Elvis & the Southern Sounds
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Day 1 Memphis.
Welcome to Memphis! Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. The first three nights of your stay are centrally located, with easy access to Beale Street and the entertainment district with its blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, retail shops, and a melting pot of music. 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 expert Local Guide knows Memphis history like no one else—including 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 Theatre where Elvis gave his first paid concert, 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, 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 outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis’ first microphone, see memorabilia, and relive the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many other music legends.
Day 3 Memphis. Excurstion To Tupelo.
Today we journey to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the 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 ‘n’ 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. Excurstion to Graceland.
Today is dedicated to a guided audio tour of GRACELAND. 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 with 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. You’ll also be able to board “The King’s” private jet. Overnight at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel.
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 & 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.
NOTE: The private performance with John Carter Cash is not available on the following departures: March 3 & 17, June 9, September 15, October 6 & 13. A private performance with John Carter’s son, brother, or granddaughter will be substituted for these dates and any additional conflicts. The Cash family will share their memories and perform the songs of Johnny Cash.
Day 6 Nashville.
Nashville is the ideal destination for music fans, history buffs, and lovers of the South. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important. 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 will make your own recording and take it home with you. Afterward, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing by famous Music Row recording studios, the center of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950s. 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. 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) & Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel (MF)
Nashville: Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (F)
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Extra nights per person in Memphis:
in twin room $60; in single room $110; in triple room $40
Extra nights per person in Nashville:
in twin room $64; in single room $116; in triple room $42
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.