Departing by Air
Duration 9 Days
Available Until December 2020

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the South as we step into the world of Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and, of course, Elvis Presley. Cross the Mississippi Delta, where the blues began, to the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans, and follow the river to the hometown of The King and rock ‘n’ roll before heading west, to Nashville – the world capital of country music. Visit the places that inspired some of popular music’s greatest icons, and see the studios where they recorded their classic tracks.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville Available Departures:

Elvis Presley’s Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville Tour Highlights:

  • Visiting Montgomery, the resting place of country legend Hank Williams
  • Journeying through the sleepy countryside of Alabama
  • Spending two nights in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz
  • The atmosphere of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter
  • Visiting Elvis’s tiny birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Exploring cotton capital Memphis, Tennessee, once home to The King
  • Memphis’ “home of the blues” and famous Beale Street
  • Discovering Nashville, the world capital of country music
  • Visiting the Chattanooga of “choo-choo” fame

Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Montgomery (1 night), New Orleans (2), Memphis (2) and Nashville (2), plus one night on the plane
  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Atlanta
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One
Fly to Atlanta to board the coach for the transfer to your overnight hotel in Montgomery. The Alabama state capital was the birthplace of troubled country superstar Hank Williams, whose all-too-brief but glittering career is celebrated in a fascinating museum in the city.
Day Two
Today you’ll head south, across the sleepy countryside of Harper Lee’s Alabama, into Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Soak up the atmosphere of this exuberant and exciting city, perhaps joining our optional steamboat dinner jazz cruise.
Day Three
This morning’s optional guided city tour introduces the ‘Big Easy’. Don’t miss the time-warped, iron-balconied buildings of the French Quarter, centred on Jackson Square. Afterwards, join our optional Louisiana swampland excursion for a glimpse of the city’s surrounding countryside and a taste of Creole life. Head back to the ‘Quarter’ tonight, to immerse yourself once again in the place where the legacy of Louis Armstrong and ‘King’ Oliver lives on in innumerable bars and clubs, and on every lively street corner.
Day Four
Leaving New Orleans today you’ll start your Elvis journey with a visit to Tupelo, where you might wish to visit the tiny house that was the star’s birthplace (entry not included). Afterwards, a short journey brings you to Elvis’s beloved hometown, the bustling cotton capital of Memphis. This evening, head out to explore the endlessly varied bars and restaurants of colourful Beale Street.
Day Five
Don’t miss today’s optional full-day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include a visit to the famous Sun Studio, the recording birthplace of legends from Elvis to the mighty BB King, and to perhaps the most famous southern ‘mansion’ of all, Elvis’s iconic Graceland.
Day Six
Enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded Tennessee hills and farmland to Nashville, the world capital of country music.
Day Seven
Today’s optional excursion introduces you to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, original home to the Grand Ole Opry, and legendary Studio B – the starting point for more popular hits than any other recording studio in the USA.
Day Eight
Journey south to cheery Chattanooga – of Choo-Choo fame – for a short visit, then head to Atlanta Airport in the afternoon to board your flight home.
Day Nine
Arrive back home, after an overnight flight.

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