This Amazing Deep South itinerary takes in 2 of the 5 states which make up the Deep South. Start in Kentucky where you will enjoy 5 nights in 3 different hotels, Kentucky combines the friendliness and Charm of the South, the rural history of the West, the industry of the North, and the aristocratic charm of the East. Your next stop is to the state of Tennessee where you will visit Nashville and Memphis. Whether you cheer for the Tennessee Titans, tap your toes to the line up at the Grand Ole Opry or Visit Elvis Presley's spectacular mansion, Tennessee will take you down memory lane on a journey you will never forget.
We are currently offering £200 per person discount aswell as a FREE Car for the full duration of your holiday (One way drop-off fee to be paid locally)
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Louisville – home to the famous Kentucky Derby, but sports don't stop with the Kentucky Derby. For even more, check out the University Louisville, the Louisville Bats, the AAA minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and, of course, the world famous Louisville Slugger Museum.
For art and history, explore venues such as the Mellwood Arts Centre, the Speed Art Museum, the Frazier International History Museum and the Muhammad Ali Centre (museum and cultural centre that honours the internationally-known, world-champion heavyweight boxer and his values).
Whiskey Row - Located on Louisville's historic "Whiskey Row", you will find the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, an artisanal distillery, featuring tours, tastings and celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky's first distiller and the namesake of Heaven Hill's flagship Bourbon brand.
Lexington - Flying into Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport, one gets a preview of its world class landscape. The grandstand at Keeneland Race Course and the famous red and white barns of Calumet Thoroughbred Farm prove that you are indeed in the “Horse Capital of the World.”
That alone would be enough to entice visitors to the area, but when you factor in more than 200 years of history and a distinct culture combining the graciousness of the Old South, the time-honoured tradition of distilling Bourbon (the United States’ only native spirit), and the folk art and music at the foothills of the mountains, it’s no wonder that Lexington’s Bluegrass Region’s mantra is “Horses, hooch and heritage.”
Northern Kentucky - Bordered on the north by the Ohio River and the Mason Dixon Line, this region combines history and a growing cosmopolitan lifestyle. Here you will find the National Underground Railroad Museum helps retrace the footsteps of countless fleeing African slaves as you visit one of Kentucky’s most notable historic routes to freedom along the path that became known as the Underground Railroad. Another favourite spot for photographers, the Goddard Bridge is the only surviving example of Ithiel Town Lattice design in Kentucky, with timbers joined by wooden pegs built in the 1820's.
Before there was Las Vegas... there was Newport, Kentucky. Rising from the profits of bootlegging during Prohibition, Newport quickly became the premier gaming destination of the United States. What happened in Newport, stayed in Newport!Explore the streets where the mob made their millions, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Join the gangster guides for a raucous, high energy presentation inside an old casino to explain the historic significance of Newport and discover how this little town gave birth to the modern gaming industry.It's always fun to learn the juicy secrets of a city's history. With the Newport Gangster Tour you can visit the buildings that actually housed casinos, brothels and speakeasies while learning about Newport’s connections to some of the most well-known crime figures in our nation’s history
Bardstown - Bardstown is the Bourbon Capital of the World and is an official trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. It is home to five distilleries, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History (Whisky Magazine’s Visitor Attraction of the Year/2014) and the annual six-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Also in Bardstown: Kentucky’s official outdoor drama, “The Stephen Foster Story”; the Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre, one of the four most significant such museums; and 200 National Register of Historic Places in its historic downtown district, which is anchored by
Bowling Green – Not only can you have one-of-a-kind cave and Corvette experience in Bowling Green, but this cosmopolitan university town has a flourishing cultural scene, good shopping and dining and one of the state’s most innovative distilleries.
Bowling Green’s Fountain Square is quintessentially American and reminiscent of the one in the film Back to the Future. There are restaurants, bars, a B&B and the Corsair Artisan Distillery which produces small batch whiskey, moonshine, gin and vodka.
Mammoth Cave National Park is located just outside Bowling Green .The four hundred miles of labyrinth passages and domed caverns of Mammoth Cave National Park contain amazing geological formations which are carved by acidic water trickling through limestone. There is a bewildering display of stalagmites and stalagtites, a huge cascade of flowstone known as Frozen Niagara and Echo River, 365 feet below ground, is populated by a unique species of colourless and sightless fish. Guided tours are available with varying time lengths and degrees of difficulty from a one-hour stroll to a full-day, crawling-though-tunnels experience.
Discover Nashville Tour, £35 per person - Spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon discovering beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, the Country Music Capital of the World. An experienced tour guide will provide you with incredible stories and fascinating local insight into Music City USA as you drive round all the main sights and attractions in an air-conditioned bus. Visit the best sights and landmarks in town including the Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonk Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much, much more!
In this exciting three-and-a-half hourtour you’ll travel in air-conditioned bus around the best sights in town. Some of the Nashville landmarks we’ll visit include the world-famous Ryman Auditorium, the impressive Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much more!
Then enjoy fascinating commentary as you tour historic Downtown Nashville, including Fort Nashborough with its American Civil War Heritage, the State Capitol, Vanderbilt University and Music Row.
This great value tour also includes admission the Ryman Auditorium - the Mother Church of Country Music, long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry and recently voted the finest concert venue in the United States. In this self-guided tour you will get a privileged behind the scenes look around this iconic music venue and museum. Exhibits feature artefacts from the Ryman's Opry years including the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she became an official cast member, Hank Williams' suit and the first Nudie suit ever worn on the Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens.
You will also tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the world’s largest museum of popular music and a beautiful tribute to Country Music and the artists who have made it great.
Tribute to the King, £25 per person - A Tribute to the King: Thru the Years 1953 – 1977 is a high-energy, two-hour musical tribute to Elvis, starring John Beardsley who portrays all six eras of The King's career. With over 30 songs and five costume changes, this amazing show has received rave reviews and great accolades from critics and audiences from all over the world. You’re going to be thrilled, moved and entertained by the music of the King, interpreted masterfully by John Beardsley.
The legend lives on in Nashville’s first and only continuously running show paying tribute to Elvis in the town where he recorded over 300 songs! This live musical biography will take you through all six phases of his career, from the raw energy of his earlier hits such as Mystery Train and Hound Dog right up to the glitz of the Las Vegas years.
John Beardsley’s world renowned show-stopping performance with over 30 songs and 5 costumes has wowed audiences of all ages from New York to Moscow. The show has received impressive accolades from people who saw Elvis perform many times and spent time on the road with him. DJ Fontana, Elvis’ long-time drummer described it as “a great show, very authentic!”
Time after time, Beardsley’s searingly honest performance continues to bring audiences to their feet. You’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and the meet and greet after the show is a favourite for everyone. A must-see show while you’re in Nashville. Come and see why!
Graceland, £49 per person (Mansion only tour), £59 per person (Platinum tour), £99 per person (Elvis Entourage VIP Tour)
Graceland, the ultimate rock 'n' roll pilgrimage, will take you on an unforgettable journey that showcases why Elvis is still the king. Step inside Graceland Mansion and follow in the same steps as Elvis himself as you enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with his friends and family. The Graceland Mansion tour includes Elvis' living room, music room, parents' bedroom, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous Jungle Room. Tour other great parts of the 14-acre estate, and finish the tour at the Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Choose to visit Elvis' two custom airplanes, the Automobile Museum and four different exhibits on the Platinum Tour or enhance your Graceland experience by taking the Evis Entourage VIP Tour, which will give you a special all day ticket with access to a VIP only exhibit, front of the line Mansion admission and a keepsake backstage pass.
Memphis Music Attraction Pass, £109 per person (Pass), £159 per person (Pass with Graceland)
Memphis Music Attraction Pass includes Sun Studio admission, Rock n Soul Museum admission, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and optional upgrade to Graceland Platinum ticket.
Sun Studio - This is the birthplace of Rock n Roll. Today the studio, where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash and many others launched their careers is open for public tours while still operating as a studio at night. Rock n Soul Museum - Finally there’s a place that tells the story where the beat began. You will see stage costumes, instruments, recording equipment, rare film footage, photographs and vintage jukeboxes from the 20’s – 70’s and you can listen to the recordings on your personal audio guide.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music - This multimedia museum celebrates the birth and life of soul music and its influence. The museum houses the definitive archives and more than 2000 artifacts of the musical influences and international legacy of legendary soul music label and its artists, and includes a reconstructed gospel church, records, Tina Turner’s clothing, Isaac Hayes’s Cadillac and more.
Graceland - This is the home of Elvis Presley. The platinum ticket includes an audio tour of Graceland Mansion that is full of music and interesting stories about how Elvis lived in the home he loved so much. You will also see the largest privately owned collection of gold records in the world and Elvis elaborate stage costumes and jewelry and more. The VIP ticket upgrade also includes all day access to Graceland and all attractions with a special shuttle bus and front of the line Mansion access.
-Sun Studio is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm and children under 5 years are not allowed.
-Rock n Soul museum is open from 10:00am to 7:00pm; last admission to tour is at 6:15pm.
-Stax Museum of American Soul Music is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00pm and closed on Mondays, New Year’s, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
-Graceland is open approximately from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The Graceland Mansion Tour is an audio guided tour in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and French. Audio and video recording equipment cannot be carried on the Graceland Mansion grounds, inside any museums, attractions or gift shops and are not permitted on the tour shuttles. In addition, video mode on digital cameras and cell phones may not be used on the Graceland Mansion grounds, inside any museums, attractions or gift shops.
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum - £19 per person
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
Located at the FedEx Forum, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs, and takes visitors through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures.
Day by day
Day 1 London to Cincinnati
Fly from the UK to Cincinnati. When you have arrived pick up your car from the airport and drive to Louisville where your first hotel is located. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 2 Louisville to Lexington
The 2 places are a short distance apart so make the most of the morning and explore Louisville before driving to your next hotel.
Day 3 Lexington
Enjoy your only full day in Lexington by shopping in Bluegrass, meeting Lexington’s four-footed celebrities in their own home on a Horse Farm Tour or you can Visit four period historic homes of the Area’s most famous citizens.
Day 4 Lexington to Elizabethtown
After 2 days in Lexington it’s time to head to the picturesque town of Elizabeth Town for an overnight stay. Upon arrival check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 Elizabethtown to Bowling green
After a night in Elizabeth Town make your way to Bowling green for your last night in Kentucky. Make sure you to a visit to the Corvette museum before you leave!
Day 6 Bowling Green to Smoky Mountains
After your last night in Kentucky it’s time to begin your drive Tennessee with your first stop being the Smoky Mountains. When you arrive check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure
Day 7 Smoky Mountains , Sevierville
There’s no better way to experience Sevierville than in the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV riding, rafting canoeing, horseback riding or just generally having a great time under the open skies, Sevierville has the outdoor experience for you.
Day 8 Sevierville to Nashville
After a couple of nights in the smokys its time to drive to Nashville, here you will spend 2 nights so check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 9 Nashville
A full day in Nashville to enjoy some of its many highlights. Take a trip down memory lane and visit the Bluebird café, Country music hall of fame museum and the Music city walk of fame.
Day 10 Nashville to Memphis
After 2 nights in Nashville continue your drive for 3 hours where you will end up in Memphis. You have another 2 nights’ accommodation here so settle into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 11 Memphis
It’s the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Home of the Blues and the starting point of soul. Music legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, W.C. Handy and Otis Redding made their marks on Memphis, where you can hear their influences today. To complete the “musical medley,” visit Graceland, Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. At night, take a walk down Beale Street and listen to the live music Memphis makes today.
Day 13 Memphis to London
After 2 nights in Memphis check out your hotel, drive to the airport and drop your car off and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 14 London
Arrive back into London after an amazing holiday.