Visit Nashville for the Country Music Association Festival.

Plan ahead with Bon Voyage for next summer's ultimate hoedown

Tuesday,  15 October 2019

Next summer may seem a long way off, but that's how far ahead you need to plan if you love country music. Nashville, Tennessee is the official home of country music, and its CMA (Country Music Association) festival is one of Music City's most popular events.

Held each year in the first week of June, the festival is now considered one of the USA's hottest events and sees the genre's top performers gather for four days of boot-scootin' concerts. It's so popular, in fact, that tickets sell out way in advance - and certainly by December - so booking ahead is essential if music fans don't want to miss out.

Those keen to make the festival a highlight of a Deep South holiday should consider Bon Voyage's suggested, tailor-made "Best of the Deep South + Nashville's CMA Festival" itinerary, which pairs event tickets with a thorough exploration of the region.

Starting in Atlanta on 31 May, 2020, the self-guided trip takes in the Great Smoky Mountains and Dolly Parton's hometown, Sevierville, before arriving in Nashville to coincide with the CMA Music Festival.

Mingle with other country cowboys and girls with VIP access throughout the festival, including a chance to meet and greet key country music icons. The journey then continues via some of the Deep South's other greatest hits: lively Memphis, plantation homes, a Mississippi river cruise and a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's legendary home.

The journey rounds off with a city break in colourful New Orleans, with plenty of time for immersions into the French Quarter's one-of-a-kind charm.

Prices start from £2,985 per person for a 14-night fly-drive including flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow), accommodation, car hire, a 4-day CMA Music festival ticket, admission to Graceland and Sun Studios, and a walking tour of New Orleans. For more information, call 0800 316 0194 or visit

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