Music City for Students
History & Exploration, Arts & Music
3 Days | Year Round
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
This ambitious Student Tour itinerary shows you many options for a Nashville adventure. Mix and match, focus on learning, or build an adventure that warms the heart and the mind. You can make this a three or four day tour just let us know the time constraints, budget and study interests.
|Tour Highlights you can choose:
Sample Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Nashville, TN
Today, travel to Nashville, TN. Check into your Nashville hotel for a four night stay. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 2 – Nashville Zoo – National Museum of African American Music – Opry Mills Mall – Madame Tussauds – Grand Ole Opry – Backstage Tour
After breakfast start the day with a visit to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Come face to face with a clouded leopard, feed some Australian parrots, and delve into the far reaches of the Amazon. Be sure to take a spin on the Wild Animal Carousel, get a new view of the Zoo from Soaring Eagle zip line, monkey around the 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym, or even step back in time on the walking tour at the Grassmere Historic Home and Farm.
You might also want to include Nashville’s newest the National Museum of African American Music located downtown in the Fifth + Broadway. The museum is the only one dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present. Lunch can be included at the Assembly Food Hall.
A little free time at Opry Mills Mall is always a good idea. It is Tennessee’s largest outlet and value shopping destination featuring more than 200 stores, paired with unique family dining and entertainment options. Designer outlet stores include: Coach, Coach Men’s, H&M, Michael Kors Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, kate spade new york outlet, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and Vera Bradley Outlet. Other popular retailers include Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath & Beyond, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Disney Store Outlet, LEGO and Under Armour Factory House.
Dinner at Opry Mills could feature a meal at the Aquarium Restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus, Dave & Buster’s to name a few. Then stop at Madame Tussauds and get a selfie with one of your favorite music idols.
Every tour to Nashville should include an evening at the Grand Ole Opry. For more than 85 years, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Grand Ole Opry Live Radio Show, the show that made country music famous. Each Opry show features an array of performances by new stars, superstars and legends of country music as well as great bluegrass, comedy and more. Opry shows are never rehearsed and never the same show twice. Did you know it is possible after the show, to see what it’s like behind the scenes! Walk in the footsteps of superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens on the other side of the curtain of the show that made country music famous — right after the show ends!
Day 3 – Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – General Jackson Showboat Lunch Cruise or Lunch on own at Nashville’s Farmers Market & Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – Belle Meade Historic Site – Dinner at Loveless Café – Evening Musical Performance
Maybe today you start with Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, one of the largest, most visited presidential homes in the United States. This 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark features more than 30 historic buildings, a seasonal wagon tour, walking trails, beautiful gardens and grounds and much, much more. The Hermitage mansion is considered to be the most accurately preserved early presidential home in the country.
You could also choose the General Jackson Showboat Lunch Cruise. It is one of the largest showboats in the country. Savor the flavors of the South during a midday cruise followed by a country music variety show.
Or enjoy lunch on your own at the Nashville’s Farmers Market. It features exciting culinary experiences from all over the world in the Market House food hall. Following lunch explore Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. You cold schedule an afternoon tour of the Belle Meade Historic Site, a beautiful Greek Revival Mansion and one of the largest private estates in Nashville. Explore 30 acres and find the original cabin, a slave cabin and a massive Carriage and Stable House built in 1892, housing one of the most impressive carriage collections to be found.
Dinner adventures tonight could include the Loveless Café with all-you-can-eat homemade biscuits and preserves. Following dinner enjoy one of Music City’s many productions. Choose from A Tribute to the King, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville Nightlife Theatre, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Ray Steven CabaRay Showroom or The Music of Nashville.
Day 4 – Historic RCA Studio B – Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville Murals Tour – Parthenon – Centennial Park – Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum OR Cheekwood Estate & Gardens – Dinner at Ole Red’s
Get ready to be a Star for a day! Head to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you start with a tour and group recording session at Historic RCA Studio B. Here legends like Elvis and Dolly have recorded timeless classics.
Then tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, the keeper of priceless Country Music Treasures. Your self-guided tour is a walk through history, one that leads you from the earliest folk traditions to the music that thrills millions of fans today. Every tour ends in the Hall of Fame Rotunda, the never-ending Circle, and storied home of the inductees.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, head backstage at the “Mother Church of Country Music” the Ryman Auditorium. From 1943 to 1974 the Ryman was the home of The Grand Ole Opry. The legends of country music all played here, it’s a romantic and historic landmark that is often used today for concerts and movies. After this tour you’ll be able to say, you too were on the Ryman Stage.
This afternoon learn why Nashville is called “the Athens of the South” when you visit the world’s only full-scale replica of the Parthenon. There will also be time to explore Centennial Park. You will also take a tour of Nashville’s Murals. Snap selfies at some of Nashville’s most popular murals.
Next, head to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The NEW Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum and the GRAMMY Museum Gallery is an interactive facility where you can learn about every aspect of music. Play guitars, drums & keyboards. Record a Garth Brooks song, sing with Ray Charles or jam with Jimmy Jam. The Musicians Hall of Fame is the only museum that actually honors the greatest musicians of all time. Some like Jimi Hendrix are well known and others, like legendary studio musician, Hal Blaine, you’ll get to know. It’s great fun for the whole family and will lift the curtain on the music industry in a way you haven’t seen before.
OR your group can tour Cheekwood Estate & Gardens considered one of the finest America Country Place era estates in the nation.
After a day of touring and recording, it’s time to get your Honky Tonk on at one of Nashville’s newest restaurants and music venue. In the heart of Downtown Nashville, Ole Red is inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s clever, irreverent song about the Warden’s dog, “Ol’ Red.
Day 5 – Depart for Home
There’s enough to do in Nashville that we could keep your group busy for a week. Please look at the options available to you nd let us know what puts the song in your heart.