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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 join a jazz-themed dinner cruise on a Mississippi River paddle steamer.

Perhaps make your trip extra special…

Music enthusiasts may want to join the April 23 departure in 2018, as New Orleans will be celebrating its annual Jazz Heritage Festival from the last week in April to the beginning of May.

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

Please note: 2019 departures will follow the same route, but some of the excursions will be different.


12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

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

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

13 Nights 2018

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Day 1 UK-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


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


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


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


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


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


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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