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SPECTACTULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE AND MUSIC CITIES TOUR
Nashville and Memphis

August 20-25, 2017

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Join us for a once in a lifetime tour where we will enjoy an incredible opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse on the afternoon of  August 21st in Nashville Tennessee, as well as enjoy the famed nightlife of “Music City” for three nights with an optional visit to a live show at the Grand Ol Opry on the third night.
Next its on to Memphis for a two night stay with a visit to famed Graceland to see the home of the King, Elvis Presley and the Sun Studios where he recorded his first album. We will also enjoy a morning sightseeing cruise on the mighty Mississippi River.

The Solar Eclipse is a most rare and unique sight that will leave you breathless in awe of the sight of the moon passing in front of the sun and casting its shadow upon the sun.  There are only a few places in the US where the eclipse will be visible and we have selected one of the best for this unique trip experience.

This is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse IS where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere.  IT is truly an incredible experience to witness which you will remember forever!

We will also have a guest speaker and escort from the Atlanta Astronomy club to tell us about this most unique experience and how to best view it and enjoy it to its fullest.  Nashville was rated one of the top ten locations to view the solar eclipse for its location right on the path of the totality of the eclipse and thus we will enjoy an incredible show in the sky.

In order to provide the best viewing experience and the most time with our special guest astronomy expert, we have limited this tour to only 5 people, so book early!

 

Daily Itinerary

Sunday August 20th
Fly into Nashville and make your way to check into our hotel, the Quality Inn Downtown Nashville.  The afternoon is at leisure to relax.  The hotel is a short walk from many restaurants, bars and tourist shops on Broadway Street, the hub of activity in downtown Nashville. It also offers a free breakfast in the morning. Rooms include a fridge and microwave.  It even has a guitar shaped indoor pool.

This evening we will have a brief orientation at the hotel with our special guest speaker discussing what we will see at tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse.  Our guest speaker, Phil Danneman, from the Atlanta Astronomy Club, has given many lectures on topics covering a wide range of astronomy issues and will be able to best answer any questions and assist in making your eclipse viewing the best and most memorable.

 

Monday Aug 21st
After our included breakfast this morning at our hotel, we will gather at a designated time in the late morning and will be driven to the most optimal spot in Nashville for viewing the eclipse.  The Eclipse begins at 11:58AM local time in Nashville.  By 1:27pm, the sun will be completely in the shadow of the moon.  This is called the “Totality of the Eclipse”.   Each of our passengers will be given special eclipse viewing glasses to protect your eyes and enable you to best view the eclipse in the mid-day sunshine.

In order to provide the best viewing experience and the most time with our special guest astronomy expert, we have limited this tour to only 5 people, so book early!

Description: Total solar eclipse
A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun's disk

 The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the shops and restaurants on Broadway, just a short walk from our hotel.

 

Tuesday August 22nd
Today is a free today for many optional activities including hiking, rafting, ziplining, or a visit to a old Civil War Plantation or even a visit to a distillery or brewery. You may also wish to visit the country Music Hall of fame or the Johnny Cash Museum.
Tonight, if you wish, join us for an optional outing to the Grand Ol Opry.

The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous, and the Grand Ole Opry House is the place where the magic has happened for more than 35 years.

This evening, if you wish, join us for an exciting optional excursion to attend a live performance at the Grand Ol Opry.  Country Music’s stars perform here every Tuesday night and we will have your opportunity to attend tonight’s live show and soak in the music and the ambience of the legendary facility. (The cost of the show is between $28 and $55 depending on your seating preference and we will have reserved seating for our guests in both seating categories so nobody sits alone.  The show features 6-8 country music stars and the lineup of performers is generally released by the Opry about 30 days before each show (The first time we ran a trip with a visit to the Opry, the performers that night included music legends Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and Carrie Underwood!) 

Those that choose not to attend the show are free to explore the lively nightlife of Nashville, along Broadway street, just a short walk from our hotel.

 

Wednesday August 23rd
This morning after our included daily breakfast we will check out and be driven to Memphis Tennessee where we will check into the DOUBLETREE HOTEL by Hilton, located just a short 2 block walk from the nightlife of famed Beale Street.

All rooms have mini fridge and there each floor has a customer service area with microwave. The rooms include breakfast each day.  This evening we will enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Mighty Mississippi River.
This afternoon we will enjoy a 90 minute river cruise on the mighty Mississippi at 2:30pm

This evening is at your leisure to explore the nightlife of beale street.
Beale Street is the very heart of entertainment in Memphis. With more than 25 clubs and numerous shops lining the street, it's no wonder that the world-famous Beale Street attracts both locals and visitors alike.

Whether its, Rock, Blues, or anything in between, Beale street offers live music in all varieties, to make your evening fun.

 

Thursday August 24th
Breakfast is included at our hotel.  After breakfast, we will leave for the short drive to enjoy a guided tour of Sun Studios, where legends including Johnny Cash, Elvis and others got their first recording contract.  We will enjoy a tour of the studio to see a glimpse of how the recording industry operated then and how it has changed over the years.

This afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of famed Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley.  We will tour his home, museum and grounds and then upon our return to our hotel we will enjoy another evening at leisure to explore the music of Beal Street.  Our visit today provides us with the Platinum Tour experience including a self-guided exploration of the mansion, the Elvis car collection, private plane collection and the Elvis museum.  The visit is at your own pace and normally takes between 2 and 3 hours.

Discover the Ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience
Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee. The full Graceland experience will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to superstardom. See how a rock ‘n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. Enjoy video, photos, Elvis’ personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and much more.

Walk in Elvis’ Steps at Graceland Mansion

Step inside Graceland Mansion and follow in the same steps as Elvis himself as you enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with his friends and family. The Graceland Mansion tour includes Elvis’ living room, music room, parents' bedroom, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous Jungle Room.

After touring the Mansion, check out the other great parts of the 14-acre estate.

Stroll Through The Elvis Presley Car Museum

Elvis loved cars and the Elvis Presley Car Museum displays some of his favorites. Stroll down a tree-lined street with a drive-in theater and see over 33 vehicles owned by Elvis. Highlights include his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, the red MG from Blue Hawaii and more. Also, see some of Elvis’ favorite motorized toys, including a go-cart, dune buggy, motorized three-wheelers and a pedal car. Some newer additions to the Elvis Presley Car Museum include his Rolls Royce sedans, 6-door Mercedes Benz limousine and Elvis' John Deere 4010 tractor that he used on his ranch and at Graceland.

Step Aboard Elvis’ Custom Jets

Elvis purchased a 1958 Convair 880 in April 1975 and named it Lisa Marie after his daughter. He spent more than $800,000 having the jet remodeled. Climb aboard this customized jet that features a living room, conference room, sitting room, and private bedroom, as well as gold-plated seatbelts, suede chairs, leather covered tables, 24-karat gold-flecked sinks and more.

Then, take a peek inside Elvis’ smaller Lockheed Jet Star, customized by Elvis with a yellow and green interior, that was primarily used for taking Elvis’ manager and his staff from city to city on his concert tours

Explore Elvis Presley: Fashion King

At Graceland Crossing, take a step inside the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s closet and explore the fashion trends set by Elvis with his own unique style and custom-made clothing. The new exhibit, Elvis Presley: Fashion King showcases everything from Elvis’ handmade shirts and suits to flashy jewelry and shoes, giving visitors a first-hand look at how to dress like royalty.

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The Mansion at Graceland – Former home of Elvis.


At the end of our tour of Graceland, we will return to our hotel and the rest of the day and evening is at leisure to again enjoy the nightlife of the many bars are restaurants on famed Beale Street

 

Friday August 25th
Today we will leave Memphis and head to the airport for our flights home.

Your trip includes:

  • 3 nights in Nashville at the Comfort Inn Downtown with breakfast daily
  • 2 nights in Memphis at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton with breakfast daily
  • Guided Tour of Graceland with hotel pickup and return
  • Guided tour of Sun Studios with hotel pickup and return
  • Mississippi River sightseeing 90 minute cruise with hotel pickup and return
  • Evening presentation and Astronomy Talk on Sunday night Aug 20th by local astronomer Phil Danneman of the Atlanta Astronomy club highlighting the August 21st Full Solar Eclipse 
  • Escorted visit to the Full Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st led by our local astronomer Phil Danneman of the Atlanta Astronomy club with hotel pick up and return
  • Special Eclipse viewing glasses to protect and assist you in maximizing your eclipse viewing experience.
  • Transport from Nashville to Memphis in private van or car for our group alone
  • Free non-smoking roommate matching of the same gender

In order to provide the best viewing experience and the most time with our special guest astronomy expert, we have limited this tour to only 5 people, so book early!

Trip cost $1789 per person including tax
Optional single room supplement $525

A deposit of $300 is due within 7 days of booking. If canceled this deposit is transferable to any other of our trips within one year from the date of this trip but is not refundable.

The balance payment is due July 17th and is  non refundable.

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