Blues, Rock & Mardi Gras
Memphis & Biloxi
6 Days | Feb 28-March 5, 2019 and Feb 21-26, 2020
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
This unique Musical Party Tour features Mardi Gras without the Bourbon Street Crazies. You’ll attend a Mardi Gras Ball, and watch a Parade from the comfort of your groups private tent. So make this a quick winter getaway to the casino hotels on the warm Gulf Coast.
Half the fun of Mardi Gras is dressing up!
Your Krewe (group) has a Mardi Gras Mask Making Class.
U S Tours Flexible Pricing:
- Customizable Comps
- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
What do you want, U S Tours will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know what you want.
Special Note: Sequence of touring events in Biloxi is subject to change.
Day 1 Thursday – Arrive Memphis – Memphis Blues Hall – B.B Kings Dinner
Blues Day. In search of The Blues, you arrive in Memphis this afternoon and tour the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, a gem for both serious blues fans and casual visitors. Filled with robust exhibits and in-depth history, it educates and entertains with all that what is The Blues Culture. This is your introduction to some of the greatest musicians of all time – each responsible for shaping modern music and changing the world forever right here in Memphis!
Afterwards, you walk across the street to the original B.B. King’s Blues Club a venue that features American blues music and their famous barbecue, before checking in to your hotel. (D)
There’s so much to in Memphis, you might
want to ask us to add another day.
Day 2 – Friday – Jackson’s Iron Horse Grill – Biloxi Casino Hotel
Enroute to Biloxi, your group will lunch in Jackson, MS (on own) at the Iron Horse Grill. This historic restaurant is also home to “The Mississippi Music Experience” designed to tell the story of Mississippi’s Legacy as the Birthplace of American Music. It’s a great lunch and nice stop to break the day during travel.
This afternoon, you drive into Biloxi and “Let the Good Times Roll.” Here you have a choice of lodging. Economy groups will want the IP Casino while luxury groups will want the Beau Rivage. Whichever hostelry you choose, the evening is spent with a buffet dinner, casino gaming and whatever music the showrooms and lounges have to offer. (B,D)
Day 3 – Saturday – Biloxi Shrimping Cruise – Mask Making Class – Mardi Gras Ball
Your morning begins with the Biloxi Shrimping Trip. It is likely that you will see Bottle Nosed Dolphins, Brown Pelicans and Seagulls as you leave the harbor. On the cruise, you will learn how the shrimp net is spread and cast, and that it catches all the sea creatures in its path along with the shrimp; this could include Blue Crab, Flounders, Stingrays, Oysterfish, Squid and more. Why it’s like a lesson in marine biology.
On returning to the pier, lunch is waiting. You’ll enjoy boiled Shrimp, Corn & Potatoes, Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya and southern style Bread Pudding.
Next, what Mardi Gras Experience would be complete without the ritual of a personalized mask? NONE! So we are offering a truly unique experience for your guests. Come make your very own Mardi Gras mask with trimmings of your choosing…. flowers, pearls and feathers, whatever tickles your fancy you will find to adorn your creation. Instructors will be on hand to help you create your one of a kind design. Once completed, it is yours for the taking and we hope to see you wearing your specialty mask at the evenings Mardi Gras Experience. You might make this a competition within your group, and offer a prize for the best mask in your krewe.
Returning to your hotel it’s time to freshen up and prepare for the highlight of the day, an honest-to-goodness Mardi Gras Ball. Your group will be seated at tables that circle your very own food station, plus everyone has two (2) free drink tickets. Another feature is that an authentic Mardi Gras is mask is provided for all your ladies and there’s a hat for every man. So if the their classroom project didn’t work out so well they can still dress well and enjoy the revelry. The ceremonial court when parading into the room will wow and amaze you with their lavish Mardi Gras costumes. After this traditional ceremony everyone eats, drinks and dances the night away. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Sunday – Beauvoir Mansion – Mardi Gras Parade
The morning features a visit to the Beauvoir Mansion (1848). This tour is like stepping into the past with your docent in period dress, you learn about Mississippi culture in the late 1800’s. You will tour the Beauvoir Home, the Jefferson Davis Confederate Presidential Library and Museum while your guide entertains you with stories of Pres. Davis and Confederate soldiers.
This afternoon you watch the North Bay Mardi Gras Association Parade in style. Your group will have its own private tented viewing area with tables and chairs; plus private restrooms, food and drink. You can watch the parade from the comfort of your tent or get up close and personal by the street where you have a chance to catch beads and other Mardi Gras throws.
After the parade, you have time to relax at the hotel. Dinner is on your own in the casino, if you want we are happy to schedule a special group dinner for your group in a local restaurant. (B, L-Snack).
Day 5 – Memphis – Jerry Lee Lewis Ranch, Café and Honky Tonk
Rock n’ Roll Day. You drive back to Memphis where you learn about a living legend as you tour the Jerry Lee Lewis Ranch. This is one of “The Killers” homes, the place where he composed much of his music, spent time with his family and lived for decades. He is often there now.
Jerry Lee is synonymous with Memphis and there is a Café and Honky Tonk on Beale Street that bears his name. Dinner is there tonight and you enjoy Southern favorites with live music. (B,D)
You never know what you’ll see and hear in a Honky Tonk!
Day 6 – Depart for home
This unique little musical trip is over. You started with a little of The Blues, partied Mardi Gras-Style in Biloxi, then enjoyed a little Rock n’ Roll history in the shadow of Jerry Lee Lewis. But it’s now time to go home. (B).