SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH - ELVIS' 40TH ANNIVERSARY - 2017
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This Southern US tour is a must for music buffs, as it explores some of the locations that played a critical role in the evolution of American music. Your vacation includes two nights each in three of Tennessee’s great cities: Memphis, dubbed the "birthplace of rock ’n’ roll;" Nashville, famous for country music; and Gatlinburg, a mountain resort destination. You’ll also overnight in Asheville, North Carolina, and two of Kentucky’s famous cities—Louisville and Lexington.
This special departure allows you more time in Memphis. Here’s your chance to participate in the official candlelight vigil at Graceland, where fans from around the world walk through the gates and up the drive to Elvis’ gravesite to pay their respect. There’s also time to participant in the other special events being held throughout the city during Elvis Week. Your Tour Director will be able to provide you with an up-to-date list of activities and more information.
In addition to Graceland in Memphis, also visit the impressive Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. In Nashville, “Music City U.S.A.,” your sightseeing tour includes visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary RCA Studio B, once a recording home of Elvis Presley. This special experience arranged by Globus even lets you make a recording to take home with you! While in Nashville, you’ll stay at the world-famous Opryland, where you’ll experience the grandeur of the South with hospitality at its finest. You’ll also enjoy reserved seats to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry along with a backstage tour—another out-of-the-ordinary adventure offered by Globus!
Other highlights of this Southern US tour include Dollywood, an 88-acre theme park inspired by Dolly Parton; Great Smoky Mountain National Park, America’s most visited national park; and behind-the-scenes visits to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and a local horse farm in Lexington—yet more hidden gems offered by Globus. In Asheville, visit George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America.
All of this and more await you on this marvellous Southern US holiday highlighting the sights and sounds of the South.
Visit RCA Studio B and record your own hit
Backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry
Visit the 'Backstretch' area at Churchhill Downs
Behind-the-scenes Kentucky Horse Farm visit
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- ELVIS' 40TH ANNIVERSARY.
Sightseeing tour; visit Graceland and the Rock `n' Soul Museum, Candlelight Vigil at Graceland.
Backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry; visit RCA Studio B and record your own hit; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Country Music Hall of Fame; reserved seats at Grand Ole Opry show.
Abraham Lincoln's birthplace.
Visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park and Heaven Hill Whiskey Distillery.
Experience the "backstretch" area at Churchill Downs; visit Kentucky Derby Museum.
Behind-the-scenes Kentucky Horse Farm visit.
Orientation tour; moonshine tasting.
Explore the park.
- GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Tour Biltmore Estate; farewell dinner.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
Breakfast (B) daily, 1 lunch (L), 2 three-course dinners (D) including a special farewell dinner in Asheville.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN MEMPHIS.
Welcome to Memphis, the "Home of the Blues." This evening, mix and mingle with your travelling companions at 6 pm for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the Guest House at Graceland, located just a few steps from Graceland. The hotel is designed with classic elegance, modern luxury, and is uniquely Elvis.
MEMPHIS. EXCURSION TO GRACELAND.
This morning, enjoy city sightseeing including a tour of the ROCK `N' SOUL MUSEUM, which traces Memphis' cultural and musical past and features the Smithsonian's Social Crossroads exhibition. Continue to the gardens and mansions of Elvis Presley's GRACELAND, named a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Tonight, join us for a visit back to Graceland for the official CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. For those that wish, you may walk through the gates and up the drive to Elvis' gravesite and pay your respects to the King and his legacy. (B)
NOTE: Due to the large anticipated crowds expected at Graceland, you can expect to wait in line for several hours during the candlelight vigil. Since it is August, you may also experience warm temperatures and humidity. Please consider all these factors when deciding if you wish to participate.
A full day in Memphis to explore on your own. You may wish to participate in one of the special events being planned throughout the city. You may also want to see more of Memphis with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, housed at the historic Lorraine Motel, watch the march of the famous Peabody Ducks, or check out the blues clubs on Beale Street. (B)
Depart for Nashville. This afternoon, visit the Grand Ole Opry and take a BACKSTAGE TOUR. Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens on the other side of the curtain at the show that made country music famous. This evening, you may opt to join an excursion to Nashville Nightlife, combining dinner and the best of Music City's country entertainment. (B)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel is the world-famous Opryland, where you'll experience all the grandeur of the South with hospitality at its finest. Explore nine acres of lush indoor gardens, winding pathways, and sparkling waterfalls, as well as 30 specialty shops, a spa, and a variety of restaurants.
NOTE: The May 20 departure will overnight at the Hampton Inn Downtown Nashville instead of at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Today, visit historic RCA STUDIO B - once a recording home of Elvis Presley. You'll even make a recording and take it home with you. Next, experience Nashville up close and personal on a guided sightseeing tour of the landmarks including Centennial Parks full-size replica of Athens' Parthenon and the recording studios of Music Row. Later, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its rich collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs, and of course, Elvis Presley's 'solid gold' Cadillac. Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the mecca for country musicians. (B)
Head into the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country. At Sinking Spring Farm in Hodgenville, ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIRTHPLACE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, see a replica of the original log cabin preserved as a shrine to the best-loved of American presidents. In Bardstown, stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving up Southern cuisine, then visit MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK, where Stephen Foster composed Kentucky's anthem. Continue to HEAVEN HILL WHISKEY DISTILLERY, showcasing some of the world's finest bourbon, and learn about its production process and history. (B,L)
This morning, go behind the scenes at CHURCHILL DOWNS, home of the "Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports." Visit the Backstretch area, normally not open to the public. See the Receiving Barn, the Pony Barn, spend time at the rail watching the horses work out, with the chance to talk to the trainers and other staff. Next, experience Derby Day-from the starting gate to the finish line-at the KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM. This afternoon, travel the Bluegrass Parkway to Lexington for a fascinating behind-the-scenes visit to a local HORSE FARM. Travel through rolling countryside and learn about the majestic horses that make Lexington the "Horse Capital of the World." Journey behind the fences to a thoroughbred farm and hear about the breeding process, rearing, horseracing, and even meet some of these beautiful champions up close. (B)
This morning, journey south through the rugged wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest, where you will stop to see the thundering, 38-metre-wide (125-foot-wide) Cumberland Falls. Continue across the border into Tennessee and on to Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, America's most visited national park. Before arriving at your hotel, visit "The Holler" to learn how moonshine is made and then be treated to a MOONSHINE TASTING. Spend the next two nights in one of the country's most popular mountain retreats. (B,D)
GATLINBURG. EXCURSION TO DOLLYWOOD.
Spend the day at world-famous DOLLYWOOD, an 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains, family, and country music. This evening, join an optional excursion to the Dixie Stampede, showcasing a hearty country dinner and an action-packed show. (B)
GATLINBURG-GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK- ASHEVILLE.
Depart Gatlinburg and drive right through the centre of GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK along spectacular Newfound Gap Road to Clingman's Dome, peaking at 2,025 metres (6,643 feet). As you travel through the park, witness the mist of blue haze that surrounds the mountains for which the park is named. Arrive in Asheville and head to George Vanderbilt's 8,000- acre BILTMORE ESTATE, the largest privately owned home in America. Tour the French Renaissance-style, 250-room chateau to view the priceless paintings and antiques, including Napoleon's chess table. Be sure to spend time exploring the spectacular gardens. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)
This morning, depart Asheville for Atlanta. After a transfer to the airport for guests with homebound flights (please schedule flights after 3:30 pm), the motorcoach continues to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, where the tour ends. (B)
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