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Discover the musical heritage of the American Deep South on this circular Saga tour from Atlanta to New Orleans

From Nashville to New Orleans, this exciting tour gives you a real flavour of the American deep south, especially its musical heritage. Stay in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, visit Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo and his home at Graceland, explore Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis, and take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry.

Perhaps make your trip extra special…

Music enthusiasts may want to join the April 17, 2019 departure, as New Orleans will be celebrating its annual Jazz Heritage Festival.

Alternatively, join our February 25, 2019 departure which is timed so that you can enjoy watching the extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations.

Please note: 2018 departures will follow the same route, but some of the excursions will be different.

Including...

12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

13 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) and 1 dinner (D) (2018 Departures)

12 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) (2019 Departures)

Excursions and visits

  • Ride the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain
  • Tour of Jack Daniel's Distillery
  • Tours of Nashville and Atlanta
  • Visit to Tupelo
  • Orientation tour of Memphis
  • Audio tour of Graceland
  • Tour of National Military Park, Vicksburg
  • Visit an antebellum mansion in Natchez
  • Paddle steamer jazz cruise

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September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017
save up to £150
per person on selected departures when you book by Oct 31, 2018. Prices shown include saving.

13 Nights 2019

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Day 1 UK-Atlanta

Atlanta

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Atlanta. Stay for one night at the locally rated 4-star Doubletree Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria, which is located a short drive from downtown Atlanta, close to restaurants, shops and SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. The hotel’s facilities include Atrium Restaurant which serves traditional American meals, the intimate Cliff Restaurant, Edge Bar and the Game Changers Sports Bar. There is also a fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. All 230 air-conditioned rooms have a flat screen television with cable channels, coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Atlanta Georgia USA North America

Day 2 Atlanta-Chattanooga

Chattanooga

Take an included trip on the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain – the world’s steepest passenger railway – where you can enjoy views over the mountains. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown, which features a restaurant and bar, indoor pool, fitness area, convenience store and lounge area. Each of the 94 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, complimentary Wi-Fi and hairdryer. B

Chattanooga Tennessee USA North America

Day 3 Chattanooga-Lynchburg-Nashville

Lynchburg

Join an included tour, with tasting, of the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg. Jack Daniel was born in 1850 and started work at the age of seven with a local Lutheran minister, Dan Call, who owned a whiskey still. In 1863, Call sold his still to the 13-year-old Jack, as members of his congregation urged him to get rid of it. Jack Daniel later developed a process of mellowing whiskey through hard maple charcoal – perfected in 1866 – giving the whiskey its smooth character and unique taste. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Gaylord Opryland Hotel or the locally rated 4-star Millennium Maxwell hotel where you stay for two nights. Take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry, where many country legends – from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton – have performed.

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is located ten miles south of the city centre. The hotel is a vast complex with a choice of restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, gardens, waterfalls and even an indoor river with a replica steamboat! The 2,881 rooms have a television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, hairdryer and ironing facilities. B

Nashville Tennessee USA North America

Day 4 Nashville

Enjoy an included morning tour of Nashville, known as the country music capital of the world. You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. B


Day 5 Nashville-Tupelo-Memphis

Tupelo

Stop at Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Tupelo, and see the shack where the young Elvis lived, visit the museum with its collection of Presley memorabilia, as well as explore the greater complex which also houses a chapel and the Assembly of God church where the Presley family would worship. Continue to Memphis for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Sheraton Memphis Downtown. The hotel, located at the heart of the city, is connected to the Memphis-Cook Convention Center. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, gift and coffee shop, a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a whirlpool and internet access. All 590 air-conditioned rooms have individual climate control, a cable/satellite television, telephone, mini-fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board. Safety deposit boxes are available from reception. B

Memphis Tennessee USA North America

Day 6 Memphis

Graceland

After a short included orientation tour this morning, visit Elvis Presley’s legendary home, Graceland and enjoy an audio tour of the mansion and grounds. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. B


Day 7 Memphis-Natchez

Travel south and cross the border into Mississippi to Natchez. En route stop at the Delta Blues Museum. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Vue situated on the outskirts of the town, close to the river. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, exercise room and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 91 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, microwave, fridge, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. B

Natchez Mississippi USA North America

Day 8 Natchez-New Orleans

Continue to New Orleans pausing en route to visit the Oak Alley Plantation. Enjoy an included orientation tour in New Orleans and stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Omni Riverfront Hotel, in the New Orleans arts district, just a few blocks from the French quarter. The Omni Riverfront has a bistro and bar, where you can eat throughout the day, and a fitness centre. All 202 rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe and Wi-Fi (extra charge). B

New Orleans Louisiana USA North America

Day 9 New Orleans

New Orleans

Enjoy the day at leisure. Perhaps shop at the Riverwalk, visit the Jackson Square museums or ride on the St Charles streetcar. Perhaps take an optional city tour. B


Day 10 New Orleans

New Orleans

Spend a further day at leisure exploring the city. Be sure to explore the historic French Quarter, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. Despite the name most of the buildings were built during Spanish rule, after two fires destroyed much of the original French architecture, but the charming area is still a joy to explore. The quarter is home to the celebrated 'House of the Rising Sun' and the delightful Cathedral of St Louis. Perhaps join an optional cruise around the Louisiana swamps and bayous. In the evening you might like to hop aboard a traditional paddle steamer on the Mississippi River for an optional jazz cruise with dinner included. B


Day 11 New Orleans-Birmingham

Leave New Orleans and head to Birmingham in Alabama. Martin Luther King pioneered the civil rights movement from Alabama and your coach tour includes the sights of the Civil Rights District and also takes in a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Spend the night at the locally rated 4-star Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The hotel has a restaurant and lobby bar. B

Alabama USA North America

Day 12 Birmingham-Atlanta

Atlanta

Travel back to Atlanta and in the afternoon enjoy an included city tour. The USA’s self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the South’, Atlanta was founded as a railroad town in the mid-19th century. Your tour includes a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which comprises King’s birthplace, the Ebeneezer Baptist Chapel where he preached, and his grave.Your final night is at the locally rated 4-star Doubletree Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria. B

Atlanta Georgia USA North America

Day 13 Atlanta-UK

Atlanta

Perhaps join an optionall tour of CNN studios and the World of Coca Cola. Fly back to the UK overnight. B


Day 14  UK

Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service.


13 Nights 2018

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Day 1 UK-Atlanta

Atlanta

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Atlanta. Stay for one night at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria (4Q).


Day 2 Atlanta-Chattanooga

Chattanooga

Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown (3Q). Take an included trip on the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain – the world’s steepest passenger railway – where you can enjoy views over the mountains. B

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga Tennessee USA North America

Day 3 Chattanooga-Lynchburg-Nashville

Lynchburg

Join an included tour of the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, then continue to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (4Q) or the Millennium Maxwell hotel (4Q) where you stay for two nights. B

Jack Daniels distillery Lynchburg Virginia USA North America

Day 4 Nashville

Enjoy an included morning tour of Nashville, known as the country music capital of the world. B


Day 5 Nashville-Tupelo-Memphis

Tupelo

Stop at Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Tupelo, and see the shack where the young Elvis lived, before continuing to Memphis for a two-night stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown (3Q). B


Day 6 Memphis

Graceland

Take a short included orientation tour this morning before visiting Presley’s legendary home, Graceland. Enjoy an audio tour of the mansion and grounds. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. B

Graceland Memphis Tennessee USA North America

Day 7 Memphis-Vicksburg

National Military Park

Travel south and cross the border into Mississippi to Natchez. Stay overnight at the Hotel Vue (3Q). B


Day 8 Vicksburg-New Orleans

Natchez and Baton Rouge

Continue to New Orleans pausing en route at mansion Stanton Hall. Enjoy an included orientation tour in New Orleans and stay three nights at the Omni Riverfront Hotel (4Q). B

Natchez and Baton Rouge New Orleans Louisiana USA North America

Day 9 New Orleans

New Orleans

Enjoy the day at leisure. Perhaps shop at the Riverwalk, visit the Jackson Square museums or ride on the St Charles streetcar. B


Day 10 New Orleans

New Orleans

Spend a further day at leisure exploring the city. In the evening step aboard a traditional paddle steamer on the Mississippi River for a jazz cruise with dinner included. B, D

Mississippi River New Orleans Louisiana USA North America

Day 11 New Orleans-Birmingham

Leave New Orleans and head to Birmingham in Alabama. Martin Luther King pioneered the civil rights movement from Alabama and your coach tour includes the sights of the Civil Rights District and also takes in a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Spend the night at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis. (3Q). B


Day 12 Montgomery-Atlanta

Atlanta

Travel back to Atlanta and in the afternoon enjoy an included city tour. Your final night is at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria (4Q). B


Day 13 Atlanta-UK

Atlanta

Perhaps join an optional tour of CNN studios and the World of Coca Cola. Fly back to the UK overnight. B


Day 14 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning and take the included UK door-to-door travel service home.



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