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The Sounds and Flavors of the South


Our first stop: Nashville, the heart of America’s country music scene from grand halls to intimate honky tonks. This year, Nashville’s most beloved venues are celebrating milestone anniversaries, including Ryman Auditorium, now in its 125th year, and the 50-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame.


The hallowed halls of RCA Studio B have welcomed everyone from Elvis to The Everly Brothers, and my group gained insight into Nashville’s music scene with an award-winning local songwriter. Then it was time for a rare opportunity: to record a track in the room where Elvis once sang “Lonesome Tonight.”


 It was an easy drive to Memphis, Tennessee, where an insider tour of Sun Studios granted me an incredible chance to sing into Johnny Cash’s microphone. Yet the main highlight was yet to come: as the crowds exited Graceland, we were whisked in for an evening hosted by Elvis’ oldest friend, George Klein. A private tour, personal anecdotes and dinner at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum rounded out a perfect tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll.



As we crossed from Mississippi to Louisiana, our Traveling Concierge played lively tunes and shared personal insights. We paused to explore two lushly landscaped plantation homes and, upon our arrival in New Orleans, I took advantage of free time to set out on an excursion of my own: a jazz-filled evening in the celebrated venue of Preservation Hall.



Insight Vacations’ Luxury Gold itineraries are like no other escorted tour I have ever experienced. From the onset of the “Southern Grace” journey, we were transported to VIP events and granted private access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Each day was seamless with swift transportation on a spacious, Wi-Fi-equipped motor coach and prompt baggage handling. Stays in legendary hotels such as Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans ensured unforgettable memories of the American South from beginning to end.


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