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99 Reasons to Visit Nashville 

Celebrating the Opry’s 99th Birthday (from STL) 

October 3 - 6, 2024

Get ready to tip your hats and tap your boots as we embark on a rollicking 4-day group tour celebrating the 99th birthday of the Grand Ole Opry! Our journey kicks off in Bon Aqua at the Storyteller Museum, where we'll be treated to the soulful tunes of Mark Alan Cash, Johnny Cash's nephew, as he spins tales and strums melodies that echo the essence of his legendary uncle's music. From there, we'll dive headfirst into the heart of country music lore at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, immersing ourselves in the stories and sounds of the genre's legends. We'll hit the streets for a Singing City Tour, soaking in the vibrant music scene that reverberates from every corner. Next, we'll step into the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music, and explore its storied halls where echoes of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline still linger. With backstage access to the Grand Ole Opry, we'll rub elbows with stars and soak in the magic of live radio broadcasts. As our journey winds down, we raise a toast to 99 years of toe-tappin' tunes, unforgettable memories, and the enduring spirit of country music in Music City, USA! 

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Thursday, October 03, 2024 
- Day 1 

Welcome to Tennessee! Our journey begins in Downtown Clarksville, where you'll have the opportunity to explore various dining options for lunch at your leisure.
 
Next, we head to Bon Aqua, TN, to explore the Storytellers Museum, located at Johnny Cash’s Hideaway Farm. Step into Johnny Cash’s world at the 1837-built Farmhouse, adorned with memorabilia, videos, and captivating stories. At the Storytellers Museum, delve into the history of the property and its deep ties to Johnny Cash. Witness the iconic One-Piece-At-A-Time Cadillac and a remarkable collection of behind-the-scenes photos featuring Country Stars from the 50s to the 90s. Experience a special performance by Mark Alan Cash, Johnny’s nephew, as he shares personal anecdotes about his famous uncle and enchants the audience with his soulful voice.
 
Later in the afternoon, we journey to the Wonders Center, situated just 35 minutes from Downtown Nashville. Founded by David Rives Ministries, this expansive science museum upholds biblical values. Indulge in a catered dinner at the dinner theatre and immerse yourself in a show at the 140-seat Heavens Declare Planetarium. Ranked among the top 10 planetariums globally, it offers real-time cosmic experiences and groundbreaking visual effects.
 
After our exploration, we return to the hotel for check-in and relaxation.

Friday, October 04, 2024
– Day 2 

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a Nashville city tour, guided by a singing enthusiast. Delight in the melodies and tales that embody the soul of Nashville. 

 

Following the tour, enjoy lunch on your own and shopping at Opry Mills, a premier shopping destination in Nashville. Later, gain exclusive access to the Grand Ole Opry backstage tour, where you'll journey behind the scenes of this iconic institution. Walk in the footsteps of country music legends as you explore dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, and the hallowed stage where countless performers have made history. Gain insight into the inner workings of the Opry and discover the stories that have shaped its legendary status. It's a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Opry from a perspective few have seen. 

 

Indulge in a savory meal at Santa Fe Cattle Company Nashville, accompanied by private entertainment from a Nashville songwriter. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • STORY TELLERS MUSEUM

  • WONDERS CENTER PLANETARIUM

  • DINNER AT WONDERS CENTER

  • CITY TOUR WITH SINGING TOUR GUIDE

  • OPRY BACKSTAGE TOUR

  • DINNER AT SANTA FE CATINA

  • SONGWRITER PERFORMANCE

  • COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

  • HISTORIC STUDIO B

  • RYMAN AUDITORIUM TOUR

  • DINNER AT PAULA DEEN'S FAMILY KITCHEN

  • GRAND OLE OPRY

Saturday, October 05, 2024
– Day 3
 

After breakfast, delve into the rich history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame, an iconic institution dedicated to preserving and celebrating the genre's heritage. Located in the heart of Nashville, this renowned museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits that trace the evolution of country music from its roots to the present day. Explore galleries dedicated to legendary artists, songwriters, and industry pioneers, and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of this uniquely American art form. 

 

Following your visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, embark on a guided tour of Histoic Studio B, where some of the most iconic recordings in country music history were made. Step inside this historic recording studio, which has played host to legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings. Led by knowledgeable guides, you'll learn about the studio's storied past and its enduring legacy in shaping the sound of Nashville's music scene. Hear fascinating anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories as you explore the very rooms where timeless classics were born. 

 

Following your visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, stroll the streets of Nashville for lunch on your own before you immerse yourself in the storied halls of the Ryman Auditorium during a self-guided tour. Known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," the Ryman Auditorium has been a cornerstone of Nashville's music scene since its founding in 1892. Explore the venue's rich history and architectural splendor as you wander through its hallowed halls, adorned with photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that chronicle its legendary past. 

 

Stand center stage and soak in the aura of this historic venue, where countless iconic performances have taken place over the decades. Learn about the Ryman's role in shaping the sound of country music and its enduring influence on the broader musical landscape. From its humble beginnings as a tabernacle to its evolution into one of the world's most revered concert halls, the Ryman Auditorium continues to captivate audiences with its unparalleled charm and cultural significance. 

 

Later in the evening, indulge in a delightful dinner at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, where Southern hospitality meets mouthwatering cuisine. Named after the renowned celebrity chef, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen offers a delectable array of Southern-inspired dishes served family-style, creating an atmosphere of warmth and togetherness that perfectly complements the spirit of Nashville. 

 

Following dinner, join us for a special celebration of the Grand Ole Opry's 99th birthday show. As one of the most iconic institutions in country music history, the Grand Ole Opry continues to honor its legacy while showcasing the brightest stars of today and tomorrow. Tonight's show promises to be an unforgettable tribute to nearly a century of musical excellence, featuring a lineup of acclaimed artists, surprise guests, and timeless classics that have defined the sound of Nashville for generations. Join us as we celebrate this milestone anniversary and embrace the enduring legacy of the Grand Ole Opry, where the spirit of country music lives on. 

Sunday, October 06, 2024
– Day 4 

Wrap up your unforgettable Tennessee experience with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, filled with joyous musical memories that will accompany you on your journey home

Single: $1,899/TRAVELER

Double: $1,499/TRAVELER

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