Bluegrass & Bourbon Trail - 10 Day Self Drive with flights


Memphis | Lynchburg | Chattanooga | Gatlinburg | Lexington | Louisville | Nashville

Begin your journey in Memphis, the birthplace of the blues, where the rhythmic beats of Beale Street and a pilgrimage to Graceland set the stage for musical immersion. Traverse the scenic landscapes of Tennessee, making your way to Lynchburg, home to the renowned Jack Daniel's Distillery, where the rich aroma of whiskey and historic charm await.

Next, explore the vibrant city of Chattanooga, perched on the banks of the Tennessee River. Delight in the scenic wonders of Gatlinburg, nestled amidst the Great Smoky Mountains, offering outdoor adventures and charming village shops. Immerse yourself in the equestrian legacy of Lexington, then journey to the cultural hub of Louisville, home to the iconic Kentucky Derby. Nashville, the ultimate music destination, invites exploration of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

As your self-drive holiday comes full circle to Memphis, where blues melodies linger in the air, reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences that define the soulful journey through these storied landscapes.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 10 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 9 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 10 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Memphis, Tennessee

    Hotel: ARRIVE Memphis 4*

    Start your journey in the melodic city of Memphis, immersing yourself in the soulful sounds of the blues on historic Beale Street. Delight in a live performance at one of the lively blues bars, experiencing firsthand the birthplace of this iconic musical genre. Memphis unfolds a symphony of musical and cinematic moments, and with two nights at your disposal, you have ample time to explore your favourites.

    Begin with a pilgrimage to Graceland, the cherished home of the late Elvis Presley. Then, select from an array of optional visits that beckon music enthusiasts. Choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar Factory, or Sun Studio—hallowed ground where legends like B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis etched their rock'n'roll hits into history. Your time in Memphis promises a harmonious blend of musical heritage and cultural exploration.

  • Day 3

    Lynchburg & Franklin, Tennessee - 209 Miles

    Hotel: The Harpeth Downtown Franklin Curio Hilton 4*

    Continue your journey to Lynchburg, transitioning from the realm of country music to the heart of Bourbon. Here, you'll uncover the renowned home of the Jack Daniel's whiskey distillery during your stay. Opt for a tour of the Jack Daniel's Distillery, where you'll delve into the wonders of Cave Spring Hollow, a great American marvel, and deepen your understanding of the distillery's rich history.

    While in Lynchburg, be sure not to overlook Nina's Taste of Tennessee, a charming shop offering delectable, sweet treats and delightful surprises. Indulge in the unique flavours crafted by Nina, as many of her confections feature a variety of Jack Daniel's whiskey, adding a distinct and flavourful twist to your culinary experience. Lynchburg invites you to savour the essence of Tennessee, seamlessly blending the craftsmanship of Bourbon with the sweet notes of local treats for a truly unforgettable stop on your exploration.

    Continue todays journey by heading north to Franklin, Tennessee. Consider downtown Franklin’s main thoroughfare a must-see attraction. It has been designated a Great American Main Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and when you see all Franklin’s Main Street has to offer, you’ll understand its appeal.

  • Day 4

    Chattanooga, Tennessee - 147 Miles

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton 4*

    Explore the fourth-largest city in Southeast Tennessee and take a taste of the South's beloved snack food—the Moon Pie, which has been a Chattanooga staple since the early 1900s. This city has garnered national acclaim for the revitalization of its picturesque downtown and the expansion of its scenic riverfront.

    A noteworthy stop is the Chattanooga Choo Choo Train Station, an iconic landmark transformed into a unique hotel. Originally constructed in 1908 in the historic district, the station encapsulates the charm of a bygone era. If your journey aligns with the summer season, be sure to check the dates for the annual Chattanooga Riverbend Festival, a vibrant celebration that adds an extra layer of excitement to your visit. Chattanooga invites you to indulge in its rich history, enjoy its scenic landscapes, and partake in the festivities that make this city a dynamic and engaging destination.

  • Day 5

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee - 141 miles

    Hotel: The Park Vista - DoubleTree Hotel – Gatlinburg 4*

    Proceed northward to Gatlinburg, traversing the rich culture and natural splendour of Knoxville—a city harmonising southern hospitality with modern development. Begin your day with a scenic hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where an abundance of trails and breathtaking surroundings awaits.

    Consider an optional visit to the Sugarlands Distilling Company, where you can indulge in a variety of samples. Alternatively, opt for a visit to the Smoky Mountain Brewery for a quick lunch (optional). Following your adventures, meander through the downtown Village Shops, appreciating the charming architecture as you engage in a bit of shopping. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from, Gatlinburg offers a delightful combination of outdoor exploration and leisurely indulgence in its vibrant downtown area.

  • Day 6

    Lexington, Kentucky - 215 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Lexington Downtown 4*

    As you depart from Gatlinburg and journey through Kentucky, you'll be treated to scenic vistas of the Appalachian Mountains and the mighty Mississippi River, with the Ohio River marking the northern boundary. Commence your morning in the Horse Capital of the World, nestled in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest, named after the courageous American pioneer.

    Within the expanse of the Daniel Boone National Forest, discover Cumberland Falls, a captivating site where a majestic 120-foot wide, 67-foot waterfall steals the spotlight. This natural wonder provides a breathtaking spectacle amidst the rugged terrain. Kentucky unfolds its diverse landscapes, from the equestrian legacy of the Bluegrass Region to the pristine beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest, promising a scenic journey through history and nature.

  • Day 7

    Louisville, Kentucky - 74 Miles

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Louisville 4*

    Embark on a scenic drive to Louisville, passing through charming small towns and lush green fields along the way. Upon reaching Louisville, immerse yourself in the legacy of the world's most renowned thoroughbred horserace, the Kentucky Derby, hosted at Churchill Downs every first Saturday in May. Remember to bring a stylish hat for this iconic event! Churchill Downs, featured in the movie Sea Biscuit, stands as the mecca of American horse racing and is home to the Kentucky Derby Museum.

    Consider a short detour to Bardstown, where you can explore My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the inspirational setting for Stephen Foster's anthem of the same name—a melody sung by crowds every year at the Kentucky Derby. For baseball enthusiasts, a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum (optional) is a must, offering an interactive experience honouring some of the sport's greatest players. Louisville unfolds a tapestry of history, culture, and sports, inviting you to engage in the vibrant traditions of the Bluegrass State.

  • Day 8

    Nashville, Tennessee - 175 Miles

    Hotel: Holston House Nashville 4*

    Nashville, renowned as "Music City USA," stands as the ultimate music destination today. Begin your exploration by heading to the Music City Walk of Fame (optional), a tribute to the top country performers. This multimedia music shrine encompasses movie theatres, costumes, instruments, and other artifacts that intricately detail the colourful history of country music. Consider a visit to the iconic Ryman Auditorium and cap off your evening with a memorable show at the Grand Ole Opry.

    For a day of leisure, we recommend a visit to the Opry Mills Shopping Centre or a leisurely stroll through the Music Valley's Wax Museum of the Stars, where life-size wax figures of numerous country music stars come to life. Dive into Tennessee's rich history and natural wonders at the State Capitol in downtown Nashville, serving as both a testament to the state's bicentennial celebration and a lasting monument. The diverse collection of large monuments reflects Tennessee's unique history, highlighted by a 200-foot map of the state. Nashville beckons with its harmonious blend of music, history, and entertainment, creating an immersive experience in the heart of Tennessee.

  • Day 10

    Depart Nashville, Tennessee

    Bid farewell to the capital of country and western music as you return your car to Nashville International Airport and return home from there.

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Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include flights from the UK, pre-booked accommodation, car hire with unlimited mileage. Note: Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard. Prices based on travel in low season (November & December 2024). For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please contact us for details.

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