TWO GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC TOURS for 2016

TWO GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC TOURS

2 Great American Music Tours

CMA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NASHVILLE – JUNE 2016

Country Music’s Biggest Party!

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Tour Host – KAZA TUFF

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MUSIC & HERITAGE OF THE DEEP SOUTH – OCTOBER 2016

Join Nashville recording artist Terry Ann Maxwell on a tour from Nashville to Memphis and on through the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans

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Tour Host – TERRY ANN MAXWELL


CMA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NASHVILLE – JUNE 2016

Country Music’s Biggest Party!

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Traveler DC 140 Kaza Tuff will be our Tour Manager on our 2016 CMA Tour. Kaza is originally from Tasmania, and has been a Country Music performer for approximately 15 years. Kaza and her partner conduct a very successful Club act of gigs during which they cover many of Country Music’s classics as well as some of their own compositions.

Kaza is a morning presenter on one of Australia’s highly awarded Country Music Radio Stations, & has many faithful listeners. She is a singer/songwriter, and entertainer, and an experienced Tour Manager who has visited Nashville numerous times. Her light-hearted humour and friendly nature will blend well with everyone on tour.

CMA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL – 9 to12 JUNE

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Your 4 day pass includes

FOUR DAYS & NIGHTS OF LIVE MUSIC: Reserved Lower Level Premium seating at the night time concerts at the stadium; All-Star Lineups at LP Field, Riverfront Park, Bridgestone Arena Plaza, The Buckle Stage.

ENCOUNTERS & AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS: Fan Fair® Hall features autograph sessions and pictures with the stars, plus interactive displays, shopping, merchandise and 3 live music stages.

SPECIAL ACCESS: Get stage-front at LP Field & Riverfront Park in the Fan Photo Lines, reserved for 4-day ticket holders; Ride the shuttle between Festival venues.

PLUS: Outdoor themed areas with activities, freebies & more in the The Buckle, Fan Alley and the Beach.

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Day 1. June 03 – Australia – Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles where you will be met and transferred to our tour hotel. Tonight get to know your fellow travellers over our welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2. June 04 – Los Angeles – Disneyland

A fun day as we head off to Disneyland. Enjoy the rides and see your favourite characters.

Day 3. June 05 – Fly from LA to Memphis

We transfer to LA airport for our flight to Memphis, home of the Blues and the ‘Birthplace of Rock and Roll’. We’ll arrive mid afternoon and transfer to our downtown hotel. Tonight take a stroll down Beale Street.

Day 4. June 06 – Memphis sightseeing

With our Platinum admission, we tour Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. We visit the infamous ‘Jungle Room’ along with his trophy room which houses his collection of gold and platinum records. Our tour includes entry to the museums with cars and aircraft collections and other memorabilia. Then move on to Sun Studio Museum which was once a recording studio and where Elvis was discovered. Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins & Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded here. Then we visit the Rock & Soul Museum – a place which puts Gospel, Country, the Blues, Bluegrass and Soul music into perspective and shows how it changed music forever.

Day 5. June 07 – Day trip to Johnny Cash’s boyhood home

Today we will visit the house which Johnny Cash lived in with his parents, located in Dyess, Arkansas; it has been preserved by the townsfolk.

Day 6. June 08 – Memphis – Nashville

We set off for Nashville on our air conditioned coach. On the way, we’ll stop at the ranch of country music star Loretta Lynn, and after taking a tour through this famous house we will have a ‘southern style’ lunch at the nearby Loretta Lynn kitchen restaurant. On arrival in Nashville, enjoy a short tour of the city before checking in to the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort. Our home for six nights, the hotel features an exquisite indoor atrium with its own river and waterfalls. Tonight we’ll get together to relax over a few informal drinks.

Day 7. June 09 – CMA Festival

Today is the first day of the CMA Country Music Festival. Meet in the lobby for the shuttle bus transfer downtown. Why not start at the Riverfront Park? Find a comfortable place, sit back and be entertained by some of Country’s best performers. Check your guide to see if your favourite star is hosting an autograph session. This evening is opening night and we have reserved seats in the stadium at LP Field. Performance begins at 7pm and is non stop until 11pm. Join the shuttle to the hotel, or stay in town and ‘whoop it up’.

Day 8. June 10 – CMA Festival

Take the shuttle downtown at your own pace today. Check your guide for performance times and autograph signing information. The Riverfront stages host some very talented new artists – well worth a visit. Enjoy the big name stars at the second night of the Festival.

Day 9. June 11 – CMA Festival – Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry

We will meet this morning and take our shuttle to Studio B for a visit to this famous studio. Located on Music Row, RCA Studio B is the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville, and one of the most distinguished studios in the world. Then we’ll rejoin our shuttle to the Country Music Hall of Fame for our visit to this fabulous exhibition. Later, meet at 2.30 at the Ryman Auditorium for the matinee session of the Grand Ole Opry. This famous radio show has been playing Country Music to America for over 80 years.

Day 10. June 12 – CMA Festival

This is the last day of the festival and your chance to do the things you haven’t got around to until now! Tonight’s show draws some huge stars.

Day 11. June 13 – Jack Daniels Tour

Today we head to Lynchburg, home of Jack Daniels, where we tour the famous distillery. We’ll lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant in Main Street. Tonight we’ll meet for informal farewell drinks.

Day 12. June 14 – Depart Nashville

Transfer to Nashville Airport for our flight via LA.

Day 13. June 15 – In flight

Day 14. June 16 – Arrive Australia


THE MUSIC & HERITAGE OF THE DEEP SOUTH OCTOBER 2016

TerryAnn_Maxwell Terry Ann developed her first taste of Country Music whilst listening to the US Forces radio broadcasts with her Air Force Major father. Terry Ann learned at the age of 8 years that she could write lyrics and sing & this became the genesis of a long love affair with Country Music. She recorded some early compositions with Merle Haggard’s musicians, ‘The Strangers’ and also recorded with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Like all true Country Music singer/songwriters she was destined to move and spent the next 20 years in Nashville where she wrote and recorded a number of songs, achieving national airplay. Terry Ann now calls Australia home; she has released a number of singles in 2014 & 2015, and has received widespread airplay across many Country Music radio stations.

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Day 1. Oct 01 – Australia – Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles where you will be met and transferred to our tour hotel. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner

Day 2. Oct 02 – Los Angeles – Disneyland

A fun day as we head off to Disneyland. Enjoy the rides and see your favourite characters.

Day 3. Oct 03 – Fly from LA to Nashville

We transfer to LA airport for our flight to Nashville. On arrival you will be transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 4. Oct 04 – Nashville sightseeing

Our city sightseeing tour includes the downtown area, Music Row, the Bi-Centennial Mall, The Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol, Nashville’s Parthenon and a drive through a residential area showing a few homes of the stars. Later, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and we’ll visit historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home of music titans like Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers – it became known as one of the cradles of the ‘Nashville Sound’ in the 1960s. Tonight enjoy a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. After the show, we’ll be taken on a backstage tour.

Day 5. Oct 05 – Nashville to Memphis

We depart for Memphis and on arrival tour Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. You will see the largest privately owned collection of gold records in the world and Elvis’ elaborate stage costumes and jewellery. The tour ends with a quiet visit to Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family are buried. Also see Elvis’ 1955 pink Cadillac and climb aboard his custom jet the “Lisa Marie.” We then check-in to our downtown hotel and the evening is free.

Day 6. Oct 06 – Memphis

This morning we visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music: celebrating the music made famous by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin and more. Next is a tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll, where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers. This afternoon is our city tour and sites include the National Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel. Next we’ll see the famous Peabody Duck March in the Grand Lobby of The Peabody Hotel.

Day 7. Oct 07. Memphis – Greenwood, MS

Leave Memphis and drive down legendary Highway 61. Our first stop is Clarksdale; John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Little Junior Parker and Sam Cooke were born here. You will get the opportunity of touring the Delta Blues Museum. Across the street is Ground Zero Restaurant, a replica of a juke joint, owned by the actor, Morgan Freeman. The intersection of Hwy 61 & Hwy 49 is a famous location for blues music fans. This is where Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the devil. Next on historic Hwy 61 to Indianola, to tour the outstanding new B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center. Then to Greenwood and check-in to our hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 8. Oct 08 – Greenwood to Natchez

Today we drive on the famous Natchez Trace Parkway; this beautiful Scenic Byway stretches through the Shoals area in Alabama and across the Tennessee Valley to historic Natchez.

Day 9. Oct 09 – Natchez to Lafayette

First we tour the beautiful antebellum home, Monmouth Plantation. Then tour the Vermilionville Historic Village, a living history museum and folklife park. Next we visit Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing for some authentic Zydeco/Cajun music and dancing. Located on the levee overlooking the Atchafalaya Basin swamp, it has been named one of America’s top 50 bars. You can learn the beer drinking, foot stomping Cajun dance from the locals. This is real Americana! Overnight in Lafayette.

Day 10. Oct 10 – Lafayette to New Orleans

En route to New Orleans we drive through Cajun back country and make a stop at Avery Island to tour the Tabasco Factory. Next is a Cajun Man’s Swamp Cruise operated by a real Cajun character, Black Guidry, who is not only a singer, but a former army green beret and Louisiana state trooper. We will continue on to New Orleans, our home for the next two nights. Tonight is free to explore the French Quarter.

Day 11. Oct 11 – New Orleans

This morning enjoy a New Orleans City Sightseeing tour, where we visit one of its historic cemeteries and learn about this unique above ground burial system. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina). Enjoy an evening as a native New Orleanian on this intimate tour of dining and music in the French Quarter! The evening begins with a three course dinner at Tujague’s Restaurant, a New Orleans tradition since 1856. Then a stroll along Bourbon Street to a nightclub to enjoy jazz. The evening winds down with another local tradition – Café Au Lait & Beignets (chicory coffee and French doughnuts).

Day 12. Oct 12 – Depart for Home

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home via Los Angeles.

Day 13. Oct 13 – In flight

Day 14. Oct 14 – Arrive Australia


CMA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL TOUR – JUNE 2016

Tour Price per person in A$ Incl. Airfares from Sydney

Twin Share $7,990 per person

Single supplement $1,350

Tour Includes

  • Return Economy airfares from Sydney, including taxes
  • 2 nights in Los Angeles
  • 3 nights in Memphis
  • 6 nights in Nashville at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel
  • 4 day pass at CMA Music Fest in Nashville
  • Welcome dinner in Los Angeles
  • Visit to Disneyland
  • Visit to Graceland
  • Visit to the Rock & Soul Museum
  • Visit to Sun Studio
  • Visit Johnny Cash’s boyhood home
  • Visit to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch including lunch
  • Orientation tour of Nashville
  • Tour of Studio B
  • Entry to the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Visit to the Grand Ole Opry for a matinee performance
  • Exclusive cocktail party in Nashville
  • Tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Lunch in Lynchburg
  • All transfers between airports and hotels
  • All travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Elite Special Event Tours travel wallet

Not included: Meals other than listed in itinerary, tips, drinks, personal items.


MUSIC & HERITAGE OF THE DEEP SOUTH TOUR – OCT 2016

Tour Price per person in A$ Incl. Airfares from Sydney

Twin Share $7,890 per person

Single supplement $1,100

Tour Includes

  • Return Economy airfares from Sydney including taxes
  • Accommodation as listed
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Welcome dinner
  • Nashville Sightseeing Tour
  • Performance of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B Tour
  • Graceland Platinum Admission wAdmission & tour of Sun Studio
  • Admission to Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Memphis Sightseeing Tour
  • Admission to the Delta Blues
  • Museum Clarksdale wAdmission to the B.B. King Museum Indianola
  • Tour of antebellum Monmouth Plantation Home
  • Visit Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing for Cajun music & dancing
  • A Cajun Man’s (Black Guidry) Swamp Tour
  • New Orleans Sightseeing Tour
  • New Orleans Farewell dinner & entertainment
  • All transfers and travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Elite Special Event Tours travel wallet

Not included: Meals other than listed in itinerary, tips, drinks, personal items.


 

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