Springtime Tour of the South

with Memphis, Natchez, Vicksburg, New Orleans, & Nashville

 

March 17-25, 2018

Sat / Sun - 9 Days

Sit back and enjoy the ride through the beautiful South in springtime. In Memphis,stay at the brand new Guest House at Graceland and delve into the life of Elvis Presley; tour the mansion and the all-new 200,000 square foot entertainment complex featuring new museums, restaurants, gift shops and more. Tour the “Home of the Blues” and “Birthplace of Rock-n-Roll,” experience a city tour that highlights its sculptured, tree-lined parkways, historic sites, and a special stop at the Peabody Hotel to view the world famous “March of the Peabody Ducks.”

From Memphis, you’ll continue to historic Vicksburg, Mississippi for a lovely mansion lunch and tour of the National Military Park before arriving in Natchez. Set on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, this historic city will impress you with its stately, antebellum homes and variety of architectural styles.

After Natchez, it’s time to let the good times roll in The Crescent City, New Orleans, which sits on a curve in the east bank of the Mississippi River. Stay in the historic French Quarter, the city’s oldest neighborhood, where lacey cast iron balconies hang over the old streets. Known for its mix of cultures – from French/Canadian (“Cajun”), Spanish, Caribbean and African (“Creole”) to Native American, Italian and others, New Orleans’ intimate and unique ambience has cast its spell over artists, writers and tourists since the early 1800s. Your luxury French Quarter boutique hotel is just steps from all of the French Market and St Louis Cathedral. Visit some of the famous landmarks around the Crescent City, learn some southern cooking secrets at the New Orlean’s School of Cooking, dine at one of Emeril’s famous restaurants, and venture north beyond Lake Pontchartrain for an intimate encounter with swamp wildlife on a flat-bottomed boat!

Stop at the estate of Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, located along the Isle aux Oies River. An abundance of delightful colors, fragrances and scenic views await you among the various garden displays at this 65-acre estate. Travel to Birmingham and take a historic trip through the Civil Rights Movement, and encounter the up and coming foody culture . And lastly, end the tour on a positive note in Music City, the capital of Tennessee. Stay at Gaylord Opryland, featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities all under one roof. Take this journey through the culture, history, music and cuisine of all things “southern”.

Itinerary


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)

Hotels

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



Springtime Tour of the South Pricing

Per Person*

Complete Package

Double P/P

$2,199

Triple P/P

$2,039

Single

$2,759


Ambassadair Trip No. 7202

Stanton Hall

Highlights Include


  • Stay at the brand new Guest House at Graceland
  • City tour of Memphis
  • Tour of Vicksburg National Military Park
  • City tour of Natchez
  • Lunch at The Carriage House Restaurant
  • Tour of Stanton Hall
  • City tour of New Orleans
  • Dinner at Emeril’s
  • Honey Island swamp tour
  • Lunch and tour at Bellingrath Gardens & Home
  • City tour in Birmingham with Civil Rights Institute
  • Country Music Hall of Fame

Package Includes


  • R/T deluxe motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • Escorted from Indianapolis