B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Saturday, 29 Apr 2017: Arrive Nashville, TN; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival no later than 4:00pm and take local transportation to the hotel. The tour will begin at the hotel at 6:00pm with our Welcome Meeting, followed by dinner to get better acquainted. Overnight Nashville - 2 nights
Sunday, 30 Apr 2017: Ryman Auditorium Tour; Grand Ole Opry (B)
The Ryman Auditorium, built in 1892 is today a National Historic Landmark, known throughout the world as "The Mother Church of Country Music". No visit to Nashville would be complete without attending a show at the Grand Ole Opry (schedule permitting). It all began on a night in November of 1925 when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called “The WSM Barn Dance.” Now, nearly 90 years later, that show is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.
Monday, 1 May 2017: Graceland; Memphis Free Time (B,D)
We depart for Memphis this morning where we'll take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world: Graceland. Memphis was Elvis Presley's home for more than 20 years and at Graceland you can explore the personal side of The King. Learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed forever the face of popular music and culture. The rest of the day is yours to explore further. You might want to visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum which tells the complete story of Memphis music history, and then stroll down famous Beale Street to listen to some great blues. Overnight Memphis - 1 night
Tuesday, 2 May 2017: Vicksburg National Military Park; Jackson, MS (B)
We will stop at the Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center en route to Jackson today. A tour provides an opportunity to explore the battlefield with a professional guide who has deep knowledge of civilian life and military operations of the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. The battle of Vicksburg was a turning point for the Union during the American Civil War. Overnight Jackson, MS - 1 night
Wednesday, 3 May 2017: Natchez Trace, Antebellum House Tour (B)
From Jackson, we set out to travel one of America's oldest roads. The Natchez Trace Parkway runs roughly parallel to the Natchez Trace, a 440-mile footpath that was first trod by prehistoric animals, and then by Native Americans and European explorers. The Natchez area has many antebellum mansions, most of them private residences, and we will tour one or two. Each house is unique with 18th and 19th-century furnishings, porcelain, silver, clothing, tools, documents and diaries. We continue on to New Orleans this afternoon. Overnight New Orleans - 2 nights
Thursday, 4 May 2017: New Orleans City Tour; Free Time; Farewell Dinner (D)
This morning we depart for a walking tour of the French Quarter to learn more about the Big Easy. This afternoon and evening will be free, allowing you to shop, listen to jazz or perhaps have your palm read in Jackson Square. Your WTT Tour Leader will have suggestions as to how you can enjoy the remainder of the day. This evening we'll enjoy our Farewell Dinner at a French Quarter hotel.
Friday, 5 May 2017: Return Home from New Orleans
Sadly, our time together has come to an end. Based on the departure time you provide WTT, your Tour Leader can assist with organizing travelers into small groups so you can ride-share to the airport if you wish.