America’s Music Cities with Collette Tours
Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country and good old rock ‘n’ roll.
Experience the unique city of New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Spend two nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues," and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you humming long after you return home.
Departs Oct, 6, 2019
Price from $3,099pp* twin share
French Marketplace, New Orleans: Peruse this charming open-air marketplace for local fare, unique artwork and one-of-a-kind handicrafts. We suggest heading to the Marketplace’s Dutch Alley plaza to take in more of the unique, local flavour.
Amazing, wonderful and simply unforgettable, don't miss your chance to experience the best of the musical cities in the USA in 2019. Contact us NOW to book your trip! Simply fill out the enquiry form, or give us a call on 1300 487 283. Don't miss out!
*Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person, twin share, applicable for bookings made by 30 Sept 2018 on select tours departing 1 July 2018 until 30 April 2020. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings, and not combinable with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Itinerary advertised is taken from the supplier. For more information please contact your itravel agent. Promotion ends 30 Sept 2018 unless sold out prior.
Day 1: Nashville, Tennessee - Tour Begins
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville.
Day 2: Nashville
Your day begins with a tour of the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits! Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Later, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour. View the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon – a full scale replica of the Athenian original! Following your city tour, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum's vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colourful histories of country music and its artists. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.* What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.
Day 3: Nashville - Memphis
Your day begins with a visit the old Ryman Auditorium.** Then, step back in time and relive days gone by during a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a local wine tasting. Later, travel to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. This evening, enjoy delectable Southern cuisine along with some of the best live music in town. Your dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.
Day 4: Memphis
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The rest of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings. Spend more time at Graceland*** or join an optional Memphis Musical History Tour with dinner. Tonight, dance to the live music or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs!
Day 5: Memphis - New Orleans, Louisiana
Step back in time to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.
Day 6: Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans
The choice is yours! Take a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Or, set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain; this romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Whichever you choose, stop to taste a true New Orleans favourite – beignets at Café Du Monde.
Day 7: French Quarter
Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise**** narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem whilst keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Return to New Orleans. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.
Day 8: New Orleans - Tour Ends
The country music of Nashville, the sounds of Memphis, and New Orleans’ jazz and food comprise a journey full of experiences that will have you humming and smiling long after you return home.