Tastes & Sounds of the South

9 night tour - starting in Nashville, Tennessee - ending in New Orleans, Louisiana

Escorted Tour with Trafalgar.

Trafalgar has been creating exceptional Escorted journeys for nearly 70 years, enjoy VIP return private UK airport transfers, first class hotels, complimentary WiFi on-board comfortable motorcoaches with restrooms and panoramic windows.

This trip gives you time to enjoy the South's music and food - from Elvis's Graceland to Creole cooking in New Orleans and grand antebellum hospitality in Natchez.

2016 Guaranteed departure dates:
February 02nd* (Special Departure for Mardi Gras)
March 05th**
April 02nd
May 04th, 21st**& & 26th
June 08th
September 08th, 22nd & 29th
October 12th
* Special departure including tickets to the Mardis Gras Parade in New Orleans.
** For these 2 departures there is also the oppurtunity to add on a 7 Night Mississippi Cruise on the American Queen from £2050 per person based on 2 sharing - Please call us for details.
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Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. 

Welcome to Music City! Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception at a downtown honky­tonk with a whiskey and moonshine tasting.

Meal(s) Welcome Reception

Hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel


Start the morning with a sightseeing tour of Nashville! No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. See memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks as you explore this shrine to country music. Gain A Unique Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash. John (or a member of his family) entertains with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family. Ask your own questions about the legend at a meet and greet. Wrap up your exploration of musical history with a tour of RCA’s Studio B, one of the world’s most successful recording studios where musicians such as Elvis Presley recorded their iconic sounds. Explore the world’s country music capital, starting with Music Row, the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry, and home to record labels, radio stations and recording studios. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel


The day is yours to discover Nashville as you wish. Perhaps visit the famous Ryman Auditorium or enjoy some live music at a honky tonk on Broadway street. This evening, head to the Grand Ole Opry, home to America’s longest­running live radio program. Dinner is on your own tonight to venture out and sample delicious Southern cuisine.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

Hotel Renaissance Nashville Hotel


This morning, hit the highway to Memphis along the Mississippi Delta. Upon arrival in Memphis, visit the National Civil Rights Museum before joining a A Local Expert who shares stories about Beale Street and Sun Studios, the Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll. See the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and savour the late­afternoon light on the Big Muddy. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore or embark on a culinary adventure and enjoy a delectable meal at one of Memphis’ many restaurants.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

Hotel Sheraton Memphis Downtown


Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear­streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Marvel at the Jungle Room, the private jets, custom cars and walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming "Blue Suede Shoes;" if so, don't worry, there's leisure time this afternoon to pick up a pair before joining your travelling companions for Your Choice Dining.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast,Your Choice Dining 

Hotel Sheraton Memphis Downtown


This morning, enjoy an exclusive tour of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before it opens to the rest of the public. Then depart for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Take in more of the nation’s Southern history in Natchez and see the gracious homes overlooking the river. Tonight, enjoy an incredible evening highlighting Southern hospitality at a A Be My Guest dinner. Explore the private residence of Joe Stone, whose home, built in the 1850s, contains a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano and delves into the meaning and inspiration behind each piece of music as you enjoy a cocktail. Later, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804, to hear the stories, past and present, about this historic estate in Natchez. Esther, a former Four Seasons Chef and once named one of the Top 20 women chef’s in America by USA Today, hosts a four­course dinner with wine featuring a true taste of Natchez and the Deep South.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Hotel Natchez Grand Hotel


After breakfast, stop at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to learn about the white gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, Local Specialists, on a visit to a reconstructed 19th century cotton plantation and compare it to the modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales each day. From Natchez, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. Late this afternoon, arrive in New Orleans. This evening, visit the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a fun cooking class before enjoying your culinary creations during a Regional Meal.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

Hotel Astor Crowne Plaza


Delight in a hearty New Orleans breakfast and coffee before today's exploration of the Crescent City. Join a tour with a Local Specialist and see the atmospheric French Quarter and Jackson Square, originally called Place d'Armes when it was the centre of the old city, and tour one of the city's above-ground cemeteries. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

Hotel Astor Crowne Plaza


Enjoy a leisurely day to explore this vibrant city. If you're feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for a guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators! Or stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau's Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of the Two Sisters.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Hotel Astor Crowne Plaza


Extend your stay in New Orleans or say ‘Au Revoir' to the Big Easy this morning with a complimentary transfer provided to New Orleans International Airport.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast 

On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.

Your Trafalgar Tour Highlights

Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest: in true Southern style featuring two beautiful private homes in Natchez.

Local Specialists: in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, on a reconstructed cotton plantation and in New Orleans.

Cultural Insights: Meet a member of Johnny Cash's family and learn about his life and iconic music.

Sightseeing Highlights

City tour in Memphis and New Orleans
Orientations of Nashville and Natchez
Visit Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame


9 full breakfasts, 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
9 nights First Class accommodation


Your holiday begins in true style from the moment we collect you from your front door for a relaxed journey to your choice of departure airport. Your chauffer-driven car is reserved exclusively for your use, ensuring an uninterrupted, hassle-free journey to your departure airport.

Each and every Trafalgar tour begins and ends with our unique and truly unrivalled private car door to door transfer service. You will be met at your front door by your driver who will assist with your bags before whisking you to your choice of departure airport in a private car, all in plenty of time to make your way to your check-in desk. With Trafalgar you really will experience an exclusive service, enjoying your journey in a standard of car that you would expect to associate with Trafalgar standards. All of our cars are up-to-date models and maintained to the highest standards. We will arrange a convenient pick-up time from your home that suits you, not us or other passengers. Each car is equipped with the latest satellite navigation intelligence to ensure your continued peace of mind and a speedy journey.

At the end of your tour, on arrival at your chosen UK airport, you will be greeted by your waiting driver in the arrivals hall and escorted to your car for the smooth and comfortable journey directly back home.

Should you wish to make your own way to the airport, all you need do is advise us at the time of making your reservation and a discount will be offered.

Terms and conditions apply.

Tour Only Cost: All prices quoted below are per adult person, per tour in British Pounds (GBP)

Departure Dates

Single Twin/Double Triple Quad
02nd February 2016 (Mardi Gras departure including tickets to the parade) £3179* £2360* £2197* Please call
All other departures in 2016 £2711* £2080* £1916* Please call
Optional add: Oppurtunity to add on 7 Night Mississippi Cruise on the American Queen from £2050 per person based on 2 sharing after the tour on the tours departing 5th March and 21st May - Please call us for details.
Repeat Client Discount - Have you travelled with Trafalgar Tours before, within the last 5 years ! - if so you qualify for a 5% discount - Ask us at time of booking.
Children aged 5-17 may qualify for a discount off up to 10% when sharing a room with 2 adults - Please call us for details. 
Not included in your tour cost:
Flights – we can package your tour with flights at very competitive airfares using our airline partners. Please call us to discuss the best airline for your itinerary.
Pre or post accommodation - If you want to extend your stay at the start or the end of your escorted tour or add another destination to your booking please call us and we will be happy to provide a quote.
Meals, other than those listed in the itinerary.
The customary gratuities for the Tour Director and local drivers are not included and are paid locally, if you prefer these can be pre-paid to us in advance for £70.00 per person.
There are many questions and considerations you might have when planning an escorted tour with Trafalgar Tours. For more information please click here.


Please call us on FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 or EMAIL us reservations@purelytravelgroup.co.uk we are open 7 days a week.

We will be happy to answer any questions, check the availability of your tour, offer a quote for flights and any pre or post nights you would like to add.

When you are ready to go ahead with the booking, a non-refundable deposit of 10% will be due at time of booking or the full balance if you are due to travel within 8 weeks.