• 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.

12 days Piedmont Park Atlanta

Gone with the Wind Tour


Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and mighty Mississippi are united by a haunting history but they're probably most famous now for their lively music, delicious Deep South cooking and charming southern hospitality. One of our most popular escorted...

Escorted tours

Gone with the Wind Tour
9 days American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis


The mighty Mississippi River is famous around the world. Rich in history it is just waiting to be explored, so climb aboard the iconic and the world's largest riverboat the American Queen. This is more than just your average paddle...

Cruise holidays

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis
9 days American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Guide Price £4,349 pp  

Enjoy a quintessentially American experience as you journey down the Mississippi aboard the opulent American Queen. This luxurious paddle steamer offers exquisite staterooms, modern amenities and Broadway quality entertainment, not to mention award-winning dining and signature shore excursions. Start your...

Luxury holidays

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans
13 days Space Camp

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis

Guide Price £2,529 pp  

This trip travelling through Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia will be a big hit among music fans. Stroll through Birmingham's historic downtown, and stop in to hear the gospel choir at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Head to the legendary Sun...

Self drive holidays

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

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities

Guide Price £3,349 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...

Cultural holidays

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities
13 days Chicago Skyline

The Heartland's Beat

Guide Price £2,439 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 Grand Ole Opry

Rhythms of the South Self Drive


The southern United States is the birthplace of many different genres of music from country, jazz, blues to rock 'n' roll. On this 14 day self drive adventure you will hit the open road and drive across these southern states...

Self drive holidays

Rhythms of the South Self Drive
10 days Bourbon distillery

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail

Guide Price £1,989 pp  

Take in all the sounds and flavours of the south on this musical tour through Tennessee and Kentucky. Starting with a couple of days in Memphis, the birthplace of the blues, where you can visit Elvis Presley’s former home Graceland,...

USA road trips

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail
11 days Streetcars

American Rhythms


From the jazz filled streets of New Orleans to the Country music sounds of Nashville and the Memphis blues, American Rhythms certainly lives up to its name. Discover some of the Deep South's most vibrant cities on this 11 day...

Fly drive holidays

American Rhythms
7 days Creole Queen

Romantic Trails Of The South Tour

Guide Price £1,829 pp  

This escorted tour is the ultimate way to see the best of the Deep South in just one week. From New Orleans to Atlanta, this tour will take you through some of the most atmospheric locations across four States including...

Escorted tours

Romantic Trails Of The South Tour

Expert Tips


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.”


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.”


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.