Music Cities: Nashville & Memphis
7 days with Globus Rating:
Day 1 ARRIVE IN NASHVILLE.
Welcome to Nashville, the home of Country Music! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 NASHVILLE.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park with its full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row, and famous Honky Tonk Row. Afterward, enjoy a private guided tour of one of America’s most treasured music landmarks, the [LF] RYMAN AUDITORIUM, a National Historic Landmark. Known throughout the world as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” it served as home to the Grand Ole Opry for over 30 years. Its walls hold the country’s history—from Harry Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Bob Hope to incredible musical artists like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Tonight, you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY. (B,L)
Day 3 NASHVILLE.
This morning, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs. The remainder of your day is free to explore Nashville on your own. You may want to visit the museums of such stars as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and George Jones. Other options include visiting historic Printer’s Alley, shopping for souvenirs on Broadway, or listening to up-and-coming musicians at one of the many music venues in town. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)
Day 4 NASHVILLE–BROWNSVILLE–MEMPHIS.
Depart Nashville and enjoy a stop at the DELTA HERITAGE CENTER in Brownsville, celebrating the beauty of the Tennessee Delta. Exhibits include the home of blues musician, “Sleepy” John Adams, and Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse once attended by young Anna Mae Bullock, aka Tina Turner. Arrive in Memphis, known as “Blues City,” where the first stop will be at SUN STUDIOS—probably the most famous recording studio in the world and where rock ‘n’ roll was first recorded. This historic studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. Arrive at your hotel, the Guest House at Graceland, for a 3-night stay. (B,D)
Day 5 MEMPHIS.
This morning, see the landmarks of Memphis on a city tour, followed by a visit to SLAVE HAVEN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM. Tour the antebellum home and learn about the owner’s dedication to help with the anti-slavery movement. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to learn how the famous Gibson guitar is made, from binding, painting, and buffing, on a factory tour; visit the National Civil Rights Museum, where you can walk through Martin Luther King’s motel room from his fateful night at the Lorraine Motel; or stand on the elite trader’s floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange at the Cotton Museum. Tonight, why not explore Beale Street with its many music clubs? (B)
Day 6 MEMPHIS.
Today is devoted to Elvis Presley’s GRACELAND. Tour the mansion, see his original business office, and his enormous collection of gold records and awards. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. There’s also time to see Elvis’ collection of ornate jumpsuits and capes, as well as the automobile museum. Tonight, celebrate your time in Nashville and Memphis with a festive farewell dinner at one of Memphis’ most historic and famous barbecue restaurants, [LF] Rendezvous. (B,D)
Day 7 MEMPHIS.
The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. (B)
All This Included
This Nashville and Memphis tour is the perfect vacation for music fans who want to see and experience America's musical heritage. Enjoy southern hospitality during your 3-night stay in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and your 3-night stay in Memphis at the Guest House at Graceland, just steps away from the Graceland mansion.
In Nashville—the city that “music calls home”—visit the Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark that served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry for over 30 years and has more than a century of showcasing legendary performances. Globus has arranged a private guided tour of this famous place, along with reserved seats for a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you’ll immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music with its unrivaled collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, and photographs.
In Memphis, home of the Blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, visit Sun Studios. This historic and still-active studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. No Memphis vacation is complete without a visit to Graceland, where you’ll tour Elvis Presley’s mansion, see his vintage automobile collection, and more. Finally, visit the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, where you’ll tour the antebellum home and learn about the owner’s dedication to helping with the anti-slavery movement.
Accompanied by a tour director who’ll bring these cities to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge, this Nashville and Memphis tour is sure to delight.
Nashville: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Memphis: The Guest House at Graceland
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Nashville:
in single room $218; in twin room $124; in triple room $96
Extra nights per person in Memphis:
in single room $225; in twin room $129; in triple room $98
Terms and Conditions
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