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From New Orleans to Memphis: Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America

29 Mar — 9 Apr 2019 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Sandy Burnett,

MA

a musician and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1355 on British Airways, arriving New Orleans 1855. Transfer to the Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, for six nights.

Day

2

Introductory lecture followed by morning orientation walk of New Orleans including Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral (founded in the 18th century) and Louis Armstrong Park. Free afternoon. Dinner at the Palm Court Jazz Café (live jazz in historical French Quarter surroundings).

Day

3

Morning lecture followed by walking tour in the French Quarter (architecture reflecting Spanish colonial influences). Evening: late-night live music at Preservation Hall.

Day

4

Free morning followed by afternoon excursion to Oak Alley Plantation (National Historic Landmark, named for its avenue of southern live oak trees) for guided tour. Evening: live music at the Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Day

5

Daytime: Bayou riverboat excursion. Evening: dinner and live music at Snug Harbor (popular venue located behind a renovated 1800s storefront).

Day

6

Morning: private jazz workshop with Tour Director and fellow musicians. Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and sculpture garden.

Day

7

Transfer to Natchez via Baton Rouge for Museum of Rural Life (artefacts and dwellings from 18th-19th century Louisiana) and St Francisville. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Natchez.

Day

8

Transfer to Clarksdale via Vicksburg Civil War site (short guided tour), Leland (Highway 61 Blues Museum) and Dockery Farms (cotton plantation, believed to be a major centre for the development of Delta blues). Continue to Clarksdale (site of the legendary ‘Devil’s Crossroads’) for overnight at the Hampton Inn. Evening: live music at Ground Zero Blues Club.

Day

9

Transfer to Memphis for visit to Graceland (mansion owned by Elvis Presley) and then continue to the Peabody Hotel, Memphis, for two nights. Free evening.

Day

10

Morning lecture followed by visits to National Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Farewell dinner and live music on Beale Street (Itta Bena and BB King’s).  

Day

11

Transfer to Memphis Airport for 1235 departure via Dallas Fort Worth.

Day

12

Arrive London Heathrow 0735.

Tour Dates

29 Mar — 9 Apr 2019

Days

12

Cost

£4295

Tour Code

NOME-19

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.

Not included:

ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £755.

 
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