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  • Nashville

    Nashville is the gateway to Tennessee and acknowledged as Music City USA. The city has all the excitement and bustle of a state capital, combined with an atmosphere and warmth that’s unmistakably of the South.

    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame

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    • CMA Festival

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    • Grand Ole Opry

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    Nashville is the gateway to Tennessee and acknowledged as Music City USA. Opryland is just around the bend in the Cumberland River, and Nashville itself boasts many great music venues including the Ryman Auditorium and Wildhorse Saloon. The city has all the excitement and bustle of a state capital, combined with an atmosphere and warmth that’s unmistakably of the South. Alongside the music, there are museums, galleries, and historic monuments. And of course scores of shops, bars and restaurants where you can soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant, welcoming city.

    Stroll downtown Nashville and you’ll find an elegant, southern city at ease with its past, from dark country music bars to whitewashed plantation homes. You’ll also find a city looking to the future, somewhere that has blossomed as a destination without casting aside its history.

    Music is at its very heart, and yet there’s so much more...museums and galleries, towering monuments and rolling parks, shopping malls and restaurants galore.

    Still, this is the world’s capital of Country music and isn’t afraid to shout it out - and let you know that Country isn’t just sequins and big hair. You’ll hear everything from cool Fifties Rockabilly to modern Rock, all with that unmistakable Country tinge.

    Don’t Miss….

    • A stroll up the relaxed, leafy Midtown district, past bars and restaurants.
    • Like the opulent Wild Boar, and the Great Escape second-hand record and comic shop.
    • A Saturday night hopping between the bands at Robert’s and Tootsie’s on Lower Broadway.
    • The Grand Ole Opry for country music how it used to be played.
    • Catch a performance each and every Friday and Saturday evening.
    • A look round at least one of Nashville’s grand mansions.
    • The Hermitage, once home to Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, even has a guitar-shaped drive.
    • A stylish lunch (and maybe a drop of Jack Daniel’s) listening to free music in the airy atrium of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Dining, Nightlife and Entertainment
    Food and drink are high on the Nashville menu, whether breakfast at Pancake Pantry - favoured by Garth Brooks - or the New York deli-style Noshville, real beer at any one of a number of brewpubs, or dinner at posh nouvelle spots such as the Sunset Grille or old Nashville favourite Jimmy Kelly’s. Music, like the weather, is exceptional year-round: In spring stars such as Bob Dylan play free riverbank concerts, in June the city comes alive with Fan Fair as dozens of country stars converge for shows while in October the Country Music Association awards week is a frenzy.

    The centrepoint is a 16-block entertainment area known as The District, home to a huge Hard Rock Cafe, the Wildhorse Saloon dancehall - line dancing a speciality - the blues clubs of Printers’ Alley, the church-like Ryman Auditorium - original venue of the Grand Ole Opry radio show, established in 1925 - and Gruhn Guitars (a guitar shop but a show in itself as browsers pick up the vintage instruments).

    Shopping
    For shoppers there are nine malls, including the bargain and designer factory shops at Opry Mills, out by Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Maybe you want the perfect pair of boots, the requisite tee shirt, or a one-of-a-kind piece by a Nashville artisan. Once you start shopping, you’ll find it’s hard to stop!

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    • Top Tip 1

      Most things in Memphis involve Elvis - even if you're not a fan, a visit to Sun Studios, Graceland Mansion and Elvis' customised jets, Lisa Marie & Hound Dog II, are all worth a visit.

    • Top Tip 2

      Spend a night listening to Blues music at the wide variety of bars on Beale Street, Memphis.

    • Top Tip 3

      Learn how Jack Daniels is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, but he warned, there's no tasting as Lynchburg County is dry.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the Loveless Café for Nashville's famous biscuits (like our scones) and some great southern food. It's located at the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway which, in itself, is well worth a drive.

  • Carolinas & Country

    Begins in and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Boone Hall, South Carolina

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    • Nashville By Night

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. If time allows, enjoy visits to some of Atlanta's fabulous attractions; including the Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta History Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

    114Mi/182Km

    Day 02

    Chattanooga

    Travel north today into the Appalachian Mountains and on to Chattanooga, a diverse city with a variety of cultural activities. Don’t miss the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and, of course, the infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan

    340Mi/547Km

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    Memphis

    Today’s journey takes you along the southern state line of Tennessee from east to west, and to Memphis, the home of the Blues. Beale Street, W. C. Handy and Elvis Presley are all very much a part of Memphis, as is Mud Island, a 52 acre park showcasing the mighty Mississippi River.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    222Mi/357Km

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    Nashville

    From the southwest corner of Tennessee, today you head northeast to Nashville, the home of country music. Visit the homes and museums of the country music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and, of course, Grand Ole Opry.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Hotel

    293Mi/469Km

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    Great Smoky Mountains

    From Tennessee to North Carolina, and the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains. In Chimney Rock Park, reach the top of legendary Chimney Rock for a spectacular view and explore the nature trails, waterfalls and caves. Then head onwards to Asheville, where you will spend the next two evenings.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

    267Mi/430Km

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    Charleston

    Today’s drive takes you into the rural surroundings of South Carolina. Visit the small-town city of Newberry and the State Museum in Columbia en route to historic Charleston, one of the South’s best preserved cities. Stroll through Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, one of many plantations in the area and view the historic buildings and cobbled stone streets. There’s no shortage of restaurants to keep you busy into the evening.

    Hotel: Belmond Charleston Place

    107Mi/172Km

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    Hilton Head Island

    Enjoy a coastal drive today as you head south along South Carolinas' Atlantic Coastline, perhaps taking a stop at historic Beaufort to experience the Civil War history and fine antebellum homes. Hilton Head Island offers over 12 miles of beautiful beaches, providing an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We suggest a boat tour of the area for the best orientation, and visits to the fresh fish restaurants and boutique shops.

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

    132Mi/213Km

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    Jekyll Island

    Stop at the small beach town of Tybee Island, boasting an 18th century lighthouse, as you continue journeying south to the pretty destination of Jekyll Island. Your hotel for the next two nights, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, was a 19th century retreat for the wealthy industrialists. Top up your tan on the beach or if the great outdoors is your passion, try the exceptional golf, wildlife watching or horseback riding.

    Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

    92Mi/148Km

    Day 15

    Savannah

    Arrive in romantic Savannah and explore the revitalised waterfront, wander the shops and visit the iconic white steeple church as seen in Forrest Gump. Many of the old mansions and churches have been restored and are open for touring.

    Hotel: Andaz Savannah

    241Mi/389Km

    Day 16

    Journey home

    Drive along the Antebellum Trail through Macon, famous for its plantation-style homes, as you make your way back to Atlanta, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2265 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    166Mi/267Km

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    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

    112Mi/180Km

    Day 05

    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 06

    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    84Mi/135Km

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    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

    126Mi/202Km

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    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/196Km

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    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

    215Mi/346Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    The Land Of Music And The Delta Blues

    Begins in and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    12 days / 11 nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Music City

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    • Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Dunleith Plantation, Natchez

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Illinois Monument, Vicksburg

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    Day 01

    Arrive Memphis

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    130Mi/210Km

    Day 02

    Greenwood

    Today you commence your journey through this amazing region by heading south on historic Highway 61, also known as the Blues Highway. Your first place of interest is Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta, which has a rich musical heritage. Whilst in town make sure to visit Blues Alley, home to the Delta Blues Museum. Next you’ll continue your journey to Indianola for a stop at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre.

    Hotel: The Alluvian

    101Mi/163Km

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    Vicksburg

    This morning we suggest a stop by The Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, home to a vast array of Blues memorabilia. Culinary enthusiasts may also choose to visit the Viking Cookery School to learn how to prepare traditional Southern dishes and delicacies. Next take the scenic drive to Vicksburg, where you will enjoy the next two nights at one of Vicksburg’s antebellum homes. Next morning, why not take a carriage ride, to discover Vicksburg’s many beautiful homes?

    Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion

    231Mi/372Km

    Day 05

    Tupelo

    We’ve allowed a full day for you to experience Tupelo, undoubtedly best known as Elvis’ birthplace. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, where you can tour the home, museum memorial chapel, fountain of life and see the story wall. Make sure to stop by the Tupelo Hardware Store; this timeless gem is where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar (Elvis wanted a gun, they compromised on guitar and music has never been the same since!).

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo

    88Mi/144Km

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    Florence

    Your exciting journey continues, and today it’s to the Northern tip of Alabama. Set in the stunning Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals has a beautiful setting which has been reflected in the resort's design. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail golf courses, which attract players of all levels from across the globe. Whilst in Florence, take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/197Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Nashville

    Crossing the border back into Tennessee, today you're heading to the home of country music! There is so much to keep you entertained in this city, but you shouldn’t miss Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River provides an insight into the historic heritage of the waterways and is also great fun! If you have time, drop into Opry Mills Mall, which combines both outlet shopping and boutique options.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

    213Mi/343Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the rhythm and blues, you end your journey in Memphis. This is yet another exciting city with lots to do, whatever your interests. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, The Mississippi. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland. See the house, tour the Lisa Marie Airplane and see the artifacts in the museum including many of Elvis’ flamboyant outfits. We also suggest a trip to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music, and one evening perhaps enjoy a cool drink and some vibrant tunes on Beale Street.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 12

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1940 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Nashville & Memphis

    Begins in Nashville and ends in Memphis

    6 Nights / 7 Days

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Grand Ole Opry

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    Day 01

    Arrive Nashville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight and arrive into Nashville International Airport. Collect your hire car at the airport and travel to the Renaissance Nashville, your base for the next three nights.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    Nashville

    The next two days are yours at leisure in one of the most vibrant cities in the Deep South. Known as the home of country music, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, before sampling some live music in one of the many honky tonks. Although music plays a huge part in Nashville's culture, there is much more to explore in the city and we recommend a visit to one of the many museums or galleries in downtown Nashville.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    212Mi/341Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today you travel to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. Visit Graceland, conveniently located just moments away from your hotel and make a trip to Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Guesthouse at Graceland

    Day 07

    Journey Home

    Today, spend the morning shopping for last minute souvenirs or catch that last bit of sightseeing, before returning your rental car to Memphis International Airport and departing back to the UK on your chosen scheduled flight.

    Prices

    From £1459 per person based on two sharing a Standard room. Other room categories are available on request.

  • Nashville Attraction Pass

    Nashville

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    Explore the country music city of Nashville! This pass includes the city’s best attractions, restaurants and shopping facilities:

    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Ryman Auditorium Tour
    • Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B Tour
    • Hard Rock Café OR B.B King's Blue's Club ($15.00 food/beverage provided)
    • Opry Mills - Tennessee's largest outlet (A discount book is provided)

    (VIP upgrade available - additional cost)

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues.

    Prices

    From £95 per Adult

    From £75 per Child (4-11 years)

    Experience Nashville with a Songwriter Tour

    Nashville

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    • Experience Nashville with a Songwriter Tour

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    • Nashville

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    Nashville is a songwriter's town. Literally thousands of people come annually to try their hand at the music business, but only a few can actually make a living doing what they love best. Experience a once in a lifetime private sedan tour of "Music City" accompanied by a singer/songwriter who is "living the dream". This 3 hour tour showcases the highlights of Nashville as seen through the eyes of a working singer/songwriter. The guide will give insight into the songwriters craft and explain how a song goes from concept through to hit recording. There is also a private performance by your guide at a picturesque location during the tour. This is truly an "Only in Nashville" experience.

    Prices

    From £325 based on a maximum group of 3

    CMA Music Festival 2017 - Nashville

    Nashville

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    • CMA Music Festival 2017 - Nashville

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    • CMA Music Festival 2017 - Nashville

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    • Keith Urban at the CMA Music Festival

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    • Gaylord Opryland

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    • Standard King at the Gaylord Opryland

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    See the biggest stars of country music live at the biggest country music festival in the world, the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

    Over 4 nights at the Nissan Stadium, the likes of Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum will perform to a packed out stadium of thousands of music fans. Pop up events and stages will also be taking place throughout downtown Nashville, making this the ideal event for country music fans!

    Departs: June 7th 2017

    Our 5 night package includes the following:

    • Return scheduled flights to Nashville
    • 5 nights accommodation at the Gaylord Opryland 
    • Lower Premium Tickets to Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the CMA Music Festival at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville
    • Daily return transfers from your accommodation to the Festival
    Prices

    From £1870 per person based on twin occupancy of a standard room. Upgraded tickets are available on request.