Discover the music and culture of America's vibrant southern states
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- Explore the unique cultural, gastronomic and musical heritage of the Deep South in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
- Spend evenings in the jazz bars and dance halls that gave starts to some of the most important musical movements of the 20th century
- Party in New Orleans and shop in Atlanta as you enjoy the freedom of an all-American road trip
- 2 Nights Atlanta
- 2 Nights Nashville
- 3 Nights Memphis
- 2 Nights Natchez
- 1 Night Lafayette
- 3 Nights New Orleans
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City | Food & wine | History & culture | Self-drive
Discover a rich and innovative culture, history and heritage on this 15-day self-drive tour of the Deep South, taking in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Visit Atlanta, famed for its association with Gone With The Wind before driving north through Chattanooga to Nashville, the home of country music. Then, as you follow the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway towards Tupelo and Memphis, you'll look forward a day spent at Elvis' beloved home – Graceland. Finally, enjoy after exploring some of Natchez's 500 antebellum mansions, you'll head on, via Cajun Country, to New Orleans' bourbon-soaked jazz bars.
Day by day itinerary
Fly from the UK to Atlanta, the capital of the Peach Tree State. Collect your hire car and make your way to your chosen hotel, conveniently located in the downtown area of the city. The following day is free to explore Atlanta at your leisure. Visit the World of Coca Cola, enjoy the city's great restaurants and explore underground Atlanta, a vast shopping and entertainment district . If you prefer, head out of the city and enjoy a drive along Georgia's Antebellum Trail, enjoying the scenery and neoclassical architecture that characterised the southern United States during the 19th century.
Stay: Sheraton Atlanta (Superior) or Loews Atlanta (Deluxe)
Leave Atlanta behind as you take to the road, heading to Nashville, the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. You'll have two nights here, affording you plenty of time to enjoy this colourful and vibrant city. Visit the Jack Daniels Distillery and enjoy live music in one of the many downtown venues.
Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt (Standard) Union Station Hotel (Superior)
Your journey through America's musical heartland continues as you head to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and home of the Blues. We challenge you not to dance your way around the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and be sure to visit Elvis' former home at Graceland, iconic Sun Studio and Beale Street. And for the best ribs in town, make sure you dine at Rendezvous, an all-American culinary experience.
Stay: Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown (Standard) The Peabody (Superior)
Travel to Natchez, the oldest permanent settlement on the banks of the Mississippi with beautiful antebellum (pre-civil war) mansions, gorgeous river views and amazing Southern food. Take a walking tour of the city's historic centre, enjoy a cruise on the magical Mississippi, hitch a ride on a horse drawn carriage, discover the city's past at the African-American History Museum, and head to Nachez National Historical Park where you'll find the city's most elegant antebellum homes.
Stay: Hotel Vue (Standard) Monmouth Historic Inn (Superior)
Travel into the heart of Cajun country to the town of Lafayette, known as the capital of French Louisiana. Spend the day in this charming city, set on the banks of the Vermillion River, enjoying the flavours of the Deep South at some of Lafayette's wonderful Cajun restaurants and experiencing the unique atmosphere and pulsating music of the city's dance halls.
Stay: Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette (Standard) or Bois des Chenes (Standard)
Head to New Orleans and drop off your hire car. Famed for its charming French Quarter and colourful annual Mardi Gras, when music, parades, picnics and floats turn the city into one huge party, the Big Easy is among the United States' most energising cities. You'll have three days here to explore the city's renowned live music venues and sample delicious Creole and Cajun cuisine at its very best. Breakfast is included at Bienville House only.
Stay: Bienville House (Standard) Hotel Monteleone (Superior)
Make your way to New Orleans airport in time for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on day 15. Alternatively extend your stay with a relaxing break on the beaches of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle, followed by a tour of Montgomery, Alabama, where, in 1955, Rosa Parks left her indelible mark on the history of the United States, galvanising the Civil Rights Movement across the country.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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Book by: 20 September 2017
from £1,725 pp. incl. flights
from £2,485 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights between the UK and Atlanta and New Orleans and the UK
- 11 days Economy car hire including personalised road book
- 13 nights accommodation in a mixture of 3* (Standard) and 4* (Superior) hotels on a room only basis (one breakfast included)
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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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