Texas And The Music Cities

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Introduction

Tour America’s Lone Star State and most famed musical cities on this 10-day rail journey to Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Memphis! Revel in the sights, sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz and blues, flavors, cultures, and experiences of these southern states. Start your vacation in the capital of Austin, visiting all the famous landmarks and hidden gems throughout the city. Aside from your sightseeing tour, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know ATX at your leisure before traveling to your next destination. In San Antonio, you’ll experience the Alamo, El Mercado, historic missions, frontier life, and so much more. Fascinating New Orleans has many attractions to discover, like historic Jackson Square, the French Quarter, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. You may also choose to explore the region’s mossy swamplands that meander through seemingly endless miles of Louisiana coastline. Your last stop is Memphis, legendary for its music scene. Take two incredible tours of the city’s must-see crowd-pleasers and get up close to the things Elvis Presley cherished most at Graceland. Everything old is new (and amazing) again.

 

Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN AUSTIN

Welcome to the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The day is free for you to enjoy and embrace all things Texas. Stroll through downtown and marvel at the growing skyline’s gorgeous architecture, or enjoy some world-class barbeque and an avocado margarita in one of the city’s many incredible restaurants. (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 2 AUSTIN

Climb aboard a comfortable Mercedes van for your included Real Austin Tour! Discover the exciting landmarks, hidden gems, local favorites, historic neighborhoods, and all the delicious food that make this place so amazing. You’ll learn about its culture, music, famous people, and everything in between that makes people want to “Keep Austin Weird” from the passionate and informative guides. Stop at the capital, the Welcome to Austin mural, food trucks, downtown, and the west, south, and east sides of the city. After this fun tour, you’ll understand why Austin is such a popular destination. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 3 AUSTIN TO SAN ANTONIO

Spend the morning on your own partaking in some traditional breakfast tacos and the afternoon continuing to get to know the city of Austin before boarding the Texas Eagle to San Antonio in the evening. A great option, especially if it’s warm out that day, is to spend the afternoon at Barton Springs, a year-round natural spring pool in Zilker Park. When you arrive in San Antonio, check into your hotel for a three-night stay and then step out and enjoy the rest of the day exploring this big city with a small-town vibe on your own. Maybe head over to a local favorite for an authentic Texas-style dinner and Tejano music. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 4 SAN ANTONIO

Today, begin using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Antonio. Prepare to take in all the crowd-pleasing, popular sights and attractions that brought you to this incredible city. During this tour, you’ll have the chance to experience the city’s distinctive heritage, art, culture, and preeminent landmarks. Visit The Alamo (famous for the 1836 Battle for Texas Independence), take a relaxing cruise along the San Antonio River, see the oldest stone church in America (the Mission Concepcion), stroll through the Japanese Sunken Gardens and El Mercado’s quintessential Mexican shops, and get a glimpse of Mission San Jose’s exquisite Rose Window stone carving. The evening is all yours to enjoy at your leisure. Make a stop at the pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined Pearl District for some of the best tacos in Texas or catch a captivating play at the Majestic Theatre. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 5 SAN ANTONIO

Your included admission to The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museums will give you a taste of the frontier life! This popular attraction features a café, gift shop, shooting gallery, and saloon. For more than 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been a famous watering hole. It’s known for its locally brewed beers on tap and icy Prickly Pear Margaritas. At the Texas Ranger Museum, check out some priceless artifacts that document Ranger history or enjoy some BBQ brisket at the café. Make sure to stop in the gift shop where you can purchase cowboy hats, t-shirts, mugs, and other interesting items. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 6 SAN ANTONIO TO NEW ORLEANS

In the early morning, board the Sunset Limited for your rail journey to New Orleans. It’s worth noting that there is no Wi-Fi on the Sunset Limited. So, you may want to bring along a great read, board game, or make sure to have a few playlists handy. After arriving at the impressive Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans, check into your hotel and rest up before exploring all the city has to offer tomorrow. If you’re not too tired, head to a local cocktail lounge and enjoy the Sazerac, the city’s official drink. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 7 NEW ORLEANS

Take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the morning Quarter before enjoying your included Gray Line Super City Tour or Swamp and Bayou Tour. Visit historic cemeteries, Bayou St. John, the famous French Quarter, bustling Magazine St., Jackson Square, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and meander through mossy swamplands while spotting alligators and regional wildlife. In the evening, embark on the National Park Service’s self-guided jazz walking tour, which includes Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park and Black Storyville. End your night with some beignets and a chicory café au lait or a po’boy. You’re sure to capture the “bon temps” or good times in New Orleans. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 8 NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS

Board the train and relax on your ride into Memphis. When you arrive, check into your hotel and get some rest or head out and explore the city’s nightlife. (Overnight in Memphis) BR

DAY 9 MEMPHIS

What's the first thing you think about when you hear the name Memphis? You probably think music. You probably think Elvis. Spend the day experiencing the incredible tours of the city’s must-see crowd-pleasers and get up close to the things Elvis Presley cherished most at Graceland. (Overnight in Memphis)

DAY 10

Discover North America can arrange extra nights in Memphis and trip extensions. Please call us for more details.