Journey to Nashville, Tennesse, to learn how the rhythm and backbeat of the South influenced the music of America. Highlights of this new Specialty tour include private tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry; live performances; and meetings with guitar guru George Gruhn and a songwriter. 

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 Music group performing in Nashville. Credit: Courtesy Tennessee Tourism Bureau

Nashville Rhythms

5 days from $3,495

Journey to Nashville, Tennesse, to learn how the rhythm and backbeat of the South influenced the music of America. Highlights of this new Specialty tour include private tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry; live performances; and meetings with guitar guru George Gruhn and a songwriter. 

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Overview

Activity Level 1: Easy

Expectations: Shorter tour featuring one state and one hotel stay. Light pace with walking on city streets. All coach rides are very brief. Comfortable shoes recommended, particularly for the culinary walking tour on Day 3.  

Appropriate for: Travelers in good health with overall good mobility and stamina.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrival in Nashville

Arrive in Nashville this afternoon and check into your centrally located hotel. Head over to 12 South, one of Nashville’s most walkable neighborhoods with charming boutiques like White’s Mercantile, owned by Nashville tastemaker, Holly Williams and Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s store named after her grandmother. Then celebrate the start of your adventure with dinner at Josephine’s. (D, R)

Day 2 — Where Legends Are Made

Spend the morning at Gruhn Guitars, touted as the “world’s premier guitar store,” where you'll observe the staff of luthiers restoring vintage instruments. You'll also meet with guitar guru George Gruhn, who has been crafting, selling, and appraising vintage guitars for five decades. Learn about guitars as works of art and hear about some of the instruments George has painstakingly brought back to life. Inspired by field naturalists, George will explain the systematic approach he has taken to studying and classifying musical instruments and you'll learn firsthand why music journalists have said that he “knows more about vintage guitars than anyone on earth.”

After lunch, take a guided tour of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, featuring gardens, waterfalls, and an indoor river. Then, follow in the steps of country music legends with a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry. From the dressing rooms through the “star” entrance, into the green rooms where performers gather before each show, and onto center stage, you’ll have a preview of the limelight before returning to the Opry this evening for a live performance. (B, L)

Day 3 — In the Footsteps of the King

Start the day with a private tour of RCA Studio B, the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville, where country legends like Elvis, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton recorded over 35,000 songs. 2020 marked the anniversary of Elvis’ famed “marathon sessions,” where the King recorded 30 songs on site in only five days. You can pay homage to the King and keep Nashville’s music history alive by stepping up to the mike and recording a tune with your fellow travelers.

Afterward, enjoy local Nashville fare and Southern favorites, including award-winning barbecue and hot chicken, on a culinary tour featuring some of the city’s favorite local restaurants. This afternoon, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can marvel at the costumes, instruments, and personal treasures from country music’s past and present. (B, L)

Day 4 — The Stories Behind the Songs

Tour the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music. Once home to the Grand Ole Opry, this guided tour will reveal the Ryman’s rich history. Enjoy lunch with a Nashville songwriter and learn the life stories behind the lyrics along with a personal view into the challenges of the music industry. Then taste – and recreate – Nashville’s sweet history in a chocolate making class at the Goo Goo Cluster store. Gather for dinner this evening in the VIP balcony at the Listening Room where up-and-coming artists and established songwriters share their music. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Departure

Depart the hotel this morning for individual flights home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)