SOUTHERN GRACE

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Step into the heartland of soul music, as you travel from Nashville through Memphis on to New Orleans. Take your reserved seat at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and enjoy a private meeting and tour alongside Elvis’ close friend at Graceland, Memphis. Along the way, you’ll meet local singer-songwriters, taste the region’s renowned cuisine and experience southern hospitality at its best.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfares to Nashville, return from New Orleans
  • 9 Day Luxury Coach Tour
  • 8 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
  • Return airport transfers
  • All taxes

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Memphis: Meet Elvis’ close friend for a tour of Graceland before sitting down to a dinner on the grounds in Memphis.
  • Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir.
  • New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s river road, voted best Louisiana attraction for 2017.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Memphis: Visit Sun Studios, where famous music icons like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums.
  • Nashville: Attend a live taping of the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running live radio program.
  • Natchez: At Frogmore Plantation, contrast early 19th century cotton plantation life with the modern processes of today.
  • New Orleans: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s river road, voted best Louisiana attraction for 2017.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • New Orleans: Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a live demonstration and cooking class, followed by a special Highlight Dinner.
  • Memphis: Private, after hours, visit of Graceland, followed by a home-style cooked meal, favored by the King himself.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.
  • Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
  • Natchez: The Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens offers a unique combination of hospitality, world-class service and luxurious surroundings.
  • New Orleans: The iconic Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

ACCOMMODATION

SHERATON GRAND NASHVILLE DOWNTOWN

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

THE WESTIN MEMPHIS BEALE STREET

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN AND GARDENS NATCHEZ

NATCHEZ (SCENIC) – USA

An early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens. Monmouth Historic Inn is a National Historic Landmark. With an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone age, the rooms and suites are as perfect as a picture. Available either in the main house or in any of the seven outbuildings, rooms have period furnishings and/or antebellum-era reproductions. Some include a spa tub and a fireplace. Wander around the meticulously nurtured gardens amidst blooming magnolias, roses, azaleas and Monmouth’s signature collection of angel statuary, accompanied by the gentle humming of cicadas. Then enjoy mint juleps or a cocktail of your choice in the Quitman Study/Lounge, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner in the award winning Restaurant 1818 inside the antebellum home.

HOTEL MONTELEONE NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS (CENTRAL) – USA

Hotel Monteleone New Orleans


DATES & PRICES

31 Aug – 08 Sep 2018  fr $6,645*pp

08 Oct – 16 Oct 2018 fr $6,545*pp

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TOUR DETAILS

  1. DAY 1

    ARRIVE IN NASHVILLE.

    Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and taken to your downtown hotel. Relax and settle in or start your exploration of the world’s country music capital. At 18:00, join you Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. DAY 2

    ENJOY NASHVILLE’S MUSICAL HISTORY.

    Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B and take home a copy of a choir-style recording session as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia. Your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, will share stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars. No trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend a live taping of America’s longest-running live radio programme.

  3. DAY 3 – RELAXED START

    MEMPHIS AND GRACELAND, HOME OF ‘THE KING’.

    Travel from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, where your day is at leisure to explore. The evening is devoted to Graceland, as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the great Elvis Presley. From the flowers outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Meet George Klein, Elvis’ close friend, and enjoy a casual dinner with wine.

  4. DAY 4 – RELAXED START

    SUN STUDIOS AND NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM.

    Visit Sun Studios, where artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded revolutionary albums. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.

  5. DAY 5

    MISSISSIPPI MYSTIQUE IN NATCHEZ.

    Depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. At your charming, luxury country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the ‘science’ behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable four-course Highlight Dinner with wine in the stunning main house.

  6. DAY 6

    FROGMORE, HOUMAS HOUSE AND NEW ORLEANS

    With your costumed hosts, tour the reconstructed 19th century Frogmore Plantation and compare it to the modern day operation. Get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House Plantation, often referred to as ‘The Sugar Palace’ during its antebellum heyday. In the evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration and enjoy the culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine.

  7. DAY 7 – RELAXED START

    NEW ORLEANS SIGHTSEEING

    Join a Local Expert for an atmospheric tour of the city. Learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here over the centuries. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood. Explore City Park and take a moment to perhaps enjoy a café au lait while admiring the graceful oak trees. Next, visit one of the city’s famous above ground cemeteries and learn about the local’s uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

  8. DAY 8 – RELAXED START

    EXPLORING NEW ORLEANS, THE BIG EASY.

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a Farewell Celebration Dinner, with wine, at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud’s.

  9. DAY 9

    DEPART NEW ORLEANS.

    Bid ‘Au Revoir’ to the Big Easy in the morning as your transfer takes you to New Orleans International Airport.