Day 1 London - Atlanta
Fly from London Heathrow Airport on a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic or British Airways flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel for the night, the Stone Mountain Inn (3T).
Day 2 Atlanta - Lynchburg - Nashville
Today we cross the state border into Tennessee, stopping in Lynchburg to take a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, which has been producing whiskey since 1866. Oddly, due to a Prohibition-era law still in effect, visitors are not able to buy any whiskey onsite, as this is legally a ‘dry’ county. We continue to the ‘Music City’ of Nashville, where we will check into our hotel for the next three nights, the Four Points by Sheraton Nashville-Brentwood (3T). This evening you might like to join an optional visit to the Grand Ole Opry. America’s longest-running scheduled show; it hasn’t missed a Saturday performance since it was first broadcast on radio in 1925. A truly unforgettable feast of music!
Day 3 Nashville
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Nashville in the company of a local guide, introducing us to the sights of the ‘Country Music Capital of the World’. Highlights include the world’s only full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon, which stands in Centennial Park, and the 19th century Tennessee State Capitol. This afternoon there will be an optional excursion to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B, where more than 35,000 songs were produced, including 40 million-selling singles and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings.
Day 4 Nashville
You are free to relax or explore Nashville at your own pace today. Alternatively, you may choose to join our optional excursion to the ‘Queen of Tennessee Plantations’, Belle Meade, where costumed guides bring the glamorous world of this beautiful antebellum mansion to life, relating the fascinating and sometimes tragic tales of the Jacksons and Hardings, who owned the house in the 19th century. The families ran a renowned stud farm on the plantation, producing thoroughbreds including Iroquois, the first American-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby, in 1881.
Day 5 Nashville - Tupelo - Memphis
On our way to Memphis today, we will stop at Tupelo to visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, based around the humble two-roomed shack where ‘the King’ spent his early years. We will be spending the next three nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown (3T) and this evening is at leisure.
Day 6 Memphis
Known as the ‘Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and the ‘Home of the Blues’, Memphis is a city with a rich and unique musical heritage and this morning our guided tour takes in highlights such as the world-famous Beale Street, with its historic blues clubs. The rest of the day is free, or you may join our optional excursion to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home. The rooms have been left as they were when Elvis died, and the tour comes to an emotional conclusion at his final resting place.
Day 7 Memphis
You have free time to make your own discoveries in Memphis today; perhaps visiting Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many other legendary artists made records; the Victorian Village District, with its elegant 19th century homes; or maybe join an optional tour of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum where you can learn about the formative years of rock music in the city.
Day 8 Memphis - Muscle Shoals, Florence
We leave Memphis today and travel towards Florence, Alabama, located just across the river for the legendary ‘Hit Recording Capital of the World’. After checking into our hotel for the night, the Hampton Inn & Suites, the rest of the day is free. Take a stroll through Florence’s historic downtown, or perhaps visit the W C Handy Birthplace Museum, dedicated to the ‘Father of the Blues’. In Muscle Shoals itself, you can visit a famous recording studio and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which holds personal memorabilia from stars including Tammy Wynette, The Commodores, Wilson Picket and Percy Sledge.
Day 9 Muscle Shoals, Florence - Atlanta - In flight
We return to Atlanta today and take a guided tour of the city’s sights such as the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, a monument to the Civil Rights Movement, which includes King’s boyhood home and the church where he was pastor, and Centennial Olympic Park. Later we transfer to Atlanta Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 10 London
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.