Duration

  • 6 Days

Price

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$1,695
Single
$2,195
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NASHVILLE, YOUR WAY

The Nashville sound took off like a horse with a burr under its blanket in the 1960s when Patsy Cline fell to pieces and Johnny Cash fell into a ring of fire. Nashville became a recording juggernaut, the country’s most famous stage, and the beating heart of country music.

Today, Music City, U.S.A. is a mecca for aspiring stars. The atmosphere is a mix of traditional southern hospitality and new-age creativity, where cowboy boot-wearin’ execs give a “Howdy ma’am” steppin’ out of indie coffeehouses. Take in the lights of Lower Broadway and stay at the extraordinary 9-acre garden village Gaylord Opryland Resort. We’ll hit the Nashville hotspots: the legendary Ryman, the Mother Church of country music since 1892 – still airs the country’s longest running radio show, and the Grand Ole Opry House is Tennessee’s quintessential country music venue, featuring today’s biggest country performers.

Is this tour for you? Well, if you’ve ever gone walkin’ after midnight to Heart Break Hotel or heard that train a-comin’, then… yessirree Bob, it sure is

 

Your Tour, Your Way

This tour is ideal for those who want choices. We’ve created an introductory tour to Nashville that hits the ‘high notes’ and have a list of optional activities that you can choose from depending on your interests. Or create your own adventure during your free time!

The Country Music Hall of Fame is the memorabilia granddaddy of country music. A sacred monument tracing country’s roots to present day, The Hall recently underwent a $100 million expansion and celebrated its 50th.

Stacked one on top of the other, the Johnny Cash Museum celebrates the life of The Man in Black, the archetypal godfather of outlaw country. The Patsy Cline Museum is a tribute to the legendary songstress who put her stamp on the country music industry and left it tragically at the age of 30.

One of the largest showboats ever built, the General Jackson is Old South grandeur. A 4-hour paddle-wheel down the Cumberland River shows off Nashville’s skyline with dinner and live entertainment!

The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment, it is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances and skits. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet listeners.

Source: Wikipedia

When you walk through the doors of the historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. This is a building where anything is possible: a soul can find redemption, a crumbling building can find salvation, and an unknown kid with a guitar can find his or her name in lights.

Source: Ryman Auditorium.com

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 and a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection. The museum has 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.

Source: countrymusichalloffame.org

The General Jackson Showboat is one of the largest showboat cruises in the country and its dock is found on the Cumberland River. Having launched its cruises in 1985, it has provided quality entertainment, live music, and fun to visitors for more than three decades. Thousands of people have enjoyed this famous attraction. The boat itself has a lot of stunning features, with a length of 274 feet and a towering height of 55 feet. It features a paddle wheel that is 36 feet long and 24 feet in diameter. The boat is comprised of four decks, which hold features such as the Heritage Hall, a gift shop, the Victorian Theater with a sit down dining area and comfortable seating, balconies, and tons of outside viewing opportunities. If you are wanting to enjoy a completely unique experience, make sure to board this fantastic showboat.

Source: vacationsmadeeasy.com

The Johnny Cash Museum opened in April 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, to honor the life and music of the country superstar often referred to as the “Man in Black”. It houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts in the world, including a stone wall taken from his lake house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and is officially authorized by Cash’s estate.
Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville.
RANKED #1 MUSIC MUSEUM IN THE WORLD BY FORBES, CONDE’ NASTE, AND NATIONAL GEORGRAPHIC TRAVELER.

Explore the life and legend of country music’s top female entertainer of all time. Rare, never before seen artifacts are presented in an interactive, state-of-the-art setting. The Patsy Cline Museum opened April 7, 2017, on the second floor of the Johnny Cash Museum. It is home to an extensive collection of Patsy Cline memorabilia as well as real-life artifacts once owned by the country singer, who died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30.

The Bluebird Café is a 90-seat music club that opened in 1982. The club features acoustic music performed by its composers. Some performers are established singer/songwriters, and others perform songs written by other artists. The Bluebird receives over 70,000 visitors annually. The restaurant has been featured as a location on ABC’s drama Nashville.
By March 1983, Kathy Mattea had landed a record deal; she had only been playing The Bluebird Café regularly for a few months. After that, the venue became known among musicians as the place to play. Others of The Bluebird’s regular songwriters began to land record deals.
The Bluebird Café Scrapbook was published in 2002. It is a history of the club, its famous writers, events, and employees, as told by the writers, employees and other witnesses. In 2002 The Bluebird Café received an Academy of Country Music Award for Night Club of the Year.
At fourteen years old, young singer/songwriter Taylor Swift was discovered at the Bluebird Café by music executive Scott Borchetta.
The Bluebird Café was acquired by the Nashville Songwriters Association International
Source Wikipedia

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 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
• Grand Ole Opry

Tour Options*

• Country Music Hall of Fame
• General Jackson Cruise
• Johnny Cash Museum
• Patsy Cline Museum

*offered at an additional cost

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Fall 2019

  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
  • Nashville, TN: Gaylord Opryland Resort (3 nights)
  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)

2020 Departures

  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
  • Nashville, TN: Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbuilt (3 nights)
  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)

Day1

Lima, OH

Travel by deluxe motorcoach crossing the border in Sarnia. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner in Lima, Ohio where you’ll stay overnight.

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

Day2

Nashville, TN

Continue your southward journey through Kentucky, before arriving in Nashville. Settle in at the Opryland Resort where you’ll spend the next three nights. An entire city under one roof, the resort offers you a multitude of shops, eateries, and activities. With nine acres of lush gardens and a river flowing through the resort, you can wander the water-themed hotel for hours and never see it all.

Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, OH
Nights: 3
Meals: B

Day3 - 4

Nashville, TN

During you time in the Music City, you will have the opportunity to experience a city tour with a local guide including a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium.  We will also enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry.   This tour was designed to give you the flexibility to explore this vibrant city as you wish. Venues including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the General Jackson Cruise, Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum are just a few of what Nashville has to offer. Your tour director can help with ticket arrangements and will offer (limited) transportation downtown from the Gaylord hotel.

Meals: B x 2

Day5

Lima, OH

Leave Nashville this morning and travel through scenic Tennessee and Kentucky to Ohio, stopping for overnight accommodation and a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

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

Day6

Travel Home

Head north today, crossing the border in Sarnia and continue your journey home.

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.

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ryman Theatre
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • RCA Studio B
  • downtown Nashville

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