• Lover's Leap, Rock City Garden

Tours in Tennessee

Tennessee. Home to legendary recording studios, country and blues icons, world-renowned whisky distilleries and the Great Smoky Mountains. Music aficionados and nature-lovers will revel in this, The Volunteer State – known as such for its citizen’s valour in their voluntary involvement in the War of 1812.

Our 10-day Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail begins in Memphis – commonly regarded as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Soak up the bright lights of buzzing Beale Street and its lively bars, filling the air with the rousing sounds of  guitars, before tucking into famed Memphis-style barbecue (slow-cooked in a pit).; learn of the plights African-Americans faced at the National Civil Rights Museum and discover more about the life of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Elvis Presley – with a tour of his kitsch former residence, Graceland; and walk in the footsteps of Johnny Cash and B.B. King on a tour of the Sun Studio.

Visit the historic Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg and witness the beauty of Cave Spring Hollow, the primary source of water for every bottle they make. Venture underground into Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain, to observe the incredible Ruby Falls – a 50 metre high waterfall – then take in jaw-dropping vistas as you look out across seven states from Lovers’ Leap at Rock City Gardens.

As part of our 11-day American Rhythms tour, you’ll celebrate country music stars at Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame and County Music Hall of Fame; sip cocktails at one of Broadway’s lively honky-tonk bars; and catch a traditional line-dancing show at the Wildhorse Saloon. An amalgamation of music history, this tour combines the country and rock ‘n’ roll roots of Tennessee and the hometown of jazz New Orleans, with the opportunity for a bayou boat tour in search of alligators in the city of LaFayette.

9 days American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis

Guide Price  £4,499  pp  

Sit back, relax and unwind as you voyage up the iconic Mississippi River. Climb aboard the luxurious American Queen River Cruise, the world’s largest river boat, and discover a wealth of fascinating, rich history along the way, while admiring the...

Family holidays

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis
13 days Elvis Presley's Memphis Exhibit

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis

Guide Price  £2,599  pp  

The rich musical heritage of the United States traces the dots between blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll, all of which first emerged across a handful of Southern states in the first half of the 20 th century. This...

Multi centre holidays

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis
8 days Ice Cream at A Schwab

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities

Guide Price  £3,399  pp  

Discover the vibrant cities of the USA’s Deep South on this unique eight day small group adventure. This fantastic tour focuses on offering you a wonderful mix of culinary, historic and musical activities and best of all you will have...

City holidays

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities
13 days Chicago Skyline

The Heartland's Beat

Guide Price  £2,499  pp  

There are not many countries in this world where you are able to spend 12 nights driving through five states learning about the history of the country while enjoying the vast difference in music between the states. The Heartland’s Beat...

City holidays

The Heartland's Beat
14 days Piedmont Park

American South Escorted Tour

Guide Price  £2,699  pp  

Vibrant and full of southern charm, America’s Deep South is something that has to be experienced. Journey through 6 states, each as intriguing as the last, with cities besides the sea, mouth-watering cuisine, endless history and places that have inspired...

Escorted tours

American South Escorted Tour
8 days Mississippi River

Rhythms of the South Tour

 

Spend eight days exploring the rhythms of the Deep South, visiting cities that have changed the world’s musical stage. Alongside fellow travellers, journey through the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, and discover a region with music running through...

Cultural holidays

Rhythms of the South Tour
14 days Grand Ole Opry

Rhythms of the South Self Drive

Guide Price  £2,599  pp  

Hit the road on a Rhythms of the South self drive tour and explore Georgia, Tennessee , Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. Spend 14 days discovering the cities that changed the world’s musical landscape and awakened the civil...

City holidays

Rhythms of the South Self Drive
10 days Bourbon distillery

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

Our Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail self drive takes you on a rich and authentic journey through a timeless celebration of deep southern style. Combine the freedom of moving at your own pace with the expertise of our Destination Specialists; below...

USA road trips

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail
11 days Nashville

American Rhythms

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

Music and magic collide on this incredible 11-day tour of the American south, which stops at some of the world’s most legendary musical - and historical – landmarks. Our American Rhythms self drive will appeal to music lovers and history...

Self drive holidays

American Rhythms
9 days American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Guide Price  £4,399  pp  

Immerse yourself in the essence of America’s Deep South as you journey down the Mississippi aboard the luxurious American Queen paddle steamer. Sit back, relax and unwind as you enjoy award winning cuisine, beautiful staterooms, outstanding Broadway style entertainment and...

Luxury holidays

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Expert Tips

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“Nolensville Road is known as Nashville’s ‘international corridor’. Here you’ll find a whole host of globally-inspired markets and restaurants, offering something different from the deep-fried dishes of the South.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“With all this talk of rock ‘n’ roll and the blues, it’s easy to forget that Memphis is also known for its soul music. The Stax Museum of American Soul pays tribute to icons such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Well worth a visit.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“Chattanooga is home to some truly spectacular scenery and provides excellent landscapes for budding photographers. Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls are breath-taking.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Aside from exploring this fascinating city on foot, you can rent a bicycle using the simple B-Cycle program, or you can ride the free Music City Circuit bus.

Memphis experiences cool weather between March and April, and October through until November. The summer months have an average high of around 29°C, but temperatures can reach 35°C.

What is the food like in Tennessee?

The combination of legendary musical heritage, award-winning distilleries, mouth-watering cuisine and unforgettable scenery make Tennessee a must-see state of the South.

Why you'll love Tennessee...

• Touring the famous RCA Studio B, where Dolly Parton and Jim Reeves once recorded
• Visiting the Jack Daniels Distillery and sampling unique and upcoming variants
• Hiking up to Lovers’ Leap for panoramic vistas across the South
• Watching the live entertainment at one of Nashville’s honky-tonk bars
• Biting into juicy Memphis-style barbecue
• Immersing yourself in American history at the National Civil Rights Museum
• Walking in the steps of Elvis in his former residence, Graceland
• Catching a line-dancing show at the Wildhorse Saloon
• Sipping whisky at one of Beale Street’s lively rock ‘n’ roll bars
• Spotting the names of country music legends on the Music City Walk of Fame

Did you know?

• Nashville is host to the longest running live radio programme in the world – The Grand Ole Opry.
• Chattanooga was the site of the world’s first Coca Cola bottling plant.
• America’s largest earthquake was in Tennessee during 1811. It was this, the New Madrid Earthquake, that formed the Reelfoot Lake.