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Arrive in Nashville, TennesseeArrive in Nashville, Music City USA and transfer to the glorious Gaylord Opryland Resort. Get to know the property on your own before meeting your traveling companions and Tour Manager in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner at the resort. Meal: D
Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole OpryBegin your musical adventure with a narrated driving tour of Nashville. See the Honkey Tonks, Music Row, the historic Ryman Auditorium and even a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Then, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Called the "Smithsonian of County Music" because of its collection of artists' artifacts, photographs, recorded sound and vintage video, the museum is highlighted by its core exhibit Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. After time to freshen at the hotel you have reserved seats at the Granddaddy of Country shows, the Grand Ole Opry. Meal: B
Studio B and The Memphis SoundGet that Nashville feel at historic RCA Studio B. Once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and the Everly Brothers. It was here the "Nashville Sound" was born in the 1960's and helped establish Nashville as an international recording center. Depart for Memphis where your first stop is at the Stax Museum of American Soul. The museum traces the roots of "Soulsville" the neighborhood once called home by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Memphis Slim and Booker T Jones. Sun Studio is known as "The Birthplace of Rock'n'Roll" as musical legends from the 50s began here. Imagine standing on the very same spot where Elvis was first recorded. Then, enjoy some delicious Memphis cooking at Central BBQ. Meals: B, D
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion and EstateToday is devoted to Elvis Presley's Graceland. You will tour the mansion, the heart of the 14-acre estate and see the living rooms, music room and "jungle" den. You will also see the meditation garden where "The King" is laid to rest. Also tour Elvis' two custom airplanes, the Car Museum, The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum as well as the new state-of-the-art Visitor Entertainment Complex. Truly a day of musical history to remember. Meal: B
Delta Blues Museum, Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero and BB KingTravel south to the town of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 and known as "The Crossroads." Clarksdale's roots with the Blues culture dates back to the 1920s. At the Delta Blues Museum, learn how the Blues was born and grew up in the area thanks to musicians like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Ike Turner. They are dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the Blues. Enjoy an included lunch at the unique, Morgan Freeman-owned Ground Zero Blues Club, established in 2001 to celebrate the area's rich Blues heritage. At the BB King Museum trace the roots of Blues music from the cotton fields and juke joints through the life of the Blues' foremost ambassador, Riley B.B. King. Meals: B, L
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Civil War MemoriesThis morning a licensed park guide leads you on a narrated tour of Vicksburg National Military Park. Learn about civilian life and military operations in the defense of Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. Continue south for a stop at majestic Oak Alley Plantation. This impressive "Big House" sits on twenty-five acres of history and romance. Enjoy a tasty Mint Julep and take in the immense "alley" of 300-year-old live oak trees. Later, arrive in New Orleans for a two-night stay. Meal: B
New Orleans Sightseeing and Jazz Dinner CruiseBegin the day with a narrated tour of New Orleans. See the sights you've heard about for years such as the historic French Quarter, beautiful Garden District, colorful River Walk along the Mississippi and famous Bourbon Street. Enjoy free time on your own in the "Quarter" for lunch or maybe some beignets and coffee at Café du Monde before taking to the water for an exciting dinner cruise aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Enjoy the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz music while dining on regional cuisine as it sails along the Mississippi River. Meals: B, D
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Travel HomeFollowing breakfast, a group transfer to the New Orleans International Airport is available for flights out after 11:00 a.m. Meal: B
11 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinnersRound trip airport transfersSpend two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville to see the Honky Tonks, Music Row and the Ryman AuditoriumVisit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, called the “Smithsonian of County Music” because of its collection of artists’ artifacts, photographs and recorded soundReserved seats to the Granddaddy of Country shows, the Grand Ole Opry. Tour historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and the Everly BrothersIn Memphis visit the Stax Museum of American Soul and Sun Studio, known as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll”Spend the day at Elvis Presley’s Graceland to tour the mansion, the meditation garden, his custom airplanes, Car Museum and Visitor Entertainment ComplexVisit the Delta Blues Museum and have lunch at the unique, Morgan Freeman-owned Ground Zero Blues Club in historic ClarksdaleTour the BB King Museum and trace the roots of the Blues through the life of the man himselfTake a narrated tour of Vicksburg National Military Park with a licensed guideTour the majestic Oak Alley Plantation and enjoy a tasty Mint JulipNarrated tour of New Orleans to see the historic French Quarter, beautiful Garden District, colorful River Walk and famous Bourbon StreetFarewell dinner cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz music$40 in Mayflower Money
Health and Safety Protocols for Mayflower Tours
For over 40 years, Mayflower Cruises & Tours has been committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our travelers. While things have changed in our world, our commitment to our travelers remains as solid as ever.
To ensure your health, safety and peace-of-mind while traveling with us, we have established a “Travel with Confidence” program, with enhanced safety measures and procedures throughout our tours, from start to finish.
The following three areas address our commitment to exceed industry and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) standards, providing a safe and clean environment for all.
We are implementing new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to ensure travelers a safe start to their tour. Travelers will be asked to sign off on a few basic Covid-19 related health questions before joining the tour. We will conduct touchless temperature checks for both travelers and staff at the start of the tour, as well as monitoring throughout the tour.
Responsible Social Distancing
We will endeavor to practice safe distancing for our guests throughout the journey, on coaches and during excursions. Travelers are encouraged to bring their own washable face masks; however additional face masks and hand sanitizer will be made available. Masks will be used by travelers and staff alike at any time where social proximity could be an issue. We will also reduce group sizes to abide by social distancing guidelines. And wireless listening technology for many of our tours will help enable safe distances between travelers on excursions.
Commitment to Clean
As a part of our commitment to clean, we are requiring enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures from our hotel partners and motor coach companies. Additionally, we are reassured with the knowledge that our airline partners are taking very stringent measures for passenger safety.
Tour Directors will be trained in new and enhanced hygiene procedures and they will be in constant contact with Mayflower’s Operations support team for added reassurance. The disinfecting and hand sanitizing procedures that we and our travel partners are implementing meet or exceed those recommended by the CDC.
In order to maintain cleanliness during the tour, we are minimizing the amount of contact points for our travelers by revising the ways meals, coach seating, hotel check-in and other activities are carried out. We will also have hand sanitizer available throughout the tour.
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We have always been committed to the health and safety of our travelers and team members, but we are raising the bar to an even higher level to ensure they are able to continue to enjoy the freedom to experience the wonder and joy of travel.
Mayflower will continue to review and update our safety protocols, following the standards set forth by travel and health agencies across the globe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).
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The hotels were located out of the way from the downtown area where things were happening. The hallway and room rugs in the Memphis Crowne Plaza were dirty and paint was chipped away from the walls. The trip to Little Rock was a waste of time and could have been eliminated and we could have gone directly to Memphis. Options for entertainment on free nights should have been offered. The bus driver was more knowledgeable than the tour guide. She seemed to be pre occupied some of the time with personal matters, disorganized and gave contradictory information at times about hotel services. After the Grand Ole Opry performance, three people were lost finding the bus since she did not have a predetermined meeeting place. Mayflower wanted us to book returning flights after 12pm, but the one transfer offered to the airport was at 9:30 am which left many of us waiting 4 to 5 hours on Sunday. The food offered was average or below.
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