Land of country music and Delta blues – Nashville & Memphis holidays are old southern soul and surprising new delights

The Deep South has a way of seducing from the moment you arrive. Trying out your new Italian made leather cowboy boots for the first time or rolling along the Mississippi River on a starry night, holidays to Nashville and Memphis take you to the kind of places where you can’t help but dance. Design-led hotels, restaurants and boutiques are giving both cities a glossier edge – think velvet pink banquettes, baked oysters and pisco sours - but it’s still all about those music filled nights in neon-lit honky tonk bars as the sun sets over Nashville’s skyline, and Delta blues and Memphis barbecue while steamboats cruise waters where a teenage Elvis Presley used to hang out.

Whether you’re standing in line at Hattie B’s for that famous Tennessee hot chicken, following the some 600,000 visitors that come each year to see Graceland’s extravagant mansion or perched on a chair listening to both legends and up and coming musicians at the iconic Bluebird Café – the greatest hits of Nashville and Memphis holidays are country southern soul and rock ‘n roll swagger.

This is the place to come if you want to know what it feels like to walk in the footsteps of legends. There are Wednesday nights at Loveless Barn’s live Music City Roots, star-studded line-ups at the Grand Ole Oprey and tours of Sun City Studio and Sax Recording Studio where Elvis Presley and Otis Redding’s careers were launched. A world away from the songwriters is a compelling reminder of America’s civil rights history – the tiny Slave Haven Underground Railroad museum run by one of the most arrested families in Memphis, and the National Civil Rights Museum located on the site where Martin Luther King JR was assassinated.

We’ve walked the line in Nashville and Memphis many times and know the best places to stay whether it’s a sleek hotel in Music City or historic glamour in Memphis. Give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll help create your perfect honky tonk or rock ‘n roll holiday.

  • Visit Nashville, the capital of country music, and tour the recording studios of Music Row before heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame to record your own track
  • Memphis is the place for music lovers, bursting with the sounds of country, soul, blues and jazz, it was also the home of the King, Elvis Presley
  • Sample the taste of the South with the region’s unique cuisine, including barbecue favourites
  • A self-drive is the perfect way to explore the cities, giving you the freedom to choose your own itinerary

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Time difference:

GMT -6 hours


US Dollar ($)

Flying time to destination:

Memphis: 10½ hours, New Orleans: 11¾ hours

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When to visit

Jan 16°c
Feb 18°c
Mar 21°c
Apr 25°c
May 29°c
Jun 31°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 32°c
Sep 30°c
Oct 26°c
Nov 21°c
Dec 18°c
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Pause for a moment on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and take in the sights and sounds of the unique French quarter – wonderful architecture, diverse colourful happy people, soulfull jazz – traditional and modern – and the delightful smells of Cajun cooking. A unique experience that will stay with you forever.

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