Elvis & the Southern Sounds with 36th Anniversary Memorial Tour 2013
8 days with Cosmos Rating:
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Day 1 Memphis.
Welcome to Memphis! Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2 Memphis.
Today you will feel like a part of Memphis as you experience this amazing city on your guided city sightseeing tour. Your guide knows Memphis history like no one else, like the inside, "backstage" stories from the folks who were there, as well as those hard-to-find, hidden Elvis sites (his Lauderdale Courts apartment, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell, places where he worked and played, and many others). You'll hear your favorite Elvis songs along with entertaining stories about Elvis, his family, and the city he called home. For music lovers a visit to the STAX MUSEUM of American Soul Music is next. Stax celebrates great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Aretha Franklin, and others. Then it's on to the ROCK N SOUL MUSEUM, which traces Memphis' cultural and musical past. End the day with a visit to SUN STUDIO, probably the most famous recording studio in the world, where Rock 'n' Roll was first recorded. Hear the outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone, see memorabilia and re-live the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and many other music legends.
Day 3 Memphis. Excursion To Tupelo.
This morning we journey to Tupelo, to visit ELVIS’ BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM, a small, 2-room house built by the singer's father, Vernon Presley. You will also visit the Elvis Presley Museum, featuring "Remembrance of Things Past," an exhibit displaying memorabilia from Elvis' childhood. It’s here that you can see, feel and touch where the King of Rock & Roll began his musical journey. Return to Memphis “Home of the Blues” where the evening is free for independent activities. You may choose to visit one of the famous clubs on Beale Street, immortalized in WC Handy’s famous songs or sample some famous Memphis barbecue.
Day 4 Memphis. Excursion To Graceland.
Today sees one of the real highlights of your tour - a guided audio visit of GRACELAND. Experience life as Elvis did by walking through the decadent and quirky rooms where he felt truly at home. The mansion tour consists of the living room, music room, Elvis’ parents’ bedroom, the dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room, and “jungle den” in the main house. Behind the house are Elvis’ racquetball building and his original business office. You will also see his trophy building, which houses his enormous collection of gold records, awards, and career mementoes. Recently opened is a section of the mansion where you can find never-before-seen items, such as the desk from his personal office and an extensive collection of his stage costumes. The tour ends with a quiet visit to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Tonight you're invited to be at Graceland for the famous Candlelight Vigil.
Day 5 Memphis-Nashville.
Today we head to Nashville—“Music City USA.” No one told a story quite like Johnny Cash, and that tradition continues as you settle in for a PRIVATE PERFORMANCE and DISCUSSION with Johnny and June’s only son, John Carter Cash. John Carter will entertain you with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family, and he’ll even be available for photographs and autographs afterward. Your day doesn’t end here! Get behind the scenes of the music industry by visiting the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac. (Continental Breakfast)
NOTE: In the event that the private performance with John Carter Cash is not available, a private performance with Tommy Cash (Johnny Cash’s brother) or one of Nashville’s most accomplished songwriters, with insight on the songwriting craft, will be substituted for this date and any additional conflicts.
Day 6 Nashville.
Nashville is the ideal destination for music fans, history buffs, and Southern lovers alike. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important studios. Between 1957 and 1977, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here, including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Studio B is a “must-see” for any music fan, but especially for those who love Elvis. You even have the chance to make your own recording and take it home with you. Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, passing by famous Music Row recording studios, the centre of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950s. Tonight, see an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the world’s premier country music venue since 1925 and the setting for the nation’s longest-running music show.
Day 7 Nashville.
Today is at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city. You may choose to visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Perhaps visit the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States. You’ll have an opportunity to view the fully restored mansion, walk through the gardens, and see the tomb of the late president.
Day 8 Nashville.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Nashville International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Music City USA” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
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This is the perfect tour for rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and country music lovers. Enjoy city sightseeing tours in Memphis and Nashville with a stop in Tupelo, Elvis’ birthplace. Begin your trip in Memphis and visit the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum; Stax Museum of American Soul Music, playing tribute to the great Memphis soul musicians; Sun Studio, probably the most famous recording studio in the world; and Graceland, with a chance to climb aboard “The King’s” private jet. Head east to “Music City USA”—Nashville—for reserved premier seats at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Record your own song at Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important studios, and go behind the scenes of the music industry at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Another special treat awaits you—a private performance and discussion with John Carter Cash, Johnny and June Cash’s only son. Fans from all over will appreciate the heart and soul of this musical journey. Elvis and the Southern Sounds come to life on this wonderful vacation!
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Memphis: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)
Nashville: Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (F)
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Extra nights per person in Memphis:
in single room $107; in twin room $59; in triple room $39
Extra nights per person in Nashville:
in single room $115; in twin room $63; in triple room $42
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