The Very Best of Nashville and Memphis
October 9 - October 15$1601 – $1995
We rarely repeat a similar tour two years in a row. However, when a tour is as well received as this one we would be remiss in not offering it once again this year, of course with some changes to add to its interest.
Day 1: Friday, October 9
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, 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: Saturday, October 10, 2020
8:45 AM – Depart for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
9:00 AM – Arrive 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 .
Noon – Depart for Shopping at Opry Mills and/or Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Lunch is on your own at one of the restaurants at Opry Mills or in the hotel.
4:50 PM – Depart for the Opry Backstage Grill.
(less than ¼ mile from the hotel) Opry Backstage Grill
5:00 PM – Dinner is included at the Backstage Grill. Sides are served family style with entertainment during the meal. Enjoy a live performances as talented musicians cover the latest country hits and original tunes. At Opry Backstage Grill, even the servers may take the stage to deliver a country favorite or two. Entrée Choice: • Fried Chicken • Pulled Pork • Mac n Cheese
6:15 PM – Depart for the Grand Ole Opry
6:30 PM – Arrive at the Grand Ole Opry. Please note the following Grand Ole Opry Policy: Our venues use entrance screening procedures including walkthrough metal detectors, handheld metal-detecting wands and enhanced bag checks. Weapons (including pocketknives of any size), oversized bags and other items are prohibited. 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 worldfamous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.
7:00 PM – The show begins.
DAY 3: Sunday, October 11, 2020
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 Riverboat.
Every Sunday, the General Jackson Showboat impresses with their Southern Homecoming show. This live entertainment show displays the best of Sunday music including Southern Gospel favorites and country music hits performed at the expansive theatre. Just a few of the artists who are featured in this show include Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, and Tim McGraw. The meal served during this show features fresh salads, hickory pit-smoked shoulder, Southern fried chicken, delicious southern-style sides, and a seasonal fruit cobbler for dessert.
11:15 AM – Boarding begins.
Noon The cruise aboard the General Jackson departs.
2:45 PM – 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. The tour includes a stop at Ole Smoky Moonshine, the first federally licensed distillery in the history of Tennessee & the leading craft distiller of moonshine. The tour includes a tasting of real moonshine. Partnered with Yee Haw Brewing Company, the venue features tasting areas, merchandise & live entertainment.
6:15 PM – The tour concludes at The Nashville Palace with dinner and a performance of The Music of Nashville: The Palace helped launch some of music’s finest artists, including Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton, and became the hotspot for Opry legends to pop into following their performances at the Opry House located across the street. Which still happens to this day! 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.
DAY 4: Monday, October 12, 2020
9:15 AM – Depart for Ryman Auditorium.
9:45 AM – Arrive Ryman Auditorium
10:00 AM – Scheduled tour of Ryman: Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live-performance theater. It is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Join their expert guides for an unforgettable tour through more than a century of entertainment history. Hear the backstage stories, get to know the legends and icons, trace the history of a hundred years of renovations and understand the Ryman’s complex journey from revival house to world-renowned performance hall. Includes a Photo on stage:
11:00 AM – Depart for lunch at the Wild Horse Salon.
11:15 AM – 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 and catering groups 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:
- 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
- More than 10 million bottles of beer consumed
- Once had a BEATLE on stage (Ringo)
Menu for the Wild Horse Saloon:
- Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork
- Wildhorse Baked Beans
- Southern Cole Slaw
- Tea, Water, Lemonade
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: Tuesday October 13
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.
Along the way, you will see:
- 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 – 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 on your own.
DAY 6: Wednesday, OCTOBER 14
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, Thursday OCTOBER 15
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.
- Nights lodging at Gaylord Opryland Hotel
- 3 Nights Lodgeing at Gold Strike Casino and Resort
- 3 Breakfasts at the Gold Strike Casino and Resort
- 4 meals o Lunch at the Wildhorse Salon
- Lunch aboard the General Jackson Showboat
- Dinner at The Nashville Palace Theater
- Dinner at Opry Backstage Grill
- 5 shows o Grand Old Opry (Premier Seating in the Front Mezzanine—Section 18)
- The Music of Nashville at the Nashville Palace Theater
- Southern Homecoming aboard the General Jackson Showboat
- Show at the Opry Backstage Grill
- Show at the Wild Horse Saloon
- ½ day tour of Nashville with a step on guide including moonshine tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine
- Admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame
- Tour of Hatch Printing
- Delta Riverboat tour through Gaylord Opryland Hotel
- Tour of Ryman Auditorium
- Backbeat MOJO Tour of Memphis
- Luggage handling at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Gold Strike Casino and Resort
- Transportation via. Luxury Motor Coach with Restroom, AC Outlets, DVD, WiFi
- Our “Five O’Clock Somewhere” Fully equipped refreshment cart.
$1995 Sig. Oc.