MEMPHIS TO NEW ORLEANS BY TRAIN

Feb. 16th – 23rd

8 Days – 7 Nights

Join Ann’s Adventures in Travel as we discover a few of America’s culturally and historically rich destinations. Start in Memphis and take an unforgettable journey through the most famous Rock ‘n’ Roll residence in the world. Then ride the rails to eat the famous beignet and stroll through the historic French Quarter in New Orleans. On our fun train vacation you will make memories for life while enjoying the company of a great group of singles!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Memphis, Tennessee

Arrive in Memphis and make your way to the group’s hotel, Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown (Beale St.). Only 10 miles from the airport, you will enter the world of music. Memphis, a city on the Mississippi River is famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. Meet your tour leader and fellow travelers at our group meeting at 7:00pm and optional dinner.

Day 2: Explore Memphis and Graceland

Step inside Graceland Mansion and follow the same steps as Elvis himself, on a multimedia tour with stories by Elvis and Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with friends and family. Our experience includes an audio-guided tour of Graceland plus self-guided tours of the Elvis Presley Car Museum, Elvis’ custom jets, the new Elvis: Live from Vegas and Elvis’ Hawaii Exhibits, and much more!

The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum will have you tapping your toes. Our included audio guide adds depth to the extensive exhibits, with more than 100 songs to bring liveliness to the displays. Delve into Memphis’ musical legacy and learn all about the pioneers like BB King and Muddy Waters who put Memphis on the map. Its detailed displays feature instruments, stage costumes, artifacts and photographs. Fascinating exhibits trace a history from the rural areas of the Mississippi Delta to the bustling streets of the city, unveiling the story of Memphis and its music history in the process.

When we visit the Cotton Museum, we will be treading on the legendary floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. Once, only the elite members of the Cotton Exchange were allowed to enter. Today, this historic space is devoted to sharing the story of cotton – the crop that created empires, transformed American culture and changed the history of a nation and the world.

Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner on a famous American street, Beale Street. Three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and gospel. This National Historic Landmark was declared the Home of the Blues by an act of Congress, and with its rich history of legendary performers gracing the district (think Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters and B.B. King), it’s not hard to see why. With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis.

Day 3: Explore Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a very special experience that takes us through centuries of history. We begin at the original Lorraine Motel and end at the Boarding House buildings. The museum has 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide us from slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the events of the 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality.

Next we visit Sun Studio and take a guided tour through the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Experience outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis’ first microphone and hear the real story of the studio that launched the careers of not only Elvis Presley, but Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and many others.

With so many things to see and do in Memphis, this afternoon at leisure is your choice to stroll along the Mississippi Riverfront, visit the Mud Island or check out the shops and museums at Peabody Place.

Day 4: Arrive New Orleans

We depart early for the Amtrak station for our eight hour scenic train ride to New Orleans. Catch up on your sleep in one of the nice, wide seats with plenty of legroom and enjoy views that most travelers will never see. Walk around to check out other parts of the train, including the dining car.

We will arrive in New Orleans about 4:00pm and transfer to the group’s hotel just in time to check-in to the Best Western Premier French Quarter Landmark Hotel.

New Orleans may be beautiful during the day, but the true magic of New Orleans comes alive at night. Experience the magic firsthand and learn something new on our night Ghost Tour. Drink in the history of the city as it’s woven through legendary stories of misfortune, disasters, and disease that have left ghosts and spirits walking among us on our old New Orleans streets. On this haunted tour of New Orleans oldest neighborhood, hear stories of the historical events and people and see the haunted sites. Learn the events that caused souls to remain among us, including gruesome deeds of the slave owners, and the city’s most infamous and bloodthirsty vampires.

Day 5: French Quarter Walking Tour and Lafayette Cemetery Walking Tour

Put on your walking shoes this morning, as we will follow in the footsteps of historic figures on our private guided tour. Stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, then down by the quaint streets named for past saints and sinners. Learn about the Creoles that founded the city in 1718. See the old Quarter come to life as our guide explains its secrets, the architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art.

If you ride the famous New Orleans streetcar from the French Quarter to the Garden District, you will feel worlds apart. The Garden District, or ‘Lafayette City’, as it was once known is home to the rich, the famous, the strange and the dead! Our bus tour is not just mansions and manicured gardens, but stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits. Stroll the leafy, magnolia shaded streets of the Garden District and a city of the dead, Lafayette Cemetery, with about 1,000 tombs and an estimated 7,000 people buried.

Day 6: Oak Alley Plantation – Swamp Tour

Let’s step back in time as we visit Oak Alley Plantation, with its 28 evenly spaced, huge Oak Trees that go from the river road to the Plantation House, that will remind you of the movie “Gone With The Wind”. Walk inside the plantation mansion, called “Big Houses” referencing their relative difference in stature compared to the enslaved dwellings and other outbuildings that made up the sugar plantation complex. The ‘Big House’ at Oak Alley is no exception. Take the self-guided tour that focuses on individuals who were owned and kept on the plantation, their lives and living conditions.

This afternoon we will take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous and explore this mysterious backcountry. Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat as we ride through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal to us the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun “joie de vivre”. We will observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. All the animals, flora and fauna are completely protected and not exposed to any threats or interference. So the wildlife we see are all free and thriving in their natural habitat.

Day 7: Free Day to Explore and Farewell Dinner

With so much to still do and discover in New Orleans, today is a free day to explore Bourbon Street and the French Quarter at your own pace, learn to cook the Creole way, enjoy a Steamboat cruise or take an optional tour. Visit the World War II Museum (the #1 Thing to Do in NOLA) with aircraft and other items suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy our Farewell Dinner tonight at a local New Orleans restaurant.

Day 8: Our Vacation Is Over

Time for breakfast before our wonderful singles vacation in the Southern USA comes to an end. Transfer to the airport according to your individual flight schedules and have a safe flight home.

Memphis to New Orleans:

Feb. 16th – 23rd

Double Occupancy: $1849.00
Single Supplement: $850.00
Deposit: $500.00
Balance Due: Dec. 15th

INCLUDED

7 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Train to New Orleans
Tours, Activities and Admissions per Itinerary
Breakfast Daily and 2 Dinners
Singles Tour Leader
All Taxes and Surcharges

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Airport shuttles
Gratuities