New Orleans, the Old South and Florida

  • 14 Days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

Soak up Old South rhythms from the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans, Graceland in Memphis and the country grace of Nashville; with a drive through Cajun country and a Sunshine State finale in Florida.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

of 14 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 14th March 2018

Meals included: 4 breakfasts,

Overview

Soak up Old South rhythms from the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans, Graceland in Memphis and the country grace of Nashville; with a drive through Cajun country and a Sunshine State finale in Florida.

At a glance

  • New Orleans Explore the city’s French Quarter and Garden District.
  • Memphis Visit the Graceland Mansion: home of Elvis Presley.
  • Nashville See Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio.
  • Savannah Explore this elegant coastal city.
  • Orlando Take advantage of the many attractions in the area.

Extensions

3 nights hotel stay in Clearwater

3 nights hotel stay in Orlando

7 nights hotel stay 3 nights Orlando & 4 nights Clearwater

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - New Orleans

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans

From its famous French Quarter balconies to the mansions on St. Charles, New Orleans oozes a sultry and intoxicating cool. Experience the laidback streets of the French Quarter with stops at St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square on your morning city tour. Then head across lively Canal Street to the elegant tree-lined streets of the Garden District to see its grand mansions and a typical New Orleans above-ground cemetery. The rest of the day and evening are yours to do some more sightseeing, go shopping for souvenirs or simply relax.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

New Orleans

Another full day to experience more of this exuberant and attractive city. For keen shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an extensive array of unique stores and designer boutiques; or alternatively join an optional excursion on a swamp boat ride through the atmospheric bayous.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour, featuring the stucco Georgian architecture of the Governor's Mansion, reported to be a copy of the White House, and the Louisiana State Capitol. Then on to elegant Natchez, once a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Your tour includes a visit to a graceful pre-Civil War home featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Natchez - Memphis

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, and acquaint yourself with the city during an orientation tour. This evening, head to Beale Street and check out some of the city’s famous blues clubs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Memphis - Graceland - Nashville

This morning is all about The King. No trip to Memphis is complete without a trip to the iconic home of Elvis Presley. On the Graceland Mansion Tour, you’ll explore the uniquely-decorated rooms he hung out and wrote music in; and the Memorial Garden, where Elvis and his parents were laid to rest. Afterwards, travel through the fertile farmlands of Tennessee to the 'Capital of Country Music', Nashville. The evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Nashville

Nashville is the ideal destination for all kinds of visitors: music fans, history buffs and southern lovers. Start the day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio. From 1957-1977 there were more than 35,000 songs recorded here including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Your sightseeing city tour passes the famous recording studios of Music Row; then behind the scenes of the music industry on a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame to see musical memorabilia and the solid gold Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley. Tonight, enjoy reserved seats for an entertaining show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’. Enter the 'Peach State' of Georgia and continue through the pine and hardwood trees of Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of assassinated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. A short visit to see the eternal flame and the graves of Martin Luther King and his wife is followed by an orientation tour of the city. The rest of the day is yours to explore further or relax.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Atlanta - Savannah

Head through rich rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah where your trolley tour highlights such attractions as the City Market, Madison Square, River Street and the Mercer House - which was the scene of numerous macabre deaths and featured in the 1994 John Berendt book ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’, later made into a film starring Kevin Spacey. Your evening is free to discover the city at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Savannah

A free day to explore this picturesque coastal city. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and pretty gardens. Don't miss Forsyth Park, with its famous fountain and flowerbeds – great for lunchtime concerts and people-watching – or the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, where you can learn about Savannah's important role in maritime history.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Savannah - St Augustine - Orlando

Travel into the famous 'Sunshine State' of Florida, stopping first at St Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States. Your tour takes you to the city's historic district and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. Then drive to Orlando - USA's fun capital.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Orlando

The day is yours to take advantage of the many attractions in the area, such as Universal Studios Florida and its companion parks, Islands of Adventure and of course, the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Orlando - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Orlando or Clearwater Beach.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New Orleans: Sheraton New Orleans
  • Natchez: Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Memphis: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
  • Nashville: The Inn at Opryland
  • Atlanta: Holiday Inn Express Atlanta - Buckhead (2017) / Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta - Buckhead (2018)
  • Savannah: Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown/Historic District
  • Orlando: Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

19th June 2017

Overall an excellent tour at a good pace with great cities etc to enjoy.

6th June 2017

The choice of Hotel locations to stay during the tour offered few options for the type of sightseeing that we like, apart from New Orleans, and Nashville. The only purchases that we made were a dinner and Country Music night in Nashville, which was very good value. Otherwise, the shopping opportunities were limited and not particularly good.

10th May 2017

Interesting and varied tour. Covered a lot of miles but kept occupied by relevant music and videos en route. Visited places that have been landmarks in the music and history of my lifetime. Ended tour in Orlando which I wasn't particularly bothered about visiting, but ended up ticking 'swimming with a dolphin' off my bucket list, so another highlight.

29th October 2016

What a fantastic tour!!

29th October 2016

Very disappointed of getting very different holiday than offered on the Archers web site. I felt I was cheated.

28th October 2016

I enjoyed my holiday very much. It was very tiring especially when only spending 1 night at accommodation. On the whole the hotels were very good, but often not close enough to the centre, especially in Nashville. Whilst the hotel provided a shuttle it was 20 dollars each return. I would urge the company to reconsider its hotel/motel that they use in Savannah - it is extremely noisy, not because of the construction site but because of the activities that take place in the seedy street at the rear of the hotel which result in lots of screaming and shouting at all hours. Savannah is beautiful and was one of our favourite places along with St. Augustine. There was do much to see and do in St Augustine if would have been nice to have overnighted there. Our tour director was adequate but not as good as previous ones. It was her last tour until March and it showed. She wasn't engaged with the group, didn't join in with things and left us to our own devises most of the time. When there were issues with room allocations people were told to sort it out themselves. When I asked on the first day in New Orleans if she could ring a theatre in Nashville for me to check on ticket availability for a show we wanted to see, I was told I would need to do this myself. In the past other tour directors have been happy to help with things like this. We got the impression that Brenda was on wind down and just going through the motions, which was a shame.

21st October 2016

Visited great cities and had some wonderful experiences. Loved Graceland and the cities of Savannah and St Augustine. Did not like Orlando as it is busy, ugly and nothing there except theme parks. Despite this, had a great time. Main drawback was no scenery en route. Flat and boring countryside.

19th October 2016

It didn't have the wow factor we had experienced on other trips we had taken with Archers although we really liked New Orleans, Savannah & Graceland.

10th October 2016

Fantastic Kim our tour director and Hector our driver made the holiday for us with their knowledge and wit.

27th September 2016

Had a great holiday and would recommend the tour/Archers completely. In fact we have! Not without a few problems. In general all the hotels were excellent though the Atlanta hotel was very tired. The coach used was not really what we would call a touring coach. Seats got very uncomfortable after an hour or so and leg room was not the best. Also we would not recommend flights other than direct home/destination and back. On our out journey we had a wait of 4 hours at Atlanta for our connecting flight to New Orleans. For our return flight we had a scheduled 1 1/2 hours period to connect at JFK with our flight home. Our return flight from Orlando was severely disrupted by problems at JFK and we we put on a different flight to that booked. This was so we could connect with our return flight to LHR. If we hadn't then we would have missed the flight we were booked on. Consequently our luggage was not put on the same flight out of Orlando and missed the JFK connecting flight and it wasn't until 3 days after we got home that we got our luggage.

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