Nashville & Memphis, TN
For many years we have hosted tours to Memphis TN. And everyone always had a great time. By popular request this year we are going to expand and include all the fascination and attractions of Nashville.
Day 1. Thursday Oct. 17, 2019
8:00 AM - Depart Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club for Nashville TN. Enroute Pick up locations available.
11:00 AM - Lunch Fiddlesticks Restaurant Hannibal Mo. on your own.
12:00 PM - Depart Lunch Location
2:30 PM - Rest stop
3:00 PM - Depart Rest stop
5:00 PM - Dinner location TBD on your own.
6:00 PM - Depart Dinner Location.
8:00 PM - Arrive Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN.
Your next three nights are at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
Situated in the heart of Nashville, this luxury hotel allows you to hit all the high notes of Music City both in the area and under their roof. Looking to make a splash? SoundWaves, an upscale water experience featuring 4 acres of combined indoor and outdoor water attractions, opened in December 2018. Enjoy 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. There is also a full-service spa for a relaxing way to unwind. The hotel is connected to Opry Mills. Opry Mills is a single level mall that contains over 200 stores or take center stage with your favorite star at Madame Tussauds Nashville.
DAY 2: Friday, October 18, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 AM A Quick-Bite breakfast is included this morning. You will receive a coupon for the Quick bite breakfast. It can be used at The Cocoa Bean or the Conservatory Café. It includes a breakfast sandwich, fruit and drink.
8:45 AM Depart for the Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline. The museum is called the “Smithsonian of Country Music” because of its unrivaled collection. In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens.
Tour Hatch Show Print. Learn more about this iconic letterpress poster shop. The tour of legendary Hatch Show Print will engage your senses:
- Listen to the presses crank as you learn more about the history of Hatch Show Print
- See the brilliantly colored posters that put the shop on the map in the last century and compare them with the posters printed today for your favorite entertainers
- Handle some of the tools of the trade and smell the ink as you pull your own keepsake print in our print shop-within-a-print shop Space for Design.
10:15 AM The first group should meet for the 10:30 tour of Hatch Printing. Following their tour the second group will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.
12:00 PM Depart for lunch at the Wild Horse Saloon.
12:15 PM Arrive at Wildhorse Saloon
The World-Famous Wildhorse Saloon is a “must do” experience for visitors worldwide as they visit Music City. More than 1.5 million music lovers stampede through their doors annually to catch the hottest in live entertainment, learn the newest dance steps and dine on their award-winning Southern smokehouse cuisine.
Some fun facts:
- 66,000 square feet
- Largest per capita restaurant in Tennessee
- 3000 gallons of BBQ sauce used annually
- 2+ million pickle slices in their famous fried pickle recipe used annually
- 4,000+ TV shows and tapings since their opening
- Nearly 50,000 T-shirts sold
- More than 10 million bottles of beer consumed
- Once had a BEATLE on stage (Ringo)
2:30 PM Depart for Franklin, TN.
Located just south of Nashville, it is a key site of the American Civil War. A stop will be made at the 1858 Lotz House. It is in the heart of downtown Franklin at “ground zero” for the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz. By trade, Mr. Lotz was a master carpenter and a piano maker. His home served as his “show house” to demonstrate his carpentry work to potential clients interested in hiring him for his services.
Downtown’s Main Street is lined with galleries, antique shops and restored Victorian buildings. Numerous restaurants make it the perfect place for you to enjoy dinner on your own before departing for the Grand Old Opry.
6:30 PM Arrive at the Grand Ole Opry.
What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present. The Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry – an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction – is world famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.
7:00 PM The show begins
DAY 3: Saturday, October 19. 2019
6:30 – 9:00 AM A Quick-Bite breakfast is included this morning. You will receive a coupon for the Quick bite breakfast. It can be used at The Cocoa Bean or the Conservatory Café. It includes a breakfast sandwich, fruit and drink.
9:15 AM Depart for a tour of Nashville and all her Major Attractions. Visit Downtown Music City and discover Riverfront Park, 2nd Ave & Honky Tonk Row, Ryman Auditorium, Music City Center, Printers Alley, Bridgestone Arena, Avenue of the Arts, the Arcade & more. View the State Capitol and Legislative Plaza, & Farmers Market. Drive by German Town & New Ball Park. Visit Bicentennial Park, Centennial Park & the Parthenon. Stop at Marathon Village and choose between:
- American Pickers “Antique Archeology”
- Corsair Distillery – Tennessee whiskey and more
- Local artisan shopping
- Grinders Switch Wine Tasting
- Marathon Motor Show Room
- Green Brier Distillery
Drive through The Gulch, 12th South and Music Row and discover how Nashville has come alive. A stop will be made during the tour for lunch on your own. The tour concludes at Texas Troubadour Theater for The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey
3:00 PM The Music of Nashville® timelessly takes you on an action-packed ride through 60 years of Nashville’s most memorable songs, and the stories behind them. This exciting show includes many of the biggest songs born in Nashville. From the famous Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Conway & Loretta and Johnny & June to King George Strait, Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle, Travis Tritt, Wynona Judd, Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more – the series of dynamic performances will entertain and engage audiences of all ages, creating a new appreciation for the historical importance of Nashville to the world of music.
5:45 PM Arrive Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom.
Ever since closing his successful Branson theatre in 2006, Ray has dreamed of building a Vegas-style Showroom in Nashville reminiscent of favorite venues he worked in his early career. He wanted to create an intimate setting where fans could enjoy a nice dinner and cocktails while up close and personal with their favorite artists. When visiting the CabaRay, patrons will immediately experience Ray’s attention to every detail, from the impressive custom lighting piece in the lobby, to the built-in trophy cases displaying memorabilia from Ray’s iconic career, to the elegant crystal chandeliers, Ray’s personal touch is evident in every corner of the building. The Showroom walls are covered in vintage black and white photographs honoring the producers and musicians who turned Nashville into “Music City”. Ray also designed six custom red leather corner banquettes each honoring legendary Nashville producers who were impactful in Ray’s career – Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Shelby Singleton, Fred Foster, Jerry Kennedy and Billy Sherrill. Come to the CabaRay and enjoy the food, the shows and the fun, but also be sure to take in all the history and memorabilia that surrounds you in this remarkable place!
6:00 PM Doors open for dinner
7:30 PM Show begins
DAY 4: Sunday, October 20, 2019
6:30 – 10:00 AM A Quick-Bite breakfast is included this morning. You will receive a coupon for the Quick bite breakfast. It can be used at The Cocoa Bean or the Conservatory Café. It includes a breakfast sandwich, fruit and drink. Following breakfast, take some time to explore the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Included in your package is The Delta Riverboat Tour. This tour takes you on a gentle ride around the Atrium’s four and half acres of gardens and waterfalls. The tour guide provides information about the hotel and points out some interesting features within the gardens.
11:00 AM Depart for the lunch on the General Jackson Showboat. On Sundays in Nashville, you can experience a real Southern Homecoming on the General Jackson Showboat! Their dynamic and heartwarming stage show celebrates the songs and stories inspired by family, friends, faith and the American Flag. This energetic production showcases some of country music’s positive and inspirational chart-topping songs by artists like Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw. You’ll hear amazing and authentic vocal harmonies on some gospel music’s most beloved songs and it all concludes with a musical tribute to the American Flag. Supported by decadent stage lights, dapper costumes and dazzling multimedia, their quartet of Nashville’s finest voices supported by a live piano trio welcome you to a Southern Homecoming aboard the General Jackson Showboat!
11:15 AM Boarding begins.
12:00 PM The Luncheon Cruise aboard the General Jackson departs.
2:30 PM Depart for Memphis.
6:00 PM Arrive at the Gold Strike Casino and Resort. (An MGM Resort) Tunica Ms. (Memphis Tn.)
Dinner on your own with multiple and variable options. We will spend 3 nights at their Deluxe Accommodations. Your stay will include (1) Breakfast or Lunch Buffet per night of stay, Baggage Handling, and “Free Play” to be announced.
DAY 5: Monday, October 21, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET
8:30 AM Depart Gold Strike resort for Memphis
9:30 AM Arrive Backbeat Tours
BACKBEAT MEMPHIS MOJO TOUR The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the nation’s only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities.
- Sun Studio
- Beale Street
- Stax Studio
- The Lorraine Motel
- Cotton Row
- Peabody Hotel
- Overton Park
- Historic Central Gardens
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash
11:30 AM TOUR FAMOUS “BEALE STREET” LUNCH AT “BB KINGS,” On your own
12:30 PM DEPART FOR THE PEABODY HOTEL
1:00 PM ARRIVE THE PEABODY HOTEL
Peabody history dates back to 1869 when the original Peabody Hotel opened on the corner of Main & Monroe and immediately became the social and business hub of Memphis. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built at its present location at Union and 2nd Street continuing the legacy of the “South’s Grand Hotel.” It was 1933 when ducks were originally placed in the hotel’s lobby fountain, setting in motion an 85-year tradition that continues today with the March of the Peabody Ducks. The Peabody name has become synonymous with the 5 North American mallard ducks that are now the living symbol of the Peabody brand.
2:00 PM DEPART THE PEABODY HOTEL FOR THE “BASS PRO SHOP”
2:30 PM ARRIVE THE BASS PRO SHOP. You have never seen an outdoor shop like this one.
3:30 PM DEPART THE BASS PRO SHOP FOR THE GOLD STRIKE RESORT
4:30 PM ARRIVE THE GOLDSTRIKE CASINO AND RESORT For a casual and entertaining evening 0n your own.
DAY 6: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019
7:00-8:30 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET
9:00 AM DEPART FOR “GRACELAND” Home of Elvis.
10:00 AM ARRIVE AT GRACELAND
There are a number of tour options available at Graceland. Upon arrival we will negotiate a tour operators price for the tour our group selects. The most popular is the House, Grounds, Automobiles, and Aircraft. This tour along with lunch on the grounds will be on your own. AN ALTERNATIVE TO “GRACELAND” IS “THE MEMPHIS ZOO”. The Memphis Zoo is one of the most famous in the world with a number of unique displays including a very rare PANDA display. We have had a number of guests who have previously toured Graceland select the Zoo option. After arranging the Graceland Tour we will proceed to the Memphis Zoo with an arrival time of approx.. 11:00 AM
1:00 PM DEPART GRACELAND
1:30 PM DEPART THE MEMPHIS ZOO.
2:30 PM ARRIVE AT THE GOLD STRIKE CASINO AND RESORT for a little free time fun and games prior to heading back to Cedar Rapids tomorrow morning.
DAY: 7, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019
7:00 AM BAGS READY FOR DEPARTURE PER. INSTRUCTIONS.
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET.
8:30 AM DEPART FOR CEDAR RAPIDS.
10:30 AM REST STOP TBD
1:30 PM REST STOP TBD
4:00 PM DINNER AT FIDDLESTICKS HANNIBAL MO. On your own.
5:00 PM DEPART HANNIBAL FOR CEDAR RAPIDS IA.
8:00 PM ARRIVE SAM’S CLUB CEDAR RAPIDS.
- 3 Nights lodging at Gaylord Opryland Hotel
- 3 Nights lodging at the Gold Strike MGM Casino and Resort
- 9 meals
- 3 Quick-Bite breakfasts at Gaylord Opryland Hotel
- Lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon
- Lunch aboard the General Jackson Showboat
- Dinner at CabaRay Showroom
- 3 Breakfast or Lunch Buffet at the Gold Strike Casino and Resort
- 4 shows o Grand Old Opry ($70 tickets)
- The Music of Nashville at the Texas Troubadour Theater o Southern Homecoming aboard the General Jackson Showboat
- The CabaRay Showroom
- days with a step on guide touring Nashville and Franklin, TN
- Admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hatch Printing
- Delta Riverboat tour through Gaylord Opryland Hotel
- Admission to the Lotz House
- Luggage handling at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Gold Strike Resort
- Backbeat MOJO Memphis Tour.
- Transportation Via. Luxury Motor Coach, equipped with Restroom, WiFi, and DVD.
- Gold Crown Travel “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” fully stocked refreshment cart. With adult and soft libation.
$1685 pp.dbl.oc. That’s a whole lot of Luxury Lodging, meals and fun for $240 a day.
$1995 Sig. Oc.