The Old South & Florida


  • 13 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

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£1,600 pp

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£2,194 pp

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Soak up the sights of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida on this diverse and exhilarating Deep South tour!

Begin with a three-night stay in New Orleans and finish with one night in Orlando, and discover the delights of Memphis, Nashville and Savannah with two nights in each city. You’ll also stay in Natchez and Atlanta, with the chance to spend time in Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge, Chattanooga and St Augustine – the oldest city in the USA.

Music fans will love experiencing some of the most important sites in American music history: Graceland, where Elvis Presley lived, worked and played; RCA Studio B, ‘cradle of the Nashville sound’; the Country Music Hall of Fame; and the famous Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll take your reserved seats for a fantastic performance – who you will see is the luck of the draw!

You’ll also have the chance to discover the cultural heritage of Southern USA in the beautiful Colonial Spanish architecture of St Augustine and the stately mansions and clanging street cars of New Orleans’ French Quarter – and then there’s the live jazz that spills out nightly onto the pavement! You’ll visit a pre-Civil War home in Natchez to see beautifully preserved collections of period paintings and furniture. You’ll stop in Atlanta to pay your respects to the grave and eternal flame that’s dedicated to conserving the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. And on a Savannah trolley tour, you’ll discover the many attractions of this charming seaport, including the 19th-century Madison Square, Forsyth Park and River Street.

This Southern US tour offers widescreen views of the unique countryside along the way from Cajun country in New Orleans to Baton Rouge, and through rural Mississippi from Natchez to Memphis and inside Chattanooga National Forest.

Unique wildernesses, eclectic culture and all the exciting sites in musical history: this Deep South tour has it all.

Highlights

New Orleans Sightseeing with Local Guide

Baton Rouge Orientation tour

Natchez Visit Pre Civil War Home

Memphis Orientation tour; visit Graceland

Nashville Reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry; tour RCA Studio B; Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Country Music Hall of Fame

Chattahoochee National Forest Scenic drive

Atlanta Orientation tour

Savannah Guided trolley tour

St. Augustine Orientation tour

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

New Orleans

Day
1

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

New Orleans

Day
2

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old-World city with a guided tour. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars (trams). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

New Orleans

Day
3

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Stroll through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans’ only steamboat.

New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez

Day
4

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.

Natchez - Memphis

Day
5

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the “Home of the Blues,” why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalised in WC Handy’s famous songs?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Memphis

Day
6

Visit to Graceland. A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon and, if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some southern barbecue at Central BBQ. Perhaps stop by the Gibson Guitar Factory for a tour or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit famous Beale Street, and explore the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R and B, and gospel.

Memphis - Nashville

Day
7

This morning leave the home of the blues for Nashville, the “Capital of Country Music.” Afternoon arrival in Nashville. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a Mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Nashville

Day
8

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 STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important. Afterward, sightseeing with a local guide includes the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solidgold” Cadillac.

Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta

Day
9

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy.

Atlanta - Savannah

Day
10

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon’s TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as 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. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Savannah

Day
11

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Savannah - St. Augustine - Orlando

Day
12

Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the oldest Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Orlando

Day
13

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

NEW ORLEANS

Day
1

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

NEW ORLEANS

Day
2

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old-World city with a guided tour. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

NEW ORLEANS

Day
3

A day to explore at your own pace. Stroll through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter.

NEW ORLEANS–BATON ROUGE–NATCHEZ

Day
4

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep on our optional dinner.

NATCHEZ–MEMPHIS

Day
5

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MEMPHIS–VISIT TO GRACELAND

Day
6

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Afterward, if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some authentic southern barbecue or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit Beale Street and explore more of the melting pot that is of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R & B, and gospel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MEMPHIS–NASHVILLE

Day
7

This morning, leave the “Home of the Blues” as you head for Nashville, the “Capital of Country Music.” Afternoon arrival in Nashville. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NASHVILLE

Day
8

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.

NASHVILLE–CHATTANOOGA–ATLANTA

Day
9

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.

ATLANTA–SAVANNAH

Day
10

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon’s TROLLEY TOUR, 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.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

SAVANNAH

Day
11

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

SAVANNAH–ST. AUGUSTINE–ORLANDO

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

ORLANDO

Day
13

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,600 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,194 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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