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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 on this Deep South and Delta Blues Grand American Adventure.
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.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
The Exciting Parts
- Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
- Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise
- Visit Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo
- Beale Street blues bars
- New Orleans jazz clubs and Bourbon Street nightlife
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez
Tupelo - Memphis
Nashville - Atlanta
Day 1 Atlanta
Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia for the start of your Deep South USA tour. The day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. A self-guided walking tour of downtown Atlanta is highly recommended.
Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport South (or similar)
Day 2 Birmingham
Head west into Alabama and to the state's largest city - Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region's volatile history before setting off on your journey through the South.
Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Grand View (or similar)
Day 3-5 New Orleans
Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the 'Big Easy', the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA.
Enjoy a visit to Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve for a guided walk around the swamp boardwalks. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all enjoying some of the many live music performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city.
Hotel: The Whitney Hotel (or similar)
Day 6 Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez
This morning you visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houmas House makes for a wonderful stop. Next, you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat.
Hotel: The Guest House Natchez (or similar)
Day 7 Clarksdale
Next up is Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous 'Crossroads', where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town itself 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.
Hotel: Hampton Inn Clarksdale (or similar)
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. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. You also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through or the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (or similar)
Day 10-11 Nashville
Next up is Nashville, the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wild horse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and intimate live music venues playing not only country, but all genres of music. Your time in Nashville is free for you to indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available (entrance fees apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running radio show and a recommended highlight. You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 24 km east of the city.
Hotel: The Capitol Hotel Downtown, Nashville (or similar)
Day 12 Nashville - Atlanta
There is an option to stop in Lynchburg at the Jack Daniel’s distillery, to pay homage with an optional sampling. Your Deep South USA tour ends in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.