Elvis & the Southern Sounds - Christmas Lighting Ceremony at Gracelands Special Departure

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Elvis & the Southern Sounds - Christmas Lighting Ceremony at Gracelands Special Departure

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. The interiors of Graceland will also be decorated for the holiday season with Presley family Christmas artifacts on display. 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 artisans.

9 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 14/11/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • Beale Street, Memphis Beale Street, Memphis
  • Sun Studio, Memphis Sun Studio, Memphis
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  • Meditation Garden, Graceland Meditation Garden, Graceland
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  • Nashville, Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tupelo, where Elvis was born Tupelo, where Elvis was born

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Memphis.

Fly to Memphis where you will transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 : Memphis. Included guided city sightseeing.

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 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. Afterwards visit the Rock 'N' Roll Museum which traces Memphis's cultural 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 out-takes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone, see memorabilia, and relive the history of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many other music legends.

DAY 3 : Memphis - Tupelo - Memphis.

Today we journey to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the Elvis' Birthplace and Museum, a small, 2-room house built by the singer's father, Vernon Presley. 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, "Home of the Blues," and the Guest House at Graceland for the next two nights.

DAY 4 : Memphis. Included visit to Graceland and traditional Lighting Ceremony.

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 the 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. 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 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. Tonight, you have reserved seats in premiere seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Old Opry, the "home of American music". Note: In the event that the performance with John Carter Cash is not available either his son, brother or granddaughter will share their memories and perform the songs of Johnny Cash. All performances are subject to availability.

DAY 6 : Nashville.

This morning begins with 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. A visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important studios. 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. Get a behind the scenes visit to 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 by artisans and features interactive displays.

DAY 7 : Nashville.

Today is at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city. Visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, restored home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, or perhaps shop for old and new music along with souvenirs at the historic Nashville landmark, Ernest Tubb Record Shop.

DAY 8 : Nashville - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

DAY 9 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Memphis:Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown/ Guest House at Graceland
  • Nashville:Gaylord Opryland Resort

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights UK - Memphis; Nashville - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Transfers between overseas airports and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday highlights

  • Memphis Behind the scenes sightseeing with local guide
  • Lighting Ceremony at Graceland
  • Graceland Elvis Experience tour
  • Sun Studio Guided tour
  • Tupelo Visit to Elvis Presley's birthplace and museum
  • Cash on Cash a private performance with Johnny Cash's son
  • Nashville ICE Exhibition
  • Country Music Hall of Fame Visit
  • Studio B Visit

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
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  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
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The Tour director and driver ensured all our needs were met. So much packed into a great holiday


Wonderful memories are made the lighting ceremony was. A bit of a let down but all the rest wow Hilary and the driver what a team coach was always clean and tidy

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