Music of the Heartland – Memphis, Nashville, Pigeon Forge & Asheville

October 23, 2019 thru October 31, 2019

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Join Pleasurebent Tours as we explore the roots and soul of blues, rock and country music on this 9-day, 8-night tour through the South. We travel to Memphis, Nashville, Pigeon Forge & Asheville while experiencing the music, parks, and architecture that made the cities famous. If you love music, wonderful cuisine and Southern hospitality then this a terrific tour for you.


Transportation

Air

Air from Tucson to Memphis/Charlotte included

Transportation

Motorcoach / transfers

Duration

9 days, 8 nights

Activity Level 2:

Relaxed

Meals

15 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Livery service to/from your home included


Tour Highlights

  • Memphis city tour
  • Sun Records tour
  • Graceland tour
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Nashville city tour
  • Music row
  • Grand Ole Opry Show
  • Dollywood
  • Country Tonite Theatre Show
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
  • Smoky Mountain National Park touring
  • Ole Smoky Distillery tasting & tour
  • Smoky Mountain Opry Show
  • Biltmore Estate & Gardens

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation Tucson / Memphis / Charlotte
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • All transfers
  • 8 nights lodging
  • Admissions and tours as described
  • 15 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
  • Services of a tour director
  • Baggage handling
  • Bus refreshments
  • Driver tips
  • Pickup/livery service


Day 1

Welcome to Memphis

This morning we fly from Tucson to Memphis – on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. We check in to the Guesthouse at Graceland for our 2-night stay. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at the Hotel. Meal – Dinner

Day 2

Graceland, Sun Records, Nashville City Tour

Today we set off for a day of Memphis sightseeing, including the Danny Thomas/St. Jude’s Pavilion & Gardens, the Peabody Hotel Duck March, a Sun Records Studio Tour, Exclusively Elvis Tour of Graceland, and dinner at a local restaurant on Beale Street. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Nashville – Country Music Hall of Fame, Opryland Hotel

This morning we depart for a pleasant drive through the western Tennessee hills to Nashville, the state capitol. Upon our arrival, we enjoy an independent lunch downtown, and then tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, chartered in 1964 and one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Tonight, we check in to our Atrium room at the Opryland Hotel before dinner at the Hotel. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Music Row Tour, Grand Ole Opry Show

Today we embark on a sightseeing tour of Nashville, a city extremely rich in music and history. Our tour includes Music Row – home to record label offices, radio stations and recording studios, it’s at the heart of Nashville’s country music industry. We have some free time in the afternoon to explore Nashville and dinner on your own, before we take in the show at The Grand Ole Opry, which was founded in 1925 and is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Meals – Breakfast

Day 5

Pigeon Forge – Country Tonite Show

This morning we depart Nashville and head east on our deluxe motorcoach through middle-Tennessee to the Smoky Mountain foothills town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – home of Dollywood and country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry. We check in to the comfortable Black Fox Hotel for our 3-night stay before we enjoy dinner at the Applewood Grill and a fabulous show at the Country Tonite Theatre. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Dollywood, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show

After a hearty breakfast at the Hotel this morning, we depart for Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Theme Park, which may have more stages and live entertainment than any other theme park. The Smoky Mountains and its people also take center stage. Blacksmiths, glass blowers, and other craftspeople demonstrate the area’s traditions. After free time at the hotel this afternoon, tonight we enjoy the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, where its all-you-can-eat and we experience singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Smoky Mountain National Park, Ole Smoky Distillery, Opry Show

Today we head into gorgeous Great Smoky Mountain National Park for touring with our local expert guide. The Smokies straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Afterwards we have free time for lunch and shopping in downtown Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee that offers sweeping views of the Smokies. We then head to the Ole Smoky Distillery for a tasting and tour, where see the distilling process up close while learning about the history of moonshine production in the Smoky Mountains. We enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant tonight before we take in the Smoky Mountain Opry, the area’s largest musical variety show. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Asheville – Biltmore Estate and Gardens, Farewell Dinner

This morning we check out of our hotel and head southeast on a scenic drive through the Smokies on our way to Asheville, North Carolina. Today is a real treat as we have lunch and tour the Biltmore Estate, House & Gardens. George Vanderbilt’s 250-room castle – including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces – is America’s largest home and its 8000-acre estate is home to extensive forested trails and beautiful gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner at a local favorite restaurant before our overnight at the Doubletree Hotel. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Charlotte back to Tucson

Today we depart Asheville for Charlotte, flying back to Tucson with terrific memories of the Music of the Heartland Tour! Meal – Breakfast

Please contact us for special pricing if you would like to join this tour and are traveling from outside of Tucson.


Package Pricing

$3,889 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,785 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation Tucson / Memphis / Charlotte
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
All transfers
8 nights lodging
Admissions and tours as described
15 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
Services of a tour director
Baggage handling
Bus refreshments
Driver tips
Pickup/livery service


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

 

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$248 covers trip costs $3,001-$4,000. $313 covers trip costs $4,001-$5,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 2: Relaxed

Expectations: This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Tour members should expect intermittent walking, with occasional slight inclines and stair climbs, including boarding the motorcoach. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour, stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On American Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $25 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Memphis is typically in the middle 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 60’s. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Tucson and we can expect some Spring storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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