Sights and Sounds of the South Tour

Southern Regional Music Tour: Fully-Escorted Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, Smoky Mountains and Atlanta Coach Tour

Ten-day/Nine-night tour package from $2416 per person, double occupancy.
(land only – see calendar chart below).

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This 10-day / 9-night Southern vacation 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 trip includes three great cities in Tennessee: Memphis, dubbed the “birthplace of rock ’n’ roll;” Nashville, famous for country music; and Gatlinburg, a mountain resort destination. You also spend time in two of Kentucky’s famous cities – Louisville and Lexington. Begin your trip in Memphis, which is also the “Home of the Blues,” for a sightseeing tour and visits to Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. Then on to Nashville, “Music City U.S.A.“, to enjoy a tour of the city and to attend the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary RCA Studio B, once the recording home of Elvis Presley. Travel from Nashville to the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country—Louisville. Here, visit Sinking Spring Farm, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Then journey through the Great Smoky Mountains for a tour of America’s most visited national park before touring nearby Gatlinburg. Also spend a day at world-famous Dollywood Entertainment Park before heading through the Smoky Mountains to Asheville known for it art deco architecture highlighted by George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House. Your vacation ends in Atlanta with a guided city tour focusing on the downtown area and a special farewell dinner—a perfect finale for your grand Southern escorted tour.

Groups and International Visitors Welcome!!

To make your reservation for this tour:
Phone: 1-703-620-3001 ext. 1417 or 1-800-892-6470
(M-F 9am-5pm Eastern Time Zone)
Click on the email address below or copy the entire blue address line as shown:

or use this convenient Reservation/Inquiry Form


This all-inclusive package is such a value because it includes the following fabulous features:

  • Reserved seating for all shows
  • Nine nights hotel accommodations (hotels subject to change)
    • Sheraton, Memphis (2 nights)
    • Opryland Resort, Nashville (2 nights)
    • Seelbach Hilton, Louisville (1night)
    • Lexington Hilton Hotel (1night)
    • Park Vista Resort, Gatlinburg (2 nights)
    • Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park (1 night)
  • Welcome Reception (WR) in Memphis
  • Nine American-style (full) breakfasts
  • Three 3-course dinners including a special Farewell Celebration Dinner in Atlanta
  • One Lunch
  • Luxury motor coach transportation
  • Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly tour guides

This tour package begins in Memphis, ends in Atlanta and is offered on the following departure dates:

Land Only Prices – per person
Start End Double Triple Single
Sep 12 Sep 21 $2509 $2344 $3274
Oct 3 Oct 12
2016 (Note: Early Booking Price Reduction)
May 21 May 30 $2685
Jun 4 Jun 13
Jun 18 Jun 27
Sep 3 Sep 12
Sep 10 Sep 19
Sep 24 Oct 3
Oct 1 Oct 10
Oct 8 Oct 17


All prices, hotels, meals and dates are subject to change and availability.

Air transportation, airport transfers, extra nights in Memphis and Atlanta plus optional excursions in both cities can be added.

Terms and conditions: A $250 PER PERSON, nonrefundable deposit is required at time of reservation. Payment in full is due 45 days before the tour departure. Payments accepted by check or most major credit cards. A $30 handling charge will be assessed for reservation changes. All prices are $US and subject to change and availability.

Cancellation charges:

  • Between 45-22 days prior to departure: 20% of total price;
  • 21-8 days prior to departure: 30% of total price;
  • 7-1 days prior to departure: 50% of total price;
  • Day of departure or later: 100%

A fee of $30 per transaction will be charged for any alteration or revision made to a reservation. Cancellation Waiver and Insurance is available for $199 per person and highly recommended. Call for details of this Travel Protection Plan option. Note: Shows are based on ticket availability and show schedules. If unforeseen conditions necessitate changes, the itinerary may vary with shows substituted with the best alternatives available.

To make your reservation for this tour:
Phone: 1-703-620-3001 ext. 1417 or 1-800-892-6470
(M-F 9am-5pm Eastern Time Zone)
Click on the email address below or copy the entire blue address line as shown:

or use this convenient Reservation/Inquiry Form

Sights and Sounds of the South Itinerary

Sights and Sounds of the South Tour Map

Day 1: Arrive Memphis, Tennessee (Sat.) Welcome to Memphis, the “Home of the Blues.” This evening, mix and mingle with your traveling companions at 6 pm, for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure. (WR)

Day 2: Memphis (Sun.) This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the city 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. You’ll also be able to board his private jet. Tonight enjoy dinner on world-famous Beale Street. (B,D)

Day 3: Memphis to Nashville (Mon.) Depart for Nashville. Upon arrival, experience this city up close and personal with a sightseeing tour of landmarks with a local guide, including Centennial Park’s full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon and the recording studios of Music Row. This evening you may opt to join an excursion to Nashville Nightlife, combining dinner and the best of Music City’s country entertainment. (B)

Day 4: Nashville (Tue.) Today, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see its rich collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs, and, of course, Elvis Presley’s “solid gold” Cadillac. Also, visit historic RCA Studio B – once a recording home of Elvis Presley. You’ll even have the chance to make your own recording and take it home with you! Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, the mecca for country musicians. (B)

Day 5: Nashville to Louisville, Kentucky (Wed.) Head into the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country. At Sinking Spring Farm, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, see a replica of the original log cabin preserved as a shrine to the best-loved of American presidents. In Bardstown, visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, where Stephen Foster composed Kentucky’s anthem. Continue to Maker’s Mark Whiskey Distillery showcasing some of the world’s finest bourbon, and learn about its production process and history. (B,L)

Day 6: Louisville to Lexington (Thu.) Start your day at Churchill Downs, home of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Experience a morning on the track with a preview of the process of training world-class thoroughbreds during their early morning workout and a visit to the stables. 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 visit 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, horse racing, and even meet some of these beautiful champions up close. (B)

Day 7: Lexington to Gatlinburg, North Carolina (Fri.) This morning, journey south through the rugged wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest, where you will stop to see the thundering, 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. Arrive this afternoon for some free time in one of the country’s most popular mountain retreats. Perhaps take a ride up the aerial tram to Mount Harrison for vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains. (B,D)

Day 8: Gatlinburg – Excursion to Dollywood, Pigeon Forge (Sat.) 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)

Day 9: Gatlinburg to Asheville, North Carolina (Sun.) Depart Gatlinburg and drive right through the center of Smoky Mountain National Park along spectacular Newfound Gap Road to Clingman’s Dome, peaking at 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. Make sure and spend time exploring the spectacular gardens as well as the winery. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)

Day 10: Asheville, North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia and Depart Atlanta (Mon.) This morning, depart Asheville for Atlanta. After a transfer to the airport for guests with home-bound flights (please schedule flights after 3:30 pm), the motor coach continues to the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, where the tour ends. (B)