Deep South and Delta Blues Adventure

Georgia • Tennessee • Mississippi • Louisiana • Alabama

Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South and experience the unique cultural landscape and fascinating history that gave birth to the blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll.
Days move a little slower in the South, as you pass the time with a sweet tea or a mint julep, taking in the sights and sounds of Music Row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Take in the heritage properties of Natchez and Houmas House, and savour authentic Southern hospitality and cuisine on your Deep South holiday as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.
From £2979pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Atlanta
  • 10 NIGHTS hotel accommodation in tour hotels
  • Professional tour leader, private transport in a new custom-designed vehicle
  • Service of professional tour guides
  • Tour Departure 2017 Dates: 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 02 Oct, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 23 Dec
  • Tour Departure 2018 Dates: 7,25 Apr, 12 May, 09 Jun, 07 Jul, 25 Aug, 08 Sep, 01 Oct, 20 Oct, 17 Nov
  • Quote Ref 1518511 - 028 9051 1840

Tour Highlights

  • Tour Elvis’ Graceland mansion and visit his birthplace in Tupelo
  • Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise
  • Beale Street blues bars
  • New Orleans jazz clubs and Bourbon Street nightlife
  • Your Adventure...

    Atlanta
    Birmingham
    New Orleans
    Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez
    Clarksdale
    Tupelo - Memphis
    Nashville
    Nashville - Atlanta
    • Day 1 Atlanta

      Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 2 Birmingham

      The primary site of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama, is where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth began their campaign of civil disobedience in the 1960s.
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 3-5 New Orleans

      An eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests itself in every aspect of New Orleans’ architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Explore the quaint shops and markets of the French Quarter and let the laid-back jazz vibe wash over you in Preservation Hall, the Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint or in any one of the jazz clubs on Frenchmen Street. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and step back in time on your included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise.
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally (Dinner x1 included)

    • Day 6 Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez

      Stop by the city of Houma with an included visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, before reaching Natchez. The oldest established settlement on the Mississippi River was the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat and at the heart of the slave trade. Take a self-guided tour through the historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Check out the ‘Under the Hill’ area made famous by Mark Twain or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the south. Stay overnight in an historic property dating back to 1927.
      Historic hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 7 Clarksdale

      Next it’s onto Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Get an insight into the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous ‘Crossroads’, where legend has it blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town you’ll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia as well as actor Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Red’s - an authentic ‘juke joint’ - is well worth a visit for live music.
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 8-9 Tupelo - Memphis

      See the humble beginnings of ‘The King’ with a visit to the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, before crossing into Tennessee. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped put Memphis on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and you may like to visit Sun Studio where many great names have recorded, or take a tour of Gibson’s guitar factory to get completely immersed in the musical legacy of this city. Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit.
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 10-11 Nashville

      Next up is Nashville, the undisputed capital of country music. It’s also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, offering the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and live music venues playing not only country, but all music genres. The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running radio show and a highlight for any visit to Nashville - but you’ll have to book in advance as most nights here are a sell-out!
      Hotel included
      Meals paid locally

    • Day 12 Nashville - Atlanta

      Swing by the Jack Daniel’s Distillery for a serving of Southern hospitality. Returning to Atlanta, your journey through the music and cultural history of the Deep South ends in this modern day metropolis known as the New York of the South. If you are staying on, be sure to stop by Gladys Knight’s famous Chicken and Waffles restaurant, it’s a local favourite. *This Tour ends in Atlanta at approximately 5pm. We recommend booking a post tour accommodation. If you are planning to fly on final day, do not book a flight before 9pm.
      Meals paid locally

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