Music of the Deep South

USA

Few place names have appeared in music as often as Nashville, Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi and New Orleans. Take this tour to see why, and also get to taste some amazing local specialities and learn about the culture and history of the region.

Nashville Calling

Fly into Nashville for a two-night stay at the historic Hermitage Hotel. Meet your guide in the afternoon for a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, then take a private tour of RCA Studio B, where Eddy Arnold, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson once graced the halls with their musical talents. During your stay, we’ll also arrange a private tour of an authentic Tennessee whiskey distillery and a VIP evening at the legendary Grand Ole Opry country-music show.

Civil Rights & Soul Music

Hit the road for the three-hour drive to Memphis, where we’ll take you behind the scenes at Sun Studios, where both Elvis and Johnny Cash once recorded. After a visit to the Civil Rights Museum, the infamous site of the death of Martin Luther King Jr, your guide will then take you to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music then on to Graceland, the former home of ‘the King. Stroll through the halls where Elvis once resided on a with his family while your expert guide explains the detailed history of the mansion. We recommend a two-night stint at the elegant Peabody Memphis.

The Blues Trail

Begin your journey to New Orleans, pausing along the way at selected stops on the Blues Trail. Visit Clarksdale, the “Crossroads of the Blues” and Helena, deemed the very first place to have a radio show featuring blues artists, among many other landmark sites. Your guide will also take you through the BB King Museum, before an overnight stop in Natchez. Stay at Monmouth Historic Inn, an early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens.

The Big Easy

Arrive in New Orleans for a two-night within strolling distance of the French Quarter at the Windsor Court Hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the best food and drinks spots, sampling renowned from Gulf Coast oysters and beignets to po’boys and gumbo. An expert local musicologist will then lead you on an evening walking tour through the city, including Congo Square, the Treme and the Preservation Hall Jazz Club followed by prime seats for a top jazz performance.

When to go

All year

Guide price

from £2,830 per person
(including international flights & car hire)

Ideal duration

7 nights

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