America's Musical Heritage with Extended Stay in New Orleans (ASE) - 2014 / 2015

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12 Day Tour from Nashville to New Orleans


Americas Musical Heritage with Extended Stay in New Orleans
Visit Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis
Visit Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis
Country Music Hall of Fame
Experience the great culture of New Orleans
New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street
Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans

Vacation Overview

On this vacation, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, soul, blues, and jazz with Elvis Presley also thrown into the mix. Start in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most important recording studios; and the Grand Ole Opry, where you have reserved seats. In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, celebrating Memphis soul music; Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more; and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues,” and visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the blues.

Other musical landmarks on this tour include the B.B. King Museum and the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, where you will learn more about Louisiana Delta musicians such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and more. In New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

But that’s not all…in addition to musical heritage, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about life on a plantation and cruise through the swampy waterways of Atchafalaya Basin. It’s a trip no music lover should miss!

     
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NASHVILLE
Sightseeing including a visit to Honky Tonk Row; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit and make a recording at RCA Studio B

MEMPHIS
Visit Sun Studios and Stax Museum of American Soul Music; sightseeing tour with Local Guide; visit to Graceland

CLARKSDALE
Visit to Delta Blues Museum, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club

GREENWOOD
Orientation

INDIANOLA
Visit to the B.B. King Museum

NATCHEZ
Enjoy a carriage ride with dinner at an antebellum mansion

FROGMORE
Visit a cotton plantation; Louisiana Delta Music Museum

LAFAYETTE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Special program at Martin Accordions; cruise on the Atchafalaya Basin

GREAT RIVER ROAD
Guided visit of Oak Alley Plantation

NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, National WWII Museum, farewell dinner; Mississippi River lunch cruise

NOTE:

  • The April 25 departure takes part in the world-famous Jazz & Heritage Festival. Listen to the best sounds of New Orleans and the hottest names in music from around the world. Your Jazz Fest package includes a 1-day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus transportation to and from the Jazz Fest Grounds.
  • Join us on the October 24 departure and spend Halloween in New Orleans, one of the most haunted cities in America.


DAY 1Arrive In Nashville

Welcome to Music City, USA! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink.

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DAY 2Nashville

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park’s full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row, and famous Honky Tonk Row. Learn their history, their importance, and the celebrities that got their starts here. We then visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs. Free time this afternoon to explore on your own. Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the mecca for country musicians. (Breakfast)

The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena The Parthenon Country Music Hall of Fame 
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DAY 3Nashville–Memphis

Start your day with a visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RCA STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important studios. Between 1957 and 1977, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here. Make a special recording and take it home as a memory of your time in Nashville, then depart for Memphis, “Home of the Blues.” Upon arrival, visit SUN STUDIO, probably the most famous recording studio in the world and where Rock ‘n’ Roll was first recorded. This historic studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. Then, visit the STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL MUSIC, a celebration of the great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Aretha Franklin, and many more. Enjoy dinner this evening on vibrant Beale Street with its many music clubs. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Memphis. Excursion To Graceland

This morning, see all the landmarks of Memphis. A Local Guide will play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage, along with generous amounts of comedy and interaction. We then travel to Elvis Presley’s GRACELAND. Tour his private jets, the mansion, the racquetball building that houses a collection of his ornate jumpsuits and capes, his original business office, and his trophy building with the enormous collection of gold records and awards. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Visit Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis 
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DAY 5Memphis–Clarksdale–Greenwood

Today we follow the path of the mighty Mississippi River and travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues.” From the cotton fields, street corners, and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta came a new kind of music—the blues. Considered by many to be the only truly indigenous American music, the blues has influenced musicians worldwide. Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Ike Turner, and John Lee Hooker honed their incredible music talents here before sharing them with the world. Visit the DELTA BLUES MUSEUM, dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of this unique American musical art form. Exhibits contain historical images, artifacts, musical instruments, and the remains of the cabin where Muddy Waters lived during his days as a sharecropper. Enjoy a photo stop at the “Cross Roads,” where legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play like no one else. Then, a special lunch at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. Continue to Greenwood, where many of the city’s downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Breakfast, Lunch)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the historic Alluvian Hotel. Originally opened in 1917, it has undergone a major transformation, and is now rated as one of the Top 10 Hotels in the United States by Conde Nast magazine.

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DAY 6Greenwood–Indianola–Natchez

This morning we visit the B.B. KING MUSEUM in Indianola, hometown of the legendary musician. Explore King’s 60-plus year career, from his time as a sharecropper and his time on Memphis’ Beale Street to the international music star he has become. Artifacts, images, and a guitar studio where visitors can play instruments bring it all to life. We then continue south to beautiful Natchez. Enjoy a horse-drawn CARRIAGE RIDE through downtown as the driver tells you the stories and history that make up this beautiful city. Dinner tonight is at an elegant antebellum mansion. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Natchez–Frogmore–Lafayette

First stop today is FROGMORE PLANTATION, where you’ll learn about the trials and triumphs of life on the plantation, from the 1700s to today. Travel then to the LOUISIANA DELTA MUSIC MUSEUM, where you are treated to a guided tour and will learn intimate stories about Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, and other Louisiana Delta musicians. Head through Louisiana into the heart of Cajun Country. Arrive in Lafayette and participate in a unique experience at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MARTIN ACCORDIONS, where you learn the history of accordion making, and enjoy music and storytelling by the Martin family. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Lafayette–Oak Alley Plantation–New Orleans

Enjoy a morning visit to St. Martinville to see the famous oak tree from Longfellow’s poem, Evangeline. Then, CRUISE through the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. See moss-draped trees, wildlife, and maybe even a lingering alligator or two. On to the Great River Road, where wealthy plantation owners built their monumental homes. Afterward, enjoy authentic Cajun home cooking along the banks of the Atchafalaya. Visit OAK ALLEY PLANTATION, the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road.” Tour the mansion and see the quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, which forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic antebellum home. We then continue to exciting New Orleans for a 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Experience the great culture of New Orleans New Orleans skyline New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans 
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DAY 9New Orleans

This morning, a Local Guide shows you the sights and sounds of New Orleans. Visit the French Quarter, including Jackson Square and Pirate’s Alley, then stop at an above-ground cemetery and learn about the city’s unique burial customs. Drive along tree-lined St. Charles Avenue to see the stately homes bordering the historic Garden District. Visit the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, which preserves the history of the people and places that helped shape the development and progression of jazz in New Orleans. This afternoon, visit the NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM and explore the war that changed the world. From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima, the museum’s exhibits are a blend of personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs, and original film footage. The stories of the thousands of men and women who made Allied victory in World War II possible are told through the fascinating exhibits. Tonight, celebrate your musical journey with a festive farewell dinner at the famous Court of Two Sisters Restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

New Orleans skyline Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans Stroll the lively streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street 
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Days 10-11New Orleans

Continue your stay in New Orleans, the “Crescent City.” Sample beignets at Café du Monde, ride a New Orleans streecar, shop for souvenirs, or learn to cook Cajun specialties at the New Orleans School of Cooking. This evening, sample some of the country’s finest restaurants or listen to some local jazz musicians at Preservation Hall. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for things to see and do. Included in your stay is a 2-hour LUNCH CRUISE along the Mississippi River, featuring great jazz and delicious food. (B daily,1 L)

New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street Experience the great culture of New Orleans Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans New Orleans skyline 
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DAY 12New Orleans

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. (Breakfast)

New Orleans skyline Experience the great culture of New Orleans Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street 
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Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in New Orleans


With Globus, 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.

HILLARY JOHNSON

Years of Experience: 28 years

During a summer in Ireland when I was 12, I was bitten by the "travel bug." I lived in Europe and became a Tour Director after graduating with a degree in European Languages. I am never as alive as when I am on the road. The haunting echo of a saxophone on a New Orleans street, the heady evening perfume of Jasmine in bloom, the sweet taste of a beignet, and the joyous "AA-eeeee!" of a Cajun dancer all need to be experienced...observing them from afar is not enough.

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