The Old South and Florida tour with travel expert David Wickers


  • 13 days

  • Louisiana

  • Steady pace

Tour : 829A

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From

£1,856 pp

Tour only

Based on 20th May 2020

From

£2,329 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Join us on a special voyage through the Old South, accompanied by globetrotting journalist David Wickers, travel editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. This is an exclusive tour for Classic FM listeners and Good Housekeeping readers: please call our travel specialists on 0330 808 5109 to book this tour.

Your expert Tour Director will introduce you to the sights and sounds of the South on this holiday through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. You'll hear the history that's not in the guidebook, so that you get a real sense of the history, character and secrets of the Deep South. And for the first week, you'll be joined by journalist David Wickers, travel editor at Good Housekeeping magazine.

Your specially arranged itinerary includes a host of excursions, including three extra ones only available on this departure of the Old South & Florida tour. You'll take an airboat tour of New Orleans, enjoy a tour of Sun Studio in Memphis followed by a southern- style BBQ, and explore American history at the Prohibition Museum, which ends with a cocktail in the basement Speakeasy.

Music fans will be delighted by the included visits to Graceland, the lavish home of Elvis Presley; Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio; the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and glittering costumes; and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll have reserved seating for an unforgettable show. History buffs will enjoy visiting not only St. Augustine, but also the Old World city of New Orleans, with its clanging streetcars, stately mansions, and French Quarter. You’ll visit a pre-Civil War home in Natchez, which features fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In Atlanta, you’ll stop at the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A trolley tour in Savannah highlights many attractions of this historic seaport, including Madison Square, designed in the 1830s.

On this southern US tour, you’ll also enjoy sweeping views of the landscapes of the Deep South as you drive through the heart of Cajun Country, through rural Mississippi and through the stunning woodlands of Chattanooga National Forest.

Call our travel specialists on 0330 808 5109 to book this tour for £1,856pp tour-only, or from £2,355pp with flights and transfers including £150pp saving by quoting NA150.

 

          

Highlights

NEW ORLEANS Guided tour of 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.

BATON ROUGE Orientation tour

NATCHEZ Visit Pre Civil War Home

MEMPHIS Orientation tour; guided audio tour of Graceland, *visit to the birthplace of rock'n'roll Sun Studios with a special Memphis BBQ at local restaurant.

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

ATLANTA Orientation tour

SAVANNAH *Relive the Temperance movement at the Prohibition Museum, ending with cocktails at the speakeasy on a special tour.

ST. AUGUSTINE Orientation tour

* Special excursion

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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:

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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

Join an Airboat tour of New Orleans Explore Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, discovering Louisiana's backcountry along its meandering bayous, abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. The captain, a native of the area, offers a colorful history of the Cajun way of life. You’ll come face to face with alligators, snakes and other native creatures while touring their neighbourhood.

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, Join a tour of Sun Studio Known as the birthplace of Rock n’Roll, this studio helped launch legends such as BB King, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.  It’s the very same spot that Elvis first recorded!  Learn the inside stories of this legendary studio.  Then it’s off to a local Memphis BBQ joint for a taste of true authentic Memphis BBQ!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Relive the intoxicating history of Temperance and Prohibition from the “Alcohol Argument” between the Wets and the Dries to the Unintended Consequences of the 18th Amendment on a tour of the American Prohibition Museum. At the end of your tour enjoy a prohibition cocktail in the speakeasy.

Meals included:

  • 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.

Things to note

A photographer will be accompanying the tour, therefore, customers will be asked to sign a media waiver at the time of booking. 

Please call our travel specialists on 0330 808 5109 for more details and to book.

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

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£1,856 pp

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  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage

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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
  • Excursions
  • Porterage

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