This Historic Deep South itinerary takes in 3 of the 5 states which make up the Deep South. Start in 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. Your next 4 nights are spent in Mississippi where you will visit 3 different areas. Known as the "Birthplace of America's Music," Mississippi provides visitors with musical experiences in multiple genres. Whether you are seeking soul-filled gospel or blues, foot-stomping old-time string music, or stimulating jazz and symphony, Mississippi is the one stop for your listening pleasure. You will finish of your fly-drive with 5 nights in Louisana exploring all that Cajun country has to offer
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.
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 Nashville
Fly from the UK to Nashville. 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 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 3 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 4 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 5 Memphis to Tupelo
After your overnight stay in Natchez drive to your next destination, Baton Rouge. Here you will spend 2 nights. Once you have arrived check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Baton Rouge
Spend your full day enjoy the fine food Baton Rouge has on offer. Unlock the secrets of Louisiana’s distinct cuisine in Baton Rouge from heavenly hallelujah crab, succulent crawfish etouffe and delectable bread pudding.
Day 11 Baton Rouge to Lafayette
After breakfast check out your hotel and continue west to Lafayette. You have 2 nights here so check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 12 Lafayette
You have a full day here to explore Lafayette or you could visit Nearby Lake Martin Nature Reserve which is a place where land turns to water and where, in the spring, there's a huge abundance of birdlife including egrets, herons and spoonbills, as well as scores of alligators. For a real taste of the local landscape though, take a thrilling swamp tour to see sunbathing alligators relaxing amongst cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Day 13 Lafayette to Lake Charles
After your stay in Lafayette it’s time to drive to your last accommodation which is in Lake Charles. The city of Lake Charles overlooks a freshwater lake with the only white-sand inland beach along the Gulf Coast. Local legends say the pirate Jean Lafitte made Lake Charles, Louisiana his hideaway and left behind hidden treasure on the shores of the lake.
Day 14 Lake Charles to London
After a great night in Lake Charles it’s time to drive to Houston and drop your car off at the airport and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 15 London
Arrive back into the UK after an amazing taste of the Deep South