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This escorted tour holiday to America covers the best of the East Coast’s cities before continuing on through the Southern States right down to Miami in Florida.
Your holiday begins in New York where you will meet your group and travel to Washington D.C. through Philadelphia where you will have the opportunity to soak up some of this beautiful, historic city. You’ll then have a day to spend in Washington DC which includes a city tour with such highlights as U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery. Travel south down through the colonial region of Williamsburg, the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway and the breathtaking scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and into Nashville.
Nashville, ‘The Country Music Capital of the World’ is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Grand Ole Opry, where music fans should definitely try catch a show while in town. Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene or take the time to visit Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. COntinue on to New Orleans, home to the famous Mardi Gras festival. Immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.
Your escorted tour then travels along the Florida panhandle through Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico to Orlando, The Theme Park Capital of the World. Spend a day at leisure here, followed by a day at Kennedy Space Centre before travelling to Miami where your holiday finishes.
The Exciting Parts
- Visit Philadelphia and view the Liberty Bell
- Comprehensive city tour of Washington, D.C. and see the Lincoln Memorial
- Visit the Great Smoky Mountains
- Tour Nashville and have time to enjoy the Honky Tonks
- Memphis city tour including the Lorraine Hotel, site of the MLK assassination as well as Beale Street, famous for the blues clubs
- Visit one of America’s most famous home and gardens; Bellingrath
- Tour Kennedy Space Centre
New York Arrival
New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. - Williamsburg - Roanake
Roanoke - Blue Ridge Parkway - Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains - Nashville
Memphis - Jackson, New Orleans
New Orleans - Gulf of Mexico - Pensacola
Pensacola - Orlando
Orlando - Kennedy Space Center - Miami
Day 1 New York Arrival
Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening
Day 2 New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.
Transfer from New York to Washington, D.C. via Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, where you will stop to see Independence Mall and Liberty Bell
Day 3 Washington D.C.
Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or stroll the banks of the Potomac River.
Day 4 Washington D.C. - Williamsburg - Roanake
Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).
Day 5 Roanoke - Blue Ridge Parkway - Gatlinburg
Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, nicknamed the “Heart of the Smokies”.
Day 6 Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains - Nashville
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country music. Bring your boots and join your fellow travelers at the Wild Horse Salon, where you can kick up your heels and give line dancing a go (optional)
Day 7 Nashville- Memphis
Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of “The King of Rock and Roll” have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).
Day 8 Memphis - Jackson, New Orleans
Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).
Day 9 New Orleans
A full day at leisure to take in the French flavor and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city
Day 10 New Orleans - Gulf of Mexico - Pensacola
Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, AL to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). While visiting Pensacola Beach, walk along side the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.
Day 11 Pensacola - Orlando
Travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando for an evening arrival at your hotel
Day 12 Orlando
Day at leisure. Revitalize by the pool, take a hot air balloon flight or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios (admissions not included)
Day 13 Orlando - Kennedy Space Center - Miami
Visit Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program (admission included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach. Your tour ends here.
Day 14 Miami Departure
Your last day to enjoy the beautiful beaches and neighbourhoods of Miami before your departure flight home.