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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Apr 6 — Apr 11, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 06 - Check-In, Orientation, Dinner on Beale Street
Note: Walk to Beale Street is 0.1 mile (approximatel 1/2 block.)

Afternoon: Hotel check-in is 4 pm. Group leader will be in the lobby area conference room to greet you and give you your packet of information and your name badge. 5 pm orientation will be in the conference room. We will go over the schedule for the week and answer any questions you may have about the activities.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:30 at Kings Palace where we will enjoy an informal barbeque dinner and live blues music.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 07 - Memphis Field Trip, Presentation by Memphis Conve...
Memphis Field Trip, Presentation by Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Memphis Botanic Garden, Pink Palace Museum, Presentation On The Mighty Mississippi

Note: Travel by motor coach. Walking in the Botanical Gardens, Pink Palace Museum on field trips. Sitting spots available on field trips.

Breakfast: 7-8:15 AM: Hot and cold breakfast buffet in hotel lobby.

Morning: A representative from the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will come in and speak to the group before going on a motor coach field trip of Memphis. The Memphis field trip will then take you to select points of interest. We will end our morning at the Memphis Botanical Gardens for a guided field trip into the unique gardens and lunch at Fratelli's.

Lunch: Fratelli's Cafe at the Garden is a lunchtime destination, popular for fresh, creative soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts with an Old World flair...not to mention its ideal setting nestled between the Water Garden and Sculpture Garden, and outdoor terrace seating with a lush, natural view!

Afternoon: A guide will lead a field trip through the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The Garden, which has several unique features, was recently certified as a Level 4 Arboretum. This is the highest designation and makes it one of four in Tennessee. In 2006, the Garden's Hosta Trail was recognized by the American Hosta Society as one of fifteen nationally certified trails in the United States and one of two certified trails in the South.The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country, Clarence Saunders' Piggly Wiggly. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry.

Dinner: Dine in a restaurant near the hotel

Evening: Learn about the Mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States (though its drainage basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 08 - Presentation on Beale Street History/Exploration ...
Presentation on Beale Street History/Exploration of Smithsonian Rock 'n' Soul Museum/Lunch On Your Own/Behind The Scenes FEDEX Forum field trip/Field Trip through Gibson Guitar Factory

Note: Walk from hotel to Rock 'n Soul Museum is 1 block. FEDEX Forum, Gibson Guitar, and Rock n Soul Museum are all located adjecent to one another. Walking during afternoon field trips.

Breakfast: 7-8:15 AM: Hot and cold buffet in hotel lobby.

Morning: Hear from a local Memphis expert about Beale Street and the Memphis music scene by a musician/historian. After the lecture, we'll walk over to the Rock 'n Soul Museum. Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum offers a historical and educational exploration of the origins of rock and soul music, of the musical legends who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create America’s music, and of its influence on world culture.

Lunch: Lunch on your own from a list of restaurants given you. Beale Street has numerous restaurants with music playing during lunch. If you are looking for a quieter location for lunch then you might want to go to Main Street, located 2 blocks from your hotel It is destination place for indoor/outdoor dining that is quieter than Beale Street. It is your choice and we will help you find the perfect place for lunch.

Afternoon: The group will meet at the FEDEX Forum. Here you will take a behind the scenes field trip of the arena which is home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies as well as the University of Memphis basketball team. Next, discover the Gibson Guitar Memphis Factory. Take a complete tour of the Gibson Beale Street Showcase in Memphis. This memorable field trip of Gibson's Memphis guitar factory consists of an intimate viewing of the facility as Gibson's skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. An opportunity to witness the intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning that creates these incredible musical instruments. See and hear how Gibson has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years and continues to set the pace for the musical innovations of tomorrow.

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, we'll meet back at the hotel to see a special Elvis film on the early years of Elvis Presley.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 09 - Piano Presentation, Sun Studio, Lunch at Paulette...
Piano Presentation, Sun Studio, Lunch at Paulette's/Graceland/Free Evening

Breakfast: 7-8:30 AM: Buffet breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: Your music history expert will use the piano and select music for this mornings instruction. You can sing along and clap to old time favorites while learning about syncopation and music history. We will take the motor coach to Sun Studio afterwards. Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business. Reputedly the first rock-and-roll single, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" was recorded there in 1951 with song composer Ike Turner on keyboards, leading the studio to claim status as the birthplace of rock & roll. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s. In August 1953, fresh out of his high school graduation the previous June, the 18 year old Presley walked into the offices of Sun. He aimed to pay for a few minutes of studio time to record a two-sided acetate disc: "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin". He would later claim he intended the record as a gift for his mother, or was merely interested in what he "sounded like", though there was a much cheaper, amateur record-making service at a nearby general store.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Paulette's. The intimate, well-appointed dining room features fine woodwork and high ceilings, as well as original artwork and abundant fresh flowers. The high windows afford breathtaking views of the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis.

Afternoon: The Graceland Platinum tour includes: •an audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds •a self-guided tour of Elvis' two custom airplanes •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum •a self-guided tour of Elvis: Live from Vegas •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit •a self-guided tour of '68 Special Exhibit Average Tour Time: 2 ½ to 3 hours For participants wanting to spend more time at Graceland, a shuttle is available and participants may arrange for transportation on their own. The motor coach will leave Graceland at 4:00 pm and return to hotel. See information for shuttle if you decide to stay longer. The Sun Studio Shuttle picks up and drops off hourly from the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Graceland, Sun Studios and Heartbreak Hotel, and runs 7 days a week. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum - First pick up every morning at 10:30 a.m. Pick-ups every hour on the half-hour throughout the day (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.). Final drop-off of the day at 6:30 p.m. Customers waiting on the shuttle are welcome to wait inside the Rock 'n' Soul lobby. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel is a fashionable boutique hotel features 128 unique rooms and is located conveniently across the street from Elvis Presley's Graceland. Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at 55 minutes after the hour. Graceland - Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at the top of the hour. First pick up is at 10:00 a.m., continuing hourly until 6:00 p.m. from the Graceland Plaza. Sun Studios - Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at 15 minutes after the hour. First pick-up and drop-off is at 10:15 a.m., continuing hourly until 6:15 p.m. Shuttle seating is limited, and available for free on a first come, first served basis. Call 901-205-2533 or email at info@memphisrocknsoul.org

Dinner: Dinner is on your own or with newfound friends at a restaurant of your choice. We'll be happy to provide a list of convenient walk to restaurants.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.

Contact info:
175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace

Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel.
Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 10 - Stax Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Lunch ...
Stax Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Lunch at Arcade Restaurant, Dinner and Dancing at BB Kings Blues Club on Beale Street

Breakfast: Buffet in hotel lobby.

Morning: We will visit Stax Museum. Because the Stax Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the world dedicated to soul music (the Motown Museum in Detroit is another), it not only celebrates the legacy of Stax Records and its artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus and Carla Thomas and others, but also features other soul music labels such as Motown. Some of the standout exhibits include an authentic 101-year-old Mississippi Delta church to help show the gospel roots of soul music; the Soul Train dance floor, Isaac Hayes' restored 1972 gold-trimmed, peacock-blue Cadillac El Dorado; and a changing gallery where special exhibits change five times each year.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Arcade Restaurant. Sitting right in the middle of this historic area is the Arcade Restaurant. It's like a trip back in time! It is this nostalgic feeling that has attracted photographers, artists, writers, and movie makers from around the world. Scenes from Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights, just to name a few, have all been filmed in the restaurant. National magazines such as Southern Living, Esquire, Travel, and Sports Illistrated have featured the Arcade in their publications. The Food Network and The Travel Channel have even done specials on southern breakfast at the Arcade Restaurant. Many of the celebrities from these movies have eaten the same foods you will eat today. At one time, even Elvis was a regular.

Afternoon: The National Civil Rights Museum is a privately owned complex of museums and historic buildings built around the former Lorraine Motel at 450 Mulberry Street where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Major components of the complex on 4.14 acres include a museum and the Lorraine Motel and hotel buildings. The complex also includes the Young and Morrow Building at 422 Main Street, which was the site where James Earl Ray initially confessed (and later recanted) to shooting King. The complex additionally includes the Canipe’s Amusement Store at 418 Main Street. The store is next door to the rooming house where the alleged murder weapon, with Ray's fingerprints, was found. Included on the grounds is the brushy lot that stood between the rooming house and the motel. The Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is closed for renovation. THE LEGACY BUILDING, which encompasses the old boarding house across the street, WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR TOURS DURING RENOVATION. A timeline encapsulates in chronological order the history presented in the Lorraine exhibits up to the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the second floor of the Legacy Building, the history continues with the investigation of the assassination, the case against James Earl Ray, and ensuing conspiracy theories. The first floor exhibits illustrate the Movement’s impact on human rights efforts globally and end with a call to action for all to continue the legacy of the American civil rights movement.

Dinner: We'll sit for a while and enjoy B.B. King's favorite dishes and listen to the best of Memphis music. Then get ready to get up and dance to the great live music we present to you every night on world-famous Beale Street.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 11 - Buffet Breakfast, Departures
Note: Program concludes with breakfast and check-out by 11 am.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: Check out of hotel by 11 a.m. Program concludes with final breakfast. Farewell till we meet again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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