Music Cities: Memphis, Nashville, & Pigeon Forge

October 30, 2024 thru November 6, 2024

Embark on a 8-day journey where melodies meet the mountains. From the legendary Graceland to the vibrant heart of Nashville’s music scene, discover the stories behind iconic tunes. Let the festive spirit of Dollywood enchant you, and be awed by the timeless beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. This tour is a symphony of America’s musical legacy and natural wonders!


Transportation

Roundtrip air transportation

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Activity Level 3

Moderate

Meals

14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinner)

Availability

Available

Gratuities

All tips for included items


Tour Highlights

  • 2 Nights at the Guest House at Graceland
  • Memphis City Tour
  • Sun Records Recording Studio Tour
  • Elvis Experience Tour at Graceland
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Loretta Lynn Ranch Guided Tour
  • 3 Nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Grand Ole Opry with Inlcuded Dinner
  • Nashville City Tour
  • General Jackson Showboat
  • Santa Fe Show & Dinner
  • 2 Nights at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa
  • Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Skyland Ranch Show & Dinner

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 7 nights’ lodging
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinner)
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Day 1 — Graceland

Fly into Memphis and transfer to the Guest House at Graceland for a two-night stay. Graceland is the famed home of Elvis Presley which sits on a 13.8 acre estate and is now a testament to his legacy. We have the evening to enjoy Graceland and and an independant dinner.

Day 2 — Memphis Music History

The next day, discover Memphis on a city tour and dive into music on a tour of Sun Records Recording Studio. A cornerstone of American music history, this legendary studio played a pivitol role in the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and country music. It is perhaps best known for discovering and recording Elvis in 1954. For lunch, head back to Graceland then take the Elvis Experience Tour. This evening we have a Welcome Dinner at King’s Palace Cafe.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 3 — Loretta Lynn's Story

Journey to Nashville today, with a stop to tour Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Loretta’s story is truly “a Rags to Riches story”. There are many attractions on the grounds including the Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum, with everything from Loretta’s simple mountain life in Kentucky to her rise to stardom. Her legendary career and life are preserved at her Ranch.

Check into the Gaylord Opryland Resort for a three-night stay and enjoy independent time.

Meals included: (B)

Day 4 — Nashville Music History

Delve into the roots of country music with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This treasure trove of artifacts, photographs, recordings, and memorabilia tell the story of country music’s origins and evolution.

Enjoy an independent lunch in bustling Downtown Nashville, followed by the iconic Ryman Auditorium tour. Known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” the Ryman is a historic venue celebrated for its unparalleled acoustics and pivotal role in popularizing country music through the Grand Ole Opry. This evening take part in a specially included dinner and show at the Grand Ole Opry.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 5 — Music City, USA

Embark on a Nashville City Tour to discover the city’s charms. Nashville is known as “Music City USA” and offers a unique blend of history and culture. Learn more about its landmarks and the familiar names that Nashville has produced.

Later, board the General Jackson Showboat for a scenic lunch experience as you float down Tennessee’s Cumberland River. After a break at the resort, enjoy the Santa Fe Show & Dinner.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

Today, we set off for Pigeon Forge, famously known as the home of country music icon, Dolly Parton. We’ll arrive at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort by early afternoon, just in time to dive into the festive cheer of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Explore a winter wonderland adorned with more than 6 million twinkling lights and dozens of towering Christmas trees that add a cheerful shimmer to the rides and attractions.

Enjoy an independent afternoon and evening exploring the park’s holiday-themed attractions and entertainment at your leisure.

Meals included: (B)

Day 7 — Great Smoky Mountains

Embrace the beauty of Appalachia today by venturing into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you’ll find an expanse of lush forests and mist-covered mountains. The Smokies are among the oldest mountains in the world, formed 200-300 million years ago. Their ancient landscapes and the fog that often envelopes them, giving them their “smoky” appearance all add to their mysteriousness. The journey continues to SkyLand Ranch in the late afternoon. Here, the SkyLand Ranch Show & Dinner awaits, offering an evening of entertainment paired with a dining experience.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 — Farewell to Music Cities

On the last day of our tour, we will transfer back to Nashville to catch our flight home, taking back memories of music and mountains.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$4,165 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,915 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

July 23, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 7 nights’ lodging
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinner)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Booking Policy

Final Payment Due: July 23, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None through July 23, 2024
  • $200 – July 24 – August 27, 2024
  • $2,400 – August 28 – September 24, 2024
  • 100% after September 24, 2024

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $383


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 3: Moderate

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In early November, Tennessee welcomes the crisp, cool embrace of late autumn with temperatures that can vary widely across the state. Eastern regions, particularly in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains, tend to be cooler, with daytime temperatures often in the mid-50s to low 60s°F (around 12-17°C), and nights that can cool down significantly. The central and western parts of the state experience milder conditions, with slightly warmer temperatures during the day. The entire state can enjoy clear, sunny days interspersed with cooler, overcast weather, and occasional rain showers, painting a picturesque autumnal scene with vibrant fall foliage on display, especially in the wooded and mountainous areas.

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