Music & More in Tennessee – April 9th – 14th 2018

Grab your friends for a toe-tapping experience in Tennessee It’s contribution to American music is essential! Nashville   home to the Grand Ole Opry, it bears the nickname “Music City, U.S.A.” By the 1950s, the city’s record labels dominated with slick pop-country… Memphis – the “Birthplace of the Blues” and “Rock & Roll”… W.C. Handy wrote the first commercially successful blues song, “St. Louis Blues”, in a bar on Beale Street. In 1952, Sam Phillips started Sun Records, an early rock & roll and blues label. Among the artists were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more….

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Day 1 – Monday, April 9th – Home to Nashville
Welcome to Tennessee our first stop is the Fontanel Mansion…  This is the only “home of the star” tour in Nashville that you can actually go inside! The 27,000 square foot former home of country super-star Barbara Mandrell boasts over 20 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, 2 kitchens, an indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range! Afterward we’ll have dinner at the Café Fontanella… Only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, but miles from ordinary! Café Fontanella features Nashville’s most unique and authentic Italian dining experience.  Our home for the next two nights is the Homewood Suites located in downtown Nashville… within walking distance to Honky Tonk Row… which consists of clubs and bars that feature musical performances from talented musicians and is famous for the country music artists who have used these stages as a platform for fun, fame, and fortune. Double Tree by Hilton  (D)

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 10th – Nashville – Local touring 
After breakfast we head to Historic RCA Studio B… Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world’s most important and successful recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by the Studio B magic, including more than 1,000 American hits, 40 million-selling singles, and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings (by far more than any other studio). Come enjoy a personally guided tour through this world-famous studio! Next we’ll Tour the County Music Hall of Fame… The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the home of America’s music since 1967. Follow the rhythm of country music-past and present-to the home of priceless artifacts, dynamic exhibitions, live music, Nashville’s oldest recording studio and more. The Hall of Fame offers groups a chance to see, hear, and experience what it means to be a part of this music seventy years ago-or just last week. Lunch is at the Wildhorse Saloon… Enjoy a scrumptious hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwich, then, kick up your heels with a line-dancing lesson! You’ll have some time to freshen up at the hotel, or explore the area before our fun-filled evening begins. Dinner is served at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant… Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, and even a few upscale dishes! Tonight were headed to the Grand Ole Opry’s Country Classics concert… An exciting celebration of the songs that made Music City. Any number of stars could show up as tradition has it… new stars, superstars and legends. Double Tree by Hilton (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 11th – Nashville to Memphis 
We have a Backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium this morning… Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), they will show us photos from the Opry’s biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance – where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show. You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed “wooden circle”, as decades of artists have done. Our lunch today is on the General Jackson Showboat…  Your taste buds will flourish with the flavors of the South during our midday cruise, followed by the new country music variety show, “Nashville Live!”.  The world-class cast includes two rising country artists, an internationally acclaimed trick-roper, a country comedian, and features fiddle and guitar soloists, all supported by a live country band! We’ll say goodbye to Nashville and head to Memphis… home of the blues. Our home for the next three nights is the Hampton Inn… It’s located near world famous Beale St and within walking distance to the Peabody Hotel. You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before our welcome dinner at the Texas de Brazil…  Texas de Brazil is an authentic Brazilian-American Churrascaria (steakhouse) that combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. Treat yourself to the 50-60 item seasonal salad area including appetizers, gourmet vegetables, soups, and salads. Turn your place card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. Hampton Inn & Suites Beal St. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Thursday April 12th – Memphis – Local Touring
We’ll have a very unique city tour this morning with Backbeat Tours…  Where the Home of the Blues comes alive. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city. The tour concludes at Sun Studio, the studio that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. Take your photo at the microphone where Elvis recorded or next to Jerry Lee Lewis’ piano.  Enjoy lunch at the Chrome Grill Diner in Graceland…  Offering Southern-style plate lunches, and world-famous Memphis barbecue, in an automotive-themed atmosphere. Next we’ll tour Graceland…  Take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world. Explore the personal life of Elvis Presley and learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. The Graceland Mansion tour includes Elvis’ living room, music room, parents’ bedroom, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room, and the famous Jungle Room. Follow in the same steps as Elvis himself as you enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. Your evening is free and you may want to head to the Peabody Hotel to Watch the Ducks… Back in the 1930s Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991. Fun fact: Duck is not served anywhere at The Peabody, and has not been seen on the hotel’s menus since its 1981 reopening, quite possibly making Chez Philippe the only French restaurant in the world that does not serve duck. Hampton Inn & Suites Beal St (B, L)

Day 5 – Friday April 13th – Memphis – Local Touring 
Today starts at the Center for Southern Folklore… Their hot-water cornbread and greens will get you talking – once you’ve stopped, enjoy some southern hospitality, great music, food, and more, on this fabulous tour. Next we’ll take a tour of St Jude’s campus… We’ll learn how This Research Hospital is advancing cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. Enjoy some free time in town for lunch on your own before we head to Stax Museum of American Soul Music… The story of Stax Records is one of a natural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever. What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater, grew to become one of the most important music recording studios in the world. Today, the museum pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, items of memorabilia, and galleries designed to keep Stax alive forever. Next we’ll tour Gibson Guitar Factory…  We’ll enjoy an intimate viewing of the facility as skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. An opportunity to witness the intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning that creates these incredible musical instruments. See and hear how Gibson has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years, and continues to set the pace for the musical innovations of tomorrow. Dinner at the Blues City Café… Enjoy the “Best meal on Beale”. Ribs are the focal point, and their world famous menu has drawn the attention of presidents and celebrities alike.  Come on in, and put some ‘South in your mouth!’ Hampton Inn & Suites (B, D)

Day 6 – Saturday April 14 – Memphis to Home
We’ll head home today with great memories of the south… see why we love it so! (B)

$2,938 Double  $3,498 Single

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