America's Musical Heritage with Extended Stay in New Orleans (ASE)

12 Day Tour from Nashville to New Orleans

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On this Southern US tour, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, rock-n-roll, 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 the great 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, spend four nights, visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and enjoy great jazz and delicious food during your lunch cruise on the Mississippi River.

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. Plus, Globus has arranged unique experiences for you throughout this Southern US tour. Enjoy a special dinner at an antebellum mansion in Natchez and lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Morgan Freeman. A special treat is the opportunity for you to make a recording at RCA Studio B that you can take home with you! It’s a vacation no music lover should miss!

Special Event – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast. The music encompasses every style associated with New Orleans, plus the hottest names in music from around the world. In addition to the music, enjoy locally made specialties—from classic New Orleans gumbo, po-boys, and jambalaya to fine international cuisine. Don’t miss the craft and marketplaces, where you’ll find tempting handcrafted clothing, leather goods, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. Your New Orleans Jazz Fest package includes a 1-day pass to the festival plus transportation to and from the festival grounds. Available on the April 22, 2016 departure.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

NASHVILLE
Sightseeing with a Local Guide 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 the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; sightseeing tour with a Local Guide; visit Graceland
CLARKSDALE
Visit the Delta Blues Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club; Rock & Blues Museum
GREENWOOD
Orientation tour including sites from the movie The Help
INDIANOLA
Visit the B.B. King Museum
NATCHEZ
Enjoy a carriage ride with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Houmas House Plantation
NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park; farewell dinner; Mississippi River lunch cruise;

NOTE:
The April 22 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.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in New Orleans

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive In Nashville

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

Day 2 Nashville

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

Day 3 Nashville–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 M.G.s, Aretha Franklin, and others. Enjoy dinner on vibrant Beale Street with its many music clubs.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 Memphis. 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 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

Day 5 Memphis–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. After lunch, spend time at the ROCK & BLUES MUSEUM before continuing to Greenwood, where many of the city’s downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon arrival, take a TOUR to see the sites and locations used for the Oscar-winning movie The Help.

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 Condé Nast magazine.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 6 Greenwood–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. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Dinner tonight is at an elegant ANTEBELLUM MANSION.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 7 Natchez–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

Day 8 Lafayette–Houmas House 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 HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION, the “Crown Jewel of the Great River Road.” Tour the mansion, which is filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork, and enjoy some time to stroll the magnificent gardens. You may just want to relax under one of the magnificent oak trees. We then continue to exciting New Orleans for a 2-night stay.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 9 New 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 National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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 is free to explore New Orleans on your own, shop for a favorite souvenir, or relax with a fresh cup of cafe au lait and a beignet. Tonight, celebrate your musical journey with a festive farewell dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans.

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Dinner

Days 10-11 New Orleans

Continue your stay in New Orleans, the “Crescent City.” Sample beignets at Café du Monde, ride a New Orleans streetcar, 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.

Breakfast daily
1 Lunch

Day 12 New Orleans

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

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

Nashville
Memphis
Greenwood
Natchez
Lafayette
New Orleans

Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Superior First-Class

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN United States

Free Wifi

Commercial Three-story Motor Hotel situated across Briley Parkway from Opryland, 15 minutes from downtown.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Memphis

Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown

First-Class

185 Union Ave
Memphis, TN United States

Free Wifi

Any hotel featuring its own brand of chocolate chip cookie is a hotel featuring ultimate comfort. The Doubletree Hotel Memphis is located near some of the city's top attractions - Beale Street, museums, Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion, and more! Rooms are modern with soft-tone colors and plush bedding, the hotel provides an outdoor pool for relaxation and a fully-equipped fitness center so you can stay active, even on vacation. The Doubletree Memphis has everything to make your stay away a perfect one.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Greenwood

The Alluvian Hotel

Superior First-Class

318 Howard Street
Greenwood, MS United States

Free Wifi

A cosmopolitan boutique hotel in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone

Natchez

Hampton Inn and Suites Natchez

Superior Tourist-Class

627 South Canal Street
Natchez, MS United States

Free Wifi

Our Natchez hotel offers easy access to shops, nightlife and restaurants in the renowned Under-the-Hill area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Indoor Pool
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television

Lafayette

DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

Superior First-Class

1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA United States

Dramatic 15-story Convention Hotel with glass facade, overlooking the Vermilion Bayou.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Phone

New Orleans

Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal St
New Orleans, LA United States

Located on historic Canal Street just steps from the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace and the assortment of renowned restaurants, boutiques, and live music clubs. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center, gift shop, concierge service, Internet access, restaurant, lounge, and room service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Shoe Shine
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

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