Day 1 You'll See:
- Nashville City Tour
- Nashville Ghost Tours
Day 2 You'll See:
- Ryman Auditorium
- Johnny Cash Museum
- Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Pass Tour
- General Jackson Showboat Dinner Cruise
Day 3 You'll See:
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- RCA Studio B
- Belle Meade Plantation
What a special treat - you’re whisking your hard-working students away on a fun-tabulous 3 Day adventure featuring all the best of Nashville, Tennessee! First up, an entertaining and educational 3.5 hour jaunt through downtown that touches on well-known landmarks and points of interest - then you’re off to the dark side to explore some of Nashville’s most notorious haunts on a customizable Ghost Tour! You’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum, get backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, enjoy a traditional Showboat Dinner Cruise, tour the exquisite Belle Meade Plantation - and more – on this fabulous foray into Music City, USA!
Nashville City Tour
First order of business: A 3.5 hour familiarization tour of all the best of Nashville! You and your student group will make an easy acquaintance of Music City on this popular excursion that gets you around to Historic Downtown, 2nd Avenue and Broadway, Fort Nashboro, the State Capitol, The Parthenon, Music Row and Studio B – the home of more than 100 of Elvis’ top ten hits – Bicentennial Mall, Vanderbilt University, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more!
Nashville Ghost Tours
A variety of intriguing Ghost Tour options get you and your young charges a firsthand look at the mysterious and macabre side of Music City. Hop into a converted hearse and head out on a 60-minute tour of some of Nashville’s most infamous “haunted” sites, or thrill to a narrated lantern-lit 90 minute hike through the area’s most notoriously “spirited” landmarks. Visit the city’s oldest-and scariest-cemetery, get acquainted with the ghosts of Union Station and learn the eerily sordid details of a “Murder on Music Row.” Experience for yourselves the thrills and chills of exploring documented haunts, and be prepared to catch some seriously spooky vibes! Can you hang with the pros? Here’s your chance.
The Ryman Auditorium was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 until 1974, when a larger venue was built at the Opryland USA theme park; a five-foot diameter circle was removed from the old oak stage floor and inlaid into the center of the new one in an effort to maintain continuity with the Opry’s colorful, storied past. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001 and christened Theatre of the Year four times in one decade, the Ryman has appeared in memorable movie scenes over the years and hosted scores of events from community gatherings, political rallies, ballets and operas to popular televised music shows and dazzling theatrical productions; legends like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, distinguished guests like Helen Keller and President Teddy Roosevelt and world-class performers from the Zac Brown Band to ZZ Top have taken the stage at this grand old auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music” and “the Birthplace of Bluegrass.”
Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum, opened in May 2013, recently unveiled their first temporary exhibit, “The Legends of Sun Records” which will run for 18 months and features artifacts that spotlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland. This list-topping museum, recipient of the coveted AAA GEM rating, is racking up the accolades, including The Tennessee Association of Museum’s 2014 Award of Excellence, and is ranked “#1 Must-Visit Museum for Music Lovers” by Conde Naste, one of “5 Nashville Must-Sees” by Forbes, and by the Huffington Post as one of “22 Reasons You Should Visit Nashville.” Rolling Stone magazine places it in the Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers and Money Magazine calls it the “Best Culture Stop in Nashville.” You and your student group will see for yourselves why this captivating museum, hosting a world class collection of unforgettable displays and memorabilia detailing the story of “The Man in Black’s” life - consistently ranks among the top attractions ANYWHERE. Cindy Cash, Johnny Cash’s daughter, says this about this Music City phenomenon: “Whatever anybody needs to know about my dad that they don’t know already is in that museum.”
Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Pass Tour
Groups exploring Music City, USA, won’t want to miss a visit to the most popular attraction in all of Tennessee, “The Home of Country Music” and “Country’s Most Famous Stage;” hundreds of thousands of fans annually make the trip to see the show that made Country Music famous. The Opry regularly features a fabulously dynamic line-up of superstars, rising stars and legends and showcases no less than eight artists per show, treating enthusiastic audiences to a vibrant sampling of each performer’s signature style. Backstage Pass Tours lets your student group walk in the footsteps of the superstars, for a truly exclusive –and absolutely entertaining - behind-the-scenes experience! (You may even have a chance to step out into that famed wooden circle on stage-will you take it?)
General Jackson Showboat Dinner Cruise
The magnificent 300 foot General Jackson – the largest showboat in the world – regularly ferries guests past natural and manmade landmarks and points of interest on Nashville’s beautiful Cumberland River, treating them to incredible views of the Tennessee countryside from her four massive decks. Your perfect dinner cruise experience will include a sumptuous repast of mouthwatering favorites and classic showboat performances in the grand ole Nashville tradition, ensuring your group comes away from the General Jackson with incredible lifetime memories!
Country Music Hall of Fame
This premier Music City institution, where Country Music’s finest are honored in grand Nashville fashion, recently revealed an impressive 210,000 square foot expansion nearly doubling the iconic Museum’s size, including 10,000 square feet of additional exhibit space, innovative retail, entertainment and education areas and a beautiful new Event hall affording guests breathtaking views overlooking Nashville’s stunning skyline. The Hall of Fame’s permanent chronological exhibition has been refreshed as well, to include more than 100 new artifacts from some of today’s hottest Country talents, including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisely, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood. Browse hundreds of stage costumes and instruments, explore extensive archives of oral interviews, photographs and moving images, and be amazed by a comprehensive multi-media history of Country Music and its brightest stars!
RCA Studio B
Plans for this historic Nashville attraction – for 20 years the recording home of dozens of country and pop greats including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold - were actually drawn up on a paper napkin! With more than 35,000 songs under its belt, RCA Studio B saw more than 1000 American hits, including 40 million selling singles and over 200 Elvis recordings. Today, the storied studio that once played a major role in establishing Nashville's identity as a recording center serves as a classroom for area students; it’s also a popular stop on Music City tours. While you’re there, be sure to check out the mark left by Dolly Parton when she crashed her car into the studio in her hurry to make a session!
Belle Meade Plantation
You’ll wrap up your Music City getaway with a visit to a magnificent Greek Revival plantation mansion, formerly home to one of the largest slave populations in Nashville history. This character-guided, narrated tour of an exquisite 1853 home and other plantation attractions including a dairy, mausoleum, stable, massive carriage house, garden and log cabin is an absolutely immersive Southern experience not to be missed! Hear the fascinating account of the renowned plantation’s rich past through the eyes of the aristocratic Harding and Jackson Family and the skilled laborers who invested heart and soul in the collective vision of making Belle Meade America’s Premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. Afterward, a sumptuous lunch at The Harding House will charm your young travelers’ hearts with quintessential “Southern Plantation-Style” hospitality while tempting your taste buds with tantalizing menu offerings of regional favorites like Overnight Caramel rolls, Fried Green Tomatoes, Candied Pecan Spinach Salad and Low Country Shrimp and Grits all served up with trademark Belle Meade flair. How about a warm, gooey slab of whipped-cream-topped Pecan Fudge Pie for dessert?