Bluegrass & Bourbon Trail
SELF DRIVE TOUR
MEMPHIS | LYNCHBURG | CHATTANOOGA | GATLINBURG | LEXINGTON | LOUISVILLE | NASHVILLE
Discover the sounds and flavours of the south on this self-drive tour through Tennessee and Kentucky. Stay in Memphis, the home of Elvis, explore the historic town of Lynchburg famous for the Jack Daniels distillery, see the Great Smoky Mountains and much ,more on this musical tour.
- Live it up on Beale Street in Memphis
- Explore the Great Smoky Mountains
- Visit Louisville, the home of the world famous
- Kentucky Derby
Bluegrass & Bourbon Trail
Day 1 : Arrive Memphis
Upon arrival into Memphis collect your rental car at the airport and head to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the musical city of Memphis.
Day 2 : Memphis
The day is yours to explore, we suggest starting with a visit to Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar Factory, or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their rock’n’roll hits (all optional visits).
Day 3 : Memphis – Lynchburg (263 miles)
Continue your exploration to Lynchburg where you will pass out of the country music for the home of Bourbon. Discover the famous home of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery during your stay. While touring the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (optional), discover more about it’s history and learn about the great American wonder of the Cave Spring Hollow.
Day 4 : Lynchburg – Chattanooga (91 miles)
Venture into the 4th largest city in Southeast Tennessee and taste the South’s favourite snack food, the Moon Pie, which originated in Chattanooga in the early 1900s. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and expansion of its riverfront. A must visit is the Chattanooga Choo Choo Train Station.
Day 5 : Chattanooga – Gatlinburg (145 miles)
Make your way north to Gatlinburg and pass through the rich culture and natural beauty of Knoxville. Take a scenic hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with plentiful trails and beautiful surroundings. Afterwards, stroll through the downtown Village Shops and enjoy the beautiful architecture while doing a little shopping with an abundance of restaurants to choose from.
Day 6 : Gatlinburg – Lexington (214 miles)
As you leave Gatlinburg and make your way through Kentucky, you will witness the scenic view of the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. Begin your morning in the Horse Capital of the World, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. Embrace the rugged terrain of the Daniel Boone National Forest, named after the fearless legendary American pioneer.
Day 7 : Lexington – Louisville (78 miles)
While taking the drive to Louisville, you’ll pass by small towns and luscious green fields along the way. As you reach Louisville, don’t forget to visit the home of the world’s most famous thoroughbred horserace, the Kentucky Derby.
Day 8 : Louisville – Nashville (176 miles)
Nashville, “Music City USA”, is the music destination today. Make your way over to the Music City Walk of Fame (optional) honouring the top country performers. May we suggest a visit to the Ryman Auditorium and a night at the Grand Ole Opry?
Day 9 : Nashville
Today we suggest a visit to the Opy Mills shopping Centre or take a stroll through the Music Valley’s Wax Museum of the Stars and witness life-size wax figures of many country music stars. The State Capitol in downtown Nashville gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history and natural wonders.
Day 10 : Nashville – Memphis (212 miles)
Depart the capital of country and western music to return to the home of the blues, Memphis. Return your car at the airport where your tour comes to an end.