Fly into Nashville International Airport, pick up your rental car and make your way to the historic Hermitage Hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure as you get acclimated to your new surroundings.
Tour the historic RCA Studio B, once graced by Eddy Arnold, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. Enjoy lunch and the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, enjoy a day at leisure. You could take a stroll to the middle of the truss bridge across the Cumberland River and enjoy the view. This evening, experience the tradition of the Grand Ole Opry - the stage that has showcased country music's past, present, and future for almost a century. One-hour prior to the show enjoy access to The Circle Room. Here, you'll indulge in an open bar and chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres with select number of guests. You can then sit back and take in the talented musicians.
Travel to the Memphis, birthplace of soul music and rock‘n’roll. Tour a palatial estate once owned by Elvis Presley, sampling Elvis’ favourite meals for lunch. Admire his Jungle Room and other opulent living spaces, all restored exactly to the way they looked in 1977. You also have full access to Presley Motors Automobile Museum, his two private jets and the artefacts, memorabilia and costumes of the Career Museum. On checking into the Peabody Hotel, look out for the famous Peabody ducks.
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel, infamous site of Martin Luther King’s death. Join a small group for a 45-minute tour of the birthplace of Rock and Roll, Sun Studios. Explore the space where Elvis recorded his first songs, and where BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash gathered to record their hits.
Today enjoy a tour of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, musical home of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, and observe more than 2,000 soul artefacts. Transfer to Natchez, where your hotel is a 19th-century plantation mansion converted into a luxurious historic inn with 10 hectares of perfectly manicured garden.
Meet your expert guide in New Orleans. You can focus today’s tour on anything from voodoo to piracy, or simply let your guide take the reins. Feast on tasty creole cuisine accompanied by a musicologist and a prominent local jazz performer, and join your guide to visit historic jazz venues. At Preservation Hall, enjoy reserved seating and expedited entry to a brief performance by the legendary Preservation Hall All-Stars. Head back to your hotel or stay out to see more of the Big Easy.
This evening, you will meet one of the Big Easy’s talented mixologists to engage in a hands-on cocktail making class at a lively bar in New Orleans. Your drinks expert will walk you through four classic New Orleans cocktails: Pimm's Cup, Hurricane, Sazerac, and Vieux Carre. Roll up your sleeves to make this experience as interactive as you want, whether that means sitting at the bar chatting as the bartender dazzles you with their cocktail making skills or serving up cocktails yourself with a little help from a pro.
This morning you will meet your guide for a two-hour walking tour of the city. Seeped in rich and diverse folklore, New Orleans' supernatural history will come alive as you learn more about local legend and folklore. Stop at the above-ground St Louis #1 Cemetery built in 1789 and housing the remains of historical figures. You will see the purported grave of ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau and the offerings people still make today at her gravesite. Then visit an authentic Voodoo museum. On your walk back hear more about how pirates sailed down the Mississippi.