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Delve into American music and the life of the international 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' - Elvis Presley - on this exciting behind the scenes tour of America's musical landmark cities.
Fly to Memphis where you will transfer to your hotel.
During your sightseeing you will get a unique, 'behind the scenes' perspective from your expert guide. Discover the hard to find, 'hidden' Elvis sites such as his Lauderdale Courts apartment, Humes High School and Overton Park Shell amongst others. Next visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which celebrates great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Booker T. and the MGs to name just a few. Afterwards visit the Rock 'N' Roll Museum which traces Memphis's cultural 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 out-takes 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.
Today we journey to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the Elvis' Birthplace and Museum, a small, 2-room house built by the singer's father, Vernon Presley. 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," and the Guest House at Graceland for the next two nights.
Today is all about Graceland, the beloved home of Elvis Presley. The arrival of winter at Graceland was always a special time of year. On the guided audio tour, see traditional lights and decorations including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. The interiors of Graceland mansion will also be decked in Elvis' Christmas décor for the holiday season and will include his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts. This evening, be a part of the annual lighting ceremony at Graceland, stand in awe and join in the count-down as millions of lights are turned on, signaling the start of the Christmas season at Graceland. Past lighting ceremonies have included celebrities, special exhibits and shopping opportunities, an Elvis-Santa, and more.
Today head to Nashville, 'Music City USA'. At the Country Music Hall of Fame 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 even be available for photographs and autographs. Tonight, you have reserved seats in premiere seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Old Opry, the "home of American music".
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. Afterwards, 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. Afterwards we experience the spectacular Ice exhibition. Held in the Gaslight Theatre located at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Ice is enclosed in a 20,000 square-foot refrigerated theatre. This fabulous winter wonderland is carved out of 1.5 million pounds of ice and features interactive displays and three-dimensional, larger than life sculptures in a rainbow of colors, some weighing more than two tons!
Today is at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city. Visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, or perhaps shop for old and new music along with souvenirs at the historic Nashville landmark, Ernest Tubb Record Shop.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Nashville: In the event that the performance with John Carter Cash is not available, a private performance with Granddaughter of Johnny and June Cash or youngest brother of Johnny Cash will be substituted. The Cash family will share their memories and perform the songs of Johnny Cash. All performances are subject to availability.
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