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Nashville to New Orleans in Southern Comfort

Day 1: Arrive in Nashville, TN
Day 2: Nashville
Day 3: Nashville / Memphis
Day 4: Memphis
Day 5: Memphis / Natchez, MS
Day 6: Natchez / New Orleans, LA
Day 7: New Orleans
Day 8: New Orleans
Day 9: Depart New Orleans

Day 1: Arrive Nashville, TN
Welcome to Nashville! Settle into your hotel before joining fellow travelers and your Travel Director at a welcome reception to learn about the activities ahead. After dinner on your own, perhaps visit a "Honky Tonk" bar on Broadway street, where toe-tappin' live music and good times await.
Overnight: Renaissance Nashville Hotel (R)

Day 2: Nashville
After breakfast, venture to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum to learn the history of the artists, producers, and songs that heavily influenced the sound of the 20th century. Later, step out for a performance at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
Overnight: Renaissance Nashville Hotel (B)

Day 3: Nashville / Memphis
Today holds a special experience for Elvis fans as you set out for a private tour of the historic Nashville recording studio, RCA Studio B. Hear a variety of Elvis' original tracks, and learn how he influenced the studio's special lighting—and how it helped inspire him during recording sessions.

This afternoon, arrive in Memphis, another iconic American music city. Stop at the National Civil Rights Museum to discover the powerful exhibits and stories of strength, perseverance, and determination. The museum location itself holds great historical significance, as it is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Tonight indulge in a flavorful dinner at Central BBQ, consistently ranked #1 BBQ in Memphis since 2005.
Overnight: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (B,D)

Day 4: Memphis
Step out for breakfast at the historic Arcade Restaurant—Memphis' oldest cafe and one that was often frequented by Elvis. Built in 1919, this third generation family-owned and operated diner has been the backdrop for numerous films, TV programs, and publications due to its nostalgic décor and unforgettable menu options.

Afterward, visit Graceland—the most famous rock-and-roll home in America—for an interactive audio/visual tour. As you move throughout the grounds, listen to commentary and stories by Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie. Marvel at the Jungle Room, and see a wide variety of Elvis' personal belongings and memorabilia in the new Trophy Building.

Later at Sun Studio—the "birthplace of rock and roll"— learn about the exciting times when artists like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their iconic sounds.
Overnight: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (B)

Day 5: Memphis / Natchez, MS
Leaving Memphis, travel south along the Natchez Trace, a historic trail originally created by Native Americans, that runs for more than 400 miles from Nashville to Natchez. Visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, then continue on to Natchez.

This evening, dine at The Elms, a stately bed and breakfast originally built in 1804. It's current owner—and the fifth generation to live at and own the property—Esther Carpenter, is an accomplished artist and chef. She has been voted one of the 20 best female chefs in the country by USA Today. Her paintings and Southern gourmet cooking creations are a treat for all who visit.
Overnight: Natchez Grand Hotel & Suites (B,D)

Day 6: Natchez / New Orleans, LA
Learn about the cotton industry during a visit to Frogmore Plantation, then continue on to New Orleans—The Big Easy. Tonight, stroll the city at your leisure. Your Travel Director can help you choose the right restaurant and/or jazz club to suit your appetite, and your musical tastes.
Overnight: Hotel Monteleone (B)

Day 7: New Orleans
Discover New Orleans as you join a local guide for a tour through the city’s famed above-ground cemeteries and levees. Stop at Morning Call Café inside City Park, followed by a scenic drive down oak tree-lined Esplanade Avenue to view the stately homes. Watch a cooking demonstration and enjoy lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking. After lunch, explore on your own—with historic sites, delightful boutiques, and colorful side streets—New Orleans will charm you as she has visitors for centuries.
Overnight: Hotel Monteleone (B,L)

Day 8: New Orleans
A morning swamp tour provides a glimpse of Louisiana's local wetlands, and the opportunity to see much of the flora and fauna of the area—including the well-known alligator and more than 200 species of birds. Your afternoon is at leisure, then bid the Big Easy good-bye tonight at a farewell dinner at the famous Court of Two Sisters.
Overnight: Hotel Monteleone (B,D)

Day 9: Depart New Orleans
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for flights home. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

*Itinerary subject to change

Activity Level:

Easy

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance.