Discover the birthplace of jazz, blues and country on journey through American music
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- Stroll down Beale Street in Memphis, whose clubs gave starts to some of America's musical greats
- Visit majestic plantation homes that give an insight into the USA's recent history
- Experience honky tonk music at its best on Nashville's Broadway
- Learn traditional Southern dishes and delicacies on an optional cooking course
- 2 Nights Nashville
- 2 Nights Memphis
- 1 Night Greenwood
- 2 Nights Natchez
- 1 Night Lafayette
- 3 Nights New Orleans
History & culture | Self-drive
There’s no better way to understand life in America's Deep South than to take a tour through its musical landscape – soulful blues, brassy jazz, country twang, Cajun accordions, riverboat calliopes and gospel choirs. This music-themed road trip takes you from Nashville – once home to the great Johnny Cash – to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. What's more, it's a trip designed by our specialists, so if you'd like more time hanging out in Memphis, or listening to Greenwood's blue notes, just let us know.
Day by day itinerary
UK / Nashville, Tennessee
With included airport lounge access, you'll start your holiday in relaxed fashion before your daytime flight to Nashville. This is the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry – a weekly event that's featured everyone from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton. Explore the city's acclaimed musical heritage further at the Country Music Hall of Fame, pay a visit to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, or bag yourself some bargains at the Opry Mills outlet shopping centre. An evening of live music in one of Broadway's honky tonk bars is not to be missed.
Stay: The Hutton, Nashville (Deluxe)
Collect your hire car this morning for the drive to that other musical great – Memphis. Commanding the Mississippi River from high bluffs and renowned as the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll and the home of the blues, Memphis is perhaps the most atmospheric city in the South. Dance your way round the Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Soul Museum, call into Elvis's former home, Graceland, examine the tools of the trade on a tour of the Gibson guitar factory and see where the magic happened with a visit to Sun and Stax Studios. Then, round it all off with a neon-framed stroll down Beale Street, where the late blues legend B.B. King owned his own bar.
Stay: Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown (Superior)
Greenwood’s historic downtown, on the banks of the Yazoo River, is filled with carefully restored buildings that escort you back in time. It was one of the most important cotton producing centres in the world and still a mecca for lovers of the Blues. In nearby Indianola, the new B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Centre tells the astonishing story of King’s life and his 60-year career. There's also the chance to join a class at the Viking Cookery School, where you'll learn how to prepare a whole spread of Southern dishes and delicacies.
Stay: Hampton Inn Hotel (Superior)
Travel along the lower section of the Natchez Trace Parkway to arrive in Natchez itself. The oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi, it's home to some 500 antebellum buildings and mansions, dating back to before the American civil war. Then there's Natchez Under-the-Hill, a one-time lair for gamblers, thieves and riverboat roughnecks. Now it's a thriving entertainment district home to some of the city's best restaurants and liveliest bars.
Stay: Hotel Vue (Standard)
Head on to Lafayette, where grand plantation homes and living museums depict the history of Cajun Country. Experience all the fun of an air-boat excursion on the Louisiana bayous with an optional swamp tour, and sample authentic Creole cookery at the city's seemingly endless collection of restaurants. And, in the evenings, there's every chance to practice your line-dancing skills in lively dance halls, all set to a Cajun music soundtrack, of course.
Stay: Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette
New Orleans, Louisiana
Set out early for the drive to New Orleans where you'll drop off your hire car. Known affectionately as the Big Easy, this is the birthplace of jazz, a sultry melting pot of French, Spanish and Creole culture that perfectly sums of the eclecticism of the Deep South. The city's famous French Quarter – the setting for your hotel – is a veritable treasure trove of historic buildings, all wrought-iron balconies and hidden courtyards, which in turn set the scene for everything from bourbon-soaked jazz bars to vendors offering the tastiest Louisiana fare.
Stay: Bienville House (Standard)
Depart for UK
Enjoy a final day at leisure, before returning to the airport in the evening for an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 13.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £1,570 pp. incl. flights
from £1,795 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights between the UK and Nashville and New Orleans and the UK
- 7 days Economy car hire including personalised road book
- 11 nights accommodation in a mixture of 3* (Standard) and 4* (Superior) hotels on a room only basis
High season: June-September
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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