Elvis and the Southern Sounds

  • 9 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

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 06th November 2017

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 - Memphis

Fly to Memphis, on arrival transfer to your hotel for four nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Memphis.

Discover the places that made the man on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with our expert guide. You’ll visit Elvis’ old high school and the Presley family’s first Memphis apartment - where he used to practice his guitar in the basement - as well as the Overton Park Shell Theatre, the location for his first live, professional performance in 1954. At the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, there’s a rich rein of Memphis musical history to trace from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin to Booker T and the MGs; and it’s then onto the legendary Sun Studios, the humble but hugely atmospheric birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s probably the most famous recording studio in the world, and here you can touch Elvis’s first microphone and hear outtakes of recording sessions from legends such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Memphis – Tupelo – Memphis.

Head out to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. This simple two-roomed house is where it all began, and in the adjacent museum, you can peruse rare photos and memorabilia. On your return to Memphis, check in to the Guest House at Graceland for a two-night stay. Your evening is free to make your own plans.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Memphis

As his fame soared Elvis took sanctuary in the decadent and quirky interiors of his cherished Graceland mansion; today’s guided audio tour offers you a unique insight into his home life, where he socialised with friends (known as the Memphis Mafia), wrote songs, and played with his daughter. Visit the Meditation Garden to see his last resting place and there will also be chance to see Elvis' private planes.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Memphis - Nashville.

Today head to Nashville, 'Music City USA' and enjoy 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nashville

With its impressively diverse, local music-scene of clubs and honky-tonks, Tennessee’s capital city will appeal to all music fans. Studio B is Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, where Elvis made over 200 recordings; this popular attraction is also a classroom for Nashville area students. Today’s tour continues with a visit to the famous recording studios of Music Row, the centre of the recording industry which first developed in the 1950s. Marvel at an Aladdin’s cave of music memorabilia in the Country Music Hall of Fame; Elvis’ solid gold Cadillac sits amongst a wealth of glittering costumes and rare instruments. Tonight you have reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Nashville

Today is your day to spend as you please. Located just beyond the city is the Hermitage, an historical mansion and peaceful retreat set in tranquil grounds; once home to American President Andrew Jackson – the ‘People’s President’. You can also visit the Ryman Auditorium, the restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Nashville - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

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 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.

03/07/2016

The tour was very enjoyable. It would have been nice to go on somewhere else to make it a bit longer as it was a long journey for a short time, especially as we had to make an internal connection as well. When we first looked into it, it included Dollywood which would have been perfect. We were also disappointed that the line dancing evening optional extra is no longer available even though it was on our itinerary.

27/06/2016

Very good tour covered everything I hoped for. Guide was very good and helpfull

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