The Best of the Deep South - Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans

The Best of the Deep South - Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans

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The Best of the Deep South - Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans

12 Days Starting in Atlanta, GA, USA and ending in New Orleans, LA, USA

Visiting: Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg, New Orleans, United Kingdom

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

UTDS1

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Music

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Deep South of America, following in the footsteps of great music legends Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, BB King and more. You’ll visit the home of country music, Nashville and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, making stops along the way at Graceland and fascinating museums dedicated to America’s music heritage.


As well as exploring the Deep South’s musical roots, this carefully crafted holiday also includes opportunities to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, and the chance to visit an elegant antebellum mansion. We’ve arranged city tours to help you tick off all the must-see sights and leave you to decide how you spend your free time. You can join an optional excursion if you wish or head out and do your own thing. Take a stroll through the park, visit a late-night jazz club or tuck into a bowl of gumbo – the choice is all yours!

Highlights

  • Nashville, the city that "calls music home"

  • Home of the blues, Memphis

  • Elvis' former home Graceland and Sun Studios

  • Explore the BB King Museum

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B

  • Antebellum mansion tour

  • New Orleans tour

  • City tour of Atlanta

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Historic RCA Studio B Museum

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk To Atlanta

Location: Atlanta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Courtland Grand Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

After all the anticipation, your holiday starts today! Maybe you’ll treat yourself to a celebratory drink at the airport before your flight to Atlanta, Georgia. When you arrive, we’ll drive you to your hotel for an overnight stay and after time to freshen up, we’ll come together for our welcome drink

Day 2 Atlanta - Nashville

Location: Nashville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast

Atlanta is a dynamic city with a fascinating history. Founded in 1837 as a community at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad, it was virtually burnt to the ground during the US Civil War. Undeterred, the city rose from the ashes and became the centre of the Civil Rights movement in the 20th century. On this morning’s tour, you’ll discover its many highlights including the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Olympic Park and the impressive Georgia State Capitol building.
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: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Cambria Hotel Nashville Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

We have a fabulous music-themed day in store for you today. It begins as you step inside the hallowed halls of Studio B, which has been dubbed the ‘birthplace of the Nashville Sound’, a popular style of country music. It was built in 1957 and over two decades, many hits were recorded here by artists including Elvis Presley. Standing in the very studio where he recorded ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ with the lights dimmed and his incredible voice flowing from the speakers, is sure to be a truly special moment. You’re also going to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, an incredible museum packed full of exhibits and music-themed memorabilia.
There's one more exciting experience to come if you choose to attend an optional evening of live music at the Grand Ole Opry. Take your seats for the world-famous show where some of today’s best artists celebrate the joy of country music.

Day 4 Memphis

Location: Memphis

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

The next great musical city you'll visit is Memphis, standing proudly on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. When we arrive this afternoon, we're going to set off together to discover some of its many highlights. They include the Riverfront, historic Cotton Row, and Beale Street, the home of the blues. On this iconic street, music emanates from every open door, and street performers entertain the crowds. You could perhaps head back here for a drink and dinner this evening.

Day 5 Memphis

Location: Memphis

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 career and personal life, exploring the famous Jungle Room, living room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and 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 you can round it off by enjoying dinner wherever you fancy in Memphis – ask your Holiday Director for recommendations if you wish.

Day 6 Memphis

Location: Memphis

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today has been left free for you to explore more of Memphis at leisure. Maybe you'll choose to visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the former Lorraine Motel. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at this very spot in April 1968 and the museum’s fascinating exhibits tell inspiring stories about the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. There are plenty of other options too, including the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
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, to 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: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La Quinta Inn & Suites Vicksburg

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’re going to take to the road today, leaving Memphis behind and crossing the border into Mississippi. We’ll travel through the Mississippi Delta, said to be the birthplace of the Delta Blues – a style of Blues music that developed in the early 20th century. Making a stop in the small town of Indianola, we’ll visit the BB King Museum to learn about the life and music of the legendary ‘King of the Blues’.
After time for lunch, our journey will continue to Vicksburg.

Day 8 Natchez - New Orleans

Location: New Orleans

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

As we head deeper south, we're going to make a stop in Natchez, a historic town on the banks of the Mississippi River. 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. We’ll admire the stunning architecture of this palatial home and see some of the antiques it was originally furnished with.
Our ultimate destination today is the 'Big Easy', or New Orleans, home to another musical genre - jazz. When we arrive, a sightseeing tour will introduce us to many of the city’s highlights, including the stunning triple-steepled St Louis Cathedral, and cemeteries filled with unique, white-marble above-the-ground tombs.
Your hotel is located just steps from New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. It is the city’s vibrant heart and oldest district, and tonight you are free to make your own discoveries. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, so why not head out and see what’s on offer for dinner.

Day 9 New Orleans

Location: New Orleans

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

You’re going to uncover the charm of the French Quarter and learn all about its history on a walking tour this morning. A Local Guide will lead us through the historic streets and point out highlights including Jackson Square, Pirate's Alley, and the world-famous Bourbon Street. The walk ends at a restaurant, where we’ll enjoy a buffet brunch accompanied by live jazz, in a pretty outdoor courtyard.
The rest of the day is yours to explore the galleries and boutiques of the French Quarter, or if you prefer, you could perhaps head to City Park and discover the Botanical Garden or the New Orleans Museum of Art. We also offer an optional swamp and bayou tour, where you’ll glide through the tranquil beauty of Louisiana’s waterways by boat, looking out for alligators, raccoons and more.

Day 10 New Orleans - At Leisure

Location: New Orleans

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

With so much to discover in New Orleans, you can spend the day exploring at your own pace. Perhaps take a stroll through the open-air French Market and shop for souvenirs to take home before stopping for coffee and beignets - French-style doughnuts - at the famous Café du Monde.
If you’re still keen to discover more, your Holiday Director is hosting an optional afternoon trip on an authentic paddle steamer. Once the only way to travel along the waterways of the South, this trip will take you on a glorious journey back to the 19th-century heyday of these iconic vessels. Sit back and listen to a live jazz band play as you sail along the mighty Mississippi taking in views of New Orleans from the water.

Day 11 New Orleans/Uk

Location: United Kingdom

Meals Included: No Meals

Your holiday comes to an end today, so make the most of your last few hours before we drive you to the airport in good time for your flight home.

Day 12 Uk

Location: United Kingdom

Meals Included: No Meals

After an overnight flight, you will arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

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

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

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Local Guide

  • Overseas transfers and other transportation

  • Porterage

  • Return flights from London

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

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

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

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Any other items not mentioned or listed as optional

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, you will be escorted by a Travelsphere Holiday Director

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    US Dollars

  • What is the maximum group size?

    35 people

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, international flights from/to the UK

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, customers will be required to obtain the relevant US travel visa

  • 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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The Best of the Deep South - Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans

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