeting everyone at the airport and travelling with the group, plus local guides at your destination. This time it was just Veronica on arrival, who wasn't even there when the first of the group arrived, and she gave us very little information about the areas we were travelling through.

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