Collette’s America’s Music Cities tour offers the chance to visit and explore America’s most famed music cities, Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis. The leading global tour operator is renowned for its superb suite of American itineraries - and this tour is no exception. America’s Music Cities takes Collette’s clients on a cultural getaway with a truly soulful soundtrack.
For country music fans, exploring Nashville, coined ‘Music City’ is a must. Taking their seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, guests will be in good company, with musical legends Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline each having performed in this beautiful old theatre. Next is a tour of the WSM Radio Station, the station where the very first Grand Ole Opry show was broadcast live over 90 years ago, and Uncle Jimmy Thompson first announced ‘The WSM Barn Dance’ show, which is still listened to today. Guests will get to meet one of the local presenters and tune in to hear some of the best of country western music.
Next, one of Collette’s knowledgeable guides will share the history and lore of Music City during a tour that offers views of the State Capitol and Music Row, the area that served namesake to Dolly Parton’s composition, ‘Down on Music Row’. This region is the heart of country music and is home to hundreds of businesses related to the industry, including radio stations, recording studios and music licensing firms.
Another highlight while in Nashville is the opportunity to explore celebrated Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where visitors can marvel at the vast collection of memorabilia, costumes, recordings, instruments and exhibitions. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Smithsonian of Country Music’ because of its unrivaled collection, the Museum features many exhibitions dedicated to the preservation of the genre, not the least of which is its core exhibition, ‘Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music’, which is an immersive cultural and historical experience.
Rocking through Collette’s itinerary, travellers will visit Memphis, the home of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul and embark on a coach tour with some very special guides – some local musicians who will climb aboard to tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage. Gliding past the city’s highlights, guests can sing along to some of the classics, B.B. King, Muddy Water, Elvis Presley and Mississippi John Hurt.
In New Orleans, travellers may opt for a walking tour of the famous French Quarter or a coach tour. Wandering the streets of the region’s oldest neighbourhood, admiring the villas and houses trimmed in iron lace, guests will explore the rich history and culture behind this musical number. On the coach, sit back and relax as you soak in the panoramic Esplanade Avenue and the romantic shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain.
Nature lovers will enjoy a relaxing cruise through Louisiana’s swamp, where they will learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem from the captain. During the cruise, guests will be dazzled by the array of wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators.
For foodies, America’s Music Cities also offers the very best of southern hospitality. In the ‘Music Capital of the World’ - Nashville, Tennessee, travellers will enjoy a hearty food and wine tasting at the Belle Meade Plantation, or sample some of the region’s famous Tennessee whiskey at a historic distillery. Other culinary highlights of this tour include a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, where guests will learn the secrets of Cajun and Creole cuisine, followed by a live jazz revue at the local French Quarter. Hungry travellers need look no further than this tour for a slice of true southern comfort.
For details of the full tours or to book a trip, contact your local travel agent, call Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com.
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