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Exploring the Musical Heartland #1

Exploring the Musical Heartland #1


Exploring the Musical Heartland will highlight Branson, Memphis and Nashville.

Do you want to visit the Branson Belle, Grand Ole Opry and Graceland? We will take you there and to so much more on this tour that will take you south across the border into Missouri and Tennessee. Visit those bucket list sights, wander the grounds where Elvis once was, learn of the beginning of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and enjoy live concerts in Branson.

Pick-up Points:
St. Albert Inn & Suites
Super 8 Edmonton South
Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary
Medicine Hat
Swift Current

Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – St Albert to Swift Current, SK

Meals Included: None

Your “Exploring the Musical Heartland Tour” begins, as you are welcomed aboard your deluxe coach in St. Albert. Travel south through Red Deer to Calgary, then travel west through Medicine Hat before crossing the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and arriving in Swift Current for the evening. Enjoy meeting your travelling companions en route.

Day 2 – Swift Current to Jamestown, ND

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we board our coach continuing west through Moose Jaw, then south to Weyburn and
Estevan, before crossing the border at Portal and into the state of North Dakota. We will enjoy lunch and coffee stops along the way as we continue south through Minot and into Jamestown for the evening.

Day 3 – Jamestown to Omaha, NE

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will continue our trek southward heading through Sioux Falls before crossing the state into Nebraska. We will enjoy lunch and coffee stops along the way as we continue south to Omaha and our overnight destination.

Day 4 – Omaha to Branson, MO

Meals Included: Breakfast

After 3 long days of traveling, enjoy a shorter day today as we cross into the state of Missouri and make our way into Branson for a 3-night stay at the Grande Plaza Hotel. Get settled in your room and enjoy supper on your own, before we make our way to the Dutton Theater to enjoy Branson’s Ultimate Experience – The Dutton’s. These high energy entertainers are loaded with musical talent and with 31 years of experience, they rock the stage with a variety of genres. From bluegrass to rock to country, comedy & dance, they do it all.

Day 5 – Branson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

After resting up from your long 4-day journey, we will head to Yakov Smirnoff, the famous Russian comedian who delivers huge laughs & funny lines while sharing unique insights into life in the U.S.A. Then after lunch, it’s time to head to the Welk Theatre and enjoy the “world famous” Daniel O’Donnell in concert. This charismatic Irish singer with his engaging stage presence has been exciting his fans for over 25 years with his mix of country and Irish folk music. Afterward, it’s time for supper at Landry’s Restaurant where you’ll get to experience the great taste of the Gulf Coast. After our included supper it’s off to the Presley Theater where the Presley family is still entertaining audiences with a one-of-a-kind mix of country, gospel, bluegrass & hilarious comedy. Nearly 50 years after they started, the Presley’s Jubilee is still one of the best shows in town.

Day 6 – Branson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely morning today before we enjoy a lunch show & cruise aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Branson Belle evokes the spirit of a bygone era when riverboat adventure was a glamorous way to travel. As you stroll the ship’s four decks, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the lush Ozark Mountains and see gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake from one of the most unique vantage points in Branson. Then to end our stay in Branson we will have a guided city tour and discover all that this Ozark town in southwest Missouri has to offer with a local shopping stop at Branson Landing.

Day 7 – Branson to Memphis, TN

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will continue our journey to Memphis, Tennessee home of Beale Street with its many jazz and blues clubs, as well Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock n Roll as we experience the Superstar’s estate. After checking into our hotel at The Guest House at Graceland, for those interested, we will take you into the heart of Memphis where you can enjoy the world-famous Beale Street. Explore America’s most iconic street and home to the Blues.

Day 8 – Graceland

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before you board the shuttle or walk to take in the Elvis Experience + Airplanes at Graceland. Explore Elvis Presley’s home to learn more about the personal side of the King of Rock n’ Roll. Experience museums and exhibits tracing Elvis’s roots, his influences and his artistry, as well as his two custom airplanes. Savor delicious Memphis cuisine at themed restaurants, pick up a few souvenirs at the gifts shops and enjoy your day in an unforgettable destination. Later in the afternoon, for those interested, we will head to downtown Memphis to take in the March of the Ducks at the historic Peabody Hotel.

Day 9 – Memphis to Nashville, TN

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning it’s time to depart Memphis and head to Nashville, “Music City USA”. En route we will enjoy a lunch stop and shopping at Casey Jones Historic Village. Your home for the next 3 nights will be the Gaylord Opryland Resort situated in the heart of Nashville with an impressive lineup of amenities. Before checking into our hotel, we will visit The Ryman Theatre and enjoy a guided backstage tour. This evening sit back and enjoy the world famous Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman where for over 90 years, country’s best have mesmerized audiences.

Day 10 – Nashville

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading out to one of America’s most entertaining cruises – The General Jackson Showboat. While rolling down the river, you’ll enjoy stunning views, a delicious meal and toe-tapping entertainment in a two-story Victorian Theater in the center of the boat. Your cruise lets you experience the Nashville skyline, as it can best be seen from the beautiful Cumberland River.
Afterward, you will have the opportunity to experience downtown Nashville, or you may just want to head back to the Hotel and enjoy everything it has to offer. For anyone wanting a little retail therapy, head over to the Opry Mills Mall with your Savings Passport.

Day 11 – Nashville

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning after breakfast we will board our coach for a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Music City with a local step on guide. An enlightening & entertaining narrative will include the downtown area with some of its colorful history and beautiful architecture, a visit to Music Row where you’ll learn about the recording industry as well as a drive through Bicentennial Mall Park and view the Parthenon and much much more. Afterward we’ll enjoy lunch at the famous Wildhorse Saloon. Then it’s time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame which for more than half a century has been home to a growing collection of over 2.5 million artifacts, including one-of-a-kind recordings, films, instruments and more.

Day 12 – Nashville to Kansas City, MO

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning it’s time to say goodbye to Nashville and the Musical Heartland, as we board our coach and start making our way back home. Traveling west through the Shawnee National Forest, we’ll enjoy lunch and coffee stops along the way before arriving into Kansas City, Missouri for our overnight stay.

Day 13 – Kansas City to Fargo, ND

Meals Included: Breakfast

Once again it’s back on the coach after breakfast as we continue our journey northward. Today we’ll travel through Omaha and Sioux Falls with coffee stops and a lunch break along the way, before arriving into Fargo, North Dakota, our overnight destination.

Day 14 – Fargo to Moose Jaw, SK

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast it’s time to continue our journey as we retrace our steps and head north through Jamestown and Minot. We’ll make a stop at the Duty-Free before crossing the border back into Canada. We will travel through Estevan & Weyburn before arriving into Moose Jaw and your overnight destination at the Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa. Enjoy your last evening with a soothing dip in the mineral spa pool before trying your luck at the Casino.

Day 15 – Moose Jaw To Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

With fond memories and new friends, we will enjoy our last leg of our journey today as we drop passengers off at their pickup locations. We will arrive at our final destination this evening, having had an amazing experience and memories to cherish for years to come.