Elvis & the Southern Sounds

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Elvis & the Southern Sounds

Delve into American music and the life of the international King of Rock 'n' Roll - Elvis Presley - on this exciting behind the scenes tour of America's musical landmark cities.

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No Single Room Supplement available on selected dates: 7 September & 26 October 2015 - subject to availability

9 days from

£1,862

per person*

(based on 07/09/2015 departure date from London Heathrow Apt)

* Price is based on 2 people travelling.

  • Elvis Presley
  • Sun Studio, Memphis
  • Beale street, Memphis
  • The Graceland mansion
  • Nashville
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Beale street, Memphis
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • The birth place of Elvis Presley, Tupelo

Itinerary Map

Elvis Aaron Presley is one of the USA's greatest popular music icons, whose influence on other performers has been profound and long lasting. He has sold more than one billion records worldwide - more than any other artist. His premature death in 1977 has done nothing to lessen the enthusiasm of his legions of loyal followers. This highly enjoyable holiday is for all fans of the 'King', as well as devotees of the rich musical legacy that he and his fellow Southerners have given the world, including rock 'n' roll, blues, bluegrass, rhythm 'n' blues and country music. You'll visit Elvis Presley's Birthplace in Tupelo, the humble two-room house where the 'King' was born, the adjacent museum which contains rare photos and memorabilia, and Memphis, the 'home of the blues', where he grew up and cut his first disc. You'll be able to trace the musical influences which affected the young aspiring singer, including country music, gospel and the blues he heard on Beale Street. You'll also visit locations which featured prominently in Elvis' life and work, including Sun Studio and Graceland, his impressive mansion - today a famous pilgrimage site for fans. The mansion tour consists of the living room, music room, Elvis' parents bedroom, the dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and 'jungle den' in the main house. You will also see his trophy building, which houses his enormous collection of gold records, awards and career mementos. Don't miss the section of the mansion which features an extensive collection of Elvis' stage costumes. The tour ends with a quiet visit to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Besides discovering more about Elvis, you will experience the soul roots of Memphis and visit revered country music sites in Nashville. In Nashville, the home of country music, you'll have an extra special private performance with John Carter Cash, the only son of John and June Cash. Enjoy a performance at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, the world's premier country music venue since 1925. You'll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, which houses classic memorabilia such as Elvis' gold Cadillac and illustrates the roots and development of Bluegrass, Cajun, cowboy and western-swing music.

DAY 1 : UK - Memphis.

Fly to Memphis where you will transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 : Memphis.

During your sightseeing you will get a unique, 'behind the scenes' perspective from your expert guide. Discover the hard to find, 'hidden' Elvis sites such as his Lauderdale Courts apartment, Humes High School and Overton Park Shell Theatre amongst others. Next visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which celebrates great Memphis soul music made famous by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Booker T. and the MGs to name just a few. Then it's 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 the outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone, see memorabilia and re-live the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and many other music legends.

DAY 3 : Memphis - Tupelo - Memphis.

Today, travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. This humble 2-room house is where Elvis was born; the adjacent museum, Times and Things Remembered, contains rare photos and memorabilia. Return to Memphis "Home of the Blues" where the evening is free for independent activities. The next two nights are at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel.

DAY 4 : Memphis.

Today sees one of the real highlights of your tour - a guided audio visit of Graceland. Experience life as Elvis did by walking through the decadent and quirky rooms where he felt truly at home. You'll also be able to board the 'King's' private jet. Finish your tour of Graceland with a visit to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis often went to reflect on life, and where he is now laid to rest along with members of his family.

DAY 5 : Memphis - Nashville.

Today 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 and 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 even be available for photographs and autographs. Note: In the event that the performance with John Carter Cash is not available, a private performance with one of Nashville's most accomplished songwriters will be substituted. All performances are subject to availability.

DAY 6 : Nashville.

Nashville is the ideal destination for all kinds of visitors: music fans, history buffs and southern lovers. Start your day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, and one of the most important in the USA. From 1957-1977 there were more than 35,000 songs recorded here including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. You will even make a recording to take home with you. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of the city, passing the famous recording studios of Music Row, the centre of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950's. Go behind the scenes of the music industry on a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and see glittering costumes, rare instruments and the solid gold Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley. Tonight you have reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

DAY 7 : Nashville.

Today is at leisure. Visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, or the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.

DAY 8 : Nashville - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Nashville or Las Vegas.

DAY 9 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 1,160 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Nashville:Millennium Maxwell House
  • Memphis:Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown/ Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis' 38th Anniversary Memorial

Special Departure - 12 August 2015

If you are only planning one visit to Memphis and Graceland make sure you're there for Elvis Week to commemorate the 38th anniversary of his death. Every August, fans of all ages from around the world are drawn to Memphis for Elvis Week - a commemoration of the music, magic and memories associated with the legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us on this special departure and be at Graceland for the famous Candle Light Vigil, when fans are invited to Elvis' gravesite in the Meditation Gardens carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. You will also enjoy all the activities on our regular departures, including a platinum guided audio tour of Graceland, a visit to Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, and a private performance with John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June Cash. This really is the ultimate Elvis experience, as well as the perfect opportunity to discover more about the history of music in Tennessee.

Note: This departure includes all activities on our regular departures plus extra activities as described in the full special departure itinerary.

Christmas at Graceland

Special Departure 17 November 2015

Experience Graceland during Elvis' favourite time of year. You will be at the front gates of Graceland to witness the annual lighting of the Christmas decorations, including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a nativity scene and Santa in his sleigh. Join in the countdown as millions of lights are turned on, signalling the start of the Christmas season at Graceland. The interiors of Graceland will also be decorated for the holiday season with traditional Presley family Christmas artefacts on display, some of which were chosen by the King himself. In addition, you will see Nashville's ICE, an incredible attraction comprising interactive exhibits and colourful ice sculptures, hand carved from nearly two million pounds of ice by skilled Chinese artisans from Harbin, China. You will also have the chance to see the famous 'Peabody Marching Ducks' at the historic Peabody Hotel - a tradition which dates back to 1933.

Note: This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures plus extra activities as described in the full special departure itinerary. The Grand Ole Opry performance will be on day 5. See our website for details.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Memphis Behind the scenes sightseeing with local guide
  • Cash on Cash Private Performance with Johnny Cash's son
  • Graceland Guided audio Platinum tour
  • Sun Studio Guided tour
  • Tupelo Visit to Elvis Presley's birthplace and museum
  • Studio B Visit and recording

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • UK Call Centre

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (5 reviews)

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20-Nov-2014

very enjoyable

05-Oct-2014

Everything I had hoped for and more, the tour guide and everyone at the different venues were very knowledgable and added to a superb all round experience. For true Elvis fans and fans of music in general this is a trip well worth the money.

03-Oct-2014

Our Tour Manager, Ken Hutchinson and Howard
were very helpful, knowledgeable, polite and always available to answer any questions, their organisational skills were excellent and they made our holiday.
we were very disappointed with Heartb...

03-Jul-2014

Best holiday ever

25-Jun-2014

We had a fantastic time and I have recommended this holiday and Archers to everyone I know. We had a ball.

We love to hear from you and all your experiences whilst you’ve been travelling with us and to be able to share your experiences with other travellers. Below we’ve published the letters and emails we’ve received, if you’d like to add your own experience please email us at marketing@archersholidays.co.uk

Elvis and the Southern Sounds

Mrs H Paul 24/09/2012

Thank you for your note welcoming me home from my absolutely wonderful holiday. It was a dream come true and a long time in wanting to go to Elvis’ Gracelands and to stay at the Heartbreak Hotel, which topped it!

I did not realise that the Gracelands were across the road from our hotel and Lisa Presley’s complex just through the car park also. It was a lovely experience and nice to have time to look Gracelands over without having to rush.

We then came back by shuttle to the complex and took time in looking around, had a bite to eat as the weather was really lovely and could sit by the pool and chat to the other that we were with in the group.

It was also nice to go to the garden of rememberance for a quiet reflection the next day. 

Elvis and the Southern Sounds

Maureen Binstead and Friends 01/08/2013

We have just come back from Elvis and the Southern Sounds tour, what a fantastic holiday this has been. I went with a friend and my sister on the 8th Sep 2010, from the minute we reached Memphis our tour guide Penny was there to meet us and never did we once have to worry about anything. Penny was something else a great Tour guide and very funny and boy did she know so much about her home state and Elvis. Our Driver Paul was a gentleman and kept us all safe on the roads such a lovely man. We did so much in our week but oh boy we did not miss a thing. Graceland was so wonderful, we were there in 2000 but it was still great to have had the opportunity to go back maybe for the last time. Sun Studio fantastic and one not to miss. Don't miss out on Marlows for dinner they come and pick you up in a pink Cadillac great fun and the food and music is very good. Nashville was not what we thought it would be like but it was so so much better. Going to Studio B was just the icing on the cake the guy just knew his stuff and made it a morning to remember when we all as a group recorded a song. This is something we can treasure for aways and every time we play it it will bring back so many happy memories.Our group were of mixed ages and it worked well everyone got on and had a laugh singing and dancing down Beale street. So much I could write about this tour and the way Archers looked after us all but I will just say I would go with the company again and recommend them. So thank you Penny our tour guide because it was you who brought the group together and made our holiday one to remember always.

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