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Tennessee Holidays

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.

An incredible destination, rich in history and culture, means that Tennessee is filled with amazing attractions. Combined with great food, great characters and Deep South hospitality, this is one destination you simply cannot miss. Watch the short video for more information.

Top Tips

"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."

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

"Learn how Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is produced in Lynchburg, and enjoy a tour and sample tasting."

"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."

Musical Heritage

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.

Riveting Outdoor Adventure

Tennessee is not all about music offering adventures 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 hiking in one of the numerous state parks, you are sure to find unforgettable adventures and excitement in Tennessee.

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's Food & Drink

Tennessee offers food that makes your mouth water. Worthy of awards and licking the plate clean. It’s the “I’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven” cooking that’ll have you coming back for more over and over again. Tennessee delivers high-quality, fresh and world-renowned tastes to hungry travellers every day whether you’re in a big city or a small town. You can sample Southern staples in the state’s fine dining restaurants, mom-and-pop eateries and hidden gem cafes. Come hungry, leave satisfied.

Be on the lookout for the lively honky-tonks, modern gastropubs and small hidden gems filled with live acoustic sounds, making every night better than the one before.

Tennessee Holiday Options

Holidays to Tennessee are often combined with other Deep South states, and we have a huge range of fly drives, escorted tours and motorhome itineraries which do just that. However, Tennessee has a wealth of varied locations, each filled with numerous attractions, making it a great state to explore by itself.

We have four great ‘Tennessee only’ holiday itineraries to tempt you:

TENNESSEE UNCOVERED – 12 night fly drive itinerary
If you are looking for an itinerary which explores all the key locations in Tennessee then this is the option for you. You’ll have ample time to explore Memphis, Nashville, Bristol in the Appalachian Mountains and Pigeon Forge, which is also the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. More information

TUNES OF TENNESSEE – 8 night twin centre holiday
A twin-centre holiday that hits all the right notes for music lovers! Pairing Memphis (home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll) with Nashville (filled with legendary Country Music and honky tonks), this itinerary enjoys four nights in each location. In addition, we have included attractions tickets in both places too. More information.

Tennessee Holiday Options

AN ELVIS EXPERIENCE – 5 night package
Created for enthusiasts, this incredible five-night experience visits some of the most important places from Elvis’ life whilst leaving time to enjoy many other aspects of the city. Your accommodation is at Guest House at Graceland, providing easy access to the house, museums and exhibits. Included in your package are an Memphis Mojo Tour, which takes you to the places where Elvis hung-out, an Elvis VIP Entourage Tour which not only gives you access to all the Elvis exhibits but takes you behind the scenes to see items not visible to the general public,  and finally, a day tour to Tupelo, where Elvis spent his informative years. More information.

Please note that should this package be too Elvis-centric for your requirements, we can assist with a more generic Memphis city break, featuring a mix of Memphis attractions. 

EXPLORE NASHVILLE – 5 night package
This short break makes the perfect choice for a first-time visitor to Nashville. It allows ample time to explore this incredible city and the wealth of attractions it affords, from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry to the honky tonks and neon lights of Lower Broadway. For your enjoyment, we have included a Nashville Attractions Pass, a BBQ, Beer & Bourbon foodie tour and a Murder in Music City ghost tour. More information.

Sightseeing in Tennessee

Turning a great holiday into lasting memories just got a whole lot easier. We have a wide range of day trips for you to consider, from city tours to more specialised experiences. All are fully-guided and narrated so you won’t miss a thing. Some tours are for adrenaline seekers, whilst others are at a more relaxed pace.

Our hope is that this selection will provide inspirational ideas to enhance your holiday. If you are interested in something which isn’t featured, tell us and we will do what we can to make it happen.

It is strongly suggested that you pre-book anything which is important to your holiday enjoyment to avoid disappointment, particularly if you are travelling in high season or it is an activity with limited availability. Also, having everything planned and booked will save you time and hassle when you arrive, leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy your holiday.

All of these trips can be included in your holiday quotation or, if you have already booked your holiday with us, they can be added to enrich your adventure.

Click here to view our digital sightseeing booklet for Tennessee.

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