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School Performing Arts Trip from Nashville to New Orleans

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Discover the musical heritage of the USA on your performing arts school trip from Nashville to New Orleans!

You’ll start your tour of the Deep South in Nashville. Nicknamed Music City, this is the home of the country music industry. You’ll then head southwards to Memphis, where the blues were born and Elvis rocked.

Continuing to follow the Mississippi River, you’ll eventually end up in New Orleans. Here you’ll find music that has been influenced by European, African and Latin cultures. Especially known for its jazz, which is so ingrained in the city’s culture it’s even performed as part of the traditional funeral service here, New Orleans is also well regarded for its theatre scene, and film and television production, which have earned it the nicknames ‘Broadway South’ and ‘Hollywood South’.

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 9 days/7 nights)

RCA Studio B, Nashville

Visit the Historic RCA Studio B!

The only recording studio tour in Nashville, this is an essential inclusion on your itinerary and offers your students the opportunity to explore the birthplace of the ‘Nashville Sound’, which not only made country music popular again, it also established Nashville’s reputation as an important centre for recording music.

Located in the city’s famous Music Row district, you’ll certainly be surrounded by history when you visit the RCA Studio B on your school trip to Nashville – Elvis Presley alone recorded over 200 songs here!

Did you know?

Dolly Parton once crashed her car into the side of the building in a rush to make her first recording session there having just signed to RCA. If you look carefully, you can still see the spot where she hit it.

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum!

Learn about the birth of rock and soul music and discover the stories of the musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to live their dream!

Start by exploring the rural lifestyle and culture that spawned the musical traditions of the South - blues, country and gospel. These distinct styles eventually came together in Memphis, as people moved to the city from the countryside.

You’ll go on to find out how the music industry boomed in Memphis and how it influenced and was influenced in turn by social and political changes.

Did you know?

The museum is located on Beale Street in downtown Memphis. This street played a pivotal role in the history of the blues. From the 1920s to the 1940s a number of artists performed in venues along the street, helping to develop the Memphis Blues style.

Sun Studios, Memphis

Tour the Sun Studios!

Tour the studios where Elvis Presley made his very first recording! In fact, these studios have played a very important role in the beginnings of a number of iconic careers, including those of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.

This is also said to be the studio where the very first rock ’n’ roll single was recorded – ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenton and His Delta Cats.

But the studio will forever be known for its association with Elvis Presley, who walked into the studio at 18 years old having just graduated from high school. And in 1956 it was the setting for an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, later dubbed the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’!

Did you know?

While the studio is a museum during the day, at night it still hosts recording sessions – a  number of famous musicians have recorded here in more recent times including Def Leppard, Chris Isaak and U2.

Day 1


Flight to Nashville


Arrive in Nashville

Group to be met on arrival and take short city tour as you transfer to your acommodation


Evening meal at BB King Blues Club restaurant

Day 2


Spend the morning at RCA Studio B making your own recording after a short tour


Lunch at the Country Music Hall of Fame, followed by a visit to the museum


Enjoy dinner and a show at the Grand Ole Opry

Day 3


Depart from Nashville after breakfast at your hotel


Tour of Jack Daniel's Distillery and Memphis city tour


Evening meal at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street with time to explore

Day 4


Visit to Sun Studio where Elvis recorded many of his hit songs


Lunch at the famous Corky’s BBQ

Tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory and visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Tour Elvis’ home, Graceland

Visit the Civil Rights Museum where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated


Evening meal at the Majestic Grill restaurant

Day 5


Leave the hotel and travel into Mississippi to Natchez


City tour of Natchez


Evening meal at Castle Restaurant and Pub

Day 6


Travel to New Orleans


Enjoy a swamp tour and visit to Oak Alley Plantation


Evening meal at Huck Finn's restaurant

Day 7


Visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 

See the IMAX movie 'Hurricane on the Bayou'


Lunch at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Board the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

Tour of the Old US Mint


Evening meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Day 8


Breakfast at the hotel


Transfer to airport via a short city tour of New Orleans, to see the areas devasted by Hurricane Katrina


Flight to the UK

Day 9


Arrive UK




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Educational activities and visits

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Walk beneath the bright and glowing Caribbean Reef tunnel which is 30 meters long, marvel… Read more

Gibson Guitar Factory

Gibson Guitar Factory

Take a complete tour of the Gibson Beale Street Showcase in Memphis. This is an u… Read more

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is the perfect place to celebrate over 80 years of great country… Read more

Historic Beale Street

Historic Beale Street

Memphis is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. Beale Street… Read more

Historic RCA Studio B

Historic RCA Studio B

In the heart of Music Row, you can experience for yourself the magic, the stories, and the… Read more

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Known all over the world for its square bottle and black label, Jack Daniel's Whiskey… Read more

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is about the birth of rock and soul music,… Read more

National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of… Read more

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River in the town… Read more

Sun Studio Tour

Sun Studio Tour

There are few studios that have had such an impact on the world as Sun Studios in Memphis.… Read more

Swamp Tour

Swamp Tour

See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the wa… Read more

The Queen Creole Paddle Wheel Boat

The Queen Creole Paddle Wheel Boat

The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen boat cruises along the Mississippi River both during the… Read more


Americas Best Value Inn & Suites
Baymont Inn & Suites Memphis East
Days Inn Natchez
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

The Americas Best Value Inn is a three storey buliding that offers 75 guest rooms and suites. Accommodation is close to many fine restaurants, businesses, and historic landmarks.

All rooms have complimentary wireless hi-speed internet, a refrigerator, microwave, cable television with HBO, radio, wakeup service and much more.

Baymont Inn & Suites Memphis East

The Baymont Inn Memphis East has 96 guestrooms, accessible via elevators and interior corridors.

Guestroom amenities include cable television, in-room coffee and a complimentary USA Today newspaper and high-speed Internet access.

Days Inn Natchez

This historic property features beautifully finished deluxe rooms. Facilities include a continental breakfast, 24hr front desk, vending machines, a games room, outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, Internet access, satellite TV, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, maid service and more.

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