The Holiday Blues

Discover the intoxicating culture, music and history of the Deep South

Prices from $5,999 pp

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 ‘Mojo Triangle’; the toe tapping, boot stomping, hip swinging cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Beginning in Atlanta, your fully escorted tour begins the following day as you travel to Nashville via Chattanooga, the city forever associated with Gone with the Wind and Lynchburg, famed for its production of Jack Daniels whiskey. The home of country music, in Nashville you’ll be taken on a morning tour featuring one of Music Row’s most historic studios, Studio B, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Round off your Nashville experience that evening at the mecca of Country and Western music, the Grand Ole Opry.

 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. The neon lights of Beale Street await, the official home of the Blues where the pulse of live music and the smell of smoky barbecue and fried chicken fills the air. You’ll also visit the legendary Graceland, the home of Elvis himself, and take part in the Elvis Experience Tour, during which you’ll explore the mansion and grounds of his estate.

The final destination in your music trio takes you to New Orleans. As the birthplace of jazz you’ll find its hypnotic beats played on street corners, in live music venues and street-corner bars on any night of the week, as crucial to the city soundtrack as the ringing of the streetcar’s bells. Pull up a time-worn wooden stool at a sticky table in any one of the city’s bars, order a cool drink and sit back as you’re transported to another time via the sensation of jazz.

Duration 12 nights
Departing Aug 2019
  • All taxes
  • All flights included
  • Fully escorted tours

Your Experience

  • 13 day fully escorted tour of America’s
    musical heritage
  • 1 night hotel stay in Atlanta with city tour
  • 2 night hotel stay in Chattanooga with city tour
    including a rail journey to Lookout Mountain
  • 2 night hotel stay in Nashville with city tour
    including the Nashville hall of fame and Studio B
  • 2 night hotel stay in Memphis with visit
    to Graceland and Elvis experience tour
  • 1 night hotel stay in Natchez
  • 3 night hotel stay in New Orleans
  • Optional Steam boat river cruise with dinner
  • 1 night hotel stay in Montgomery
SouthernSightsAndSounds Map

Itinerary

Day 1
Atlanta

Your holiday begins with a flight to Atlanta where you’ll stay overnight in a hotel.

Sheraton Atlanta

4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star

Day 2
Chattanooga

This morning you’ll join a tour of Chattanooga, a city forever associated with ‘Gone with the Wind’. During this tour you’ll visit sites which were important to Martin Luther King Jr, alongside visiting the national memorial dedicated to the leader of the American civil rights movement.

Hampton Inn Downtown, Chattanooga

3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star

Day 3
Chattanooga

Railway enthusiasts still flock to this town, which has the largest old-time steam railroad in the south. Today you’ll board an equally exciting means of transport - The Incline Railway - which runs steeply up Lookout Mountain, offering wonderful views of terrain fought over during the American Civil War. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 4
Lynchburg - Nashville

This morning you’ll travel to the small town of Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery where every bottle of the famous whiskey has been produced since 1866. After the tour you’ll transfer to your hotel in Nashville.

Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville

4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star

Day 5
Nashville

Today your morning tour will introduce you to the many contrasts of this exciting city including the Parthenon replica, Studio B, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. This evening you’ll experience the mecca of Country and Western Music, The Grand Ole Opry - America’s longest-running scheduled show having never missed a Saturday performance since it was first broadcast on radio in 1925.

Day 6
Tupelo - Memphis

Today you’ll travel south to Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Here you can explore the humble two-roomed shack where Elvis lived in his early years and the small museum. Later we continue to Memphis, home of Elvis Presley. On arrival, after a brief orientation tour, you’ll check into your hotel

Holiday Inn Memphis

3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star

Day 7
Memphis

This morning you’ll experience a highlight of your holiday as you visit legendary Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. The Elvis Experience Tour is included, allowing you to explore the mansion and grounds of his estate on an audio walking tour. Your ticket also includes the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and his lavish aeroplanes. You’ll have the rest of the day in Memphis to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 8
Natchez

Today follow Ol’ Man River to Natchez, central port for the cotton trade in the early 18th century, whose many grand mansions and estates bear witness to the wealth of those days.  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.

Natchez Memphis

3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star 3 star

Day 9
New Orleans

Visit Stanton Hall, a palatial Greek revival residence which was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. We cross into Louisiana, taking a shortcut over the spectacular Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest overwater bridges at nearly 24 miles. Arriving into New Orleans, the remainder of your stay in New Orleans is to enjoy at your leisure.

Sheraton New Orleans

4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star

DoubleTree Hilton, New Orleans

Day 10
New Orleans

A free day to sample the delights of New Orleans, Nashville’s natural rival as Southern America’s great city of music, though here the traditional jazz has a flavour of its own. The French Quarter has a number of pleasant bars and restaurants with patios for dining al fresco. This evening you have the option to cruise and dine and enjoy a traditional jazz band on board The Natchez Steamboat on the Mississippi River.

Day 11
New Orleans

Today is another day at leisure for you to explore all New Orleans has to offer. As the birthplace of jazz, many musical legends call it home; and with its colourful mix of culture and lively bohemian atmosphere you cannot fail to fall in love with it.

Day 12
Monroeville - Montgomery

Today you’ll travel to Montgomery, stopping in Monroeville, the Literary Capital of Alabama, for time to explore the town and old courthouse, made famous by the film of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

Renaissance Montgomery

4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star

Day 13
Montgomery - Fly Home

Montgomery was an influential city in Alabama’s history. Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President in the Capitol building and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr served as minister in Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. A tour takes you on a journey through Montgomery’s rich history, focusing on the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement and pausing at the restored parsonage that once served as the home of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Later, we transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Prices

August 2019 Twin share from $5,999
August 2019 Solo Passenger from $7,499

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