Music Cities: Nashville and Memphis

Departure Dates:         Return Dates:
Friday, May 25                   Thursday, May 31, 2018
Friday, September 14        Thursday, September 20, 2018
Friday, September 28        Thursday, October 4, 2018
Friday, October 5                Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tour Length: 7 Days/6 Nights (G)

Day 1: Nashville

Welcome to Nashville, the home of Country Music! At 6:00 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2: Nashville

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Nashville, including Centennial Park with its full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row, and famous Honky Tonk Row. Afterward, enjoy a private guided tour of one of America’s most treasured music landmarks, the Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark. Known throughout the world as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” it served as home to the Grand Ole Opry for over 30 years. Its walls hold the country’s history—from Harry Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Bob Hope to incredible musical artists like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Tonight, you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

country music hall of fameDay 3: Nashville

This morning, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and explore its collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments and photographs. The remainder of the day is free to explore Nashville on your own. You may want to visit the museums of such stars as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and George Jones. Other options include visiting historic Printer’s Alley, a relaxing cruise on the General Jackson Showboat, shopping for souvenirs on Broadway, or listening to up-and-coming musicians at one of the many music venues in town. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

sun studiosDay 4: Nashville/Brownsville/Memphis

Depart Nashville and enjoy a stop at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, celebrating the beauty of the Tennessee Delta. Exhibits include the home of blues musician, “Sleepy” John Adams, and Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse once attended by young Anna Mae Bullock, aka Tina Turner. Arrive in Memphis, known as “Blues City,” where the first stop will be at Sun Studios probably the most famous recording studio in the world and where rock ‘n’ roll was first recorded. This historic studio launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. Arrive at your hotel, the Guest House at Graceland, for a 3-night stay.

Day 5: Memphis

This morning, see the landmarks of Memphis on a city tour, followed by a visit to Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Tour the antebellum home and learn about the owner’s dedication to help with the anti-slavery movement. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to learn how the famous Gibson guitar is made, from binding, painting, and buffing, on a factory tour; visit the National Civil Rights Museum, where you can walk through Martin Luther King’s motel room from his fateful night at the Lorraine Motel; or stand on the elite trader’s floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange at the Cotton Museum. Tonight, why not explore Beale Street with its many music clubs?

gracelandDay 6: Memphis

Today is devoted to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Tour the mansion; see Elvis’ collection of ornate jumpsuits and capes, his original business office, the automobile museum, and his enormous collection of gold records and awards. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest.

Tonight, celebrate your time in Nashville and Memphis with a festive farewell dinner at one of Memphis’ most historic and famous barbecue restaurants, Rendezvous.

Day 7: Memphis

After breakfast, transfer to Memphis International Airport for flights home.

DETAILS

Departure Dates:         Return Dates:
Friday, May 25                   Thursday, May 31, 2018
Friday, September 14        Thursday, September 20, 2018
Friday, September 28        Thursday, October 4, 2018
Friday, October 5                Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tour Length: 7 Days/6 Nights (G)

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodations in Nashville
  • 3 Nights accommodations in Memphis at the Guest House at Graceland Hotel
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • City tour of Nashville
  • Guided tour of Ryman Auditorium
  • Reserved seats for an evening performance at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Free time to explore Nashville
  • Stop at the Delta Heritage Center
  • Visit Sun Studios
  • City tour of Memphis
  • Visit the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
  • Free time to explore Memphis
  • Admission to Graceland
  • Airport transfers
  • Fully escorted
  • Motor coach transportation upon arrival in Nashville
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the full-time escort, local guide’s and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:

  • Per person double occupancy: 1,831.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 2,416.00
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NOTE: Above prices do not include air transportation. Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange air transportation as well as pre and post night stays upon request.