From 14/06/2024 to 22/06/2024
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You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Arrive in Nashville. Musical Nashville is yours to discover. Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and escorted to your luxury downtown accommodation, Union Station Hotel. Once a bustling train station, your historic hotel celebrates Nashville's creative art scene with a stained-glass ceiling, large-scale sculptures, custom chandeliers and original commissioned artwork. The first of many foodie experiences to come on your tour of the Deep South, join your Traveling Concierge for a wine-paired Welcome Dinner as you toast to what's to come in this vibrant city.
Day 2 - Nashville's Musical History. The best of Nashville's music scene awaits today, but not before visiting Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol and the sprawling Centennial State Park before stopping at the famous Music Row. Join the ranks of superstar musicians teaming up with a professional sound engineer to record a song at historic Studio B -- Nashville's oldest remaining recording studio - in a rare, choir-style recording session hearing hits as they were originally written. At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, join an esteemed singer/songwriter to learn the stories behind the biggest hits sung by country music stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Today's musical finale awaits at the one and only Grand Ole Opry or "country's most famous stage," for a live performance and, if you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, meeting with a Grammy-winning legend.
Day 3 - The Best of Memphis. Reflect upon a key moment in history on a Make Travel Matter Experience at the moving National Civil Rights Museum housed in the former Lorraine Motel. Take your time in the museum of interactive, emotive exhibits that share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement. Continue your exploration of Memphis with a backstage pass to the oldest BBQ restaurant in Memphis and the inventor of putting coleslaw on a pulled pork sandwich - Leonard's Pit Barbecue. Meet a top grilling expert Clint Cantwell over a hosted lunch of the signature succulent pulled pork sandwich paired with tempting sides including slaw, ribs and other BBQ classics on a rare event that usually only local insiders get to experience. Personalize your exploration of the Memphis music scene visiting the Sun Studio, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" led by a local musician or learn more about the history of slavery at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Choice Highlights Choose between two carefully selected activities Memphis: Visit the Stax Museum and learn the story of American Soul music, Stax Records and the Memphis sound. Memphis: Explore Sun Studios, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," on a guided tour led take-home song. At this circa 1950 recording studio, stand in the very same spot Elvis and other musical legends including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis first recorded. Well-being : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches. : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols. : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues. : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day. Exceptional Dining Nashville: Get acquainted with Nashville's burgeoning food scene as you join your Traveling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner at Henley's modern American brasserie where inventive small plates and entr?es using classical French technique meet sociable Southern dining. Perhaps start with a grilled broccolini Caesar salad followed by American Wagyu strip or parsnip gnocchi before finishing with banana pudding. Raise a glass with one of their signature cocktails such as "Queen's Cure" and "Henley G & T" and toast to a grand adventure ahead. Memphis: Get to know all about Memphis BBQ from the experts themselves at Leonard's Pit Barbecue. Meet top grilling expert Clint Cantwell, the "mad scientist of grilling," Director of Smoke and Flame for Grillocracy.com and winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled," who will host your BBQ lunch at this a well-kept secret local spot. Then feast on your bountiful lunch of Memphis-style barbecue slow- cooked in a pit with its distinctive rub. Dining Summary: 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), 2 Breakfast (B), and 1 Lunch (L) Chairman's Collection Nashville: You have the privilege to meet a living legend in the country music sphere. Get to know the harmonica legend Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame musician and Grammy-winning artist, who has collaborated with famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn. Or, chat with Brenda Lee, the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to music as the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. VIP Experiences Nashville: Experience the "Smithsonian of country music," the Country Music Hall of Fame, for a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer. On your visit, see memorabilia from stars such as Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison as you uncover the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. Journey Highlights Nashville: You're in for a treat, joining a professional sound engineer to record a take-home song just as legends like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton have at legendary Studio B, the cradle of the Nashville sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s and once home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. Hear the stories behind the music in an intimate private session with one of Nashville's songwriters learning how a song is created from concept to hit. Memphis: Visit the Stax Museum and learn the story of American Soul music, Stax Records and the Memphis sound. Memphis: Explore Sun Studios, "The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," on a guided tour led take-home song. At this circa 1950 recording studio, stand in the very same spot Elvis and other musical legends including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis first recorded. Memphis: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and embark on a poignant and important tour through five centuries of the Civil Rights Movement. Pay your respects to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., learn about his impact on the world and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally. Your Way Memphis: Learn about the slave trade, runaway slaves and the message system and travel patterns of escaping slaves at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum or Burkle Estate. Time travel back through the history of the Deep South to the pre-Civil War era when you step inside the main house once used as a shelter for slaves along the Underground Railroad and owned by Jacob Burkle, part of the antislavery movement and an aid to those trying to escape slavery.
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