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Tennessee | Memphis

Memphis is renowned as home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but Memphis is perhaps best known for Graceland, Elvis’ long time home and shrine to millions of visitors.

Elvis was just 22 when he paid $100,000 cash for Graceland in 1957. A self-guided audio tour leads you through the ‘wild’ interior reflecting the 70’s décor. At the end of the mansion tour, visitors enter The Mediation Garden where Elvis is buried alongside his father, mother, grandmother and twin brother, who died at birth. Opposite the Graceland mansion is the Visitors Centre with Elvis’ cars, Harley Davidsons and his customised airplane, the “Lisa Marie”, as well as gift shops and restaurants.

The city offers a multitude of other exciting activities and attractions too. Sitting on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River visitors will love Sun studio, STAX, Rock n Soul Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street.

Beale Street is one of the most important districts in African-American history. It was part of an area that after the abolition of slavery provided a safe haven. It was also a melting pot of musical styles and many musicians, Elvis among them, learned their trade on Beale Street. A historic street that today, lives the legacy of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul everyday and night of the year.

The STAX Museum of American Soul Music celebrates great Memphis Soul music made famous by the likes of Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Al Green and Aretha Franklin. The award-winning introductory documentary film is worth the visit alone.

The Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on Beale Street tells the story of why Memphis is a root of nearly all American music from Jazz to Blues to Soul to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Also on Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory offers tours to see how these handcrafted pieces are made.

Not far from Beale Street is the legendary Sun Studio. Elvis was 18 when he recorded his first song at Sun, whilst others such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and BB King also made their ‘start’ at Sun Studio. The Studio is still recording by night, but by day it is a tourist attraction with tours every hour.

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the historic Lorraine Motel where Dr Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in 1968. The museum trails the long history of the Civil Rights movement from slavery to modern times, and a new annex to the museum explores the conspiracy behind Dr King’s murder.

The Land Of Music And The Delta Blues

Memphis


12 days / 11 nights

Begins and ends in Memphis. 

DEPARTURES

Year round

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Roundtrip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE MEMPHIS

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Hotel: The Peabody

DAY 2 GREENWOOD

Driving Distance 130Mi/210Km
Today you commence your journey through this amazing region by heading south on historic Highway 61, also known as the Blues Highway. Your first place of interest is Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta, which has a rich musical heritage. Whilst in town make sure to visit Blues Alley, home to the Delta Blues Museum. Next you’ll continue your journey to Indianola for a stop at the B.B King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre.
Hotel: The Alluvian

DAYS 3 & 4 VICKSBURG

Driving Distance 101Mi/163Km
This morning we suggest a stop by The Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, home to a vast array of Blues memorabilia. Culinary enthusiasts may also choose to visit the Viking Cookery School to learn how to prepare traditional Southern dishes and delicacies. Next take the scenic drive to Vicksburg, where you will enjoy the next two nights at one of Vicksburg’s antebellum homes. Next morning, why not take a carriage ride, to discover Vicksburg’s many beautiful homes?
Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion 

DAY 5 TUPELO

Driving Distance 231Mi/372Km
We’ve allowed a full day for you to experience Tupelo, undoubtedly best known as Elvis’ birthplace. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, where you can tour the home, museum memorial chapel, fountain of life and see the story wall. Make sure to stop by the Tupelo Hardware Store; this timeless gem is where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar (Elvis wanted a gun, they compromised on guitar and music has never been the same since!).
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Tupelo

DAY 6 & 7 FLORENCE

Driving Distance 88Mi/144Km
Your exciting journey continues, and today it’s to the Northern tip of Alabama. Set in the stunning Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals has a beautiful setting which has been reflected in the resort's design. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail golf courses, which attract players of all levels from across the globe. Whilst in Florence, take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum.
Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

DAYS 8 & 9 NASHVILLE

Driving Distance 122Mi/197Km
Crossing the border back into Tennessee, today you're heading to the home of country music! There is so much to keep you entertained in this city, but you shouldn’t miss Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River provides an insight into the historic heritage of the waterways and is also great fun! If you have time, drop into Opry Mills Mall, which combines both outlet shopping and boutique options.
Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

DAYS 10 & 11 MEMPHIS

Driving Distance 213Mi/343Km
Switching from Country Music to the ‘Home of the Blues’, you end your journey in Memphis. This is yet another exciting city with lots to do, whatever your interests. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, The Mississippi, and Memphis Belle, the famed B-17 bomber from World War II. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland! See the house, tour the Lisa Marie Airplane and see the artifacts in the museum including many of Elvis’ flamboyant outfits. We also suggest a trip to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music, and one evening perhaps enjoy a cool drink and some vibrant tunes on Beale Street.
Hotel: The Peabody

DAY 12 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute shopping before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

Prices

From £1615 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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