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Tennessee

Tennessee is a land of Surprises. The cities are alive with music – after all, this is where you’ll find the home of the blues, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the country music capital of the world!

From the Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee is the premier destination to discover the best of America’s great musical styles, riveting history, scenic beauty and thrilling outdoor adventures. You don’t just “visit” Tennessee, you “experience” it. Artistic types can dabble in music and arts while history and heritage fans can reflect on the state’s significant past.

Tennessee has always been a melting pot of musical styles. From the eastern mountains came Appalachian folk songs and bluegrass, whilst country music flowered in Nashville. Gospel, blues, rockabilly and ultimately rock ’n’ roll, all stemmed from the Mississippi belt.

Nashville is a major music performance and recording centre boasting a host of fine colleges and churches. To the southwest is Memphis, home of the blues and birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, and of course it is known as being the location of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

On the south-eastern side of the state, perched next to the Tennessee River, is Chattanooga. This bustling city, with its train, was made famous by Glenn Miller’s song “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.

Tennessee is not all about music. For riveting outdoor adventure, Tennessee offer thrills you will never forget. Whether attending one of more than 800 festivals, visiting some of the 700 museums and historical landmarks, biking along miles and miles of trails, or camping and hiking in the 54 state parks, you are sure to find unforgettable adventures and excitement in Tennessee.

We can tailor an itinerary to suit your specific needs or you can select one of our three pre-planned fly drive itineraries, which take you through Tennesse and a selection of surrounding states. Choose from The Land of Music & Delta Blues which includes Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, Carolinas & Country taking you to Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, or Simply Southern Music & Golf journeying through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Our top tips

1. Most things in Memphis involve Elvis - even if you're not a fan, a visit to Sun Studios, Graceland Mansion and Elvis' customised jets, Lisa Marie & Hound Dog II, are all worth a visit.

2. Spend a night listening to Blues music at the wide variety of bars on Beale Street, Memphis.

3. Learn how Jack Daniels is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, but he warned, there's no tasting as Lynchburg County is dry.

4. Visit the Loveless Café for Nashville's famous biscuits (like our scones) and some great southern food. It's located at the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway which, in itself, is well worth a drive.

The Land Of Music And The Delta Blues


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: Gaylord Opryland Resort

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 £1579 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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