Join us for an exclusive Cosmos tour in association with Classic FM and Good Housekeeping. This one-off tour with additional experiences and excursions departs 20 May 2020.
Come with us on a special voyage through the Old South, accompanied by journalist David Wickers, Travel Editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. Seats are limited and are selling fast, so don't wait around to book.
You'll soak up Old South rhythms from the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans, Graceland in Memphis and the country music of Nashville; with a drive through Cajun country and a Sunshine State finale in Florida. You'll get a taste of southern style as you go, with food highlights that include an authentic slow-cooked Memphis BBQ, a refreshing cocktail in a Prohibition Speakeasy and the chance to join an optional dinner in the antebellum city of Natchez.
As you explore each destination, your expert Tour Director will give you its back story, and insights that are not in the guidebook. Travel journalist David Wickers will accompany you for the first week of the tour as you explore the amazing history, character and secrets of the Deep South.
Call to book the 20th May Old South & Florida Special Departure.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous escorted tour through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.
Total meals included: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Day 1-3 New Orleans: Guided tour of the city including the French Quarter, time at leisure to explore. On day two, board your airboat for a special tour across Louisiana's backcountry, led by a native Local Guide. Discover the unique wildlife of this incredible environment.
Day 4 New Orleans- Baton Rouge - Natchez: Orientation tour and a visit to the Pre Civil War Home
Day 5 Natchez - Memphis: Drive through Mississippi to Memphis where you can acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour.
Day 6 Memphis: A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting Graceland, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. This evening join your Tour Director and other guests for a special Memphis BBQ at local restaurant.
Day 7 Memphis - Nashville: This evening you have reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry.
Day 8 Nashville: Its association with country music has made the name “Nashville” world famous, but it’s not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most revered, and Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. Afterward, sightseeing with a local guide includes the recording studios of Music Row, the State Capitol, and Bicentennial State Park. Then, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac.
Day 9 Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta: First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and journey to its fast-growing metropolis, Atlanta, home of 1996 summer Olympics. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Day 10 Atlanta - Savannah: Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. This afternoon enjoy a Trolley tour, where you will see attractions like the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his “March to the Sea”), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. The evening is free to explore this charming city on your own.
Day 11 Savannah: Excluse to this tour you will relive the Temperance movement at the Prohibition Museum, ending with cocktails at the speakeasy.
Day 12 Savannah - St. Augustine - Orlando: Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to magical Orlando
Day 13 Orlando: Your tour ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further.
Exclusive excursions included for this special 20 May departure
David Wickers is currently the Travel Editor of Good Housekeeping and the Travel Edit, an annual travel magazine that is distributed through Good Housekeeping, Red, Prima, Country Living and House Beautiful.
For 17 years he was the Chief Travel Correspondent on The Sunday Times.
On three separate occasions he was the UK's Travel Editor of the Year.
David has been a Council Member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators, has held the post of Treasurer of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has travelled to more than 100 countries.
Hop aboard a New Orleans tram car for a taste of vintage America!
Catch some live jazz in New Orleans
Discover the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll at Sun Studio
Try Lousiana Oysters, world-famous for their meaty texture
Take a guided tour around the former home and final resting place of 'The King'
In Memphis, stroll vibrant Beale Street and soak up the music spilling out from bars
Discover the beautiful and eerie moss-draped live oaks of Savannah
Discover American history at the Prohibition museum
Settle down for a drink in the Prohibition Speakeasy
A photographer will accompany guests, so guests will be asked to sign a media waiver form as a condition of joining this tour. In the case of unforeseen circumstances that mean David Wickers is unable to attend, an alternative travel expert from Good Housekeeping will join instead.
Saving of £300pp on the tour portion of the holiday is available on The Old South & Florida: Special departure, 20 May 2020 when quoting OLD SOUTH SPECIAL. This saving is on a first come, first served basis. Call to book only. Cannot be applied to existing bookings or in retrospect. Subject to availability.