Rhythm & Jazz Trail

  • $1499
  • 9



From Tennessee to Louisiana discover the heart of rhythm and jazz with visits to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame Museum to Elvis Presley’s Graceland to jazz in New Orlean’s French Quarter. Explore the movement that changed the nation with a visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum showcasing stories of Mississippians like Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, and Vernon Dahmer.

On this smarTours American Road Tour, enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully planned itinerary and carefully selected accommodations combined with the freedom and flexibility to travel from the comfort of your own car (or rental car)! We’ll have scheduled guided tours along the way to tell you about the rich history and culture of each destination and you’ll share this experience with other like-minded smarTours travelers!


For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Nashville
  • 1 night in Memphis
  • 1 night in Jackson
  • 3 nights in New Orleans


  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville’s Music Row
  • Walk Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame honoring country performers of national reputation
  • Walk down Beale Street for a taste of the music Memphis makes today
  • Embark on the ultimate Rock ‘n Roll experience at Elvis Presley’s Graceland
  • Visit the Mississippi Civil Right’s Museum
  • Get your jazz on in the French Quarter, New Orleans’ original neighborhood

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • 10 meals: 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Thoughtfully planned meet-ups, group meals & excursions
  • Sightseeing tours & entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local welcome guide
  • Parking at hotels
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.

We’re also monitoring the situation in these states very closely and will provide additional details about our hygiene and safety guidelines before you depart. These include social distancing practices, optional meet-ups and/or meals, and more.

Arrive in Nashville

Arrive in Nashville, a city that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine, and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Upon arrival at the hotel, a welcome desk with a “smarTours” sign and our local tour guide will be available to answer any questions. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.

Best Western near Opryland or similar | Dinner


Begin the day in the dynamic state capital of Tennessee with a morning city tour aboard Old Town Trolley. Along the way we’ll see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium where some say bluegrass was born and Johnny Cash met June Carter. We’ll also see the iconic Bluebird Cafe, the District area which features shopping, dining and entertainment, the Parthenon and Bicentennial Capitol Mall, and 201 Broadway. While exploring the city’s landmarks, you might discover some new country music classics before they even hit the charts while visiting one of the many…


Today, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and tour the iconic Studio B. Historic RCA Studio B was once the recording home of popular music titans like Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of Country Music” for its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic,…


Depart the capital of country and western music for Memphis. As a large river port, the city was one of the most important links in the cotton trade before the Civil War. Memphis is also known as the “home of the blues.” Visit Elvis Presley’s palatial home, Graceland. Later on you may wish to tour downtown Memphis with its famous Beale Street, Home of the Blues where legendary performers like Louis Armstrong, Albert King, B.B. King, Memphis Minnie, and Muddy Waters played. Today you might consider visiting the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, B.B. Kings…


Today, arrive in the capital city of Mississippi. The statewide Mississippi Freedom Trail runs through the city, encompassing a number of historic sites that were significant in the Civil Rights Movement. Pay a visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Its mission is to document, exhibit the history of, and educate the public about the American Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. state of Mississippi between 1945 and 1970.

Jackson/New Orleans

Travel south to New Orleans, Louisiana’s most important port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since the Sieur de Bienville laid out the city’s streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, architecture, and of course, the music. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore New Orleans independently.

Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome or similar | Breakfast

New Orleans

This morning, embark on a comprehensive city tour with a guide. Experience the history and culture of one of America’s greatest and most beautiful city. Discover the French Quarter (walking), St Louis Cemetery, City Park, Katrina devastation and the historic Garden District. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore New Orleans independently.

| Breakfast

New Orleans

Enjoy another full day at leisure to explore New Orleans on your own. We suggest a bayou and swamp tour, a visit to a historic Louisiana plantation or discover the Fun, Food & Folklore of the New Orleans School of Cooking. This evening we’ll enjoy a quintessential New Orleans experience: dinner aboard Steamboat Natchez! During our farewell dinner aboard this undisputed champion of the Mississippi enjoy live jazz by the world renowned “Dukes of Dixieland”.

| Breakfast, Dinner

Depart new Orleans

After breakfast this morning, our tour comes to a close and we say goodbye to New Orleans.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Mar, Jun, & Sep 2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $699
Apr – May & Sep – Oct 2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $729

Please note that all optional tours and excursions must be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

All optional tours must be pre-booked and prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

New Orleans Swamp & Bayou

  • From approx. $55 Per Person

After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built, all weather swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun “joie de vivre”. Hear how the Cajuns turned soup into gumbo, the washboard into a musical instrument, and the swamps of Louisiana into a paradise. Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the…

Oak Alley Plantation

  • From approx. $69 Per Person

Experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most historical settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as “Interview with a Vampire”, “Primary Colors” and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, “Days of our Lives”. Your guided tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana’s swamps…

Cultural Lunch at Oak Alley Plantation

  • From approx. $33 Per Person

Oak Alley Restaurant is housed in a 19th century cottage located on the grounds of the plantation, not far from the historic grounds, serving a wonderful selection of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes. Lunch is between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.