- New Orleans’ atmospheric French Quarter
Southern Sights and Sounds
- VIP door to door
Visit the birthplaces of jazz, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll
One of our bestselling tours, this two-week itinerary puts the focus on the Deep South’s rich cultural heritage.
As well as delving into the region’s Civil Rights history, we’ll uncover its musical roots as we visit Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans - the birthplaces of jazz, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll.
A real highlight is the evening we spend at the Grand Ole Opry, where legends and contemporaries of country, bluegrass, folk and gospel have performed since 1925.
12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
5 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 3-4 and 7-9)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
Excursions and visits
- Tours of Atlanta; Jack Daniel’s Distillery; Nashville; Memphis; Frogmore Cotton Plantation; and Montgomery (including Hank Williams Museum)
- Visits to Martin Luther King Jr Memorial; Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum; Stanton Hall; and Monroeville (with entry to the Old Courthouse Museum)
- One-way journey up to Lookout Mountain aboard the Incline Railway
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B, Nashville
- An evening at the Grand Ole Opry
- Entrance to Graceland with Elvis Experience Tour
†Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic, Delta Airlines or British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Atlanta
- Day 2 Atlanta to Chattanooga
- Day 3 Chattanooga
- Day 4 Lynchburg to Nashville
- Day 5 Nashville
- Day 6 Tupelo to Memphis
- Day 7 Memphis
- Day 8 Natchez
- Day 9 New Orleans
- Day 10 - 11 New Orleans
- Day 12 Monroeville to Montgomery
- Day 13 Montgomery to Atlanta to UK
- Day 14 UK
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hampton Inn Downtown
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Hampton Inn Memphis-Beale Street
Natchez Grand Hotel
Sheraton New Orleans
Day 1 UK to Atlanta
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Atlanta.
You stay at Atlanta Marriott Marquis (4*) or Westin Peachtree Plaza (4*)
Day 2 Atlanta to Chattanooga
This morning we take a tour of the city forever associated with ‘Gone with the Wind’, including the national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.
We then journey to Chattanooga. You stay at Hampton Inn Downtown (3.5*) or Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown (3.5*).
Day 3 Chattanooga
Railway enthusiasts still flock to this town, which has the largest old-time steam railroad in the south.
Today we board an equally exciting means of transport - The Incline Railway - which runs steeply up Lookout Mountain and affords wonderful views.
The rest of the day is free.
Day 4 Lynchburg to Nashville
This morning we travel to the small town of Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery where every bottle of the famous sippin’ whiskey has been produced since 1866.
After our tour we transfer to Nashville. You stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort (4*) or Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown (3*).
Day 5 Nashville
Nashville is famous as the country music capital of the world. Our morning tour introduces you to the facets of the city including Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This evening we experience live music at the Grand Ole Opry - America’s longest-running scheduled show first broadcast in 1925.
Day 6 Tupelo to Memphis
Today we travel south to Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum.
Later we continue to Memphis, home of Elvis Presley and WC Handy who, after publishing ‘Memphis Blues’ in 1912 followed by ‘St Louis Blues’ and ‘Beale St Blues’, became known as the ‘Father of the Blues’.
We’ll have a brief orientation tour on arrival.
Day 7 Memphis
This morning we experience a true highlight of the holiday as we visit Graceland.
The Elvis Experience Tour is included, allowing you to explore the mansion and grounds of his estate on a well-presented audio walking tour which has an emotional conclusion at his final resting place.
Your ticket also includes the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.
Day 8 Natchez
We follow Ol’ Man River to Natchez, central port for the cotton trade in the early 18th century, whose many grand mansions and estates bear witness to the wealth of those days.
We visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation, which shows the contrast of working here as a planter or slave in the early 1800s.
Day 9 New Orleans
Visit Stanton Hall, a palatial Greek Revival residence restored to its former antebellum splendour.
We cross into Louisiana, taking a shortcut over the spectacular Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest overwater bridges at nearly 24 miles.
Arrive in New Orleans and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 10 - 11 New Orleans
Two free days to sample the delights of New Orleans, Nashville’s natural rival as Southern America’s great city of music.
The French Quarter has a number of pleasant bars and restaurants with patios for dining al fresco.
One evening you have the option to cruise and dine, enjoying a traditional jazz band on board The Natchez Steamboat on the Mississippi River.
Day 12 Monroeville to Montgomery
We start early, stopping in Monroeville for time to explore the town and old courthouse, made famous by the film of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
We continue to our hotel in the heart of downtown Montgomery, where you’ll have several restaurants within walking distance.
You stay at Renaissance Montgomery (4*) or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown (3*).
Day 13 Montgomery to Atlanta to UK
A tour takes you on a journey through Montgomery’s rich history, focusing on the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement and pausing at the restored parsonage that once served as the home of Martin Luther King Jr. We’ll also visit the Hank Williams Museum.
Later, we transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
February 12, 2023 (Mardi Gras) includes Nashville Nightlife with dinner, instead of the Grand Ole Opry.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.