Meet The Music Makers
Tour Duration 10 Nights - From £1599*
Here it is, the great value tour that Music Lovers have been waiting for - Meet the Music Makers! This wonderful tour has less travelling and more time to listen to the great music found in the honky-tonks of Music City USA and the studios of Muscle Shoals. Perhaps you’ll want to see a Grand Ole Opry Show, visit Printers Alley and Broadway or what about a cruise on the General Jackson after Nashville’s Cowboy Church? Whatever you want to see, you’ll have loads of free time to enjoy a full Nashville experience before travelling South to Alabama. After our six nights in Nashville, we’ll head down the I65 for four nights in Muscle Shoals. We’ll break our journey with a stop at the famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg on our way to “The Shoals” area. During our time there you can immerse yourself in music history and meet some of the people who turned sleepy Muscle Shoals into the “Hit Recording Capital of the World!”
DAY BY DAY TOUR ITINERARY
Welcome to Nashville. After check in meet your tour manager, driver and fellow travellers over welcome drinks in the hotel bar.
The day is yours to immerse yourself in the music and fun that can be found in Downtown Nashville. Why not visit the Grand Ole Opry and do the backstage tour or book dinner and a show at CabaRay - Ray Stevens’ fantastic new venue - ask for details when you are booking.
Nashville calling…Downtown, The Gulch, Bi-Centennial Park or Music Row…you’re spoilt for choice but the choice is your!
Have an easy Sunday morning in Music City or join us on an optional visit to Nashville's Cowboy Church followed by a shopping trip to Hendersonville Tennessee and a chance to pay your respects to Johnny Cash and June Carter at their final resting place.
The Bluebird Cafe, Patsy Cline or Johnny Cash Museums, General Jackson, Margaritaville, Musicians Hall of Fame, Printers Alley…?
It’s your last day in Nashville. Time to complete your “must see” list or maybe re-visit some of your favourite attractions, people and places.
Today we say goodbye to Music City and travel south to Alabama and "The Shoals". On the way we will stop by the world famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery for a tour and to spend a little while in the picturesque town of Lynchburg, Tennessee before continuing our journey to our hotel in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Tuscumbia is one of the four cities that make up the area known as “The Shoals”, the others are Sheffield, Florence and of course the City of Muscle Shoals! This evening we will enjoy dinner and live music in one of the many fantastic local venues.
It’s time to explore the rich musical history of Muscle Shoals. We will visit FAME, Muscle Shoals Sound and Cypress Moon recording studios before having lunch at Claunch Cafe in Spring Park. After lunch, we will visit Ivy Green - the childhood home of Helen Keller. This evening we will enjoy live music performed by the best local musicians (some of whom you may have met during the day)
Enjoy a day trip with a difference. We will leave the hotel this morning and travel to Tupelo, Mississippi - the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Enjoy seeing the Birthplace Park and Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis bought his first guitar. After lunch we will head back to "The Shoals", stopping on our way in Red Bay Alabama - home to the one and only Tammy Wynette. Learn all about Tammy at the Red Bay Museum. We will enjoy dinner and live music at the unique Rattlesnake Saloon!
It's your final day and we will take you to visit a very special place - Tom's Wall. Before we return to town for some free time we will stop for a short tour of KIX 96 - the radio station owned and operated by the Phillips family (Sam Phillips of Sun Studio and Million Dollar Quartet Fame was a native of Florence Alabama) where his son Jerry and grand-daughter Halley will often come and chat to the group. Back at the hotel, it is time to get ready for our last night in “The Shoals”. Enjoy dinner and live music in the company of friends old and new. Memories are made of this…
This morning we will end the tour with a visit to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, where you are likely to see mention of some of the people you have met or heard playing during your stay in Muscle Shoals. The last stop on our “Meet the Music Maker” tour is Memphis Airport.