Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans


Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans

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Jump from Nashville to Memphis and New Orleans, laying down tracks at recording studios and hanging out at Graceland along the way – on this week-long trip in Tennessee and Louisiana. This may sound like a week in the life of Elvis Presley, but on this music-themed adventure, you’ll have the chance to walk a country mile in his blue suede shoes. Join your leader who knows all the best local spots and a group of fellow music lovers to get to the root of country music in Nashville, sing the blues in Memphis and jazz it up in New Orleans. If fantastic food, art, culture and history sound like music to your ears, then this is the trip for you.

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Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
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  • Earn your place in the Country Music Hall of Fame as you participate in a recording session with a professional sound engineer at the iconic Studio B in Nashville.
  • Walk in famous footsteps at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis – and discover a kitschy world of Southern glitz and glamour at Graceland – the home of Elvis Presley.
  • Get to know the real New Orleans during a walking tour with a local guide that celebrates the city’s jazz music heritage, stopping off at some lively venues along the way.
  • Learn how to cook a classic New Orleans Cajun feast for a true taste of Louisiana – after all, it doesn’t get much better than Southern food.
  • Enjoy a good balance of included activities, balanced with loads of free time to hit up some more live music venues and thriving bars
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance. Donations help them create inclusive and equitable opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) tourism businesses. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.


ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Nashville
Welcome to Tennessee! Your adventure begins in Nashville – an energetic city celebrating boot-scooting, whiskey shooting and rootin’-tootin’ country music like nowhere else. Kick off your trip with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you’ll meet up with your leader and the other travellers. After, head out on a leader-led walking tour of the city to get your bearings and then join your group for an optional welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Nashville
This morning after breakfast, dive straight into the city’s history with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This fabulous piano-shaped building is a work of art and contains Elvis’ gold Cadillac (among other impressive memorabilia). Then, cruise across town to Studio B, where Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and ‘The King’ Elvis Presley have all laid tracks – today, you’ll even be joining this prestigious list! Meet with a professional sound engineer for your own recording session and find out what it takes to create the Nashville sound. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city – you may like to check out the Nashville murals, visit the much-loved Goo Goo candy store, or swing by the Johnny Cash Museum.
Day 3 - Memphis
Hit the road this morning and make tracks for Memphis – a city overflowing with musical history and legends. Your first stop is the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Here at the original location of Stax Records in downtown Memphis, you'll learn the story of the Memphis sound where stars like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes got their starts. You'll even have a chance to cut a rug on their dance floor as you listen to Stax tracks. The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights and sounds of Memphis. No visit to this city would be complete without checking out Beale Street, lined with traditional blues clubs – you can ask your leader where the locals hang out tonight so you can avoid the tourist hotspots.
Day 4 - Memphis
After breakfast this morning, you’ll head to the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel – where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated – for a dose of history that is both confronting and inspirational. Then you'll visit Memphis’s most iconic site – Graceland! Elvis’s former home and final resting place, a visit to Graceland is like stepping back into the 1970s, with a glamourous and kitschy twist. Explore a fascinating world of green shag-carpet ceilings and yellow vinyl walls while getting a sneak peek into the glitzy side of the Deep South.
Day 5 - New Orleans
Today you’ll be road-tripping from Memphis to New Orleans, arriving in the afternoon. Jazz is not just a part of the city’s history – it’s alive and kicking! When you arrive, join a local expert for a Black Heritage & Jazz tour to explore sites like Congo Square, known as the birthplace of jazz, Louis Armstrong Park, and the Tremé neighbourhood with time for shopping on Bayou Street. The evening is yours to explore further – your leader will have some great recommendations on where to grab a bite to eat and listen to more live music.
Day 6 - New Orleans
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a free day to explore New Orleans at your own pace. Then later this afternoon, you’re in for a real treat – not only famed for its music scene, the food in New Orleans is some of the best in the country, and today you’ll learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine at a local cooking school. Find out how to create one of the region’s most beloved dishes with a demonstration, then get hands-on and try it yourself. Tuck into the finished product for dinner with your group. This evening, why not check out a jazz club on Frenchman Street or join the party on Bourbon Street?
Day 7 - New Orleans
This morning after breakfast, your trip comes to an end. If you’d like, you can book an optional jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters – a gorgeous outdoor courtyard dining area where you can enjoy some delicious brunch specialities while live jazz plays –a great way to end your music trail! If you’d like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

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09-05-202415-05-2024AUD $ 5,150-
23-05-202429-05-2024AUD $ 5,355-
30-05-202405-06-2024AUD $ 4,424-
11-07-202417-07-2024AUD $ 5,055-
25-07-202431-07-2024AUD $ 5,055-
08-08-202414-08-2024AUD $ 5,055-
15-08-202421-08-2024AUD $ 5,055-
22-08-202428-08-2024AUD $ 5,155-
12-09-202418-09-2024AUD $ 5,055-
26-09-202402-10-2024AUD $ 5,055-
10-10-202416-10-2024AUD $ 5,450-
24-10-202430-10-2024AUD $ 4,870-
07-11-202413-11-2024AUD $ 4,730-
21-11-202427-11-2024AUD $ 4,685-
12-12-202418-12-2024AUD $ 4,730-
26-12-202401-01-2025AUD $ 4,685-
27-03-202502-04-2025AUD $ 4,915-
10-04-202516-04-2025AUD $ 4,915-
17-04-202523-04-2025AUD $ 4,915-
01-05-202507-05-2025AUD $ 4,915-
15-05-202521-05-2025AUD $ 4,915-
22-05-202528-05-2025AUD $ 4,915-
05-06-202511-06-2025AUD $ 5,110-
12-06-202518-06-2025AUD $ 5,110-
26-06-202502-07-2025AUD $ 5,110-
03-07-202509-07-2025AUD $ 5,305-
11-07-202517-07-2025AUD $ 5,305-
17-07-202523-07-2025AUD $ 5,305-
31-07-202506-08-2025AUD $ 5,305-
14-08-202520-08-2025AUD $ 5,305-
21-08-202527-08-2025AUD $ 5,305-
28-08-202503-09-2025AUD $ 5,305-
11-09-202517-09-2025AUD $ 5,305-
18-09-202524-09-2025AUD $ 5,110-
25-09-202501-10-2025AUD $ 5,110-
09-10-202515-10-2025AUD $ 5,110-
16-10-202522-10-2025AUD $ 5,110-
30-10-202505-11-2025AUD $ 5,110-
13-11-202519-11-2025AUD $ 4,915-
11-12-202517-12-2025AUD $ 4,915-


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