Nashville, New Orleans & Elvis Presley's Memphis

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"I actually stood where Elvis had stood and held his microphone- Amazing!"

Mrs Nile


Mrs Nile

"Visiting Graceland has always been my dream, so after a lot of research online, I decided to book a Leger coach tour to New Orleans, Memphis, Graceland, Nashville and Chattanooga. I was a bit apprehensive, as we had never been on a coach tour before and my husband wasn’t sure about visiting all these places. I needn’t have worried, we had a fantastic time and it was the best holiday ever!

 
On Monday the 16th of March we flew from Heathrow to Atlanta, Georgia. Our first night was spent in the Courtyard by Marriott in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Our hotel was very comfortable – we had a large en-suite room with two queen size beds.
Our tour director Charmaine and our driver Fred were both extremely welcoming and the coach very accommodating. One thing we were pleasantly surprised with was the use of Wi-Fi on the coach.
 
The next day started with a 5 hour drive across the causeway, into New Orleans. We drove through pine forests, bayou and along the Gulf of Mexico. We had comfort stops on the way, which were appreciated. Fred took us on a tour of the French Quarter, then on to our hotel the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, which is on the outskirts of the French Quarter. We settled into our Hotel (again we had a large room en-suite with two queen size beds & a balcony) then went on our first excursion; a trip on the Nachez paddle steamer, complete with Creole food and the Dukes of Dixieland Jazz band. We sailed down the Mississippi and watched a wonderful sunset – it was a lovely trip.
 
On the Wednesday we were up early – Then off into New Orleans where we had a tour, with a local Creole guide, of the city. We also had time to spend on our own for lunch (my husband had Gumbo and I had a Muffalato – just buy half as it is huge!) and to walk around the French Quarter. After we were back on the coach to the Oak Valley Plantation, such a beautiful home and grounds. So informative too, about the slaves that lived and worked at Oak Valley. We treated ourselves to the famous Mint Julip there, wow! That evening we also had free time to go to Bourbon Street, see the sights and have an evening meal; I recommend the ribs and/or pulled pork.
 
On Thursday we set off early for Memphis via a comfort stop at K C Jones and arrived at Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis. So interesting and memorable, as you could relive his early days, the shack where he was born, the church where he sang gospel and the memorials to his name and career. Then onto our hotel in Memphis, the Crowne Plaza, (again a large en-suite room with two large queen size beds) and we had a free evening to visit Beale Street via a shuttle bus from the hotel which took us in and picked us up. We ate in the Pig with Attitude! Try it!
 
On Friday, I was so excited; we were up at 6am and on the road at 8am to Graceland via the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. It was just like stepping back in time, nothing has changed. On to the Graceland VIP tour, what can I say – so emotional and overwhelming – I loved every minute. Words cannot express the enormity of it all – what a beautiful home Graceland is and to see all the gold and platinum records, awards, tour costumes + a lot of Elvis’ personal items made me cry. I cannot believe that I have actually been there and even my husband was amazed too. It will stay with me forever. We also saw his automobiles and private aircraft + the Blue Hawaii Exhibition which is new. So much to take in, it was just awesome. After Graceland we went to Sun Studios which was so interesting, I actually stood where Elvis had stood and held his microphone- Amazing! A wonderful day.
 
On Saturday we were on our way to Nashville to our hotel the Guesthouse International Inn & Suites, which was on the outskirts of town. Then on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and in the evening to the Grand Ole Oprey, which was fantastic. On Sunday we went to RCA Studios which was marvellous, I actually stood at the piano that Elvis used when he recorded his records, I felt so privileged. We then went on to a huge shopping mall for some retail therapy and had a free evening to chill out, we ate at Crackerbarrel which is country style cuisine.
 
On Monday we set off for Chattanooga where we had lunch and rode on the train which was an enjoyable experience, then sadly made our way to Atlanta airport for the flight home.

To sum up, we booked Leger as it seemed good value for money and we weren’t disappointed. We had a packed itinerary and a wonderful tour guide who did her very best to ensure we had a good time. Fred was so friendly and such a careful driver, the hotels were clean and comfortable, the weather was hot and sunny and the food was good. We had a great crowd of people on our tour of mixed ages and we all got on really well. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the tour too, in fact we are talking about going on another one next year.
 
Brilliant!

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"What we all had in common was our appreciation of Jazz, Rock & Roll and Country & Western."

Mr & Mrs Smith


"So, why did we choose to join a Leger tour to Nashville Memphis and New Orleans? Two reasons, we wished to spend some time with an old friend who lived in New Orleans and visit the ' home of Country and Western' music, Nashville.


Our flights to and from Atlanta the U.S. Airport of entry and departure were uneventful, but when we arrived in Atlanta we were greeted at the airport by Charmaine, who proved to be an excellent guide for the whole tour.

The bus ride to Montgomery was comfortable and steady. The driver, Fred was an affable helpful character throughout the tour.

We reached our hotel La Quinta Inn and we're ready for bed after a long day.
Early the next morning we were ready for a long drive to New Orleans. Comfort breaks were planned and we had time to buy lunch. During the journey Charmaine gave us a history of the area and played relevant music.

We arrived at another comfortable hotel around mid-afternoon and since we were not due to meet our friend until the next day we joined the group for a trip on the steam ship, Natchez (the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi), for an evening dinner cruise. It was magical! Perfect weather, we watched the beautiful sun set over New Orleans, the food was good and we were entertained by a live Jazz band.

The next day our co travellers visited The French Quarter and a plantation. (We had already visited these places on a previous occasion). We were collected by our friend who took us to see the areas that were devastated by hurricane Katrina (some buildings are still in a state of repair), then to the point where the levy burst and caused so much damage. We lunched in the lovely old New Orleans golf club and completed the day by dining at the Commanders Palace restaurant. It was a happy reunion of old friends.

The day after we were on the move to Memphis. We were delighted and surprised to find that we had time to visit Tupelo (birthplace Elvis Presley) en route. We did not accompany the group to Graceland and Beale St but did join them for a particularly interesting tour of Sun studio. Public transport is cheap, as we found out when we decided to go it alone and the bus drivers were very helpful.

Our next major stop was Nashville, Music City! Although an evening show at the Grand Ol Opry was not scheduled Charmaine was able to purchase tickets for us and several others in our group. The whole experience was fabulous.

Nashville was new to us, so along with the group we visited the Ryman theatre (the original venue of the Grand Ol Opry), Studio B and the Country Hall of Fame. If you like C and W then Nashville is the place to visit!

Although the hotel for Nashville was outside the town centre it was accessible by shuttle bus and was in easy reach of excellent reasonably priced eating and drinking establishments and shopping.

The group consisted of a wide age range. Everybody seemed to enjoy the tour judging by lots of laughter on the tour bus. What we all had in common was our appreciation of Jazz, Rock & Roll and Country & Western.

The additions to our original reasons for taking this tour were enjoyable, memorable and unexpected.

Thank you Leger .

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