Phil Mack & Keep it Country TV USA Tour
30th Sept - 9th Oct 2019
This fantastic holiday will have us stay in some of the nicest hotels in the United States and visit some of its most iconic locations.
30th September to 9th October 2019
We begin our tour in the very southern state of Louisiana and the amazing city that is New Orleans.
We then travel up through Alabama taking in the ancestral home and the grave of the late, great Hank Williams. Then we head north to Muscle Shoals and visit the iconic Fame Studios where artists such as Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Solomon Burke and Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin have all performed. And finally we head north again into the home of Country Music, Nashville Tennessee.
This is all done in the company of Keep it Country’s managing director and presenter, Mr Phil Mack.
Monday 30th September – We have a direct flight from London Heathrow departing at 15.40, arrival in New Orleans at 19.35. Alternatively we fly from Dublin to London Heathrow departing Dublin at 10.25 a.m., arrival at 12.15, depart Heahtrow at 15.40 on the same flight as Phil Mack and the rest of the group. On arrival we will be met by our coach and taken to the lovely Hampton Inn and Suites in New Orleans.
Tuesday 01st October – This morning we have a city tour of New Orleans taking in all that this historic city has to offer. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the French Quarter.
Wednesday 2nd October – We have left the morning free to relax. This afternoon you will enjoy a New Orleans Steamboat lunch cruise.
Thursday 3rd October – Today we depart for Montgomery travelling up through Louisiana and Alabama. We will first visit the boyhood home of the legend that was Hank Williams in Georgiana, Alabama and then Arriving into Montgomery we will visit the Hank Williams Museum. Overnight in the Drury Inn and Suites in Montgomery
Friday 4th October – After breakfast we depart for Muscle Shoals. Upon arrival in Muscle Shoals we will tour the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and be joined by one of the original “Swampers” who will talk to the group about their experiences with the stars.
We then check in at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, Florence. After dark we visit Spring Park and enjoy the Light and Water show, where 51 jet water features dance to light and music.
Saturday 5th October – This morning we leave Alabama and cross the state border into Tennessee and on up into Nashville where we check into the fabulous Gaylord Opryland hotel.
Sunday 6th October – This morning we will have a three hour city sightseeing tour taking in some of the iconic sights of Nashville. Then in the afternoon we will have time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and historic Studio B.
Monday 7th October – Today is free for optional activities hotel. You may decide to chill out at the beautiful Opryland Hotel or spend the day shopping at Opry Mills or just relaxing down town and listing to the great music in the honky tonks.
Tuesday 8th October – First thing on our itinerary is a visit to the Ryman Auditorium. Again you may decide to spend the day at Opry Mills for a spot of shopping or just chill out in your hotel. Tonight we attend a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Overnight Nashville.
Wednesday 9th October – All good things must come to an end and we can enjoy the best that Nashville has to offer today before checking in at the airport for our flights home.
Monday 30th September - Depart Dublin 09:50 Arrive Charlotte 13:20. Depart Charlotte 14:38 Arrive New Orleans 15:38
Wednesday 9th October - Depart Nashville 12:54 Arrive Charlotte 15:30. Depart Charlotte 18:55 Arrive Dublin 07:25*
Monday 30th September - Depart London Heathrow 15:40 Arrive New Orleans 19:35
Wednesday 9th October - Depart Nashville 20:20 Arrive London Heathrow 10:25*
Hampton Inn and Suites - New Orleans
Centrally located incentre, this historic hotel offers convenient services and guestrooms just 2 blocks from the city's historic Area. offers a free buffet and complimentary WiFi.
at the Downtown offer a 42" flat-screen TV, work desk and coffee machine. also include a microwave and compact refrigerator.
Additional complimentary amenities include the evening manager's reception on Wednesdays, a fitness centre and a business centre with fax, photo copying and printing services. Laundry service and luggage storage is also available.
Enjoy thenightlife on , located less than 1 km away. Harrah's Casino is 640 m from the hotel, while Jackson Square is 950 m away.
Drury Inn and Suites - Montgomery
Located in Montgomery, Alabama, this hotel features free Wi-Fi internet and an on-site swimming pool. Guests will be just 4.8 km from Auburn University’s Montgomery campus.
A microwave, refrigerator and coffee-making facilities come standard in each room at Drury Inn and Suites Montgomery. A flat-screen cable TV is also available.
A business centre and fitness centre are on site for guest use. Montgomery Drury Inn and Suites also features laundry facilities for added convenience.
Montgomery city centre is 9 minutes’ drive from this hotel. Guests will be 6 km from Montgomery Mall.
Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa - Florence
The 4-star Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa is located on the Tennessee River and offers a lagoon-style outdoor pool, revolving restaurant with panoramic river views and rooms with 32-inch LCD TVs.
Marriott Shoals Hotel’s rooms are traditionally decorated and include white linens and a bathroom with large soaking tub. Twenty-four hour room service is available.
Guests can schedule a massage in the Shoals Marriott’s spa, or relax in 2 pools. A fitness center is also on site, and free Wi-Fi is provided in the hotel’s public areas.
360 Grille is located on the Marriott Shoal’s top floor and offers panoramic water views. Swampers Bar and Grill is open all day and features live music for guest enjoyment.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville
Featuring a glass atrium and surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers and waterfalls, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers resort less than 2 km from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. This resort features 6 restaurants, 4 bars and multiple retails stores. It boasts rooms furnished with an compact refrigerator and interior balconies.
A flat-screen cable TV and coffee maker are standard in every room. All rooms are warmly decorated with wood furniture and include a safety deposit box and work desk. Some rooms offer a balcony with seating areas and views the interior landscape.
International cuisine is represented through the various restaurants at Opryland Gaylord resort, including Revello’s southern Italian and Solario’s Mexican dishes. Guests have their choice of swimming in 2 outdoor pools or an indoor pool.
Massage and body treatments are offered at Relache Spa and access to the fitness centre and sauna is provided to all hotel guests. WiFi is included in the resort fee.
- New Orleans Steamboat lunch cruise
- Hank Williams Boyhood Home
- Hank Williams Museum
- Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
- New Orleans City 3 Hour Tour
- Original “Swamper” at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
- Jack Daniels Tasting tour
- Grand Ole Opry Tier 2 seat
- Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B tour
- Ryman Auditorium
- Nashville 3 Hour Tour
*Non-Refundable booking deposit of €300/£300 per person is required at time of booking with the remaining balance to be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to departure.