Explore the land where The Blues and Rock & Roll were born on the Land of the Kings Self-Drive Vacation Package from Memphis.
Spend 10 days and 9 nights tracing the legendary musical history of the Deep South. Starting from Memphis, you'll visit Clarksdale, Greenwood and Tupelo in Mississippi before moving on to Nashville and finally returning to Memphis. Hotel accommodations, maps, driving directions, suggested activities, and admission to several key attractions along the way are included.
Attraction admissions include the Delta Blues Museum, the B.B. King Museum, Elvis' Birthplace, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland, and many more!
Please Note: Transportation is NOT included. All prices are the total costs for hotel accommodations and included attractions (see What's Included).
10 days, 9 nights
Please Note: Time shown on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. You will be issued individual attraction vouchers and instructions for checking in at your hotels.
2017 departure dates will be available in early 2017.
What's NOT Included
Moderate Hotels - 3 Star (hotels subject to change)
Superior Hotels - 4 Star (hotels subject to change)
Room Types (all room types may not always be available; if your preferred room type is not available, you will be contacted to discuss options)
Child Rates & Accommodations
Child and Child Free rates are based on children sharing a room with parent(s).
Important Hotel Information
Hotel Parking Fees (subject to change)
Suggested Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Memphis - Arrive in Memphis. After settling in your hotel, get yourself to the world-famous Beale Street, located downtown stretching several blocks east of the river bluffs. Nightclubs and restaurants offer a variety of food and live music including traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock’n’Roll. Shops and boutiques throughout the district provide the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, t-shirts, memorabilia and novelties. In the evening, there’s still time to sample the musical delights of Beale Street, but don’t worry because you’ll have two more nights in Memphis to truly experience the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues. Overnight in Memphis.
Day 2: Memphis to Clarksdale (74 Miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. Drive south on historic Highway 61 to Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta. Clarksdale’s historic Blues Alley is home to the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to both the preservation and interpretation of the Blues. Clarksdale has a thriving live music scene with clubs open every weekend. Also, stop in at the Rock & Blues Museum, which is packed full of music memorabilia from the 1920s through the 1970s. Another must-stop is at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, which features a full selection of blues music and merchandise.
In the evening, you should visit Red’s Lounge, a legendary no-frills juke joint with the best Blues you'll find anywhere. Pay at the door and find a seat, maybe or just a place to stand and then get into the coolest blues you’ll find anywhere. Overnight in Clarksdale.
Day 3: Clarksdale to Indianola to Greenwood (57 miles) - Breakfast on your own. Continue south on Highway 61, then west to Indianola to visit the new B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, which tells the story of B.B. King’s life as well as the musical and social history of the Mississippi Delta. Continue to Greenwood and be sure to have dinner at Lusco’s, a local institution for more than fifty years. Overnight in Greenwood.
Day 4: Greenwood - Breakfast on your own. You are strongly encouraged visit the three claimed burial sites of Robert Johnson, the legendary Blues musician who reportedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. He spent his last days in the Baptist Town community in Greenwood, MS. Make time for a cooking class at the Viking Cookery School and learn how to prepare traditional Southern dishes and delicacies. Also take time to visit the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, with a collection of items that weaves a fascinating history of the area’s past. Overnight in Greenwood.
Day 5: Greenwood to Tupelo (120 miles) - Breakfast on your own. Head east to join the Natchez Trace Parkway near Starkville. The Natchez Trace dates back over 800 years when it was used as an Indian trade route. By the 1800s, it was the busiest highway in what was then the American Southwest. Extending from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi, the Trace offers a scenic drive through pristine forests and lush countryside – without a billboard in sight. Overnight in Tupelo.
Day 6: Tupelo to Nashville (180 Miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Elvis fans can tour the home, museum, memorial chapel, fountain of life, story wall and enjoy the self-guided tour that leads to some of the most significant locations of Elvis’ life in Tupelo. Make time for the Tupelo Hardware Store, a timeless gem where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar. Elvis wanted a gun but they compromised on the guitar. And music has never been the same since! Continue north along the Natchez Trace Parkway to Nashville, known as Music City. Overnight in Nashville.
Day 7: Nashville - Breakfast at your hotel. See the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and RCA Studio B where the “Nashville Sound” was created by Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers, Elvis and many others. Be sure to hear some live music at a classic honky tonk like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in the District, Nashville’s downtown entertainment area. Kick up your heels to the Country sounds at the Wildhorse Saloon or take a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River. Overnight in Nashville.
Day 8: Nashville to Jackson to Memphis (210 Miles) - Breakfast at your hotel. From Nashville, head west to Memphis along the Music Highway and take time to stop in Jackson, Tennessee, home to Carl Perkins of Blue Suede Shoes fame. In his honor, Jackson now houses the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Mural and Rockabilly Park. While in Jackson, be sure to sample the Southern delicacies served at The Old Country Store at the Casey Jones Village. Take a slight detour from Jackson and drive through Nutbush, the birthplace of Tina Turner and the title of one of her greatest hits, before continuing to Memphis. Overnight in Memphis.
Day 9: Memphis - Breakfast at your hotel. Renowned as the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll and home of the Blues, Memphis more than lives up to its legendary status. Pilgrims flock from all over the world to find a city that cherishes its past while remaining vibrant and alive. Visit Graceland, Elvis’ beloved mansion, see his two private jets and the fantastic Automobile Museum. Don’t miss the tour at famous Sun Studio and be sure to see the Stax Museum of American Soul Music as well as the Smithsonian’s Rock’n’Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar Factory. Then, dance the night away at any of the clubs on historic Beale Street. Overnight in Memphis.
Day 10: Memphis - Breakfast at your hotel. Make time for some last-minute shopping at any of Memphis’ retail or outlet malls before heading home. Of course, you are free to stay in Memphis as long as you like, but no further hotel accommodations, attractions or itineraries are included.
5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Hotel pickup not included. Transportation not included. Hotel parking fees may apply. Rates are PER PERSON for the selected room occupancy. No E-Ticket is available online for this tour; you will be emailed special vouchers for each hotel and attraction. If you cannot receive emailed vouchers, you must provide a fax number and specifically request on your order form for us to fax this special voucher to you.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
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