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MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST

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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. Your stay is at the centrally located Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel. This is the place where Country music legends were born thanks to the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman – and you’ll see them both! 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 artifacts, 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.

Highlights

Nashville - Enjoy a guided city tour of Music City, USA! Nashville’s earliest settlers celebrated in the late 1700s with fiddle tunes and buck dancing after safely disembarking on the shores of the Cumberland River. Nashville’s first “celebrity,” the noted frontiersman and Congressman Davy Crockett was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle playing. The most famous music venue in Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium, was built in 1892 when riverboat captain Tom Ryman completed what was originally named the ”Union Gospel Tabernacle”. When it opened it was the largest auditorium south of the Ohio River. It is nicknamed the “Carnegie Hall of the South” and attracts musicians and fans from all over the world. The Ryman has received Pollstar magazine’s prestigious “Theater of the Year” award seven times in the past ten years as the best auditorium in the nation to experience live music.
source: visitmusiccity.com
Ryman Theatre Guided tour of the Ryman Your visit to this famous National Historic Landmark begins with, “Soul of Nashville,” a new state-of-the-art theater experience that puts you at the center of the Ryman’s fascinating history as more than a century of legendary performances come to life on all around you. The dramatic story of the building’s near demolition and rebirth climaxes with a new collaboration featuring Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. Once “Soul of Nashville” has provided an introduction to the Ryman story, enjoy five new exhibits where you can peruse genuine artifacts as video hosts Charles Esten, Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts and Trisha Yearwood take you through each chapter of the Ryman’s illustrious history.
source: visitmusiccity.com
The Show that made country famous - The Grand Ole Opry
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 world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. 
It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live.
The Opry said goodbye to the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, March 15, 1974 to take up residence at the newly built Grand Ole Opry House. The next night, President Richard Nixon joined Roy Acuff on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House. Still, they could keep in touch with the traditions of the Ryman because a six-foot circle of hardwood was taken from the Ryman and placed center stage at the Opry House. Today the magic continues. Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Alison Krauss, and Carrie Underwood are among the stars who are part of the Opry family. source: opry.com
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It accomplishes this mission through an array of exhibits on shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, managing marine resources, charter boats, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building, netmaking, catboats/Biloxi skiff, shrimp peeling machine and numerous historic photographs and objects. Recently completed is the Wade Guice Hurricane Museum within a museum, featuring 1400 square feet of exhibit space and a state of the art theatre. The Art gallery will feature regional and national maritime artists with exhibitions rotating throughout the year. The Museum has brought life to local maritime history and heritage by replicating two 65′ two masted Biloxi Schooners. Examples of living maritime history, they sail the Mississippi Sound and waters of the north central Gulf of Mexico almost daily. The Museum also conducts year round educational programs and a summer Sea-n-Sail Adventure Camp which teaches youth about local maritime heritage. The Museum has an extraordinary collection of priceless photographs and artifacts which tell a story from the time of the first indian residents to the growth as a world renowned seafood processing center.   source: maritimemuseum.org
The pride and heritage of Biloxi comes alive aboard this unique and interesting cruise. The Biloxi Shrimping Trip exposes guests to the spectacular world of sea life - caught on a real shrimping expedition. “How many legs does a shrimp have?” Learn everything you ever wanted to know about catching, cooking, and eating this delicious southern delicacy, Mississippi Gulf Coast Style. Biloxi Shrimping Trip has been entertaining visitors worldwide since 1954. The crew will entertain and educate while dropping a 16 foot trawl and dragging the bottom of the Mississippi Sound for all of the delicacies she has to offer. Upon leaving the harbor, the shrimping net is set out with full details of how and what makes the net spread and operate correctly. The net will catch any and all sea creatures in its path along with the shrimp. The varieties range from Blue Crabs, Flounder, Stingray, Oysterfish, Squid, Pufferfish and numerous other species of local marine life. The entire catch will be identified and presented for your inspection by the Captain. This 70-minute Living Marine Adventure Cruise is navigated in the calm, protected waters between Deer island and the Biloxi shoreline for your comfort. source: biloxishrimpingtrip.com
Biloxi Lighthouse The Biloxi Lighthouse is Biloxi's signature landmark and open for tours! Considered one of the most photographed sites on the Gulf Coast, the tour of the historic 65-foot tall structure involves climbing 57 steps of a spiral staircase inside the lighthouse, and climbing an eight-rung ladder topped by a 19-by-23-inch trap door into the light room. Along the way, visitors view the waterlines from hurricanes dating back more than a hundred years as they ascend its spiral staircase. Constructed in 1848, The Biloxi Lighthouse was one of the first cast-iron structures erected in the South, and believed to be the only lighthouse situated in the middle of a major highway. The structure stands 65-feet tall, from its base to the tip of the weather vane atop the lighthouse, and it is 14 feet, 10 inches wide at its base.   source: gulfcoast.org
Your visit to Beauvoir will include a tour led by a trained guide through Beauvoir’s beautiful mansion commissioned by James Brown in 1848. Your tour also includes access to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, Beauvoir Museum, Beauvoir Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bayou, Mrs. Varina's Garden, and historical cottages. Don’t forget to visit our gift-shop for unique gifts and collectibles. The Beauvoir Property is handicap accessible.         source: visitbeauvoir.org
In 1974, more than 35,000 acres of land along the Pascagoula was preserved for the public. This landmark preservation purchase, spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, has protected a unique ecosystem and grown to the current 70,000 acres that keep the largest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States one of the wildest. Wildlife abounds in the Pascagoula River- including some species that are endemic, or found nowhere else on the planet.     source: pascagoula.audubon.org
Sometimes in life you have to make lemonade out of lemons! The McCoy River & Marsh Tour business was started out as a result of some difficult life circumstances. Capt. Lynn McCoy worked for Rohm & Haas, a chemical plant. There, he was an operator and supervisor for 18 years before the company shut down in 2001. Out of a job, Lynn and his brother Capt. Benny McCoy, who had previously been laid off from his job at Halter Marine (shipbuilding) the same year after 22 years of service due to the company going bankrupt, decided to turn to thier love of the river and nature into a family business. McCoy's River & Marsh Tours - the original boat-tour on the Pascagoula River. Capt. Lynn and Capt. Benny are both "Master Naturalist" and enjoy showing visitors the plants and wildlife that make up this beautiful river. source: mccoyrivertours.com

Founded in 1991, is a nationally accredited art museum located in historic Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. WAMA is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of artist-philosopher Walter Anderson (1903-1965). Walter Anderson’s paintings, drawings, murals, block prints, sculpture, carvings, and writings of coastal plants, animals, landscapes, and people have placed him among the most compelling and singular artists of the 20th century. WAMA also honors Anderson's brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist.

Not unlike Cezanne, Anderson cultivated a belief in realization between man and nature. “If humans need the natural world in order to find spiritual transcendence,” wrote Anderson’s biographer Christopher Maurer, “nature requires the artist to fully ‘realize’ the significance of its forms.” Anderson also believed that nature, in its infinite wisdom and variety, could restore societies to a more perfect and participatory existence. “In order to realize the beauty of man we must realize his relation to nature,” wrote Anderson.

The History of St. Rose Parish and School are interrelated and dates back over one hundred years.  The first school in Bay Saint Louis for African American children   was opened in 1868 where twenty-four African American children attended.  It was a two-story white building originally located on Second Street where Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary stands now.  This school for African American students came into existence about 13 years after St. Joseph Academy (1855) was opened.  At the time, it was affiliated with Our Lady of the Gulf Church. The Sisters of St. Joseph were asked, in 1855, to take over the school.  This was a side job to their many activities at St. Joseph Academy for Girls. In 1921, they asked that some other group take over the African American school since they found it too difficult to run both. At this time, the priest of the Society of the Divine Word took over the care of the school. The Divine Word Missionaries were a group of religious Priests and Brothers, originally a German congregation, who had come to Techny, IL in the United States in 1895.  They moved to the South in 1921 and established a Seminary in Greenville, MS.  They trained African American men to the Priesthood and Religious Life, as they were not welcomed in any other Seminary at that time.   Due to the racial climate in the area, the Seminary was transferred to Bay Saint Louis in order to be near a more Catholic atmosphere.  Along with training African American Men, the SVD’s took on the responsibility of educating the African American Children. In 1923, Fr. Baltes was appointed head of the African American School.  Father Baltes immediately recognized that a separate parish and school needed to be established for the African American community.  He saw the need for full time sisters and so four sister servants of the Holy Spirit joined him in 1924.  Father Baltes decided to leave the old building and move to property he had purchased on Necaise Ave.  On August 28, 1925, St. Rose de Lima was made independent of Our Lady of the Gulf Church.  That same year the present church was built by efforts of parishioners. On November 14, 1926, St. Rose De Lima, was dedicated by Bishop Richard Gerow along with eleven priests.  To add to the Solemnity of the Occasion, 42 persons made their first communion in the morning and were confirmed in the afternoon.  The parish of St, Rose had become a reality. Built in 1926 under the auspices of the German-based missionary Society of the Divine Word, St. Rose de Lima Church was created for the African-Amercian population of Bay St. Louis.  Next to the stucco church is a cemetery that reveals the town’s historic blend of cultures. Through the years, there have been numerous structural repairs as well as cosmetic changes.  However, after 65 years of service, our “house of worship” was in need of general repair and renovation. Seeking a way to re-acquaint St. Rose parishioners with themselves as a parish and the parish with its ethnic heritage, Fr. Kenneth Hamilton developed the concept “Re-Rooting and Re Routing in Christ”, a program which included the renovation of the physical church root-sharing with parishioners telling their family history (roots) during Mass and developing artwork depicting the ethnic make-up of the parish while illustrating the basic concept of our Catholic faith:  Christ is Risen! The two German-style stained-glass windows were installed at the time of construction, but they are unsigned and no records of their maker remain.  Their overall compositions are almost identical, with Mary receiving the news of her role as the mother of Jesus in the right window and in the left window St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, with her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Above the baptismal font is a portrayal of the River of Life dating to the 1991 renovation. When the entire project was completed, St. Rose parishioners celebrated with a grand rededication ceremony, which was held on August 25, 1991, the weekend of the church’s 65th anniversary.

Mainly local craftsmen, who did the carpentry, electrical work and painting of the church, undertook the renovation.  Mother earth provided the raw materials (trees) for the altar, ambo, the tabernacle stand and the table for the water and wine.  The Altar base is fashioned from a piece of driftwood that had washed ashore near St. Stanislaus College and is set so the roots seemingly reach for heaven.  The altar top is made of rough hewn planks glued together then cut to roughly conform to the general outline of the base.  The tabernacle stand, the ambo and the table for the water and wine are also made from trees found in the Bay area.  Each piece was carefully chosen for its singular purpose and was required to blend harmoniously with the central theme of the artistic renovation. The focal point of the sanctuary is a powerful mural, designed by New Orleans artist Auseklis Ozols and dating to the 1991 Renovation, that covers the wall behind the altar.  Representing both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, it features a strongly realistic Christ of mixed heritage.  Behind him, but draped in an early morning fog, is an equally realistic ancient live oak tree with its Spanish moss and century plants.  Christ wears a cloth trimmed in Kente cloth. The figure of Christ floats...free of bonds and burdens of this earth...” before a huge oak tree, “the Cross... grasping the ground with ample roots yet reaching up toward the heavens...”and the names of parishioners’ families are painted at the sides.  Thus, the mural portrays the congregation’s pride in its personal heritages as well as the Christian tradition. In 2011, much needed renovations were once again completed.  New electrical, carpet, painting, new restrooms, confessional, cry room, storage room and complete remodeling of the Sacristy, as well as the choir room took place.  A fresh coat of paint has brought new light into the Sanctuary.  On August  21, 2011, a celebration for the rededication of the newly renovated church was celebrated, with Bishop Roger Morin officiating.  The walls of the historic church were filled with joyful noise.  A combined choir was formed including the Senior Traditional Choir, which normally sings at the 4:00pm Saturday Vigil, the Gospel Choir and the All Male Ensemble who sing at the Sunday 9:00am Mass. The Handmaidens of the Lord Liturgical dancers filled the aisles with movement as a new & vibrant parish was rededicated.  Currently St. Rose is a very diverse parish made up of over 400 parishioners. Its doors are open to all who wish to worship the Lord.  Its motto, as you have seen on the cover of the weekly bulletin is “You are never too bad to come in......., and never too good to stay out

The Early Days

The early days of what has grown into Kern Studios started with Roy Kern, a local artist-turned-sign-painter who worked his way through the Depression by painting names and signs on the bows of freighters and barges. Roy and his son Blaine built their first Mardi Gras float together on the back on a mule-drawn wagon in 1932. Unable to pay his mother’s medical bills, Blaine offered to paint a mural in the hospital, which caught the eye of a surgeon who was also the captain of a Mardi Gras Krewe. This captain invited Blaine to design and build floats for his Krewe, and Kern Studios was officially founded in its current form in 1947. One float led to another, and before long Blaine became the city’s leading parade designer and builder, working with Rex, Zulu and other legendary krewes.

Mr. Mardi Gras

Blaine Kern traveled throughout Europe to apprentice under the world’s leading float and costume makers. During several trips to Italy, France, and Spain, Blaine became inspired by the extravagant concepts and animation that marked the European style of float building. He brought these ideas to New Orleans and developed the monumental scale and lavish ornamentation of today’s spectacular Mardi Gras floats. Blaine Kern was instrumental in the formative years of some of New Orleans’ biggest parades and “Super Krewes” and is still known as “Mr. Mardi Gras.” THE CREATION OF MARDI GRAS WORLD After many requests for private tours of Kern Studios from people wanting a sneak-peak of Mardi Gras, the Kerns decided to open up the working studio to the public. In 1984, Mardi Gras World was created as a tourist attraction to provide visitors a behind-the-scenes look of our work. Widely successful, the attraction draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.
In New Orleans, to paraphrase onetime French Quarter resident and writer William Faulkner, the past isn’t dead. It’s not even past. No other city in America keeps its history as vital or as accessible as New Orleans. Entire neighborhoods, whole buildings, cemetery crypts, manhole covers, cobblestone streets and ancient oaks serve as touchstones to vanished eras. Look for it. In New Orleans, history can strut as loudly as a Carnival walking krewe or creep as softly as a green lizard on a courtyard wall. Thrilling. Colorful. Tragic. Inspiring. Discover a little about the sweep of the city’s history.   Source: neworleans.com
Since at least 1726, the property where the Court of Two Sisters restaurant is now located has been a significant cultural presence in New Orleans.  During that year, Sieur Etienne de Perier, the second French royal governor of colonial Louisiana, became the original resident of 613 Rue Royale.  Originally known as “Governor’s Row”, the 600 block of Royal Street was home to five governors, two State Supreme Court Justices and one future Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Edward Douglas White).  Zachary Taylor, who later became the twelfth president of the U.S., also resided for a time at 621 Royal.  It has also been rumored that the outrageous Marquis de Vaudreil, another early French governor and the one responsible for transforming New Orleans from a marshland village into a petit Paris, was once a resident of 613 Royal.  He was so aristocratic and theatrical that he was known as the “Grand Marquis.”  The second floor dining room at the Court of Two Sisters is now called the Grand Marquis Room in his honor. Image credit and source: courtoftwosisters.com
Guesthouse at Graceland Guesthouse at Graceland Introducing an extraordinary resort hotel experience in the heart of Elvis Presley’s Graceland®! Located just steps away from the iconic Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland welcomes music fans, Graceland guests, Memphis visitors and groups from around the world with Southern hospitality, royal treatment and luxurious amenities that would make the king himself proud.      
Graceland You've heard the music, now see the place Elvis called home. Explore the beautiful mansion, made fit for The King, walk the gardens where he found peace, tour the aircraft that he traveled on from show to show, and encounter Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal momentos from Elvis and his family.

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.

Included Highlights

• 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
• 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

• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
• Nashville, TN: Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel (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)

 
The Guesthouse at Graceland

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 to Nashville, Tennessee, with a stop in Kentucky. We’ll arrive in Music City mid-afternoon and you’ll have time to explore and enjoy dinner on your own. We’re here for two nights, and your centrally located hotel ensures you are close to all the action.

Stay: Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day3

Nashville, TN

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a 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 B. 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 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.” You can’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, visit the Walter Anderson Museum, dedicated to American master Walter Inglis Anderson. We’ll stop for some shopping time 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 a 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 breathtakingly beautiful 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

Travellers could be required to walk on uneven surfaces regularly, and the day could be busy with activities from morning until evening. Any daytime rest is taken while travelling on the motorcoach from one attraction to another. There may also be a number of one-night stays that necessitate the need to pack up each morning. Many of our overseas tours fall into this category.

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ryman Theatre
  • downtown Nashville
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • RCA Studio B
  • Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Biloxi Lighthouse
  • New Orleans
  • French Quarter, New Orleans

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