This fun tour highlights three cities rich in history and music. We are arriving one day early to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day one in Nashville, the “Music Capital of the World". Day two is at leisure. Join your fellow travelers tonight for a welcome dinner. Day three visit the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Then, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. This afternoon taste famous Tennessee whiskey at a historic distillery. Tonight take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. Day four the day begins with a tour of the old Ryman Auditorium the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Later depart Nashville for a two night stay in Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock’n’Roll and Soul. We’ll make a stop at the West Delta Heritage Center to discover the roots of the country blues sound that originated in West Tennessee. The Queen of Rock, Tina Turner, was born here in Brownsville so it’s only fitting that there’s an exhibit dedicated to her. Enjoy Southern hospitality at your hotel just steps away from the iconic Graceland. Day five put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to visit Graceland, the home of the “King” himself, Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14 acre estate. Visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball court and the Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Then, head out on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights. The evening is at leisure. You may wish to spend more time at Graceland or join an optional Memphis Musical History Tour with dinner. Day six head to the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans. Spend your final three nights in this city rich in history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine! Day seven It’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of the famous French Quarter that includes the majestic St. Louis Cathedral. Continue on to the French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Or, maybe you’d prefer a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 dating back to 1854. Next, relax on a leisurely drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain that leads into to St. Charles Avenue, past mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Whichever you choose, you’ll stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Day eight journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife. Then, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World, the working warehouse where artisans create the spectacular floats for the famous parades. You’ll even get to indulge in a tasting of king cake. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at the Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter followed by Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club. Day nine the tour ends and you head home.