Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and the Caribbean
Join us on a fully escorted tour to see New Orleans, the cradle of the blues and Dixieland jazz; Tupelo, birthplace of the 'King'; Memphis, where he made his home; and Nashville, the undisputed capital of Country Music. Afterwards, round off your trip with a relaxing eight-day cruise across to the sun-blessed resorts of Mexico and the Caribbean aboard the marvellous Carnival Dream.
Fly to Atlanta, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and make the journey into the southeast corner of Tennessee and your historic overnight hotel in Chattanooga, of 'Choo-Choo' fame, and a former riverside trading post much fought over during the American Civil War.
After a brief tour of Chattanooga, which is beautifully set on a bend in the Tennessee River, in the heart of land once settled by the Cherokee Nation, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded Tennessee hills and farmland to Nashville, for an overnight stay. Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and to scores of hugely accomplished guitar-pickers and songwriters, Nashville is every inch one of America's foremost music cities.
This afternoon, an optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B - home to countless country hits and a galaxy of Elvis's RCA recordings - as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Later today you head for Memphis for a two-night stay in another of the cradles of American music, on the bank of the 'Big Muddy', the mighty Mississippi. This evening, soak up the atmosphere of famous Beale Street.
Don't miss the optional full day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include legendary Sun Studio, where in 1951 'rock 'n' roll' was born with the recording of 'Rocket 88', and history changed forever three years later with Elvis's rendition and 'live' recording of Arthur Crudup's 'That's Alright, Mama'. You'll then make your way to Elvis Presley Boulevard to pay a visit to Graceland, the King's home, last recording studio and final resting place.
After a fascinating day, enjoy another evening in Memphis, perhaps sampling pork ribs - the city is known as the 'Barbecue Capital of America'.
Leaving Memphis today you'll complete your Elvis journey with a visit to Tupelo, where you might wish to visit the tiny house that was the star's birthplace, before continuing south through Mississippi, following the course of 'Ol Man River' towards Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, for a two-night stay in the great city of New Orleans. Waste no time in soaking up the atmosphere of one of the most exuberant places on the face of the planet.
An optional guided city tour this morning introduces the 'Big Easy', including the fabled French Quarter of time-warped, iron-balconied buildings centred on Jackson Square. This afternoon, take the optional Bayou and Alligators tour for a glimpse of the city's surrounding Creole country and wildlife, before returning to the city for another night of hot music and even hotter Creole food, or perhaps join the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
Today you'll bid temporary farewell to the US and board Carnival Dream for the seven-night cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico. Settle in and explore the ship's facilities. Consider an upgrade to an outside stateroom - a small supplement to our price buys you an unforgettable ocean view.
Enjoy the pool, spa or perhaps just a seat at the bar on your first days at sea.
Days Eight and Nine
The first port of call is Montego Bay - or more affectionately MoBay - in Jamaica. Kick back to the saucy rhythms of reggae and enjoy time shopping for hand-woven straw hats and delicate wood carvings or, more simply, relax barefoot at one of the many beach bars.
Today is spent in Grand Cayman, where you may choose from a range of optional tours sold on board, including the best scuba diving in the kaleidoscopic Caribbean Sea. Otherwise stretch out on the glimmering white sands at Seven Mile Beach or stroll the shops, cafes, and museums in George Town.
Enjoy a full day in the celebrated Mexican resort of Cozumel. Locally bookable activities include sight-seeing tours, as well as sub-aqua diving and a submarine tour.
Another day is spent relaxing at sea as Carnival Dream sails back across the Gulf of Mexico towards the USA.
Arrive back in New Orleans this morning and spend the last night of the tour in Montgomery on the banks of the Alabama River and former home to the legendary Hank Williams.
Today, after a free morning, you'll head back into Georgia to Atlanta for your return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful holiday.