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The Old South & Florida

Offer

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Price per person
from £2,036

Price based on
London Heathrow
13th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book your 2019 Southern USA tour with us between 20 Dec 2018 and 15 Feb 2019 and fly home in style with a £99pp Premium Economy upgrade on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operated flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow airports.

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  • 14 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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.

At a glance

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

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Make your own way

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Customer Reviews

Natches was a lovely place to visit but the optional...

21st September 2018
Trusted Customer

Natches was a lovely place to visit but the optional dinner should be included in the package as eating places there are scarce and the hotel is out of town. The Elvis experience should be included. A visit to the house only takes a short time and is just a small part of the whole experience. Great tour director and coach driver. Overall a good holiday.

would have preferred to pay more and have 4star accomodation...

21st June 2018
Mrs Susan Owen

would have preferred to pay more and have 4star accomodation as some hotels a bit basic

...

9th June 2018
Mrs Therese Coyle

Good value for money ..hotels in a nice position for...

9th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Good value for money ..hotels in a nice position for shopping

Brilliant, great variety. Particularly the Gran Ole Opry....

2nd April 2017
Trusted Customer

Brilliant, great variety. Particularly the Gran Ole Opry.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

UK - New Orleans

Day
1

Fly to New Orleans where you will transfer to your hotel for three nights.

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 - UK

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.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

New Orleans - Sheraton New Orleans

Located on historic Canal Street just steps from the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace and the assortment of renowned restaurants, boutiques, and live music clubs. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, business centre, gift shop, concierge service, Internet access, restaurant, lounge, and room service.

  • Location

    500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Natchez - Hampton Inn and Suites Natchez

Our Natchez hotel offers easy access to shops, nightlife and restaurants in the renowned Under-the-Hill area.

  • Location

    627 S Canal St, Natchez, MS 39120, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Memphis - Hilton Memphis

Relax and rejuvenate in a modern guest room at the Hilton Memphis hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Keep up with a fitness routine in our Watch an on-demand movie and your choice of premium channels on a flat-screen LCD HDTV.

  • Location

    939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38120, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Nashville - The Inn at Opryland, Gaylord Hotel

The ideal location of The Inn at Opryland brings all the excitement of Music City allowing easy access to Nashville’s world-famous attractions. On-site conveniences include restaurants, a large indoor pool and a newly renovated fitness centre. Guestrooms feature complimentary weekday newspapers, coffeemakers, and high-speed wired Internet access.

  • Location

    2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Atlanta - Quality Suites Buckhead Village

Enjoy Southern charm at the Quality Suites Buckhead Village, a Buckhead Atlanta hotel.

  • Location

    505 Pharr Road NE Atlanta, GA USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Savannah - Best Western Historic District

Centrally located in the Historic District, the Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District is within easy walking distance of River St, City Market, local museums and historic sites. Its spacious rooms offer free WIFI and come equipped with refrigerators and 37 inch flat screen HDTVs. The hotel also has a busienss centre, fitness centre and outdoor pool (seasonal). Free continental breakfast is offered daily.

  • Location

    412 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Orlando - Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista

Contemporary 3 story hotel located 1.5 miles from Disneyworld (free shuttle) 3 miles from SeaWorld and 6 miles from Universal Studios. Rooms have coffee makers, fridges and safe and offer free wireless internet. There is a restaurant and bar on site and many restaurants within easy walking distance. Hotel facilities include 2 swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness centre, game room, gift shop, laundry room and business centre. There is free wifi in the lobby and free coffee service.

  • Location

    8501 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836-6416

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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