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Program #21154RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 11 — May 17, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown is steps from Music City excitement, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, and LP Field. Watch Tennessee Titans football or a Broadway show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, blocks from our hotel. Visit historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Explore Second Avenue, Nashville’s historic entertainment and dining district overlooking the Cumberland River. Dine on a steak at The Palm or Morton’s of Chicago. Listen to live music at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Browse the boutiques and shops on Lower Broadway. Join Nashville locals for 4th of July celebrations on the riverfront. Our hotel is just over one mile from Vanderbilt University, West End Avenue, and Centennial Park where you’ll find a replica of the Parthenon. Tour Belle Meade Mansion or Hermitage, the Greek Revival mansion of President Andrew Jackson. Try the famous fried chicken and biscuits at Loveless Café, a Nashville tradition since 1951. Whether you’re visiting Nashville for business, the CMA Awards, or to tour Vanderbilt, enjoy our contemporary guestrooms and suites with free high-speed internet access and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Our rooms feature a variety of options from whirlpool tubs to balconies overlooking city attractions. If you’re travelling with the family or would prefer roomier accommodations, reserve a two-room suite with a whirlpool or balcony and additional sleeper sofa. Our hotel has received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.

Contact info:
310 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201 USA
phone: 615-277-5000
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/hampton-inn-and-suites-nashville-downtown-BNADTHX/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel LCD Flat Panel TV Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games Waterpik(R) Showerhead For your Convenience Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Newspaper M-F (USA Today)

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop Accessible Rooms Accessible business center Accessible exercise facility Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width Accessible hotel restaurant Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility Accessible public entrance Accessible registration desk Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool Accessible swimming pool Assistive listening devices for meetings upon request Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders Serv support animals welcome TTY for guest use Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility Visual alarm for hearing impaired The Following Features Are Not Available: Accessible concierge desk Accessible transportation with advance notice Valet only parking

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel.
Special Road Scholar rates are available based on availability 3 days before and 3 days after the above dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 11 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, I...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Introductions & Orientation

Note: Walk to dinner from the hotel is 1/10th of a mile. It is just across the parking lot from the hotel.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar desk located at the conference room to register with the program staff. The conference room is located on the opposite end of the lobby where you check in and receive your room key. You'll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we'll review during our orientation session. INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm.: After introductions of your fellow participants and the program staff, we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Dinner will follow orientation. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: It's a short walk to dinner at a popular Nashville restaurant near the hotel. Enjoy tasty cuisine and begin getting to know your fellow music lovers. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown is steps from Music City excitement, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, and LP Field. Watch Tennessee Titans football or a Broadway show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, blocks from our hotel. Visit historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Explore Second Avenue, Nashville’s historic entertainment and dining district overlooking the Cumberland River. Dine on a steak at The Palm or Morton’s of Chicago. Listen to live music at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Browse the boutiques and shops on Lower Broadway. Join Nashville locals for 4th of July celebrations on the riverfront. Our hotel is just over one mile from Vanderbilt University, West End Avenue, and Centennial Park where you’ll find a replica of the Parthenon. Tour Belle Meade Mansion or Hermitage, the Greek Revival mansion of President Andrew Jackson. Try the famous fried chicken and biscuits at Loveless Café, a Nashville tradition since 1951. Whether you’re visiting Nashville for business, the CMA Awards, or to tour Vanderbilt, enjoy our contemporary guestrooms and suites with free high-speed internet access and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Our rooms feature a variety of options from whirlpool tubs to balconies overlooking city attractions. If you’re travelling with the family or would prefer roomier accommodations, reserve a two-room suite with a whirlpool or balcony and additional sleeper sofa. Our hotel has received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.

Contact info:
310 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201 USA
phone: 615-277-5000
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/hampton-inn-and-suites-nashville-downtown-BNADTHX/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel LCD Flat Panel TV Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games Waterpik(R) Showerhead For your Convenience Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Newspaper M-F (USA Today)

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop Accessible Rooms Accessible business center Accessible exercise facility Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width Accessible hotel restaurant Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility Accessible public entrance Accessible registration desk Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool Accessible swimming pool Assistive listening devices for meetings upon request Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders Serv support animals welcome TTY for guest use Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility Visual alarm for hearing impaired The Following Features Are Not Available: Accessible concierge desk Accessible transportation with advance notice Valet only parking

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel.
Special Road Scholar rates are available based on availability 3 days before and 3 days after the above dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 12 - Studio B, Nashville Field Trip, Country Music Hal...
Studio B, Nashville Field Trip, Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Live Music And Dinner

Note: Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is 1 block walk from hotel. Live music and dinner is 2 block walk from hotel.

Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we will visit Studio B, originally RCA Studios, home of thousands of hits that helped to define the “Nashville Sound.” Chet Atkins was one of the originators and Elvis mastered more than 200 songs here. Your guide will share many of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of this unique space where so much history has been created using the pianos, mics, and accessories you will see. Sit back and listen to recordings by your favorite artist in Sudio B. After Studio B, we'll board our motor coach with a local guide who has a wealth of knowledge and passion for Nashville music. Music has always been the common thread connecting the life and soul of Nashville and its people. The first permanent settlement began on Christmas Day 1779, celebrated with fiddle tunes and buck dancing. Davy Crockett, Nashville's first celebrity, was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle playing. Nashville became a national center for music publishing. The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville's Fisk University. Their efforts helped fund the school's mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War and put Nashville on the map as a global music center. Here in the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry you will see the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses, along with other business who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations.

Lunch: We will drop participants off at the Country Music Hall of Fame (across the street from your hotel). You can pick up a sandwich here or walk a block over to Broadway Street, an area of downtown Nashville that is home to numerous restaurants. We will let you select the restaurant of your choice and then go on your own or with a group of friends or join the coordinator for lunch at one of the many popular spots. This lunch is not included in your program cost.

Afternoon: After lunch spend as much time as you like at The Country Music Hall of Fame. It is a self guided tour and we'll provide the ticket for you as you get off the motor coach. To be invited to be a member of the elite group at the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors in country music. The award recognizes persons who have made outstanding contributions to country music over the length of their careers. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum with its vast collection of memorabilia illustrating the evolution of country music through the turns of two centuries. The museum has a treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits, and state-of-the-art design. Some people will stay the entire afternoon, while others will spend part of an afternoon. It will be left up to you as to how much time you spend. You are a block from your hotel. For information on the special exhibits, go to: countrymusichalloffame.org

Dinner: This evening we will be dining and listening to singer/writers at a popular club on Broadway. It is two blocks from your hotel, an easy walk.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown is steps from Music City excitement, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, and LP Field. Watch Tennessee Titans football or a Broadway show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, blocks from our hotel. Visit historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Explore Second Avenue, Nashville’s historic entertainment and dining district overlooking the Cumberland River. Dine on a steak at The Palm or Morton’s of Chicago. Listen to live music at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Browse the boutiques and shops on Lower Broadway. Join Nashville locals for 4th of July celebrations on the riverfront. Our hotel is just over one mile from Vanderbilt University, West End Avenue, and Centennial Park where you’ll find a replica of the Parthenon. Tour Belle Meade Mansion or Hermitage, the Greek Revival mansion of President Andrew Jackson. Try the famous fried chicken and biscuits at Loveless Café, a Nashville tradition since 1951. Whether you’re visiting Nashville for business, the CMA Awards, or to tour Vanderbilt, enjoy our contemporary guestrooms and suites with free high-speed internet access and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Our rooms feature a variety of options from whirlpool tubs to balconies overlooking city attractions. If you’re travelling with the family or would prefer roomier accommodations, reserve a two-room suite with a whirlpool or balcony and additional sleeper sofa. Our hotel has received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.

Contact info:
310 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201 USA
phone: 615-277-5000
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/hampton-inn-and-suites-nashville-downtown-BNADTHX/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel LCD Flat Panel TV Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games Waterpik(R) Showerhead For your Convenience Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Newspaper M-F (USA Today)

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop Accessible Rooms Accessible business center Accessible exercise facility Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width Accessible hotel restaurant Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility Accessible public entrance Accessible registration desk Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool Accessible swimming pool Assistive listening devices for meetings upon request Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders Serv support animals welcome TTY for guest use Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility Visual alarm for hearing impaired The Following Features Are Not Available: Accessible concierge desk Accessible transportation with advance notice Valet only parking

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel.
Special Road Scholar rates are available based on availability 3 days before and 3 days after the above dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 13 - Ryman Auditorium, Lunch at Opryland Hotel, Grand ...
Ryman Auditorium, Lunch at Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Opry House, Grand Ole Opry Performance

Note: Ryman Auditorium involves a backstage tour and an auditorium tour of the Ryman. Walking and standing for approximately one hour. Grand Ole Opry House backstage tour is walking and standing for approximately one hour. Ryman tour is before lunch, Grand Ole Opry House tour is after lunch.

Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ryman Auditorium. This National Historic Landmark is most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Its history as Nashville's premiere theater began with its original incarnation as an evangelical tabernacle in 1892. It went on to become the place for important community events, political rallies as well as operas, symphonies, bands, ballets, and theatrical productions, dubbed the Carnegie Hall of the South. The incredibly popular Grand Ole Opry radio show found a home here in 1943, and Ryman Auditorium was inseparably linked to the origins and rise of the modern-day genre of country music, revered as The Mother Church of Country Music. Although the Opry moved to a new location in 1974, the Ryman has remained as a major attraction, undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration that brought back its original splendor, hosting top performers from around the world who praise its fine acoustics.

Lunch: Lunch is at a casual restaurant in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel complex. Set on 40 acres complete with streams, waterfalls, bridges, and greenhouses, it is the largest non-casino hotel in the continental U.S. outside of Las Vegas, adjacent to the Opryland USA theme park and the Grand Ole Opry House.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Grand Ole Opry House. On March 15, 1974, the Opry made its last broadcast from Ryman before moving to its new custom-built home, The Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland. During the historic flood in May 2010, the Opry House was severely damaged and as a result received a major renovation. Learn the fascinating story of the Opry from a knowledgeable guide who will share stories about the Opry and country music greats past and present, take you onstage for a first-hand look at the tiered auditorium as seen through the eyes of the performers, and and go backstage for a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes including the artists’entrance. You can also spend some time strolling through the halls filled with Opry memorabilia.

Dinner: DINNER ON YOUR OWN. There are numerous choices including a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Be sure you're done in time for this evening's performance!

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy a great live music show. We will let you know the line-up of musicians for this evening. However, they don't usually release the performances until about 2 weeks prior to the show. The Grand Ole Opry celebrates country music's diversity, presenting the many generations of artists who have formed country music's legacy and continue to forge its future course. Audiences can expect the best in country, bluegrass, comedy, gospel and more by Country Music Hall of Famers, cast members who helped establish the Opry as the home of country music, revered superstars, and young artists just starting to make names for themselves. You have prime seats in the Gold Circle Section of the performance hall. To check and see who will be performing this night, go to www.opry.com about two weeks before the date.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental; Business Center; Business Phone Service; Express Mail; Fax; Meeting Rooms; Modem; Notary Public; Photo Copying Service; Printer; Baggage Storage; Beverage Area, Complimentary; Breakfast Area, Complimentary; Coin Laundry; Elevators; Gift Shop; Guest Activity/Recreation Desk; Luggage Hold; Safety Deposit Box; Snack Shop .

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, May 14 - Belle Meade Plantation, Lunch at Belle Meade,Tran...
Belle Meade Plantation, Lunch at Belle Meade,Transfer to Memphis, Hotel Check-In, B. B. King's Blues Club and Restaurant with Live Music

Note: Walking on the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation is sometimes uneven terrain. Distance is no more than 1 city block of walking at the plantation.

Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and load our luggage onto the motor coach bound for Memphis. We have one last thing to do before leaving Nashville. We will visit Belle Meade Plantation. The American Civil War brought deprivation and danger to Belle Meade Plantation. During the Battle of Nashville, Union and Confederate forces skirmished in the front yard, and the mansion's massive stone columns were riddled with bullets. Evidence of the violence is still visible today.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the 1800’s Carriage House of the Belle Meade Plantation.

Afternoon: TRANSFER: We depart for Memphis via motorcoach (approximately a 4 hour drive). En route, we will view a wonderful PBS documentary on the way.

Dinner: The menu at world-renowned B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant on Beale Street offers a variety of the South's most delicious comfort food influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style BBQ ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and other delicacies.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: B.B. King's Blues Club. The house band is B.B. King’s All Stars, and guest musicians include some of the best in the business for one of the most diverse, sophisticated lineups of modern blues and R&B in Memphis — a good show every night of the week. Feel free to jump up and dance or sit back and relax. This is the real deal! Then go out and hear music up and down Beale Street on your own.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental; Business Center; Business Phone Service; Express Mail; Fax; Meeting Rooms; Modem; Notary Public; Photo Copying Service; Printer; Baggage Storage; Beverage Area, Complimentary; Breakfast Area, Complimentary; Coin Laundry; Elevators; Gift Shop; Guest Activity/Recreation Desk; Luggage Hold; Safety Deposit Box; Snack Shop .

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, May 15 - Beale Street History/Rock 'n' Soul Museum/Local F...
Beale Street History/Rock 'n' Soul Museum/Local Flavor/Free Time/Blues and Boogie

Note: Beale Stree and Rock 'n Soul Museum are 1 block from your hotel.

Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Enjoy a private, specially arranged session with a professional musician-historian who literally “wrote the book” on Beale Street and the blues — an illustrated and entertaining project on the rich variety of music in Memphis through the years. A short documentary film prepares you to explore the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum where you will see exhibits created by the Smithsonian Institution about the birth of rock and soul music.

Learn the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. The museum provides a comprehensive Memphis music experience – the sounds of rural field hollers, work songs, blues, country and gospel of the sharecroppers in the 1930-40s that eventually collided and fused with the urban sounds of Beale Street (urban blues and jazz), SUN Studio (rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly), STAX Recording and HI Records (rhythm and blues, soul music). This is the story of the body of music that had the most influence on the culture and lifestyles of the world during the middle 20th Century to this day. It affected the way we talked, walked, combed our hair and dressed – not only in Memphis or the U.S., but around the world.

Lunch: Select one of the many restaurants on Beale Street or venture one block from your hotel to Main Street for many more selections for lunch on your own or with newfound friends.

Afternoon: Free Time – Coordinator will work with you on planning your afternoon. You are in the heart of all the Memphis activities and museums.

Dinner: No need to rush back for dinner but instead we have left this dinner selection for you to choose the restaurant. You may decide to join the coordinator for dinner also.

Evening: Free evening to explore Memphis on your own or with newfound friends.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental; Business Center; Business Phone Service; Express Mail; Fax; Meeting Rooms; Modem; Notary Public; Photo Copying Service; Printer; Baggage Storage; Beverage Area, Complimentary; Breakfast Area, Complimentary; Coin Laundry; Elevators; Gift Shop; Guest Activity/Recreation Desk; Luggage Hold; Safety Deposit Box; Snack Shop .

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, May 16 - Beethoven Club Musical Presentation/Paulette's Re...
Beethoven Club Musical Presentation/Paulette's Restaurant/Afternoon At Graceland/Dinner And Music At King's Palace

Note: We will travel by motor coach to Paulette's Restaurant and Graceland.

Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: Learn about writing musical notes and sounds with a piano demonstration by a professional at the Beethoven Club..

Lunch: Eat at Paulette's Restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River. Paulette's Restaurant has been operating successfully in Memphis for 38 years, and as of March 1, 2011, moved its popular, award winning restaurant to the River Inn. The intimate, well-appointed dining room features fine woodwork and high ceilings, as well as original artwork and abundant fresh flowers. The high windows afford breathtaking views of the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis.

Afternoon: Field trip to the 14-acre estate that was the home of Elvis Presley, now a virtual shrine with museums, films, and exhibits for a unique glimpse into the life and times of The King. Explore Graceland Mansion, see his personal mementos and gold and platinum awards. Your Platinum ticket includes: •an audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds •a self-guided tour of Elvis' two custom airplanes •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum •a self-guided tour of Elvis: Live from Vegas •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit •a self-guided tour of '68 Special Exhibit

Dinner: Mouth-watering food awaits you at King’s Palace Café on Beale Street, with live music during dinner. Get up and dance or sit back and watch others dance.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy more live blues music at King’s Palace Café. Then walk over to the nearby Rum Boogie Café, where more music will delight your senses. If you still want more music, continue exploring Beale Street on your own. This is the heart and soul of old Memphis, home to pioneering musicians such as W.C. Handy, who wrote the first blues song here in 1909. No other landmark has held such mystique, intrigue, fame and infamy over the years. Beale Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and by the early 1980's a full tilt renovation was taking place. Today, not only the Blues is heard on Beale Street, but Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, and Reggae.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, May 17 - Check-out and Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.

Morning: Program concludes after breakfast. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Depart for home -- or your next adventure! Our motor coach will return to Nashville for anyone needing a ride back to pick up their vehicle at the hotel. A special rate of $219 for Saturday evening is available with the hotel in Nashville for those who would like to stay over. You may call the Nashville Hampton Inn & Suites to make arrangements.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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