Welcome to Music City!
Arrive into Nashville where you will meet your Sweet Magnolia Tour Guide who will be with you during your visit. Your group will begin their time in Music City touring the â€śmother church of country music,â€ť The Ryman Auditorium. Your visit to this famous National Historic Landmark begins with â€śSoul of Nashville,â€ť a state-of-the-art theatre experience that puts you at the center of the Rymanâ€™s fascinating history as more than a century of legendary performances come to life all around you. Next, enjoy five new exhibits where you can peruse genuine artifacts as video hosts Charles Esten (Deacon on Nashville), Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts and Trisha Yearwood take you through each chapter of the Rymanâ€™s illustrious history.
Next, your group will head to the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, which honors musicians from all genres of music who have played on thousands of iconic recordings. The newest addition, The Grammy Museum Gallery, is an interactive exhibit where visitors learn about every aspect of the music industry from songwriting, playing instruments and singing to producing and engineering.
After the tour, your group will check into your hotel for a little time to rest and freshen up before your evening out in Music City. Your evening entertainment will include a scrumptious dinner in a private room at one of Nashvilleâ€™s most popular restaurants and world-class performance of Legends Behind the Lyrics. In this up-close-and-personal experience, your group will be entertained by one of Nashvilleâ€™s most successful songwriters. This is a unique opportunity to hear major hit songs in their original form and get the inside scoop on what was going on in the songwriterâ€™s life that inspired these classics!
Nashville is home to the largest songwriting community in the world. Begin the morning with one of our singer-songwriter step-on guides who will take your group on a tour of Music City, including world-famous Music Row, where your group will learn about the recording industry straight from an aspiring songwriter.
The city tour also includes a visit to RCA Studio B, home of over 1,000 Top Ten hits! See where Elvis recorded over 200 songs! Explore the control room where the greats, like Chet Atkins, produced countless hits. Now, itâ€™s time for your group to add their voices to the choir of performers who have recorded at Studio B, including Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, the Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings and Roy Orbison, as your group records a song at the historic studio.
Now we are off to explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the worldâ€™s largest popular music museum, during your self-guided tour. The â€śHallâ€ť is the definitive home of Americaâ€™s music, safeguarding more than 2.5 million priceless artifacts, including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes, musical instruments and more. After your tour, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many eateries in and around the Hall of Fame.
Next, your songwriter guide will take you through the heart of Downtown Nashville and past many of our historic buildings, including Tootsieâ€™s Orchid Lounge, Tennessee State Capitol, Tennessee State Museum, Bicentennial Mall State Park, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Centennial Park, the Parthenon and much more.
While on the city tour, the Songwriter guide will perform a few of his/her original songs.
After a little afternoon relaxation time, your group will enjoy a delicious dinner at your choice of Opry Backstage Grill or Santa Fe Cattle Co., before we head to the worldâ€™s longest running live radio show, The Grand Ole Opry! What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today an entertainment phenomenon showcasing a mix of country music greats– new stars, superstars, and legends.
Your morning begins at the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums. The Johnny Cash Museum features the largest collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world! The Patsy Cline Museum celebrates the life of the legendary songstress and features hundreds of never before seen artifacts, personal belongings, interactive touch screens, videos and much more.
After your time at the museums, enjoy a delicious treat at The Goo Goo Shop, where your group can sample the worldâ€™s oldest combination candy bar, The Goo Goo.
Now, weâ€™ll enter the Antebellum South at Belle Meade Plantation. Our time at Belle Meade will begin with a three-course lunch in the 1800â€™s Carriage House. After the delicious lunch, your group will enjoy the exceptional tour of the mansion. Throughout the 45-minute guided tour, a century of Belle Meade Plantationâ€™s history is told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson Family and the skilled laborers who collectively worked to make the Plantation Americaâ€™s premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. After the mansion tour, guests will enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at the Belle Meade Winery.
This evening, your group will enjoy a delicious dinner and lively entertainment onboard the grandest showboat afloat, the General Jackson, as you cruise down the mighty Cumberland River. After a scrumptious three-course dinner, your group will enjoy the hottest show in town, Music City Nights.
Our African American Civil Rights Tour will take you to historic sites related to our Black Heritage and present-day places significant in the development of the African American community in Memphis. Please take a moment to review just some of the interesting places that you will see on this tour.
This tour is a narrated riding tour with picture stops. Click below to see African American Civil Rights Tour packages that include stopping to tour inside various attractions described below.
In 1968 an important labor dispute brought Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis. A strike was raised by the City of Memphis Sanitation Workers that escalated into a full-fledged commitment to human dignity, economic equity, and segregation. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, now the National Civil Rights Museum. Your Sweet Magnolia tour guide will take you to the spot of the assassination for a presentation.
Dive into creativity with the Art Lover’s Paradise package from Sweet Magnolia Tours. Chattanooga offers a variety of artistic inspiration, and on this tour, you will get to experience the best. From guided tours to trips to the art museum your creative juices will start flowing!
Explore one of Tennessee’s most beautiful cities with our Discover Chattanooga group travel tour. Visit the Tennessee Aquarium, enjoy a dinner show, and take a vintage train ride through the city. You can marvel at the natural beauty with a visit to Ruby Falls and lunch at Rock City.
Discover Nashville before it was Music City. Our Athens of the South package includes historical tours rich in Southern history. From guided tours of grand estates to lively entertainment, this package has it all.
No one has shaped country music like Johnny Cash. This brand-new group tour explores the life and legacy of “the man in black,” as we walk in his footsteps throughout his Music City and the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee he called home.
Explore the richness of the Smokies! Sweet Magnolia Tours has assembled the ultimate group package to explore the sites, culture, and beauty of Pigeon Forge. You’ll be treated to everything from dinner shows to museums against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Beale Street Blues Tour 3hrs
- Rock n Roll Tour 3hrs
- Soul Music Tour 3hrs
In the quest to identify the roots of American music, all roads led to Memphis, as stated by to the Smithsonian Museum. The Music of Elvis and Graceland, BB King and the Blues, the Gospel of Al Green, Isaac Hays, Otis Redding, and the sounds of soul … Memphis, the epicenter of the Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Gospel and Soul … this is where it all began.
Each one of our “Rhythms of Memphis” tours begin with a music related sightseeing tour, a visit to the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and one other music attraction. All tours end on Beale Street, making it convenient to add an optional Sweet Magnolia lunch and/or dinner package at B. B. King’s Blues Club, Alfred’s on Beale, Kings’ Palace, Pig on Beale or the Blues City CafĂ©.
Feel the magic of Christmas in Chattanooga with the Enchanted Christmas in the Scenic City package. From Christmas caroling to visits with Santa, this tour has everything to remind you that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year.
Holly Springs, MS
The Mississippi Delta’s earliest storytellers possessed a similar trait that is detected in the classic writings of southern-based native authors, such as, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and in the contemporary writings of John Grisham. It is a sense of place and a devotion to the traditions of its past.Â Nowhere in the South are these traditions more evident than in small southern Mississippi towns.
Get a taste for Music City with the Nashville Student Performance package. Each group will have the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, receive a tour of RCA Studio B, and explore the Country Music Hall of Fame. The perfect package for music students of all ages.