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Grand Americana

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14 Nights

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Group Size

40 people

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Overview

Grand Americana…The Ultimate Deep South Music Tour!

This fabulous escorted tour begins in Memphis, home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion and Sun Studio and visits Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”  before arriving in Nashville – Music City USA!  We’ll spend several days exploring the most famous attractions and enjoying great live music, before making our way to Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg and waving goodbye to Tennessee.

A short journey south finds us in Muscle Shoals, a sleepy little area in North Alabama which became the Hit Recording Capital of the World! During our time here, we’ll enjoy small town American hospitality and southern cooking at it’s very best.  We’ll visit extraordinary venues and hear fantastic live music from local session musicians who can tell us stories of FAME & “The Swampers”!  We’ll enjoy a day trip to Tupelo Mississippi, visiting the Birthplace of The King and Red Bay Alabama – home of country superstar Tammy Wynette, before making our way to historic Montgomery, the capital of Alabama and home of the legendary Hank Williams. It is also the city credited with the event that sparked off the Civil Rights Movement – when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus – in 1955!

Finally, we’ll travel along the beautiful Gulf Coast to Mobile Alabama, before finishing our journey in New Orleans Louisiana, home of the Mardi Gras, Creole Cuisine, The French Quarter and of course Bourbon Street!

This combination of perfectly planned sightseeing trips, live music experiences, fantastic attractions and loads of free time to explore, make Grand Americana one of the best ways to see and experience the music and culture of the USA!

By joining this wonderful tour, you will enjoy short journeys between towns and cities in a comfortable vehicle suitable for the groups size.  Both your knowledgeable driver, your tour guide will be on hand to provide a deeper understanding of the landmarks and make sure that your trip is as enjoyable as possible. You won’t have to study maps or use navigation systems – as you will travel around as our distinguished guest: exactly as you deserve!

You will spend 2 Nights in Memphis Tennessee, 3 Nights in Nashville Tennessee, 4 Nights in Muscle Shoals Alabama, 1 Night in Montgomery Alabama, 3 Nights in New Orleans Louisiana – With visits to Franklin Kentucky, Lynchburg Tennessee, Tupelo Mississippi, Red Bay Alabama and much more.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Return Flights from London Heathrow
  • Airport to Hotel Transfers
  • 21 Meals
  • 2 Nights Memphis, Tennessee
  • 3 Nights Nashville, Tennessee
  • 4 Nights Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • 1 Night Montgomery, Alabama
  • 3 Nights New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Welcome Meeting and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Also includes visits to Graceland, Franklin Kentucky, Lynchburg, Tupelo Mississippi, Red Bay and much more.

TOURING

  • Escorted travel throughout by Grateful Fred and Professional and local guides

MEALS

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 4 Group Lunches **
  • 2 Group Dinners **
  • Gala Farewell Dinner & Drinks

Live Music Venues

  • Rattlesnake Saloon
  • 9th Floor
  • Flobama
  • Southland
  • Champys

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Sun Studio
  • Graceland
  • Nutbush City Limits
  • Casey Jones Village & Old Country Store in Jackson TN
  • Johnny Cash Tour including Bon Aqua TN
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • RCA Studio B
  • Country Music Hall Of Fame
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • FAME Studios
  • Muscle Shoals Sound
  • Cypress Moon Studio
  • Wishbone Studio
  • Big River Broadcasting
  • Tupelo, Elvis’s Birthplace
  • Alabama Music Hall Of fame
  • Dawson’s Moonshine Distillery
  • Hank Williams Museum
  • USS Alabama
  • Mardi Gras Museum
  • Gala Farewell Dinner & Drinks

And a Few Travelling Time Surprises Along The Way…

 All of our tours have limited availability – You can secure your place(s) on “Grand Americana” for next year or beyond with a £200pp Deposit – Just call us on 01738 643737 or email us at sales@travellingtime.biz
Alternatively, you can book and pay in full online today, just choose your preferred departure date below.

All Prices are based on 2 people sharing, A single supplement will be applied at checkout.

Grand Americana  – another exclusive music themed tour from Travelling Time. Beginning in Chicago on Lake Michigan in Illinois, through the music cities of Detroit & Cleveland before arriving in Washington DC.

*Travelling Time are pleased to take private group bookings for Grand Americana. If you are booking for your group – and our schedule departure dates do not suit – please call our group department to check the availability of alternative dates. (Minimum group size 8)

Please see the full day by day Itinerary below…

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Day 1 - Memphis Tennessee
Day 1 - Memphis Tennessee

Arrive in Memphis and meet your fellow travellers in the hotel bar for welcome drinks.

​** La Quinta Hotel, Union Avenue, Memphis

Day 2 - Memphis Tennessee
Day 2 - Memphis Tennessee

Today we will visit Sun Studio & Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion. Following a group lunch at Vernon's Smokehouse, we will pay a visit to the Memphis Pyramid and "Arkansas". Maybe even have time to see the Peabody Ducks!

​This evening feel free to enjoy the energy of Beale Street. Suggestion : Dinner & drinks at Jerry Lee Lewis's Rock & Roll Bar, BB Kings or any number of music bars on Beale and beyond!

Day 3 - Memphis to Nashville
Day 3 - Memphis to Nashville

​Today we will make our way from Memphis to Nashville stopping on our way at Delta Heritage Museum in Brownsville Tennessee - right on Nutbush City Limits - home of Tina Turner. Then a lunch stop at the Casey Jones Village & Old Country Store in Jackson Tennessee.
We'll arrive in Nashville around 3.30pm and after checking in to our hotel, you will have free time to enjoy the bars and Honky Tonks on Broadway!

​** Clarion Downtown, 211 North 1st Street, Nashville

Day 4 - Nashville Tennessee
Day 4 - Nashville Tennessee

This morning we will leave the hotel for the day for an exclusive Johnny Cash Tour. We will visit the Storytellers Hideaway Farm in Bon Aqua TN, visit the church in Franklin Kentucky where Johnny married June Carter in 1968. Following lunch at the local Brickyard Cafe, we will make our way back to Nashville via Hendersonville and complete our Johnny Cash Story by visiting the Johnny Cash Museum.

​This Evening it is time to enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry!

Day 5 - Nashville Tennessee
Day 5 - Nashville Tennessee

This morning we will visit Historic RCA Studio B & The Country Music Hall of Fame.
After returning to the hotel to relax and refresh, we will spend an afternoon listening to some great live music and an early group dinner on the "9th Floor"
​Then it's off out for the evening for Music City Roots!

Day 6 - Nashville, Lynchburg & Muscle Shoals Alabama
Day 6 - Nashville, Lynchburg & Muscle Shoals Alabama

oday we bid farewell to Music City and make the short journey to Lynchburg & the Jack Daniels Distillery. We'll enjoy a group lunch of wonderful southern food at Miss Mary Bobo’s before continuing our journey south to the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama.
​We'll check in to our hotel in Tuscumbia (Muscle Shoals) late afternoon and after relaxing for a while, we will cross the "Singing River" to Florence Alabama for dinner and great music at Flobama!

Day 7 - Muscle Shoals Alabama
Day 7 - Muscle Shoals Alabama

Today, we will enjoy the Muscle Shoals Studio Tours (FAME, Muscle Shoals Sound, Cypress Moon & Wishbone) followed by a group lunch at the family run Claunch Cafe in Spring Park. Later we'll visit Big River Broadcasting (Owned and operated by the Sam Phillips’ Family)

​This Evening – we will take the Saloon Taxi and enjoy a group dinner and Live Music at the remarkable Rattlesnake Saloon

Day 8 - Muscle Shoals Alabama
Day 8 - Muscle Shoals Alabama

This morning we will leave for a fabulous day of music and history by making a loop through to Tupelo (Elvis Birthplace and Tupelo Hardware, where you'll hear the story of Elvis buying his first guitar) and Red Bay Alabama - Home of Tammy Wynette and TIFFIN Motorhomes.

After spending a couple of hours relaxing at the hotel we will go out for the evening to enjoy a group dinner and fabulous live music at Champy's

Day 9 - Muscle Shoals Alabama
Day 9 - Muscle Shoals Alabama

Today we visit Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Dawson’s Moonshine Distillery (learn about the Dawson Gang and Sample the Moonshine)

This evening, we will be entertained by some of the finest local musicians at Southland.

Day 10 - Muscle Shoals, Selma, Tuscaloosa & Montgomery Alabama
Day 10 - Muscle Shoals, Selma, Tuscaloosa & Montgomery Alabama

It is time to say goodbye to Muscle Shoals and travel south to Montgomery via Selma and Tuscaloosa.
After checking in to our hotel in late afternoon, you are free to explore and enjoy a Night out in Downtown Montgomery

** ​Hampton Inn & Suites, 100 Commerce Street, Montgomery

Day 11 - Montgomery, Mobile & New Orleans Louisiana
Day 11 - Montgomery, Mobile & New Orleans Louisiana

This morning we will visit the Hank Williams Museum before leaving for New Orleans. On our way along beautiful Gulf Coast we will stop in Mobile Alabama where we will visit the USS Alabama at Battleship Park and the Mardi Gras Museum.
​After checking in to our hotel in New Orleans late this afternoon, you are free to explore New Orleans at your own pace.

Day 12 - New Orleans Louisiana
Day 12 - New Orleans Louisiana

Free Time New Orleans.
Suggestions:

Preservation Hall, Cafe Du Monde for Coffee and Beignet, Swamp Boat Tour, Take a tram ride around the City, Do a Cemetery Tour, listen to some traditional jazz or even visit Harrah's Casino - The choices are almost endless in The Big Easy!

Day 13 - New Orleans Louisiana
Day 13 - New Orleans Louisiana

Enjoy another day exploring New Orleans at your own pace, before meeting the group this evening to enjoy a farewell Gala Dinner & Drinks

Day 14 - Tour Ends!
Day 14 - Tour Ends!

Sad but true - The Grand Americana Tour is Over.
We will arrange for your transfer to Airport for your flight home and hope to see you on another music themed tour soon!

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