Memphis, Nashville & Graceland Vacation - Cosmos®

Elvis & the Southern Sounds with Holiday Lighting at Graceland Tour (8070)

8 Day Tour from Memphis to Nashville

2017 Tour Details

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!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Memphis; orientation tours in Tupelo and Nashville, Stax Museum, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio, Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, Graceland with traditional lighting ceremony, Johnny Cash Museum, private performance with John Carter Cash, Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B, reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry and ICE!. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guide for sightseeing in Memphis; services of a professional Tour Director.

NOTE:
This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures plus an included visit to ICE!, a wondrous real winter wonderland. Accommodations in Memphis will be at the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown for the first two nights and the Guest House at Graceland for the last two nights.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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. Excursion to Tupelo

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. Excursion to Graceland

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 décor 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 Memphis–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 Granddaughter of Johnny and June Cash or youngest brother of Johnny Cash 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.

 Accommodations

MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF) & The Guest House at Graceland (F)
NASHVILLE Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (SF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


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