Duration

  • 12 Days
  • 12 Days

Price

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$3,295
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$4,295
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$3,495
Single
$4,495
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is as southern as southern gets. We’re in for hospitality! We’ll hit Music City, USA on the way down. Country music legends were born here thanks to the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman – and we’ll see them both! We’ll also stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, one of two showstopping hotels on our 12-day getaway. Nashville plants a firm twang in our hearts before heading south to Biloxi, Mississippi for 5 nights.

From our base in Biloxi, we’ll explore the southern charm of the area and even spend a day in New Orleans! The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the land of swamps, Spanish moss, po’ boys, gumbo, and gators. You can’t skip a stone around here without hitting an antebellum plantation and the Beauvoir is one such fine example.

Heading north, we’ll visit the private home of the King of Rock ‘n Roll himself and stay at The Guest House at Graceland, one of the top hotels in Memphis. Elvis Presley’s Graceland is filled with hundreds of artefacts, photos, and memorabilia. The pride of Memphis, Graceland is a favourite destination of the DeNureTours’ Mississippi Gulf Coast tour!

 

5 Nights in Biloxi, Mississippi

We’ll begin our discovery of Biloxi (Bil-uhk-see), Mississippi at The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum where 300 years of Mississippi’s gritty heritage comes alive through exhibits and replicas. After that, the Biloxi Cruise Company can’t wait to take us out shrimpin’! The Sailfish is our vessel for the next 70 minutes. We’ll learn how to set a trawl net that drags the bottom of the Mississippi Sound for blue crabs, oysterfish, flounder, stingrays, squid, pufferfish… and shrimp! The entire catch is identified and presented by your Captain.

An authentic waterside Biloxi Shrimp Boil is followed by a walking tour of the Biloxi Visitor Center & Lighthouse Park. We’ll tour Beauvoir where Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, made his Home & Presidential Library. Ready to eat? Patio 44 prepares award-winning creole cuisine on the patio. Try the gumbo, the grits, or fried Mississippi catfish tacos.

• Guided tour of Nashville
• Guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium
• Grand Ole Opry performance
• Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
• Sailfish Shrimp Boat Tour
• Biloxi Visitors Center & Lighthouse Park walking tour
• Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library tour
• Pascagoula River Audubon Center
• McCoy’s River & Marsh Tour
• Walter Anderson Museum
• Shearwater Pottery
• St. Rose de Lima Church guided tour
• Mardi Gras Museum tour
• Guided tour of New Orleans
• Jazz brunch at the award winning “Court of Two Sisters”
• 
Graceland

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.

• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
• Nashville, TN: Gaylord Opryland Resort (2 nights)
• Biloxi, MS: Palace Casino Resort (5 nights)
• Memphis, TN: The Guest House at Graceland (1 night)
• St. Louis, MO: Drury Plaza Hotel (1 night)
• Kalamazoo, MI: Four Points by Sheraton (1 night)

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.

Day1

Lima, OH

Board our deluxe motorcoach and relax as we travel to Lima, Ohio. Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Nashville, TN

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel Nashville, Tennessee, with a stop in Kentucky. We’ll arrive at the gorgeous Gaylord Opryland Resort mid-afternoon and you’ll have time explore and enjoy dinner on your own. We’re here for two nights, so wander around the lush 9-acre garden hotel, shop, dine, and pamper yourself!

Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day3

Nashville, TN

After breakfast at the Gaylord we’ll enjoy guided tour of Music City USA (Nashville) that ends with a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, a red brick building that has launched country music careers for over 120 years. Nashville is where Patsy Cline fell to pieces and The Man in Black fell into a ring of fire over 50 years ago, putting Nashville on the map as the central cosmos for country music. The Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash Museum (ranked #1 by Forbes), and Lower Broadway are legendary hotspots and must-sees. You’ll have free time all afternoon for lunch and sightseeing. Don’t forget the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy Cline Museum, and RCA Studio. Then we’ll head back to the hotel to get gussied up for a performance at The Grand Ole Opry this evening.

Meals: B

Day4

Biloxi, MS

After one last breakfast at the Gaylord, we’ll board our luxury motorcoach and head south to Biloxi, Mississippi. Arrive at the hotel where you’ll settle in for the next five glorious nights.

Stay: Palace Casino Resort, Biloxi, MS
Nights: 5
Meals: B

Day5

Biloxi Sightseeing

We’ll start our day at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum which won the 2017 People’s Choice award. We’ll start there to discover 300 years of Mississippi’s gritty heritage through exhibits and replicas. After that, the Biloxi Cruise Company can’t wait to take us out shrimpin’! The Sailfish is our vessel for the next 70 minutes. We’ll learn how to set a trawl net that drags the bottom of the Mississippi Sound for blue crabs, oysterfish, flounder, stingrays, squid, pufferfish… and shrimp! The entire catch will be presented by your Captain.

For lunch, we’ll try an authentic waterside Biloxi Shrimp Boil followed by a walking tour of the Biloxi Visitor Center & Lighthouse Park, and a tour of Beauvoir (“beautiful view” of the Mississippi Sound), the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library. Jefferson Davis the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.

For dinner we’ll dine at Patio 44, preparing award-winning creole cuisine on the patio. Try the gumbo, the grits, or fried Mississippi catfish tacos. Wash it down with a cocktail or craft beer! Get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow we leave for Pascagoula and Ocean Springs!

Meals: B, L, D

Day6

Pascagoula, Ocean Springs

Today we’re off to Pascagoula. First stop, the Pascagoula River Audubon Centre, 35,000 acres of preserved “free-flowing nature.” We couldn’t leave Mississippi without going on McCoy’s River & Marsh Tour! You’re in for hard-to-reach bayous, sloughs, and swamp on the Pascagoula River, one of the most pristine river swamps in America. The trees are draped with moss overhead and there are gators underneath!

After a stop for lunch we’ll visit Walter Anderson Museum, dedicated to American master Walter Inglis Anderson. We’ll stop at Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, and eat dinner at Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant. Aunt Jenny feeds folks in a historic antebellum home built in the 1800s with a spectacular view of 500-year-old oak trees and Historic Fort Bayou. Try Gunny’s Combo for catfish, hushpuppies, slaw, and biscuits. Or there’s Ronnie’s Roosters, Jan’s Fried Green Tomatoes, Cousin Ray’s Onion Slivers, or Talmadge’s Turnip Greens – all you can eat!

Meals: B, D

Day7

Bay St.Louis

This morning we’ll take in a guided tour of St. Rose de Lima Church in Bay St. Louis and tour the Mardi Gras Museum located in a historic train depot. Enjoy lunch on your own at the 200 North Beach Restaurant. Located in a historic building est. 1907. The food is even better than the atmosphere! Steak, seafood, regional fare, and cocktails served on the patio with views of the water. You’ll have a free afternoon to wander the downtown district of Bay St. Louis before returning to the hotel for a free evening.

Meals: B

Day8

New Orleans, LA

After breakfast we’ll take a day trip to New OrleansWe’ll begin with aa guided city tour, followed by a jazz brunch at the award winning Court of Two Sisters. Then enjoy some free time to explore French Quarter before heading back to Biloxi for dinner on your own.

Meals: B, L

Day9

Memphis, TN

We’ll travel from Mississippi to Memphis today! Arrive late in the day and check in to our hotel – the Guesthouse at Graceland! Located steps from the gates of the Graceland Mansion, this four-diamond hotel (one of the top hotels in Memphis) serves up the same warm southern hospitality that Elvis Presley was always known to show to his guests. Enjoy world-class amenities that would make the King of Rock‘n’Roll proud.

This evening we’ll head downtown for dinner on Beale Street.

Stay: The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis, TN
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day10

St. Louis, MO

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a full morning to tour Graceland! After lunch on your own we’ll depart for St. Louis, Missouri and check in to our hotel before a free evening to dine as you wish.

Stay: Drury Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day11

Kalamazoo, MI

Board the motorcoach after breakfast and relax as we travel to Kalamzoo, Missouri today. After checking into out hotel for the evening, we’ll come together as a group for a farewell dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day12

Travel Home

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll begin our journey home with beautiful memories of the Gulf Coast.

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

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