Elvis and the Southern Sounds

  • 10 Days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

Era-defining icon and quite simply, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: uncover the stories and locations behind the man, the myths and the hips of Elvis Presley, on this behind-the-scenes tour of America's musical landmark cities.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 09th September 2018

Overview

Era-defining icon and quite simply, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: uncover the stories and locations behind the man, the myths and the hips of Elvis Presley, on this behind-the-scenes tour of America's musical landmark cities.

At a glance

  • Elvis Presley Birthplace Visit the shotgun shack in which Elvis was born.
  • Graceland Explore the King’s iconic home.
  • Elvis Experience Tour Visit the Memphis sites that made the man.
  • Cash on Cash A private performance by John Carter Cash - son of June and Johnny.
  • Studio B Visit Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio
  • Grand Ole Opry performance Take your premium reserved seat at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Nashville
  • 3 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - New Orleans

Fly to New Orleans, on arrival transfer to your hotel for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans - Tupelo

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city's unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. Overnight in Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Tupelo – Memphis

Today begins with a visit to the Elvis Birthplace & 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. Afterwards continue to Memphis and spend the next three nights at the Guest House at Graceland.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Memphis

This morning, experience this amazing city on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Guide that knows Memphis history like no one else—including the inside, "backstage" stories from the folks who were there. For music lovers, a visit to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is next. 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, and many other music legends.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Memphis

Today see 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. Finish your tour of Graceland with a visit to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis often went to reflect on life and where he is now laid to rest along with members of his family. There will be the opportunity to visit Elvis' private planes.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Memphis - Nashville

Today head to Nashville, 'Music City USA'. Enjoy a private performance and discussion with Johnny Cash and June Carter'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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Nashville

Nashville is the ideal destination for all kinds of visitors: music fans, history buffs and southern lovers. Start your day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, and one of the most important in the USA. From 1957-1977 there were more than 35,000 songs recorded here including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing the famous recording studios of Music Row, the centre of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950's. Before getting behind the scenes of the music industry on a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and see glittering costumes, rare instruments and the solid gold Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley. Tonight you have reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Nashville

Today is at leisure. Visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, the restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, or the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Nashville - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Nashville or Las Vegas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New Orleans: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (2018)
  • Tupelo: Hilton Garden Inn (2018)
  • Memphis: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown  & Guest House at Graceland (2017) / Guest House at Graceland (2018)
  • Nashville: Gaylord Opryland Resort

Notes

Special Depature: 40th Memorial Departure 12 August 2017. Extra seats just released. Please call for details.

Special Departure: 41st Memorial Departure 11 August 2018. If you are only planning one visit to Memphis & Graceland make sure you're there for Elvis week in August 2018

 

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.

Accommodation as stated or similar.

Latest customer reviews

10/04/2017

Great itinerary but our flights and hotels changed several times since the original booking. We were not told about tipping expectations for the coach driver and Tour Director in advance. The holiday information only contained advice about tipping taxi drivers and bell boys. Once on the coach we were presented with an envelope containing a timetable and tipping expectations, which the Tour Director said were a "way of life" in the USA. We were amazed to see we were expected to pay them both $100 each for 5 days work. This $200 was a big chunk of our spending money which we were not expecting to pay out, when the holiday had already cost a lot of money anyway.

07/11/2016

The tour rep (Ken) in Memphis did everything to suit himself - dropping us off where it suited him and then telling us where to go to get to attractions, even though we knew we could have been dropped closer. He also spoilt things eg. when visiting house Elvis grew up in by saying "this is not actually...its way over there". Heartbreak Hotel also not available. Nashville - disgusting that the money paid for this holiday and we were an hour and 20 minute bus ride away from Nashville itself -appalling - Cosmos you took our money and stitched up your customers. The Nashville Hotel should have been more central - very disappointed and would not recommend this tour to anyone due to the above aspects.

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