Diversions Inc Presents The Ultimate Boot-Skootin, Toe-Tapping, Hand-Clapping Experience: Nashville and Graceland Thursday, September 20 – Tuesday. September 25, 2018
We’re headed to Music City, U.S.A. where down home Southern hospitality is served up more often than homemade macaroni and cheese. Named one of the “Top Destinations You Don’t Want To Miss Out On” by Conde Nast Traveler, Nashville is oh so much more than just music. In addition to the electrifying multi-genre music scene, enjoy award-winning cuisine, historic homes, enlightening museums and unique shopping. Then it’s off to Memphis, birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, the cradle of soul and the birth of the blues. Mention Memphis and only one name springs to mind: Elvis, the undisputed king of rock and roll. His legacy burns bright at Graceland, the second most-visited house in America, second only to the White House. Naturally we’ve arranged for a V.I.P. Tour. Who knows--- we might even be able to arrange an Elvis sighting. After all, “we’ve got friends in low places.”
Our home away from home for four nights will be at the five- star Hermitage Hotel, first choice of almost anyone who has ever rubbed elbows in Nashville. Prominent guests include seven Presidents, Al Capone, many of country music’s biggest stars, pool legend Minnesota Fats [who lived and played there for eight years] and even Gene Autry’s horse. In Memphis, we’ll be staying overnight at the landmark Peabody Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The most prominent guests here are the resident Peabody ducks who live on the top floor and march twice a day through the lobby for a dip in the hotel fountain. Over the years, they have gained celebrity status with television appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Sesame Street , The Oprah Winfrey Show and have been written up in People magazine.
* Go behind the scenes on a private tour of the Ryman Auditorium—Best known as the “mother church “ of country music, this National Historic Landmark is the center of more than a century of legendary performances. If these walls could sing, you would hear such voices as Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline.
* Wander through the Country Music Hall of Fame----This 350,000 square foot monument to country music chronicles not only country roots but some of the genre’s hottest stars of today. From dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, to a treasure trove of video clips and recorded music, this is a must-see of Nashville's musical heritage.
* Make our very own group recording as we sing along at Music Row’s famous RCA Studio B --- Revered by many musicians as hallowed ground, more than 35,000 songs were brought to life in this house of hit makers including 200 by Elvis.
* Indulge your taste buds as you savor Nashville’s iconic “hot chicken”. Of all the food you’ll eat in Nashville, you’ll likely still be talking about this spicy dish long after you are back home.
* Take an exclusive private tour of the Grand Ole Opry backstage area in the exciting moments just before show time as the staffers and artists get ready for another great night of music. We’ll even be standing in the wings right on the side of the stage as the big red curtain goes up for the first performance. Then be personally escorted to our seats in the Opry House to enjoy the rest of the performances . This is Grand Ole Opry in all its grand ole glory.
* Enjoy a private performance and discussion with John and June Cash’s only child, John Carter Cash. Through touching stories and familiar songs, John Carter retells the story of his father’s legendary career and reflects upon what it was like growing up in this famous music family.
* Roam the stunning 55-acre Cheekwood Botanical Garden on the sumptuous estate of the Cheek family (heir to the Maxwell House Coffee fortune.). The original Georgian mansion is now home to an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art.
* Get up close and personal with Meghan Linsey, runner up on The Voice and CMA nominated artist, and Nashville record producer Tyler Cain at our private vocal session. The duo will sing songs and tell the stories that inspired them and we’ll get the inside scoop on the Nashville music industry. You’ll want to have your cameras ready for this photo op.
* Kick up your heels at Robert’s Western World, the last true honky-tonk standing.
* Spend your free afternoon in Nashville’s hottest neighborhood, 12 South, enjoying hip restaurants, stylish boutiques, restored homes and charming coffee shops.
*Pay tribute to the King on our V.I. P. tour of Graceland. No waiting in long lines for Diversions----we’ll have immediate entry into the mansion where our docents will be waiting to take us on a guided tour. Walk among some of Elvis’ favorite automobiles, including his iconic Pink Cadillac, Stutz Blackhawk, Dino Ferrari, Mercedes Benz limousine, Rolls Royce sedans and more. Step aboard Elvis’ customized airplanes to see how he traveled in luxury. The Lisa Marie includes a living room, conference room, private bedroom, gold plated seat belts, leather covered tables and 24 -carat gold flecked sinks.
*Visit the famous Sun Studio: It launched the career of Elvis Presley and created a sound that would come to be called rock 'n' roll. There must have been magic in the microphones during those early days and on one occasion, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins were all in the studio together. And thus was born “The Million Dollar Quartet”.
* Ride along on the entertaining Mojo Tour, replete with singing Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will see the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4, 1968 and the early homes of Elvis, B. B. King and Johnny Cash.
So whether you’re a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and y’all come , we promise---you’ll be “All Shook Up” !!!!!!!!
Inclusions: * Roundtrip direct flights on Southwest Airlines * Four nights at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville * One night at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis * Private guide throughout * All gratuities including porterage, guide and driver * Airport transfers in Nashville and Memphis * Private motor coach transfer from Memphis to Nashville * All guided visits, entrance fees and sightseeing as specified. * 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
Exclusions: *Any personal expenses including excess baggage fees , room service, telephone, laundry, optional activities and any meals not included in itinerary * Travel insurance
Cost: $4,806.00 per person Single supplement: $1,005.00 A deposit of $1,500.00 per person is required immediately due to limited space.
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