Sat, Mar 17: Memphis. Tennessee. Depart in the morning from Indianapolis via deluxe motorcoach. A stop will be made for lunch (on own) before returning to the road to head for Memphis, Tennessee. Arrive for check in at The Guest House at Graceland! This brand new hotel was inspired by the same warm Southern Hospitality that Elvis Presley always showed his guests. Every aspect of the hotel reflects Elvis’ personal style and the unique character of Graceland. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with the group this evening. (Meals, Dinner)
Sun, Mar 18: Memphis. Following breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour of the Graceland mansion and enjoy the exhibits at the brand new visitor’s complex. Have lunch on your own here. Later this afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the historic Peabody Hotel to watch the famous “Peabody Ducks” march through the lobby. Enjoy some free time on the Beale for dinner on your own. Try some Memphis-style BBQ or stop into a honkytonk for some feel good food and live entertainment. (B)
Mon, Mar 19: Vicksburg & Natchez, Mississippi. Today, drive to Vicksburg for a guided tour and time for lunch on your own in historic downtown. Following lunch, tour Vicksburg National Military Park, site of one of the most critical events of the Civil War when General Ulysses S. Grant laid siege to the town for 47 days. Then it’s time to depart for Natchez, where you’ll check into Natchez Grand Hotel for one night. (B)
Tue, Mar 20: Natchez & New Orleans, Louisiana. This morning, venture out on a tour through Natchez. Established in 1716 as Fort Rosalie by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Natchez is the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served at The Carriage House Restaurant, nationally known for its fine southern cuisine. Lunch is followed by a tour of Stanton Hall, Natchez’s premier historic attraction. Next, head to New Orleans, Louisiana, where you’ll check into the historic Hotel Provincial for the next three nights. Dinner and the rest of the evening are on your own. (B,L)
Wed, Mar 21: New Orleans. Travel through three centuries of history, legends and romance on a guided tour of New Orleans. Visit one of the historic cemeteries; see the homes of former Kings and Queens of the Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous Garden District. The tour culminates at the New Orleans School of Cooking, watch a skilled chef prepare a classic Cajun/Creole lunch for you and learn about the vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine. The balance of the day is yours to enjoy. The possibilities are endless - visit the French Market, enjoy a beignet at Café du Monde, watch the street performers, visit the World War II museum, take time for some retail therapy, or just enjoy relaxing at the hotel! This evening, an optional Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard the Creole Queen will be offered. (B,L)
Thu, Mar 22: New Orleans & Honey Island Swamp. The fun continues today exploring Honey Island Swamp where you will get up close and personal with native wildlife in one of the last protected wetlands in the state. Bid farewell to New Orleans at Emeril’s for an included group dinner. (B,D)
Fri, Mar 23: Theodore & Birmingham, Alabama. Depart New Orleans for Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama for lunch and a tour of the home and gardens on this 65-acre estate. Travel north to Birmingham and have dinner on your own this evening. (B,L,D)
Sat, Mar 24: An enlightening tour of Birmingham will show you all sides of this “Magic City” from the industrial history to the civil rights movement. Visit the Civil Rights Institute, then have lunch on your own at the new Pizitz Food Mall, 20,000 square feet of food options featuring cuisine from Alabama and beyond!. Depart after lunch for Nashville, and arrive to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and check-in. Have dinner on your own and relax or top off the day tapping your feet at an optional Grand Ole Opry show. (B)
Sun, Mar 25: Late morning, head to downtown Nashville. Pass the historic Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonk Row, and the Parthenon. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy a farewell lunch with the group at the Wildhorse Saloon and have fun testing your line dancing skills before returning to Indianapolis. (B,L)
The Guesthouse at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.
A brand new hotel inspired by Elvis’ iconic style and located just a short walk away from Graceland itself. Highlights: spacious guest rooms • in-room mini-refrigerator • coffee station • complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi • room service • two restaurants • bar/lounge • fitness center • outdoor pool • boutiqueNatchez Grand Hotel, Natchez, Mississippi. Hotel is in the downtown district on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Highlights: sophisticated guestrooms • in-room coffee/tea makers • high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • bar/lounge • small outdoor pool • fitness center • spa.
Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, Lousiana.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and locally owned by the Dupepe family since 1961, this architectural gem with modern amenitiesis located in the French Quarter. Highlights: spacious guest rooms • in-room mini-refrigerator • complimentary high-speed internet and Wi-Fi • restaurant • bar/lounge • Two swimming pools
The Tutwiler, Birmingham, Alabama.
Enjoy modern amenities in a historic property at the Tutwiler located in downtown Birmingham. Highlights: elegant guest rooms • in-room coffee station• complimentary high-speed internet and Wi-Fi •complimentary high-speed internet and Wi-Fi • room service • restaurant • bar/lounge • fitness center • 24-hour snack shop
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
Experience the energy of Music City in deluxe resort accommodations. Highlights: spacious guestrooms • in-room mini-refrigerator • in-room coffee and tea station • complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi • room service • 15 restaurants • 2 bar/lounges • fitness center • indoor and outdoor pools • sauna • spa • golf course