The Rhythms of the South Self-Drive Vacation Package from Memphis to New Orleans is the ultimate Deep South cultural road trip.
Spend 11 days and 10 nights experiencing the warm hospitality of the land of Delta Blues, mint juleps, Magnolia trees, folklore and fable. You'll spend two days and nights in both Memphis and Nashville before heading over to the Mississippi Delta. You'll follow the historic Natchez Trace, visiting Tupelo, Clarksdale, Vicksburg and Natchez. Next, you'll visit neighboring Lafayette in Louisiana before moving on to your final destination of New Orleans, the Big Easy!
Hotel accommodations, maps, driving directions, suggested activities, and admission to several key attractions along the way are included. Attraction admissions include Graceland, Sun Studios, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Elvis Presley's Birthplace, the Delta Blues Museum, and many more!
Please Note: Transportation is NOT included. Tour ends in New Orleans. All prices are the total costs for hotel accommodations and included attractions (see What's Included).
10 days, 9 nights
Please Note: Time shown on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. You will be issued individual attraction vouchers and instructions for checking in at your hotels.
2017 departure dates will be available in early 2017.
What's NOT Included
Moderate Hotels - 3 Star (hotels subject to change)
Superior Hotels - 4 Star (hotels subject to change)
Room Types (all room types may not always be available; if your preferred room type is not available, you will be contacted to discuss options)
Child Rates & Accommodations
Child and Child Free rates are based on children sharing a room with parent(s).
Important Hotel Information
Hotel Parking Fees (subject to change)
Suggested Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Memphis - Arrive in Memphis. After settling in your hotel, get yourself to the world-famous Beale Street, located downtown stretching several blocks east of the river bluffs. Nightclubs and restaurants offer a variety of food and live music including traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock’n’Roll. Shops and boutiques throughout the district provide the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, t-shirts, memorabilia and novelties. In the evening, there’s still time to sample the musical delights of Beale Street, but don’t worry because you’ll have another night in Memphis to truly experience the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues. Overnight in Memphis.
Day 2: Memphis - Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Graceland, Elvis’ beloved mansion. The Graceland Platinum mansion tour includes the Hall of Gold, Elvis’ private office, the Meditation Garden and the Racquetball Court with the dedicated wall of gold and platinum records. After the mansion tour, visit the remaining Graceland attractions at your own pace. These include the Elvis Presley Car Museum, Elvis’ Airplanes and the Sincerely Elvis Museum filled with personal items and memorabilia. Of course, gift shops abound, overflowing with Elvis souvenirs and special keepsakes.
Don’t miss the tour at famous Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers. Also, be sure to visit the nearby Smithsonian Rock’n’Soul Museum and learn why Memphis was the epicenter of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Soul music. Overnight in Memphis.
Day 3: Memphis to Brownsville to Jackson to Nashville (210 miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. Depart Memphis this morning for Nashville along the Music Highway. You will drive through Nutbush, the birthplace of entertainer Tina Turner, to Brownsville, Tennessee. Here you can visit the home of blues singer Sleepy John Estes, and the adjacent Delta Heritage Center. Down the road in Jackson, you can tour the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and visit the Casey Jones Village and Old Country Store. Continue on the interstate to Nashville. After settling in at your hotel, quickstep over to 2nd Avenue or Broadway Avenue for some outstanding country music. Practice yelling “Yee HA!” and learn how to do some real country dancin’ at the Wildhorse Saloon. Overnight in Nashville.
Day 4: Nashville - Breakfast at your hotel. Visit the fabulous Country Music Hall of Fame. Through the display of stage costumes, musical instruments, artworks, film and photography, the history of country music vividly unfolds in this sparkling downtown facility. The museum is a tribute to the many country music stars that have gone before and the many yet to come. Next you’ll tour the Ryman Auditorium, mother church of country music and 1940s home of the Grand Ole Opry. Like to shop? Then you must browse Opry Mills for Shoppertainment at its finest. Opry Mills combines outlet, discount and specialty retailers, themed restaurants and fun-filled entertainment venues in an energetic and exciting environment with more than 200 places to shop, eat and play including Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World. Overnight in Nashville.
Day 5: Nashville to Tupelo (195 miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. Departing Nashville, you will travel to Tupelo on the historic and scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, an 800-year-old path taken by Indians, outlaws and settlers. In Tupelo, visit Elvis Presley’s Birthplace. This modest two-room house, where the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born, has been restored and is part of the Elvis Presley Center that also includes the Elvis Presley Museum, Memorial Chapel and Elvis Presley Park. The museum has one of the most unique private collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world. Overnight in Tupelo.
Day 6: Tupelo to Clarksdale (110 Miles) - Breakfast on your own. Tour the great Tupelo Automobile Museum and see over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles. The chronologically displayed self-guided tour begins with an 1886 Benz and culminates with a never-driven 1994 Dodge Viper. Valued at over $6 million, the collection includes a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley and other celebrity vehicles.
Continue west to Clarksdale, birthplace of John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Little Junior Parker and Sam Cooke. Robert Nighthawk, Bukka White, “Gatemouth” Moore, Eddie Boyd, Son House and Charley Patton all once lived in the area. Don’t miss the Delta Blues Museum. Here you can enjoy unique displays, video tape and slide/sound programs, photographs, and recordings about the blues. Stop in Stackhouse Records, a record shop and recording studio for Rooster Blues Records. A must for any blues fan is a visit “The Crossroads”, the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 where Robert Johnson made his pact with the devil. Overnight in Clarksdale.
Day 7: Clarksdale to Vicksburg to Natchez (216 miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. From Clarksdale, head south to Vicksburg and visit the hallowed Biedenharn Candy Company, the restored 1890 building where Coca-Cola® was first bottled anywhere. This museum contains a reproduction of the bottling works, Coca-Cola® memorabilia, a 1900 soda fountain, and a restored 1890 candy store. Built by slave labor in 1858, the Old Courthouse Museum is the most historic building in Vicksburg. Standing on one of the highest hills in the city, it dominates the Vicksburg skyline and Vicksburg's history.
Continue southward to Port Gibson, which was saved during the Civil War because it was proclaimed too beautiful to burn. Next, head off to the famous river town of Natchez. Explore Natchez Bluffs and Under-the-Hill, a historic district of shops, restaurants and riverboat casinos. Overnight in Natchez.
Day 8: Natchez to Ferriday to Lafayette (150 Miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. Tour Dunleith Mansion, one of the most beautiful antebellum homes, before departing beautiful Natchez. Cross the mighty Mississippi River and stop in the small town of Ferriday to visit the Delta Music Museum, which showcases entertainers Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Blues trombonist Pee Wee Whittaker, General Claire Chennault, and newscaster Howard K. Smith. Overnight in Lafayette.
Day 9: Lafayette to New Orleans (135 miles) - Breakfast on your own. This morning you will tour Vermilionville, Louisiana’s Cajun/Creole Heritage and Folklife Park. Situated on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion, Vermilionville recreates life in the Acadiana area between 1765 and 1890. The beautiful grounds contain eighteen structures, including six restored original homes. In most of the structures, costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional crafts or musical styles. Departing Lafayette, you’ll pass through the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, then point your car towards the wonderful city of New Orleans. Overnight in New Orleans.
Day 10: New Orleans - Breakfast on your own. This morning, enjoy take a guided walking tour of Vieux Carre, the historic French Quarter. It is one of the oldest and most extraordinary neighborhoods in the United States. Often referred to as the “heart” of New Orleans, the French Quarter is a vibrant enclave of shops, hotels, clubs, restaurants and residences. Within the French Quarter is the exciting Bourbon Street, referred to as the playground of the South. Nearby is Royal Street, best known for its upscale art galleries and world-class antique shops. Many of the French Quarter restaurants have become global attractions and serve incredible food, everything from oyster bars to 5 star dinning. You will also enjoy the special sounds of Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco in addition to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Gospel. Overnight New Orleans.
Day 11: New Orleans - Breakfast on your own. Make time for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing before departing for home. Of course, you are free to stay in New Orleans as long as you like, but no further hotel accommodations, attractions or itineraries are included.
5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Hotel pickup not included. Transportation not included. Hotel parking fees may apply. Rates are PER PERSON for the selected room occupancy. No E-Ticket is available online for this tour; you will be emailed special vouchers for each hotel and attraction. If you cannot receive emailed vouchers, you must provide a fax number and specifically request on your order form for us to fax this special voucher to you.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
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