The Best of the Deep South - Mardi Gras special departure

The Best of the Deep South - Mardi Gras special departure

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The Best of the Deep South - Mardi Gras special departure

12 Days

Visiting: Atlanta (United States: Georgia), Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg, New Orleans

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

UTDS1M

Interests:

Cultural, History, Music

From:
$4820
$4503 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$190 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$127

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Tour Overview

This tour takes you on an exhilarating journey through America's Deep South and is a must for music fans. Your adventure begins in the city that "calls music home", Nashville, where a host of musical highlights await. Step inside Studio B, where Elvis Presley recorded famous tracks. On to Memphis, where you'll learn even more about Elvis with tours of Sun Studios and his opulent mansion, Graceland. You can also opt to visit Tupelo, where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born, before travelling further south into Mississippi, with a visit to the BB King Museum en route. Your final destination is New Orleans, whose famous French Quarter rings to the sounds of jazz and blues and there is no better time to visit than at Mardi Gras.

Highlights

  • City tour of Atlanta

  • Nashville, the city that "calls music home"

  • Historic RCA Studio B Museum

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Graceland and Elvis Experience tour

  • City tour of Memphis, home of the blues

  • Tour of Sun Studios, "the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll"

  • Visit historic Natchez and tour an antebellum mansion 

  • Explore the BB King Museum

  • New Orleans sightseeing tour

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk To Atlanta
Location: Atlanta (United States: Georgia)
Accommodation Name: Courtland Grand Hotel

Today you will fly to Atlanta, Georgia. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Atlanta - Nashville
Location: Nashville
Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown

Atlanta has been through many incarnations since it was founded as a railroad terminus in 1837 and on your morning tour you'll see its main highlights. Later we'll drive to Nashville for a two night stay. On your free evening be sure to explore the city's Broadway and Honky Tonk Highway, a strip of venues where there is live music 365 days a year.

Day 3 Nashville
Location: Nashville
Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown
Meals Included: B

We've a fabulous music themed day in store for you today. It begins as you step inside the hallowed halls of Studio B, which became famous in the 1960s for its part in the Nashville Sound. Here, more than 35,000 songs have been recorded by artists including Elvis Presley, and you'll step inside the studio where he recorded Are You Lonesome Tonight As the lights are dimmed, just as they would have been for the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and you hear his incredible voice flowing from the speakers, you will be sharing a truly special moment. To round off the day you'll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.

There's one more exciting experience to come if you choose to join an optional excursion, an evening of live music at the Grand Ole Opry. This is one of the most important venues for live country music in the world.

Day 4 Memphis
Location: Memphis
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown
Meals Included: B

The next great musical city you'll visit is Memphis, standing proudly on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. On arrival in the afternoon, we're going to set off together to discover some of its many highlights. They include the Riverfront and Beale Street, the home of the blues. On this iconic street, music emanates from every open door, and street performers entertain the crowds.

Day 5 Memphis
Location: Memphis
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

Memphis is synonymous with Elvis Presley, and today we're going to find out about this connection. Our first visit is to Sun Studios, where the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' made his first recordings back in 1954.
This is followed by Graceland, where we'll take a fascinating guided tour of the opulent mansion that was his home from 1957 until his death in 1977. Here you can fully immerse yourself in his life and career as you go back to his roots. You'll see the living room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous Jungle Room among other highlights. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis is buried alongside his parents. This is sure to be a wonderful highlight of your holiday, and there's more to come tomorrow.

Day 6 Memphis
Location: Memphis
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

Today has been left free for you to explore more of Memphis at leisure. Maybe you'll choose to visit one of the city's fascinating museums, which include the National Civil Rights Museum and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.
Alternatively, if you enjoyed your visit to Graceland yesterday, today's optional excursion is sure to be tempting. Why not come with us to Tupelo, where you'll see the house where Elvis was born. You'll also get to visit a fantastic museum displaying one of the most remarkable collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.

Day 7 Vicksburg
Location: Vicksburg
Accommodation Name: La Quinta Inn & Suites Vicksburg

Leaving Memphis we'll travel in to the Mississippi Delta stopping in Indianola to visit the BB King Museum. Here we'll learn about this blues legend and the history, literature, music and race relations of this area that gave birth to the Delta Blues.

Day 8 Natchez - New Orleans
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Meals Included: B

As we head deeper south we're going to make a stop today in Natchez, a historic river town on the banks of the Mississippi. This laid back destination is filled with grand mansions and we’ll visit one today to learn about southern life in the “antebellum” period, before the civil war. Our ultimate destination is the 'Big Easy', or New Orleans, home to another musical genre & jazz. Your hotel here is just steps from the famous French Quarter. This is the oldest district and the cultural hub of the city, so you're well placed to make your own discoveries. We'll explore New Orleans' highlights on an included tour this afternoon. As we drive around the city we'll see St Louis Cathedral and cemeteries full of above-the-ground tombs, known as Cities of the Dead.

Day 9 New Orleans
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Meals Included: B

Your day begins with a walking tour of the French Quarter, taking in Jackson Square, Pirate's Alley and the world-famous Bourbon Street. We'll end our walk at a restaurant for a buffet brunch accompanied by live jazz music, which is served in a pretty outdoor courtyard in the French Quarter. The rest of the day is all yours to explore the galleries and boutiques of the French Quarter, or join an optional Louisiana swamp and bayou tour.

Day 10 New Orleans - Mardi Gras
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold, and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. Your Holiday Director will issue you with your ticket for the special parades of Mardi Gras.

Day 11 New Orleans/Uk

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 12 Uk

You'll arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

  • 10 nights in hotels of a great quality plus 1 night in flight

  • Return flights from London

  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 brunch, welcome drink

  • Overseas transfers and other transportation

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Local Guide

  • Porterage

Check out our Q&As

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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Feb 23, 2025 - Mar 06, 2025
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Operator discount: -$190 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$127 (USD)

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  • Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a minimum deposit of 21% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of travelsphere charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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