Rhythms of the South Fly Drive

Atlanta • Nashville • Memphis • New Orleans • Pensacola • Tallahassee

With this holiday you get to explore a large number of southern American States and experience so many diverse locations that it is sometimes hard to believe they are all part of the same country.
Along the way you can enjoy the shade in a town square that is surrounded by decadent architecture, visit the home of Elvis Presley, cool your heels by the Atlantic Ocean then warm your toes in the inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy amazing landscapes between each unique destination. In Atlanta you can learn all about the South at the Atlanta History Center then hit up Memphis and sample the blues and explore Graceland. Recline on the warm sands of Florida’s Pensacola beach, relax in one of historic Savannah’s 22 town squares and then feel the cool ocean breeze on your face in Charleston Waterfront Park.
With this trip you will be able to sample a plethora of places, see hundreds of fascinating sights and meet some of the most welcoming people in the land.
From £1645pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Atlanta including taxes and fees
  • 13 NIGHTS hotel accommodation in selected fly drive hotels (more details below)
  • Car Rental for full duration with fully inclusive insurance
  • Based on 2 adults sharing
  • Price based on departing October 2017*other departure dates subject to price and availability
  • Quote Ref 1506639

Staff Tips

Nashville-Mingle with locals and catch some lives performances by great names in music at the 3rd and Lindsey.

Linda Collins

Travel Expert

Memphis -The King's domain is busiest in January and August, the months of Elvis's birthday and the anniversary of his death. Those eager to join hundreds of Elvis look-alikes should book accommodations up to a year in advance.

Stephanie O'Sullivan

Travel Expert

Your Adventure...

Atlanta Arrival
Atlanta
Atlanta - Nashville (392 KM)
Nashville - Memphis (334KM)
Memphis
Memphis - Vicksburg (349 KM)
Vicksburg - Natchez - Baton Rouge - New Orleans (304 KM)
New Orleans
New Orleans - Pensacola (301 KM)
Pensacola - Tallahassee (314KM)
Tallahassee - Savannah (484 KM)
Savannah - Charleston (168KM)
Charleston - Atlanta (467KM)
Atlanta Departure
  • Day 1 Atlanta Arrival

    Arrive in Atlanta. Pick up your car and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the evening is at leisure to enjoy Atlanta.
    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown or similar.

  • Day 2 Atlanta

    Enjoy a day in Atlanta, which started as a railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a large part of the reason it made such an inviting target for General Sherman’s Union Army, which razed it during the Civil War. Visit Fairlie-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park or the Atlanta History Centre.
    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown or similar.

  • Day 3 Atlanta - Nashville (392 KM)

    Along the way, stop to see the Chattanooga “Choo Choo” train. In Lynchburg tour the legendary Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery. Proceed to Nashville in the evening.
    Overnight: GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music Valley or similar.

  • Day 4 Nashville - Memphis (334KM)

    Soak up the sounds in the country music capital by visiting the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Experience the South’s tumultuous history at the Tennessee State Museum. Leave the city early enough to arrive in Memphis for a late dinner.
    Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown or similar.

  • Day 5 Memphis

    Explore the birthplace of the blues by taking in a performance in one of the entertaining Beale Street blues bars. Drive out for a tour of Elvis Presley’s home Graceland; see the original bomber, Memphis Belle; or monorail to unique Mud Island.
    Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown or similar.

  • Day 6 Memphis - Vicksburg (349 KM)

    Today visit Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. There’s over 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road and a national cemetery, the nation’s largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors with graves totalling over 17,000.
    Overnight: Vicksburg Inn & Suites or similar for 1 night.

  • Day 7 Vicksburg - Natchez - Baton Rouge - New Orleans (304 KM)

    Enjoy a drive through Natchez and Baton Rouge, the heart of the old South, en route to New Orleans. New Orleans’ unique geography, sandwiched between Lake Pontchartrain and the mighty Mississippi River, shaped the flavours of the only cuisine native to North America.
    Overnight: Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome or similar.

  • Day 8 New Orleans

    The Big Easy is a melting pot of European culture and southern charm. Stroll through the French Quarter and admire its distinctive architectural styling, then experience the festive frenzy on Bourbon Street. Steamboat river tours onboard restored paddle boats are a great way to experience the mighty Mississippi.
    Overnight: Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome or similar.

  • Day 9 New Orleans - Pensacola (301 KM)

    Drive from city life to beach blankets. Relax on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a swim in the warm blue waters of the Atlantic Coast. Wander through Pensacola’s Seville District or head to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island.
    Overnight: Comfort Inn Pensacola - University Area or similar.

  • Day 10 Pensacola - Tallahassee (314KM)

    Travel along the Gulf Coast through the untouched wildlife preserves and natural habitats that dot the landscape. Fishing villages and the Emerald Coast provide ample distraction on the way. Sprinkled with southern charm, Tallahassee’s landscape mixes antebellum architecture and modern innovation.
    Overnight: Quality Inn & Suites or similar.

  • Day 11 Tallahassee - Savannah (484 KM)

    Historic Savannah is home to some of the South’s most beautifully restored houses. Take a relaxing afternoon walk and picnic in one of the many green parks throughout the city.
    Overnight: Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District or similar.

  • Day 12 Savannah - Charleston (168KM)

    Charleston truly represents the grandeur and elegance of the South. Gorgeous tree-lined avenues add to the charm of the antebellum architecture.
    Overnight: Holiday Inn Charleston – Riverview or similar.

  • Day 13 Charleston - Atlanta (467KM)

    Leave South Carolina’s coast and head back inland on your return trip to Atlanta.
    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Atlanta – Midtown or similar.

  • Day 14 Atlanta Departure

    Return your car at the airport before your departure flight home.

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