Discover the intoxicating culture, music and history of the Deep South during this immersive tour of America’s most famed musical cities.
The blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll and every form of modern music that came as a result of these deeply influential genres has roots deeply entwined in the hip swinging cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.
duration 12 nights
departing 13 August 2019
Flying into the capital of the South, your holiday begins in Atlanta, full of culture, authentic cuisine and Southern hospitality. With world-class sophistication and Southern charm like no other, it’s easy to see why Atlanta is loved by all and visited by so many. Settle in to your new surrounds and await the beginning of your musical itinerary.
Enjoy a morning tour of the city forever associated with Gone with the Wind, where you’ll visit sites which were important to Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the iconic national memorial dedicated to the leader of the American civil rights movement. Tonight, journey to Chattanooga where you’ll check into the Hampton Inn.
As one of the country’s greenest cities, Chattanooga is an outdoor adventure. Full of electric buses, pedestrian bridges and well-used waterfront trails, it’s one of the South’s best places for outdoor activities.
Step aboard The Incline Railway, an exciting means of transport that runs steeply up the Lookout Mountain and affords wonderful views of terrain fought over during the American Civil War.
Travel to the small town of Lynchburg where you’ll enjoy a tour to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Discover the place where every bottle of the famous whiskey has been produced since 1866! Following the tour, head to Nashville for the following two nights.
Full of interesting contrasts, famous country music and a blistering restaurant scene, Nashville is the ultimate pilgrimage. Here, you’ll enjoy tours of the city as well as an exclusive music experience that will give you a greater understanding of this lively, musical city.
Get ready to worship at the altar of all things Elvis as you travel to Memphis, stopping en route in Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Explore the humble two-roomed shack with Elvis lived, and a small museum, before continuing to Memphis.
Home to the rhythm of blues guitars, the smoky air of barbecue connoisseurs and the neon lights of Beale Street, Memphis is a musical masterpiece. During your stay, enjoy escorted tours of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home town, where you’ll be able to explore the estate, the automobile museum and his lavish aeroplanes.
Following Ol’ Man River to the historic city of Natchez, be greeted with warm southern hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Here, visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation, which shows the contrast of working here as a planter or slave in the early 1800s, through to modern methods aided with the revolution of technology.
Crossing into Louisiana, arrive in New Orleans. Here, you’ll discover a unique blend of cultures as well as epicurean eating and drinking. Sample all the delights of the city, from traditional jazz music to vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine. With the option to cruise and dine on the Mississippi River, the evening and following days can be spent at your leisure.
Heading for Montgomery, enjoy an en route stop in Monroeville, the town made famous by Harper Lee’s film ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Reach Montgomery, an influential city full of historical points of interest.
A tour here takes you through Montgomery’s rich history, focusing on the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement, pausing at the restored home of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the Hank Williams Museum.
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