Mississippi Blues

Sep 19-26, 2022

$100 deposit per person
Cancel 35 days before departure for a refund

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From Elvis the King to BB King, join us on this original and unique tour as we explore the music of the MS Delta! Includes Graceland, Tupelo (birthplace of Elvis), BB King Museum, Memphis, Mississippi River blues cruise, live music at off-the-beaten-path Juke Joints, and more! Includes a 2 night stay at The Graceland Guesthouse. Be prepared to be wowed!

Day 1: Today we start to get acquainted with our new traveling friends and learn more about the blues scene as we make our way to Memphis. Our first two nights are at the Graceland Guest House Hotel in the heart of Graceland! Here, experience Southern hospitality, royal treatment, and luxurious amenities that would make the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself proud.

Day 2: Enjoy the vibe of Memphis as we start our tour at the Blues Hall of Fame. This Memphis gem is for both serious blues fans and casual visitors, with interactive displays highlighting some of the over 400 inductees. Beale Street, where Blues and food blend nicely is our next destination. We are in for a treat at Sun Studio, known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll.” Stand in the very same spot that Elvis first recorded! Our guide shares the inside stories of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Ike Turner before Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Roy Orbison who were all drawn to the new Sun Sound. This evening, enjoy a two-hour dinner cruise on Ol’ Man River featuring live entertainment and BBQ. (B, D)

Day 3: Today is all about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. We start at Graceland where we tour his mansion, gold records, jeweled jumpsuits, classic cars, and interactive exhibits. In the afternoon we tour Tupelo where we visit his boyhood home, church, and the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar. (B, L)

Day 4: As we cross to the western side of Mississippi, we tour Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, a renowned American Author. Then on to Clarksdale with a step-on guide to learn the history of the Crossroads and Robert Johnson’s deal with the devil. This evening takes us to Ground Zero Blues Club to take in some blues and traditional southern food. We stay in Clarksdale for the next 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 5: This morning we start at the Delta Blues Museum, the land where blues began. It is the state's oldest music museum. Next on to Deak’s harmonica where we learn first-hand the art of playing the harmonica. Then on to the GRAMMY Museum where they celebrate the power of music and where we can participate in multiple interactive activities. (B, D)

Day 6: Today takes us to a boardwalk that leads through a cypress swamp. Although the habitat is filled with wildlife like birds, waterfowl, frogs, turtles, and alligators, the main attraction is the giant bald cypress trees. We are in for a treat at Blues Front Café which is on the Blues Trail. This café is for those in search of authentic blues in a rustic setting. In its early years, it was a local gathering spot for crowds of workers from the Yazoo County cotton fields. Entertainment is provided by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, a Grammy nominee. Next, it’s off to B.B. King’s hometown of Indianola, which sits squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the land that gave birth to American music. Come witness the story of the beloved music icon at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center which expounds upon his life and career. Dinner is at Club Ebony, an old nightclub that showcased legends such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, B. B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, and many others. (B, L, D)

Day 7: As we start our journey home, we visit Dockery Farms, a cotton plantation that was settled with sharecroppers. Next is a photo op at an original juke joint called Po’ Monkey’s. At our next stop, be enlightened with the history of an old plantation commissary, Hollywood Café. This site is rich with history and music from then to now. Grisham mentioned it multiple times in A Time to Kill and Marc Cohn immortalized it in his song, Walking in Memphis. To cap off the day, we visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. This museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This complex of historic buildings is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. (B, L)

Day 8: Today we head home with wonderful thoughts of the Mississippi Delta, southern hospitality, and the Blues. (B)

$1,589

8 days
Sep 19-26, 2022
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