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. </BR></BR>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. </BR></BR>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!</BR></BR>Special Event – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival</BR>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.
NASHVILLESightseeing 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; [LF] visit and make a recording at RCA Studio BMEMPHISVisit Sun Studios and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; sightseeing tour with a Local Guide; visit GracelandCLARKSDALEVisit the Delta Blues Museum; [LF] lunch at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club; Rock & Blues MuseumGREENWOODOrientation tour including sites from the movie The HelpINDIANOLAVisit the B.B. King MuseumNATCHEZEnjoy a carriage ride with [LF] dinner at an antebellum mansionFROGMOREVisit a cotton plantation; Louisiana Delta Music MuseumLAFAYETTE[LF] Special program at Martin Accordions; cruise on the Atchafalaya BasinGREAT RIVER ROADGuided visit of Houmas House PlantationNEW ORLEANSSightseeing, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park; farewell dinner; Mississippi River lunch cruise;
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in New Orleans
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.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.