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Self-Drive Land Of The Kings

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Overview

For millions around the world Memphis and Mississippi first and foremost mean music. If Mississippi was the birthplace of the Blues, Memphis became home to the music as aspiring musicians headed north on Highway 61 to perform their music on Beale Street. One of them traded his first name Riley for ’The Beale Street Blues Boy’ and today B.B. King still has a club on the lively street, which is now the premier entertainment district of the entire South. And Mississippi also gave birth to another king, a certain Elvis Aaron Presley, in a 2- room, shotgun house in Tupelo. His love of music began here when his mother bought him a guitar from the Tupelo Hardware Store for his eleventh birthday.  In order to get the most out of this tour we recommend a Wednesday or Thursday arrival in Memphis, this will allow for a Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights in Clarksdale and Greenwood where live music is available on these evenings.

9 night Tour Begins and ends Memphis: 3 nights Memphis; 1 night Clarksdale; 2 nights Greenwood; 1 night Tupelo; 2 nights Nashville

Details

Day 1

Fly to Memphis
Arrive Memphis Airport and transfer to hotel. In the evening there’s still a chance to sample the musical delights of Beale Street, but don’t worry you’ll have two more nights at the end of the tour in Memphis to truly experience the Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll and Home of the Blues.
Overnight: Memphis
3* Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown/4* Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Downtown

Day 2

Memphis - Clarksdale (74 Miles)
Drive south on historic Highway 61 - known as the Blues Highway - to Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta. A hundred years ago, this was a dark, swampy land populated by poor sharecroppers. Clarksdale has a rich Blues heritage. Names like Muddy Waters, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson dot the musical landscape here. Their legacies continue to inspire and entertain millions of people worldwide. 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 and festivals scattered throughout the year. Local Hollywood actor and star, Morgan Freeman, runs his own fine restaurant, Madidi, and the popular Ground Zero Blues bar.
Overnight: Clarksdale
3* Hotel: Comfort Inn/4* Hotel: The Lofts @ Five & Dime

Day 3

Clarksdale - Greenwood (57 Miles)
Continue south on Highway 61 then west to Indianola for the new B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. He started life as Riley B. King in one of America’s most impoverished places, the Mississippi Delta. Now he’s an international music icon, and music lovers everywhere want to know more about the man who became B.B. King.The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre tells the story of King’s life, his career, and stories of the Delta - its history and music, social mores and race relations, literature and legends, adversities and successes. Continue to Greenwood and be sure to have dinner at the famous Lusco’s - a local institution for more than fifty years.
Overnight: Greenwood
Tallahatchie Flats/4* Hotel: Alluvian Hotel
Please note customers choosing the Tallahatchie Flats, these are an authentic historical experience, these small rural homes are where so many blues artists were born and are very basic.

Day 4

Greenwood
You will tour the local area and visit the claimed three burial sites of Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson, legendary Mississippi Delta Blues musician, who reportedly sold his soul to the devil to become a great musician at the crossroads, spent his last days in the Baptist Town community in Greenwood, MS. Visit the sites where he played his guitar, walked, lived and sang before his tragic death on Tuesday, Aug 16, 1938. In 1991 Sony Records erected a monument to honor him at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church graveyard in Itta Bena, MS. Two years later another headstone was placed at Payne Chapel in Quito, MS. Although doubts have existed about the final resting place of the man who recorded 29 songs from 1937 - 1939, his legal heir and son, Claude Johnson, set the record straight that "This the site where my father was buried, let there be no doubt." This site is located in the cemetery of Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church north of Greenwood, MS on Money Road. Also take time to visit a great little museum, Museum of the Mississippi Delta, which also houses an eclectic collection of items that weave a fascinating history of the area’s past.
Overnight: Greenwood
Tallahatchie Flats/4* Hotel: Alluvian Hotel

Day 5

Greenwood - Tupelo (120 Miles)
Head west and near Starkville join the Natchez Trace Parkway, which dates back over 8,000 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: Tupelo
3* Hotel: Wingate Inn/4* Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Day 6

Tupelo - Nashville (180 Miles)
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: Nashville
3* Hotel: GuestHouse Inn/4* Hotel: Hotel Indigo Downtown

Day 7

Nashville
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: Nashville
3* Hotel: GuestHouse Inn/4* Hotel: Hotel Indigo Downtown

Day 8

Nashville - Memphis (210 Miles)
From Nashville head west to Memphis and en route take time to stop in Jackson along the Music Highway (Interstate 40) and stop in Jackson, 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, all in historic downtown and offering a fascinating insight into Jackson’s remarkable musical legacy. 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: Memphis
3* Hotel: Sleep Inn Downtown/4* Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Downtown

Day 9

Memphis
Renowned as the birthplace of rock’n’roll and home of the blues, Memphis more than matches its myth. Pilgrims flock from all over the world to find a vibrant city that while cherishing its past remains very much 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: Memphis
3* Hotel: Sleep Inn Downtown/4* Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Downtown

Day 10

Memphis Departure
Make time for some last minute shopping at any of Memphis- retail or outlet malls before checking-in for your flight home.

Day 11

Arrival back home.

What's Included

  • Transatlantic scheduled flights
  • Accommodation in quality tourist class hotels as described above or similar standard including all taxes and service charges (upgrade to 4* hotels available at a supplement)
  • Car Rental in 2-door economy car with insurance for one driver (Platinum upgrade available)
  • Detailed driving instructions with state maps and attraction map/guides

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking charges

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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