Southern Sounds


  • 8 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

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Love music? Then this is the tour for you.

You’ll begin your tour with a two-night stay in New Orleans, where an expert Local Guide will show you the sights and sounds of the ‘Big Easy’. You’ll then travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, to see the Elvis Museum and birthplace – a small, two-room shack built by Elvis’s father, Vernon, that’s filled with fascinating memorabilia from The King’s childhood.

Explore Memphis on a three-night stay with an expert Local Guide, who will unpack the city’s musical history – including ‘backstage’ stories from the folks who were there. You’ll visit the Stax Museum and learn about the origins of soul; trace the cultural and musical part of Memphis at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum; and see the famous Sun Studio, where the first ever rock ‘n’ roll record was cut.

Naturally, you’ll spend time at Graceland, grand estate where Elvis spent time working, playing and writing music. You’ll get to board his private jet and walk through the same rooms he once did – and pay your respects to the legend at his resting place in the Meditation Garden, where he often went to spend time alone.

You’ll spend two nights in Nashville, the home of country music, and discover RCA Studio B – America’s oldest surviving recording studio. You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, home of Elvis’s famous ‘solid gold’ Cadillac, before taking your reserved seats at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry for an unforgettable live country performance. The perfect memory of an unforgettable music tour of the Deep South.

Highlights

New Orleans Sightseeing with Local Guide

Tupelo Visit Elvis’ Birthplace & Museum; Elvis Presley Museum

Memphis Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Stax Museum; Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio; Graceland

Nashville Orientation tour; visit Country Music Hall of Fame; tour RCA Studio B; reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

New Orleans

Day
1

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

New Orleans

Day
2

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city on a guided sightseeing tour. 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.

New Orleans - Tupelo - Memphis

Day
3

Visit ELVIS’ BIRTHPLACE AND MUSEUM, a small, 2-room house built by the singer’s father, Vernon Presley. You will also 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. Afterward, journey to Memphis, and spend the next two nights in close proximity to Beale Street.

Memphis

Day
4

This morning, experience this amazing city on your guided city sightseeing tour. Your expert Local Guide knows the history of Memphis 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.

Memphis

Day
5

Excursion to Graceland. Today is dedicated to a guided audio tour 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. You’ll also be able to board “The King’s” private jet! Tonight check-in to the Guest House at Graceland.

Memphis - Nashville

Day
6

Today, we head to Nashville—“Music City USA.” Upon arrival, go 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. This evening join the optional outing and be entertained with songs from so many of country music’s greats!

Nashville

Day
7

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. Afterward, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing by famous Music Row recording studios, the centre of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950s. Tonight, see an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the world’s premier country music venue since 1925 and the setting for the nation’s longest-running music show.

Nashville

Day
8

Your tour ends this morning.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days Las Vegas stay

No meals included

Las Vegas

Day
1

On arrival in Las Vegas check in to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Las Vegas

Days
2-3

Spend the next two days relaxing or exploring this unique city at your own pace.

Las Vegas

Day
4

Your tour extension ends today.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts

NEW ORLEANS

Day
1

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

NEW ORLEANS

Day
2

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city on a guided sightseeing tour. 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.

NEW ORLEANS–TUPELO–MEMPHIS

Day
3

Visit ELVIS’ BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM, a small, 2-room house built by the singer’s father, Vernon Presley. You will also 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. Afterward, journey to Memphis, where you spend the next two nights.

MEMPHIS

Day
4

This morning, experience this amazing city on your guided city sightseeing tour. Your expert Local Guide knows the history of Memphis 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.

MEMPHIS. EXCURSION TO GRACELAND

Day
5

Today is dedicated to a guided audio tour 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. You’ll also be able to board “The King’s” private jet! Tonight check in to the Guest House at Graceland.

MEMPHIS–NASHVILLE

Day
6

Today, we head to Nashville—“Music City USA.” Upon arrival, go 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. Overnight in the heart of “Music City”. This evening, join the optional outing and be entertained with songs from so many of country music’s greats!

NASHVILLE

Day
7

Nashville is the ideal destination for music fans, history buffs, and lovers of the South. Start your day with a visit to RCA 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. Afterward, 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. Tonight, see an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the world’s premier country music venue since 1925 and the setting for the nation’s longest-running music show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NASHVILLE

Day
8

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Music City USA” further.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+4 days Las Vegas stay

No meals included

Las Vegas

Day
1

On arrival in Las Vegas check in to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Las Vegas

Days
2-3

Spend the next two days relaxing or exploring this unique city at your own pace.

Las Vegas

Day
4

Your tour extension ends today.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

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  • Accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

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Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

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  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
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  • Porterage
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