The Best of Memphis

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Explore the home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. Memphis is steeped in music history and we’ll see the sites and hear the sounds of this charming town in Tennessee.

Dates:

April 16-18, 2018

Prices:

Double: $890/person

Single: $1,120/person

Highlights:

  • 5 Meals
  • Downtown Memphis Hotel for 2 Nights
  • The Lookout at the Pyramid
  • MoJo Tour of Memphis
  • Sun Studios
  • Rock “N” Soul Museum
  • Memphis Music Hall of Fame
  • Duck March at The Peabody Hotel
  • King’s Palace Café Dinner & Entertainment
  • Elvis Presley’s Graceland Tour & Lunch
  • Moderate Physical Activity

Itinerary

Day 1

Get to know your fellow travelers today as we board our deluxe motor coach and travel south through Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas to Memphis, TN.  We continue to the Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis, our home for the next two nights.  Dinner tonight will be at The Lookout at the Pyramid.  Dine while taking in the spectacular 360 degree view of Memphis below.  This one of a kind dining experience is something you have to see to believe.

Included Meal:  Dinner

Day 2

After an included breakfast buffet at the hotel this morning, we meet our local guide for a tour of Memphis.  Only on this tour can you ride through the streets of Memphis with a real working musician.  Your guide won’t just tell you about the sights, he will play and sing classic Memphis hits live on the motor coach.  Grab a tambourine, shaker or bongo and join the fun – it’s an experience like no other!  During our tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, we experience outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis’ first microphone and hear the real story of the studio that launched the careers of not only Elvis Presley, but Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and many others who signed with the Sun label.  After lunch, on your own, we visit the Rock “N” Soul Museum.  The Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History worked together to create the museum.  The exhibits tell the story of the musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create music that shook the entire world.  The museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun Studio, Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s.  Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, which honors many of the greatest musicians of all time, who helped create this city’s musical legacy.  Later this afternoon at 5:00 p.m., be sure to be at the Peabody Hotel to see the famous Peabody Ducks as they march on the red carpet through crowns of admiring spectators to the tune of John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March to retire for the evening to their palace on the roof of the hotel.  This evening, dinner will be at King’s Palace Café.  After dinner, step off to the side area for a comfortable, relaxed evening of local jazz music.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

After breakfast, we experience the life, times and aftermath of the iconic legend of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley.  We see the mansion where Presley lived and entertained family and friends, as well as, his gravesite and that of his parents.  Walk through his two custom airplanes and see his famous cars in the automobile museum.  Lunch is included at Graceland before our early afternoon departure from Memphis.  We have time to reflect with fellow travelers on the new memories and friendships that have been created on our Best of Memphis tour.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Departing from:  Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, Hazelwood, South County, Festus, Perryville, Cape Girardeau