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Day 1

Arrive into Music City where you will meet your Sweet Magnolia Tour Guide who will be with you during your stay in Nashville. You will begin your afternoon with a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House. Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous!

After the tour, enjoy a delicious dinner at your choice of Santa Fe Cattle Company, Rainforest Café or The Aquarium Restaurant.

Next, your group will head to the Opry Plaza for your very own performance opportunity before the Grand Ole Opry show! Student band, choral and orchestra groups, adult performing groups, church choirs and even dance troops are welcome to perform for crowds prior to seeing the Grand Ole Opry show. Your group will even be recognized on-site! Nothing says “Nashville” like a night at 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. Known around the world as “the show that made country music famous,” you can count on things happening at the Opry that you just can’t see anywhere else.

Day 2

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 students 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, it’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 world’s largest popular music museum, during your self-guided tour. The “Hall” is the definitive home of America’s music, safeguarding more than 2.5 million priceless artifacts, including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes, musical instruments and more.

After all this touring, your group has surely worked up an appetite, so we head to the Wildhorse for a barbecue lunch followed by your own personal line dance lesson on Nashville’s largest dance floor.

After lunch, your singer/songwriter guide will take you through the heart of Downtown Nashville and past many of our historic buildings, including the Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall State Park, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Centennial Park, the Parthenon and much more.

While on the city tour, you will hear insight from the Songwriter guide about what it is like to be immersed in the Nashville music scene, both the struggles and the victories! The Songwriter guide will also pick a picturesque spot along the way to perform a few of his/her original songs- (and some you are sure to recognize as well.) Any requests?

After the tour, your group will return to the 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 Nashville’s most popular restaurants and world-class performance of Legends Behind the Lyrics. In this up-close-and-personal experiences, your group will be entertained by one of Nashville’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 songwriter’s life that inspired these classics!

Folks are invited to ask questions about the songwriting process, such as, “How does a writer get paid?”, “How long does it take from the time you write your song until we hear it on the radio?” and any additional questions you might have. There will be a meet & greet with the songwriter following the performance, where all members of the group will get a photo, autograph, and time to say “hello.”

We can also add on an additional Day 3 for your group. This day’s itinerary begins at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors musicians from all genres of music who have played on thousands of iconic recordings. The museum exhibits take you on a tour of cities that greatly influenced music culture. The newest addition, The Grammy Museum Gallery, is a 9,000 square foot interactive exhibit where visitors learn about every aspect of the music industry from songwriting, playing instruments and singing to producing and engineering.

Next, we head to the General Jackson Showboat to enjoy the midday lunch cruise down the mighty Cumberland River. Your group will have the opportunity to perform before boarding.

After the cruise, your group will have the opportunity to perform again on the Entertainment Stage at Opry Mills Mall, followed by free time to explore Tennessee’s largest outlet shopping destination, featuring more than 200 stores paired with unique dining and entertainment options.

Now, your group is offer to dinner at Opry Backstage Grill. The show that made country music famous is now making its mark on Southern cuisine in a restaurant as uniquely entertaining as the Grand Ole Opry itself.

After dinner, we will experience Music City’s newest show, The Music of Nashville. This live show takes you through 60 years of Nashville’s most memorable songs and the stories behind them. From Hack Williams and Patsy Cline to Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, this dynamic performance entertains the audience and creates a new appreciation for the historic importance of Music City. This exciting, fast-paced show includes many of the biggest songs born in Nashville sung by an incredible cast of talented artists accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the world!

For prices and availability for groups of 20 or more, please call 423-498-4232 / 1-800-235-5295 or email amy@sweetmagnoliatours.com.

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