Tastes & Sounds of the South

  • $2499
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This is truly a tour for your senses! You’ll enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Country, the soulful spirit of the Blues, and the rhythm of Jazz as you journey from Nashville to Memphis and into New Orleans. History buffs will cherish visits to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, and the Frogmore Cotton Plantation. And your taste buds will delight in the flavors of the South throughout your journey!


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

  • 2 nights in Nashville
  • 2 nights in Memphis
  • 1 night in Natchez
  • 3 nights in New Orleans
  • Optional 2-night extension in New Orleans


  • Grand Ole Opry Show
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • Graceland
  • Sun Studios tour
  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
  • Slave Haven Underground Railroad museum
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Frogmore Cotton Plantation
  • Mardi Gras World Museum
  • New Orleans School of Cooking

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tour including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional Tour Director

Extension Includes:

  • Accommodations at a first-class hotel in New Orleans
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 days at leisure to explore New Orleans independently

Tour Itinerary

Arrive in Nashville

Welcome to Nashville, a city that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Nashville is known as the capital of country music. The city earned its title with the very first airing of the WSM Barn Dance radio program, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry. Tonight you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and a performance at the Grand Ole Opry with other smarTours travelers.

Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown or similar | Dinner


This morning you’ll discover Belle Meade Plantation and tour the mansion. Once one of the largest and grandest estates in Nashville and thoroughbred horse farm, Belle Meade was the epicenter of society and social events in the 1800’s. You will then immerse yourself in Music City and visit Country Hall of Fame where great artists have been honored for making Country Music what it is today. The museum will enlighten you more about great names and accomplishments, followed by a tour to the world famous RCA Studio B where artists like Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton,…


Start the day with a quick stop at the lively farmer’s market featuring a wide variety of local foods, produce, crafts, classes & chef demos. Then travel across the countryside and arrive in 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.” Upon arrival we visit Elvis Presley’s palatial home, Graceland. This evening walk down Beale Street the heart of the blues music scene.

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown or similar |…


This morning you’ll start with a tour of Sun Studios. Known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll”, it is the discovery location of musical legends and genres of the 50’s from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; from Blues and Gospel to Country and Rock’n’roll. Today the goal of this iconic museum is to spread the story of Memphis’ history and culture through the music that put Memphis on the map. We then explore the civil rights history of Memphis and visit the National Civil Rights Museum, which is constructed around the Lorraine…


Today’s morning tour takes you to the Stax museum of American Soul Music. Stax Records, where the music was made, was similarly unique: a former theater transformed into a shoestring studio where workday people could be heard and, perhaps, reborn as something extraordinary. Next you will make your way to Natchez. En route, you will pass through Magnolia’s state capital before reaching the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River.

Hotel Vue Natchez or similar | Breakfast, Lunch

Natchez/New Orleans

Your day starts with a tour of Frogmore Plantation where you will learn about historical cotton & plantation culture. An 1800-acre working cotton plantation, Frogmore has 19 restored antebellum structures that date from the early 1800’s. Along with the history of the early Natchez planters and their slaves, the tour includes a rare Smithsonian quality steam cotton gin and then contrasts the historical methods with modern day planting, harvesting, and computerized ginning of cotton. Next, you’ll travel to the capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, for a brief city tour. Your…

New Orleans

Today you’ll embark on a city tour with a step-on guide and experience the history and culture of one of America’s greatest and most beautiful cities. You’ll also enjoy a one hour walking tour through the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. Next, you’ll take a street car through the historic Garden District where you’ll see fabulous homes famous for their spectacular architecture. And you will also enjoy a visit to Mardi Gras World. When you begin your tour, you’ll get an overview of the history of…

New orleans

This morning, you’ll enjoy some fun, food & folklore at the New Orleans School of Cooking! Since 1980, countless visitors from around the world have been introduced to the wonderful food and rich culture of New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole. The entertaining cooking classes and General Store are located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter, 524 St. Louis Street. You will be taught the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you’ll never forget. Fun is a primary ingredient in this kitchen! Participants will enjoy watching…

Depart New Orleans

After breakfast, you’ll leave for the airport and bid a fond farewell to New Orleans as you head home.

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Guided Tour Pricing

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $649

2021 Departures:
Add $249 per person double occupancy / $428 single occupancy

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.

Extended Tours

New Orleans Extension

  • From approx. $249 Per Person

Extend your stay in vibrant New Orleans with two extra days at leisure to explore the city independently!

New Orleans

Enjoy two free days at leisure to explore New Orleans independently, or consider an optional tour.

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Depart New Orleans

After breakfast, you’ll leave for the airport and bid a fond farewell to New Orleans as you head home.

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Some optional tours may only be possible to those who are extending their stay due to timing. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may, therefore, be cancelled if this minimum is not met.

Swamp & Bayou Tour

  • 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…

Houmas House Tour

  • From approx. $65 Per Person

Experience the peaceful serenity and striking beauty of this Historic Mansion and Gardens, unlike any other plantation home in the South. Travel back in time to the 1800’s as a local guide takes you on a journey through the Houmas Mansion, where you will view original artwork, rare antiques, and original pieces from the 1830s. Learn how a succession of owners, the sugarcane business and the Mississippi River grew this modest manor house into the grand estate it is today. Situated on River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this treasure of time offers you glimpses into life on a…

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with dinner

  • From approx. $85 Per Person, dinner included

Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans skyline aboard the dinner and Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ featuring live jazz by the world-renowned “Dukes of Dixieland”.. During the cruise you’ll see breathtaking views of the city while enjoying casual buffet-style dining.

Indoor and Outdoor seating. Museum quality Engine Room Reservations recommended. Boarding time is at 6:00pm and sailing time is from 7pm-9pm. Indicate preferred seating time upon reservation, 6.00pm- 7.15pm (arrive approximately 5.45pm) or 7.45pm – 9.00pm (arrive no later than…