This year marks the 40th year since the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died, and Elvis fans have a fantastic opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the legend himself, as American touring specialist, Cosmos has just released extra seats on its popular Elvis and the Southern Sounds 40th Memorial Tour, departing 12 August. The special departure of Cosmos’ Elvis & the Southern Sounds tour, coincides with the memorial anniversary on 16 August, and uncovers the stories and locations behind the man and the myths on a behind-the-scenes insight of America’s musical landmark cities.  

With expert knowledge, Cosmos’ experienced tour director will offer a fascinating insight into American musical heritage.  On the anniversary join fans from around the world for the famous candle-lit vigil in quiet remembrance in Graceland’s Meditation Gardens.   Other tour highlights include a visit to the shotgun shack in which Elvis was born, Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, widely considered the ‘birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll’ and Memphis’ Rock & Soul Museum.  You will watch shows both epic and intimate, with tickets to country music’s epic Grand Ole Opry, and a private performance by John Carter Cash – son of June and Johnny. The 9 day ‘40th memorial tour’ is priced from £2,767pp.

Winter 17: 9 day ‘Christmas Lighting Ceremony at Graceland’ special departure from £1,705pp Spring 18: Departs 8 April 2018 from £1,941pp Summer 18: 41st Memorial tour, departs 11 August 2018 from £2,374pp Can’t make those departures? Cosmos has a great selection of new and popular tours that also explore Elvis’ home turf.

New for 2018, Cosmos’ 8 day Tunes of Tennessee tour offers the chance to explore the two most influential music cities in the US – Nashville and Memphis – in depth. See Nashville’s Centennial Park, the recording studios of Music Row and the famous Honky Tonk Row. Enjoy a private guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium: known as the ‘Mother Church of Country Music’, and enjoy free time to take in some live music, shop on Broadway or cruise on the General Jackson showboat. After stopping off at Jackson to try some southern cuisine such as fried green tomatoes and pecan pie, you’ll check in to The Guest House at Graceland for three nights, your base for discovering Memphis. As well as Elvis-related excursions, you’ll enjoy a city tour and visit the Slave Haven Underground Railroad museum and learn about the anti-slavery movement. There’s free time to tour the Gibson guitar factory, visit the flamboyant Pink Palace mansion or absorb yourself in the music of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The 8 day Tunes of Tennessee, is priced from £2,261pp.

Our Dixieland and Rhythms tour offers the chance to discover the treasured musical traditions of Chicago and Dixie, with its Nashville country roots and ‘Windy City’ blues to the rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis in Memphis and sultry jazz of New Orleans. Take in the towering Gateway Arch in St Louis, see a show at the Grand Ole Opry – the place that made country music famous, tour Graceland – the mansion home and final resting place of the King of rock ‘n’ roll himself. Cruise the swampy waterways and ride the railroads of Louisiana through Mississippi’s cotton fields and wander the atmospheric streets of the New Orleans French Quarter.   The 12 day Dixieland and Rhythms, costs from £1,972pp.

Trace the rhythms, histories and folk tales of American music on America’s Musical Heritage tour, an enthralling tour of Delta Blues, New Orleans Jazz and the country music of Nashville and Memphis. Watch a show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, visit Sun Studio in Memphis, explore the BB King Museum, discover such legends as Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino at the Louisiana Delta Museum and immerse yourself in the vibrant history of bebop, swing, trad and avant-garde tunes at the Jazz National Historic Park in New Orleans. Packed with musical features, this 11-day tour is every music fan’s dream.  The 11 day America’s Musical Heritage is priced from £2, 513pp

All prices quoted include a private home-pick up service*, return flights, hotel accommodation, guided sightseeing and overseas transfers. ‘Cosmos Price Promise offers great value prices, live flight pricing and no hidden costs, as well as a flexible approach to holiday cancellation and changes.

To make a booking visit www.cosmos.co.uk, ring 0800 440 2797 or visit your local travel agent. Ends

*The private home pick up service is available within 50 miles radius of the UK departure airport with extra mileage chargeable at £1.70p per mile.

Note to Editors:  Cosmos is part of the Globus Family of Brands, an international travel company with over 80 years’ experience of providing touring holidays.  With offices worldwide, the UK tour operator has access to the best choice of land arrangements and excursions and offers the widest choice of escorted tours, cruises, multi-centre holidays and rail journeys.  Cosmos Tours Ltd is a member of ABTA and is fully bonded with the CAA. Brands include Cosmos, Archers Holidays and Avalon Waterways.

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