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The life of Elvis

Mike & Donna's verdict:

To follow the story of Elvis from his shotgun-shack birthplace in Tupelo to his early recordings at Sun Studio in Memphis, and to his OTT home at Graceland, isn't any old rags to riches tale. It's the birth of modern music, when country met blues and became rock 'n' roll. Throw in Nashville too and it's our idea of musical bliss.

Recommended tour operator: Cosmos Tours and Cruises

Memphis, TennesseeElvis PresleySun Studio MemphisGraceland

Cosmos Tours and Cruises says

Our nine-day escorted tour – Elvis and the Southern Sounds – is the ultimate immersion in the life of Elvis Presley. It’s a “must do” for Elvis fans and anyone who enjoys rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, country music and rhythm ‘n’ blues.

Based in Memphis and Nashville, highlights include a visit to Elvis Presley’s place of birth, Tupelo. There’s a fascinating museum of his life there too.

We’ll take you to Sun Studio, where much of Elvis’ music was recorded, and there’s a Platinum Tour of Graceland where you can not only see where Elvis lived but also his collection of trophies, awards and those fabulous costumes.

You won’t want to miss some quiet time in the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family are laid to rest.

In Nashville, you will enjoy a private performance by John Carter Cash, the only son of John and June Cash as well as a show at the Grand Ole Opry and a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Find out more about Elvis and the Southern Sounds.

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