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The Old South & Florida

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Price per person
from £2,038

Price based on
London Heathrow
19th Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 14 days

  • USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous tour through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

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 U.S. tour, you’ll also enjoy seeing the countryside between cities. You’ll drive through the heart of Cajun Country from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and through rural Mississippi from Natchez to Memphis. Between Chattanooga and Atlanta, you’ll drive through Chattanooga National Forest.

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.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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.

Customer Reviews

The itinery was good but there were days when it...

16th September 2018
Mr Peter Stringer

The itinery was good but there were days when it was a little DIY.

A really good trip to discover the southern states....

30th April 2018
Mr David Horsnell

A really good trip to discover the southern states. I felt more time should be allocated at Gracelands, as that was one of the highlights of my holiday, and just seemed to be rushed. Also, one extra night in Nashville to see more of the city, plus the hotel both here and in Atlanta could have been nearer the centre areas. Apart from this, it was a very good holiday, and everything was arranged and ran smoothly.

Absolutley great although some places we visited warranted longer spent...

23rd October 2017
Mrs linda Stenton

Absolutley great although some places we visited warranted longer spent there.The history was so interesting,Susannah certainly knew her stuff.

Everything was great, we saw everything on this holiday. Gracelands...

30th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Everything was great, we saw everything on this holiday. Gracelands was on our bucket list different to what we were expecting but excellent. The Plantations were excellent very sad at Whitney but very informative. Missie Chapman our tour manager was 1st class she knew her stuff and took good care of us - excellent lady. We would have liked to have gone to Jack Daniels in Tennessee, sorry this wasn't included. The deep south was excellent. Some of the journeys each day were a little long but we guess you have travel a lot to see everything.

Very enjoyable and interesting....

15th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Very enjoyable and interesting.

Overall an excellent tour at a good pace with great...

19th June 2017
Mrs Margaret Milne

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

The choice of Hotel locations to stay during the tour...

6th June 2017
Trusted Customer

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.

Interesting and varied tour. Covered a lot of miles but...

10th May 2017
Trusted Customer

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.

Multiple itineraries are available

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Overview

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous tour through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

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 U.S. tour, you’ll also enjoy seeing the countryside between cities. You’ll drive through the heart of Cajun Country from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and through rural Mississippi from Natchez to Memphis. Between Chattanooga and Atlanta, you’ll drive through Chattanooga National Forest.

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 & 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. (CB)

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 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:

  • 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

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

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

    • Indoor Swimming Pool Roof Top Swimming Pool Wifi Laundry Services

Natchez - Hampton Inn and Suites

This Natchez hotel offers easy access to shops, nightlife and restaurants in the renowned Under-the-Hill area. On the Mississippi River, this traditional deluxe hotel offers free wifi.

  • Location

    627 S Canal St, Natchez, MS 39120, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free Wifi Swimming Pool Fitness Centre

Situated in the heart of the Business District, this East Memphis hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour business centre. Every room at Hilton Memphis provides a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV with premium cable and movie channels, along with a coffee maker and ironing facilities. 

  • Location

    939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38120, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Outdoor pool Hot tub/jacuzzi Bar Restaurant Non-smoking rooms ATM/cash machine on site Gift shop

Nashville - The Inn at Opryland

These beautiful bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas, and suites with 2 bathrooms have minifridges.

  • Location

    2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant Indoor Pool Fitness Centre

The Quality Suites Buckhead Central is situated in a premier location that offers easy access to everything in the Downtown Atlanta, GA area, including shopping at Lennox Mall and Phipps Plaza, tennis and golf. This Atlanta, Georgia hotel is minutes away from a variety of popular attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia World Congress Center, Olympic Park, CNN Center, Turner Field, Fox Theater and Georgia Dome. 

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Outdoor pool (seasonal) Free WiFi

Savannah - Best Western Historic District

A flat-screen TV, coffee machine, and small refrigerator are standard in every room at Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District. This Savannah Historic District Best Western Plus is located 2 minutes’ walk from the Savanah Riverfront and 300 yards from City Market. Features include free WiFi and free continental breakfast.

  • Location

    412 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor pool Free WiFi

Orlando - Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista

Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre makes the perfect setting for your holiday. Our hotel is located near a variety of iconic Orlando attractions including Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove. As a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel, we offer a complimentary shuttle to the series of Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks and Disney Springs

  • Location

    8501 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836-6416

  • Facilities

    • Free Wifi Swimming Pool Hot Tub Laundry Service Fitness Centre Bar

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