Sights & Sounds of the South with Atlanta (ATE)

12 Day Tour from Memphis to Atlanta

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This Southern US tour is a must for music buffs, as it explores some of the locations that played a critical role in the evolution of American music. Your vacation includes two nights each in three of Tennessee’s great cities: Memphis, dubbed the "birthplace of rock ’n’ roll;" Nashville, famous for country music; and Gatlinburg, a mountain resort destination. You’ll also overnight in Asheville, Louisville, and Lexington, and spend two nights in Atlanta.

Begin your vacation in Memphis with visits to Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. In Nashville, “Music City U.S.A.,” your sightseeing tour includes visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary RCA Studio B, once a recording home of Elvis Presley. This special experience arranged by Globus even lets you make a recording to take home with you! While in Nashville, you’ll stay at the world-famous Opryland, where you’ll experience the grandeur of the South with hospitality at its finest. You’ll also enjoy reserved seats to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry along with a backstage tour after the show—another out-of-the-ordinary adventure offered by Globus!

Other highlights of this Southern US tour include Dollywood, an 88-acre theme park inspired by Dolly Parton; Great Smoky Mountain National Park, America’s most visited national park; and behind-the-scenes visits to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and a local horse farm in Lexington—yet more hidden gems offered by Globus. In Asheville, visit George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America. In Atlanta, enjoy admission to Coca-Cola World, a guided tour of CNN Studios, and time to explore on your own.

All of this and more await you on this marvelous Southern US vacation highlighting the sights and sounds of the South.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MEMPHIS
Sightseeing tour; visit Graceland and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
NASHVILLE
Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide; visit Country Music Hall of Fame; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit RCA Studio B and record your own hit; reserved seats at Grand Ole Opry show; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry
HODGENVILLE
Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace
BARDSTOWN
Visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park and Heaven Hill Whiskey Distillery
LOUISVILLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Experience the “backstretch” area at Churchill Downs; visit Kentucky Derby Museum
LEXINGTON
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Behind-the-scenes Kentucky Horse Farm visit
GATLINBURG
Orientation tour
DOLLYWOOD
Explore the park
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour
ASHEVILLE
Tour Biltmore Estate; farewell dinner
ATLANTA
Visit CNN Studios; World of Coca Cola

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Asheville

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Memphis

Welcome to Memphis, the “Home of the Blues.” This evening, mix and mingle with your traveling companions at 6 pm for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 Memphis. Excursion to Graceland

This morning, enjoy city sightseeing including a tour of the ROCK ‘N’ SOUL MUSEUM, which traces Memphis’ cultural and musical past and features the Smithsonian’s Social Crossroads exhibition. Continue to the gardens and mansions of Elvis Presley’s GRACELAND, named a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Tonight, enjoy dinner on world-famous Beale Street.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Memphis–Nashville

Depart for Nashville. Upon arrival, experience this city up close and personal on a guided sightseeing tour of the landmarks, including Centennial Park’s full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon and the recording studios of Music Row. This evening, you may opt to join an excursion to Nashville Nightlife, combining dinner and the best of Music City’s country entertainment.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel is the world-famous Opryland, where you’ll experience all the grandeur of the South with hospitality at its finest. Explore nine acres of lush indoor gardens, winding pathways, and sparkling waterfalls, as well as 30 specialty shops, a spa, and a variety of restaurants.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Nashville

Today, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME to see its rich collection of costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs, and, of course, Elvis Presley’s “solid gold” Cadillac. Also, visit historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RCA STUDIO B—once a recording home of Elvis Presley. You’ll even make a recording and take it home with you! Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, the mecca for country musicians. After the show, take a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BACKSTAGE TOUR. Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens on the other side of the curtain at the show that made country music famous.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Nashville–Hodgenville–Bardstown–Louisville

Head into the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country. At Sinking Spring Farm in Hodgenville, National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIRTHPLACE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, see a replica of the original log cabin preserved as a shrine to the best-loved of American presidents. In Bardstown, stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving up Southern cuisine, then visit MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK, where Stephen Foster composed Kentucky’s anthem. Continue to HEAVEN HILL WHISKEY DISTILLERY, showcasing some of the world’s finest bourbon, and learn about its production process and history.

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Day 6 Louisville–Lexington

This morning, go Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite behind the scenes at CHURCHILL DOWNS, home of the “Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports.” Visit the Backstretch area, normally not open to the public. See the Receiving Barn, the Pony Barn, spend time at the rail watching the horses work out, with the chance to talk to the trainers and other staff. Next, experience Derby Day—from the starting gate to the finish line—at the KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM. This afternoon, travel the Bluegrass Parkway to Lexington for a fascinating behind-the-scenes visit to a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HORSE FARM. Travel through rolling countryside and learn about the majestic horses that make Lexington the “Horse Capital of the World.” Journey behind the fences to a thoroughbred farm and hear about the breeding process, rearing, horseracing, and even meet some of these beautiful champions up close.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Lexington–Gatlinburg

This morning, journey south through the rugged wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest, where you will stop to see the thundering, 125-foot-wide Cumberland Falls. Continue across the border into Tennessee and on to Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited national park. Arrive this afternoon in one of the country’s most popular mountain retreats.

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Day 8 Gatlinburg. Excursion to Dollywood

Spend the day at world-famous DOLLYWOOD, an 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains, family, and country music. This evening, join an optional excursion to the Dixie Stampede, showcasing a hearty country dinner and an action-packed show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Gatlinburg–Great Smoky Mountain National Park–Asheville

Depart Gatlinburg and drive right through the center of National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK along spectacular Newfound Gap Road to Clingman’s Dome, peaking at 6,643 feet. As you travel through the park, witness the mist of blue haze that surrounds the mountains for which the park is named. Arrive in Asheville and head to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre BILTMORE ESTATE, the largest privately owned home in America. Tour the French Renaissance-style, 250-room chateau to view the priceless paintings and antiques, including Napoleon’s chess table. Be sure to spend time exploring the spectacular gardens. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, hosted by your Tour Director.

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DinnerDinner

Day 10 Asheville–Atlanta

This morning, depart Asheville for Atlanta.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Atlanta

A full day at leisure to explore Atlanta. Admission is included to the WORLD OF COCA-COLA as well as a guided tour of CNN STUDIOS. Your local host can help arrange excursions and offer useful shopping and dining tips during your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Atlanta

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HILLARY JOHNSON

Years of Experience: 30

During a summer in Ireland when I was 12, I was bitten by the "travel bug." I lived in Europe and became a Tour Director after graduating with a degree in European Languages. I am never as alive as when I am on the road. The haunting echo of a saxophone on a New Orleans street, the heady evening perfume of Jasmine in bloom, the sweet taste of a beignet, and the joyous "AA-eeeee!" of a Cajun dancer all need to be experienced... observing them from afar is not enough.

Tour Director - HILLARY JOHNSON

 Accommodations

Memphis
Nashville
Louisville
Lexington
Gatlinburg
Asheville
Atlanta

Memphis

Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown

First-Class

185 Union Ave
Memphis, TN United States

Free Wifi

Any hotel featuring its own brand of chocolate chip cookie is a hotel featuring ultimate comfort. The Doubletree Hotel Memphis is located near some of the city's top attractions - Beale Street, museums, Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion, and more! Rooms are modern with soft-tone colors and plush bedding, the hotel provides an outdoor pool for relaxation and a fully-equipped fitness center so you can stay active, even on vacation. The Doubletree Memphis has everything to make your stay away a perfect one.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Superior First-Class

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN United States

Free Wifi

Commercial Three-story Motor Hotel situated across Briley Parkway from Opryland, 15 minutes from downtown.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Louisville

Seelbach Hilton Louisville Downtown

Deluxe

500 Fourth St.
Louisville, KY United States

Refurbished Landmark Hotel dating from 1905, period antiques and artwork blend with modern amenities and comforts; downtown area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Lexington

Hilton Lexington Downtown

Superior First-Class

369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY United States

Free Wifi

Seventeen-story Atrium Hotel connected by skywalk to Victorian Square, Rupp Arena & Convention Center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-bar

Gatlinburg

Park Vista Hotel

First-Class

705 Cherokee Orchard Road
Gatlinburg, TN United States

Free Wifi

Convention-oriented tower hotel with spiraling 15-story atrium. Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding the hotel or relax in an Adirondack chair while enjoying the serenity of a Smoky Mountain sunset, with the Gatlinburg city lights illuminating the Smoky Mountain valley below.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Voicemail

Asheville

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

First-Class

43 Town Square Blvd
Asheville, NC United States

Free Wifi

Located in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square - there's a lively shopping, dining and entertainment scene steps from the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Atlanta

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

First-Class

165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA United States

Free Wifi

The Sheraton Atlanta hotel blends exquisite guest rooms and facilities with a smart design and incomparable service in a convenient downtown location. Enjoy crisp lines, artful lighting and contemporary furnishings highlighted by a brilliant modern art collection. Experience our re-energized hotel offering a fresh, new blend of chic style and boutique-inspired service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Nashville
Gatlinburg

Nashville

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Show

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Show

Nashville Nightlife is Music City's premier entertainment theater. After a buffet dinner, you'll hear all the songs that have made Nashville famous worldwide. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith! The show celebrates today's country and honors tradition. Show and dinner last approximately 2.5 hours.

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

Gatlinburg

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show offers food, fun, and excitement all in one! The stars of Dixie Stampede are 32 magnificent horses along with beautiful southern belles and gallant heroes, competitive events, a friendly North/South rivalry, illusions, comedy, a fabulous four-course feast and a "Stand on your feet" patriotic finale written by Dolly Parton herself entitled "Color Me America." Dinner show lasts approximately 3 hours.

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

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