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For millions around the world Memphis and Mississippi first and foremost mean music.  The Blues were born in the Mississippi Delta combining traditional African rhythms with the soulful cries of the sharecroppers as they toiled in the scorched fields.  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.  When the Presley family moved to Memphis, Elvis Presley joined forces with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio to revolutionize popular music and Rock’n’Roll was born.

But there is more than music.  Memphis and Mississippi also mean the mellow way of life in the Deep South.  The South of mint juleps and magnolia trees, of folklore and fable, and warm hospitality.  The South of Civil War, where preserved battle sites and historic homes bear witness to the tragedy of a nation torn apart.  The South of Civil Rights strife, where you can trace the African-Americans’ enduring struggle for freedom.

Moderate Hotels

Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis
Hampton Inn Clarksdale
Holiday Inn Express Cleveland
Wingate Inn Tupelo
Holiday Inn Express Music Valley Nashville
All Prices Per Person Single OccupancyDouble OccupancyTriple OccupancyQuad Occupancy
Moderate Hotels$2,185$1,305$1,015$865

Superior Hotels

Westin Beale Street Memphis
Lofts @ Five & Dime Clarksdale
Cotton House Cleveland
Wingate Inn Tupelo
Drury Plaza Downtown Nashville
All Prices Per PersonSingle OccupancyDouble OccupancyTriple OccupancyQuad Occupancy
Superior Hotels$3,225$1,815$1,345$1,105

*Children’s Rates Sharing room with adult: 0 – 3 yrs: Free | 14 – 17 yrs: $300.00

Included Features

Day One: Arrive Memphis Airport and check-in your 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 in Memphis to truly experience the Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll and Home of the Blues.  Overnight: Memphis

Day Two: 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, is the co-owner of the popular Ground Zero Blues Club.

Also stop in at the Rock & Blues Museum, 113 E. 2nd Street.  It is packed full of music memorabilia from the 1920’s through the 1970‘s.  Follow the evolution of America’s music from blues, R&B, and rockabilly to rock ‘n roll and soul and see how it influenced people all over the globe. It is only open Sat, Sun & Mon from 11a to 5p, but you can call for an appointment for other times (901-605-8662).  Another must stop is at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, which features a full selection of blues CDs, DVDs, books, magazines T-shirts, artwork and collectibles.  It’s kind of like shopping in a juke joint.

In the evening you must visit Red’s Lounge, an authentic blues juke joint located at 395 Sunflower Ave.  True Blues fans will understand. This is a no frills “juke joint”.  The best Blues anywhere.  Pay at the door and find a seat, maybe or just a place to stand and then get into the coolest blues you’ll find anywhere.  Grab a cold beer, and turn the heat up.  The show goes on till whenever, and if you get hungry the BBQ outside doesn’t get any better. This place is legendary. Don’t let Red scare you at the door.  Red wears sunglasses and scowls, but is actually a pussycat (ssshhhhh).
Mileage: Memphis to Clarksdale = 74 miles / 119 kilometers.  Overnight: Clarksdale

Day Three: 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 Cleveland and check-in your hotel.
Mileage: Clarksdale to Indianola to Cleveland = 90 miles / 145 kilometers.  Overnight: Cleveland

Day Four:  This morning tour the new Grammy Museum, the only other Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles.  GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.

Across the street is Delta State University and the Charles Capps Archives and Museum, which houses almost 60 life masks of bluesmen, each cast directly from the face of the living person.  Blues fans who have long lamented of the lack of photographs of early bluesmen, will rejoice that McConnell has used her talent to preserve the likenesses of bluesmen in these three-dimensional sculptures, each of which captures the minutest details of a performer’s face and is free of charge.

Next drive to Dockery Farms. “…You might say it all started right here.” – B.B. King.  Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, America’s biggest export at the time. African Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues. Their songs influenced the development of popular music all over the world.
Overnight: Cleveland

Day Five:  Head west to Tupelo, but a stop in the quaint town of Oxford is a must.  Visit the University of Mississippi J.D. Williams Library, and see the Blues Archive, which houses the world’s most extensive collection of blues recordings and related material.  Three major collections form the nucleus of the archive.  The B.B. King Collection includes more than 7,000 recordings ranging from classic blues to big-band jazz, films, photographs, and other promotional materials.
Mileage: Cleveland to Tupelo = 155 miles / 217 kilometers.  Overnight: Tupelo

Day Six: 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, 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.
Mileage: Tupelo to Nashville = 180 miles / 290 kilometers..  Overnight: Nashville

Day Seven: 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.  Overnight: Nashville

Day Eight: 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.  You will stop at the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum.  See Jackson: First To Rock. Visit our exhibits and touch America’s music history. Visit the largest collection of Carl Perkins’ career, his first electric guitar, photographs, original signed records, albums, singles, acetates, guitars, costumes. A priceless collection like no other. Trace the career of the original Sonny Boy Williamson, Tina Turner, Denise LaSalle, and others. This is only place in the world where you can purchase the most collectable Hard Rock Cafe – Jackson – t shirt.  The founder of Hard Rock Café is from Jackson.  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 stop is the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, where you will tour the Tina Turner Museum at Flag Grove School, Tina Turner’s childhood school.  The school was built in 1889, and was a one-room school for African-American children until closed in the 60s. Original desks and a chalk board were still in the school.  This one-room schoolhouse attended by a young Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner) is now home to a collection of the Queen of Rock’s memorabilia including costumes and gold records. Even her high school yearbook is included among the treasures.  Continue to Memphis.
Mileage: Nashville to Memphis = 210 miles / 338 kilometers.  Overnight: Memphis

Day Nine: 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

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

Terms & Conditions:

Transportation  is not included. All prices are the total costs for the number of adults occupying the room in existing bedding. Rolloways are not included & may be at an extra charge if available. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express. Cancellations less than 30 days before arrival will incur penalties of $25.00 per person plus any supplier fees. Changes made after documents have been issued incur a $25.00 document reissue fee.

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Mississippi, Tennessee

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