2017: Elvis & the Southern Sounds with Holiday Lighting at Graceland Tour (8070)
8 days from Memphis to Nashville
If you are an Elvis Presley fan-or a music fan-don't miss this Elvis tour featuring many of the places important in his life. From his hometown to his final burial place, this tour brings Elvis-and music-to life!Stay two nights in Memphis, where your Memphis experience includes visits to the Stax Museum, dedicated to American Soul music; the Rock 'N' Soul Museum, tracing Memphis' cultural and musical past; and Sun Studio, probably the world's most famous recording studio. Here, you'll touch Elvis' first microphone and relive the studio's history. From Memphis, take an excursion to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit Elvis' Birthplace & Museum. This small, two-room house was built by Elvis' father. You'll visit Graceland, Elvis' palatial estate. Here, stay two nights at the Guest House at Graceland and walk through the same rooms he did. You'll even board his private jet! Also visit the Meditation Garden, where Elvis went to reflect on life and where he is laid to rest. See how Elvis celebrated Christmas and be at the front gates for the traditional lighting ceremony. In Nashville, where you'll spend three nights, visit Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and where Elvis made 262 recordings. As one of country music's most important recording studios, it is a must for any music fan. You'll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, where you'll see a show. You'll have a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June Cash's only son, John Carter Cash. To get you ready for the Christmas season, you'll visit Ice!, a frozen wonderland with larger-than-life sculptures hand-carved from two million pounds of ice. For Elvis fans and music lovers, this tour designed for value-minded travelers is a perfect vacation!
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF) & The Guest House at Graceland (F)NASHVILLE Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (SF)
|Call (800) 533-5343 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13320978|
|Offer valid through 6/30/2017|
|Day 1||Memphis||Welcome to Memphis! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.|
|Day 2||Memphis||Today you will feel like a part of Memphis as you experience this amazing city on your guided city sightseeing tour. Your expert Local Guide knows Memphis history like no one else-including the inside, 'backstage' stories from the folks who were there, as well as those hard-to-find, hidden Elvis sites (his Lauderdale Courts apartment, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell Theatre where Elvis gave his first paid concert, places where he worked and played, and many others). For music lovers, a visit to the STAX MUSEUM of American Soul Music is next. Stax celebrates great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG's, Aretha Franklin, and others. Then, on to the ROCK 'N' SOUL MUSEUM, which traces Memphis' cultural and musical past. End the day with a visit to SUN STUDIO, probably the most famous recording studio in the world, where rock 'n' roll was first recorded. Hear outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone, see memorabilia, and relive the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, and many other music legends.|
|Day 3||Memphis||Today we journey to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the ELVIS' BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM, a small, 2-room house built by the singer's father, Vernon Presley. You will also visit the Elvis Presley Museum, featuring 'Remembrance of Things Past,' an exhibit displaying memorabilia from Elvis' childhood. It's here that you can see, feel, and touch where the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' began his musical journey. Return to Memphis, and check in to the Guest House at Graceland for the next two nights.|
|Day 4||Memphis||Today is all about GRACELAND, the beloved home of Elvis Presley. The arrival of winter at Graceland was always a special time of year. On your guided audio tour, see traditional lights and decorations including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. The interiors of Graceland mansion will also be decked in Elvis' Christmas decor for the holiday season and will include his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts. You'll also be able to board 'The King's' private jet! This evening, be a part of the annual lighting ceremony at Graceland, stand in awe and join in the count-down as millions of lights are turned on, signaling the start of the Christmas season at Graceland. Past lighting ceremonies have included celebrities, special exhibits and shopping opportunities, an Elvis-Santa, and more.|
|Day 5||Nashville||Today we head to Nashville-'Music City USA.' Visit the JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM, where you will see never-before-seen historical documents, awards, costumes, and instruments. Then settle in for a PRIVATE PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION with Johnny and June's only son, John Carter Cash. John Carter will entertain you with his own original music, as well as a few numbers made famous by his legendary family, and he'll even be available for photographs and autographs afterward. Tonight, see an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the world's premier country music venue since 1925 and the setting for the nation's longest-running music show. NOTE:In the event that the performance with John Carter Cash is not available, a private performance with John Carter's son, brother, or granddaughter will be substituted. The Cash family will share their memories and perform the songs of Johnny Cash. All performances are subject to availability.|
|Day 6||Nashville||Nashville is the ideal destination for music fans, history buffs, and lovers of the South. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important. Between 1957 and 1977, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here, including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Studio B is a 'must-see' for any music fan, but especially for those who love Elvis. Afterward, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing by famous Music Row recording studios, the center of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950s. Get behind the scenes of the music industry by visiting the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's 'solid-gold' Cadillac. Afterwards we experience the spectacular ICE exhibition. Held in the Gaslight Theatre located at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, ICE is enclosed in a 20,000 square-foot refrigerated theatre. This fabulous winter wonderland is carved out of 1.5 million pounds of ice and features interactive displays and three-dimensional, larger than life sculptures in a rainbow of colors, some weighing more than two tons!|
|Day 7||Nashville||Today is at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city. You may choose to visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Perhaps visit the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, where you'll have an opportunity to view the fully restored mansion, walk through the gardens, and see the tomb of the late president.|
|Day 8||Nashville||The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Nashville International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore 'Music City USA' further with a variety of exciting optional activities.|
|US$ Price Details|
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