AESU is proud to announce our second domestic tour for 2021 and invites you to explore one of the most influential places in music history – the Music City: Nashville, Tennessee! Known as the capital of country music and home to several important places to the genre’s history, Nashville is a fascinating mix of old Southern charm with sleek modernity – just check out the sleek architectural lines of the AT&T Building downtown, also known by residents as the “Batman Building”! Nashville offers something for everyone from historical landmarks to great food and vibrant nightlife, and you’ll get to experience all of this and more on our 5 day, 4 night Nashville Music City Tour!
Day 1 – Arrival in Nashville
After checking in to your hotel, you’ll have some free time before the tour starts in earnest. We recommend making straight for the Country Music Hall of Fame to fully get into the Nashville state of mind. Full of photographs and memorabilia from icons of the genre such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patsy Cline, and more, the Hall of Fame is a loving tribute to a thoroughly American style of music. In the evening, join your fellow travelers and a local guide for a ghost tour and pub crawl of the city, which is known as one of the most haunted cities in the Midwest!
Day 2 – Sightseeing and Honky Tonk Row
Day 2 will see you off to local landmarks such as Centennial Park (featuring a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon), the studios of Music Row, Honky Tonk Row, and a visit to RCA Studio B, where legends such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and the Everly Brothers recorded classic tracks. For lunch, you’ll enjoy Nashville’s local specialty – hot chicken! In the evening, experience more of Nashville’s famed nightlife in Lower Broadway, full of pubs, bars, and honky tonks all featuring live music and dancing!
Day 3 – The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most famous musical venues in America and has hosted countless musicians since its founding in 1925. Enjoy a private tour of this treasured landmark in the morning, then join us for an afternoon culinary adventure of the best barbeque Nashville has to offer, complete with local beer and brewery tours. With the evening free, consider taking in a show at the Opry for the complete Opry experience!
Day 4 – Distillery Tour
During a free morning, consider spending some time hiking in the area around Radnor Lake, a beautiful natural space within the bustle of the city. You could also hop to one of Nashville’s lesser-known bohemian neighborhoods, such as the areas across the river in East Nashville, home to hip coffee shops and brunch spots. In the afternoon, join the tour group on a special distillery tour and visit some of the best craft spirit makers in Nashville! For your final evening in the Music City, we highly recommend visiting the Bluebird Café, which features live musical performances in an intimate setting, allowing musicians to share the stories behind the creation of their songs.
Day 5 – Heading Home
Depart from Nashville with fond memories of the good times shared with new friends. On the flight home, start planning your next AESU adventure!
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Are you ready to plan an adventure of a lifetime? AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
Looking to travel next year? Experience our brand-new domestic tours with beautiful destinations such as the California Wine Country, Nashville Music City, The Wild Wild West, and Outdoor Wonderland – British Columbia!
2021 tour dates are now available! If you have any questions or want help booking your next adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website. Follow AESU on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.