Tour Duration 13 Nights - From £2339*
From the Mighty Mississippi in the west to the Great Smoky Mountains in the east, the state of Tennessee has everything that makes for a fantastic holiday and then some! Join us on a fabulous tour that showcases the very best of the "Volunteer" state and make memories to last a lifetime. The best music, world changing history, thrilling attractions, great food, beautiful scenery and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet - you won't believe how much one state has to offer until you see it for yourself on this unique and exclusive trip.
DAY BY DAY TOUR ITINERARY
After checking in at your Memphis hotel get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome drink in the bar, first one’s on us! The night is young, will it be Beale Street, a bite to eat or maybe both? It’s your holiday – enjoy!
Today begins with a visit to one of world music’s most iconic locations, Sun Studio. Stand in the very spot where the “Million Dollar Quartet” and countless other stars performed and recorded. Our next stop is Graceland Mansion, home to and final resting place of the King of Rock’n’Roll – Elvis Aaron Presley. This evening is free for you to enjoy as you wish.
First stop this morning is STAX RECORDS, where some of the greatest soul music ever made was recorded by Booker T and the M.Gs, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding…..the list is endless. You can even see Isaac Hayes’ gold plated Cadillac! Heading back to downtown we’ll visit the Memphis Pyramid which, quite simply, has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy this evening at your leisure.
It’s time to leave Memphis and head east towards Nashville. Along the way we’ll visit the West Delta Heritage and Tina Turner museums in Brownsville before stopping for lunch at the Old Village Store in Jackson. After lunch we’ll have time to call in at both the Casey Jones museum and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame before continuing on to Nashville. It’s a free night tonight.
We like to offer an open invitation to all of our guests today. Before you head out to explore Nashville at your leisure why not join us on a free trip to the Cowboy Church at Music Valley. This is a service with a difference, often attended by some very famous faces.
Visits to two of Nashville’s most famous attractions begin your day. We’ll start at the historic RCA Studio B and you won’t believe how many world famous songs were recorded there. Local tour guides bring the stories of these recordings to life in the most enthralling way. Our next stop is the Country Music Hall of Fame, an absolute must for any music fan. The Hall of Fame is absolutely packed with music, clothing, instruments and memorabilia in displays honouring Country stars past and present. You have free time this evening to enjoy Nashville at your own pace.
You’ll have a fascinating time searching for hidden treasures when we visit Antique Archaeology this morning, home of TV’s “American Pickers” Our next stop is a life sized replica of the Greek Parthenon, this fabulous building has helped this beautiful city to become known as ” The Athens of the South”. After freshening up at the hotel we’ll head out to the Nashville Palace for an early dinner and live music – followed by one of the highlights of any trip to Nashville – a Grand Ole Opry Show!
It’s an easy day today, time to revisit some of your favourite places or maybe pick up those last minute souvenirs. Whatever you choose to do you’ll have a great time doing it in Music City U.S.A.
Sit back and relax as we follow the gently rising Interstate 40 into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and our next stop, the resort town of Pigeon Forge. Literally hundreds of shows, attractions, fairgrounds rides, shops and restaurants line both sides of a four lane highway in what the locals call “Five Miles of Fun!” After check in at your hotel why not explore and see just what you can do during your stay.
It’s time for Dollywood, recently voted as one of the best theme parks in the world! Offering more than 40 world class rides, fabulous entertainment for everyone, award winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world this is an unmissable trip. Then enjoy free time this evening.
Let your imagination run free today. Ride a helicopter, visit a hotel where it’s Christmas every day, go indoor skydiving or just relax on the parkway trolley and soak up the sights. Whatever you want to do, you can do it in Pigeon Forge. Tonight’s entertainment is at the Country Tonite Theatre with modern and traditional Country Music, Dance and Comedy.
We couldn’t leave Tennessee without a trip to Chattanooga and the world famous “Choo-Choo”. After a ride on one of the world’s steepest incline railways to the top of Lookout Mountain you’ll be able to visit the amazing Rock City and Lover’s Leap. You’ll see seven states from this stunning view point. Take some time to explore at your own pace this evening.
We’ll head back to Nashville today where, depending on your plans, you can either travel home or extend your stay. En route we’ve arranged a tour of Jack Daniel’s distillery to end your trip on a high note and make one more happy memory with friends old and new.