The South

Renowned for their charm and hospitality, the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, along with Georgia, North and South Carolina offer a wealth of experiences for people to enjoy. 

From New Orleans’ vibrant French Quarter, with its jazz clubs and nightlife, to the beautiful unspoilt beaches of the Gulf Coast, from the cosmopolitan cities such as Atlanta or Charlotte to the historic plantation homes of Mississippi and Louisiana, or the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and blue grass hills of Kentucky, visitors cannot fail to find something to enjoy in these states. The history, art, culture, music, architecture, scenery, food, drink, outdoor activities and relaxation available here all combine to create a very memorable holiday.

Suggested Itineraries

Georgia & Carolina's Coast

Price includes flights, car hire & accommodation. Price based on 2 people sharing. 

Day 1 – Fly to Atlanta, stay 1 night
Explore Atlanta, including World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center, the world’s largest television network and enjoy great shopping restaurants and nightlife.

Day 2 – Drive to Macon (approx. 85 miles), stay 1 night
Spend the day in Macon, home of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Tubman African-American Museum.

Day 3 – Drive to Savannah (approx. 166 miles), stay 2 nights
Head southeast to the charming port city of Savannah. Take a carriage tour through the gracious squares of one of the South’s most beautifully preserved 18th century cities. Visit the museums, browse in the shops and dine in one of the many restaurants.

Day 5 – Drive to Charleston (approx. 110 miles), stay 2 nights
On your way stop at Hilton Head for lunch. This popular year round resort offers 12 miles of beach and is also well known for its golf and tennis facilities. Continue on to Charleston, one of the South's best preserved cities. Make sure you visit Pawley's Island and some of the nearby plantation homes, as well as enjoying the restored historic district and waterfront mansions of this beautiful city.

Day 7 – Drive to Myrtle Beach (approx. 95 miles), stay 2 nights
Enjoy a dose of Southern hospitality – Myrtle Beach style, with 60 miles of sunny beaches, golf courses, great restaurants, theatre and live entertainment.

Day 9 – Drive to Wilmington (approx. 75 miles), stay 1 night
Spend one night in the Wilmington area. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, historic riverfront district and outdoor activities that make this area so popular with visitors.

Day 10 – Drive to the Outer Banks (approx. 260 miles), stay 3 nights in a private home
Home of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, wide sandy beaches, great fishing, the Outer Banks is a great place to enjoy the coast.

Day 13 – Drive to Raleigh (approx. 220 miles), stay 1 night
Stay one night in the capital, education and cultural centre of North Carolina. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, whether you are looking for urban sightseeing or outdoor activities, you will find it in the Raleigh area.

Day 14 – Fly home from Raleigh

13 nights
Prices from:
£1655 per person
Rhythms of The South

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia for two nights. Explore Atlanta, including World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center, the world’s largest television network and enjoy great shopping restaurants and nightlife.

Day 3
(247 miles)
Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee. Drive north through Chattanooga to Nashville. Visit the homes and museums of music giants, dance to country sounds or take a trip on the Cumberland River. Two nights in Nashville.

Day 5
(212 miles)
Nashville to Memphis, Tennessee. Take the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway via Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Two nights in Memphis.

Day 7
(294 miles)
Memphis to Natchez, Mississippi. Visit some of Natchez’s 500 antebellum houses and plantation homes. Two nights in Natchez.

Day 9
(146 miles)
Natchez to Lafayette, Louisiana. Travel to Cajun Country with vibrant folklife, colourful carefree traditions and their own way of speaking Two nights Lafayette.

Day 11
(135 miles)
Lafayette to New Orleans, Louisiana. Discover the French Quarter, with its narrow streets, antique shops and jazz clubs, Cajun and Creole restaurants. Two nights in New Orleans.

Day 13
(185 miles)
New Orleans - Jackson, Mississippi.Visit the capital of Mississippi, voted one of America’s Most Liveable Communities. Jackson offers the best of both old and new, with a historic downtown area, great museums and galleries, as well as modern shopping and dining. One night in Jackson.

Day 14
(265 miles)
Jackson - Montgomery, Alabama. Travel to the birthplace of the Civil War. See vintage houses in Old Alabama and the Civil Rights Memorial. One night in Montgomery.

Day 15
(268 miles)
Montgomery to Atlanta, Georgia. Drive along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail and enjoy the scenery en route to Atlanta for your flight home.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1295 per person
Southern Charm & Coastal History

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

Day 1 – Fly into Miami and drive to Palm Beach, FL,
(75 miles) On arrival collect your hire car and drive to Palm Beach for 2 nights. Palm Beach boasts an array of chic boutiques and shops, fine restaurants and world-class golf courses and tennis facilities. In addition to this there is the beach and a wide range of water sports available.

Day 3 – Palm Beach to St Augustine, FL
(248 miles) Stay for 1 night. Founded in 1565, St Augustine is the oldest city in the USA, and is a complete contrast from the state of the art Orlando attractions. Enjoy the cobbled streets, quaint restaurants and boutique shopping. 

Day 4 – St Augustine to Jekyll Island, GA
(115 miles) Stay for 2 nights. Next stop is Jekyll Island, a lovely place to relax, go boating, or take a tour to the wildlife refuge of Cumberland Island or Okefenokee Swamp. Make a visit to the Sea Turtle Hospital during your stay here. 

Day 6 – Jekyll Island to Tybee Island, GA
(108 miles) Stay for 2 nights. Tybee Island is located 20 minutes from Historic Savannah, Georgia's First City. This barrier island boasts 5 miles of beaches backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes that are perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the sand and surf of the Atlantic Ocean. The island’s south-end pier and pavilion provide the perfect venue for strolling above the waves for a picturesque view or reeling in the day’s catch from the sea.

Day 8 – Tybee Island to Savannah, GA
(17 miles) Stay for 2 nights.Take a carriage tour through the gracious squares of one of the South’s most beautifully preserved 18th century cities. Visit the museums, browse in the shops and dine in one of the many restaurants. One of the best ways to see Savannah is to take a walking tour of the city or an evening Ghost Tour. 

Day 10 – Savannah to Charleston, SC
(107 miles) Stay for 2 nights. Visit one of the South's best preserved cities. Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston area has been named both Top U.S. City and Top Destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Day 12 – Charleston to Madison, GA
(266 miles) Stay for 2 nights.Madison is Georgia's "authentic southern town", with an array of ambient local dining options, speciality shops and over 160 antique dealers.

Day 14 – Madison to Atlanta, GA
(60 miles) Stay for 1 night. Explore Atlanta, including World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center, the world’s largest television network and enjoy great shopping restaurants and nightlife.

Day 15 – Fly home from Atlanta.

*Please note there is a one-way drop off fee on the hire car of $300 payable locally.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1405 per person
Deep South Plantation Home Fly-Drive

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
(254 miles)
New Orleans to “Plantation Country”. Discover how the magnificent plantation homes developed and learn the fascinating history behind them. Two nights in Plantation Country.

Day 3
(125 miles)
Plantation Country to Natchez, Mississippi. Travel through Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge, en-route. Visit some of the of antebellum homes in Natchez. Take a trip on the Mississippi on an old fashioned paddle steamer. Two nights in Natchez.

Day 5
(106 miles)
Natchez to Alexandria, Louisiana. Stop at Frogmore, a working cotton plantation. One night Alexandria.

Day 6
(61 miles)
Alexandria to Lafayette, Louisiana. Depart after breakfast for “Cajun Country”, the area settled by the Acadians following their expulsion from Nova Scotia by the British. Two nights Cajun Country.

Day 8
(108 miles)
Lafayette to New Orleans, Louisiana.Why not extend your holiday with two or three nights in New Orleans, before returning home?



N.B. You can choose to stay in one of the Plantation Houses or in hotels in the area.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£950 per person
Heart of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia for two nights. Explore this city, home to the World of Coca Cola and the CNN Center, the world’s largest television network.

Day 3
(160 miles)
Atlanta to Montgomery, Alabama. The State Capital of Alabama, Montgomery has a fascinating history, including the Civil War and Civil Rights. Two nights in Montgomery.

Day 5
(90 miles)
Montgomery to Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham offers some great jazz and blues music venues as well as a lot of Civil Rights history. Stay one in Birmingham.

Day 6
(93 miles)
Birmingham to Fort Payne, Alabama. Fort Payne is the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and home to Desoto State Park. You can enjoy numerous outdoor activities from here. One night Fort Payne.

Day 7
(70 miles)
Fort Payne to Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville is the Space Capital of America, with the US Space and Rocket Center and US Space Camp. One night in Huntsville.

Day 8
(215 miles)
Huntsville - Memphis, Tennessee. Renowned as the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, Memphis has numerous musical connections and attractions. Visit Sun Studios, Graceland, Beale Street and the Smithsonian Rock n’ Soul Museum. Two nights in Memphis.

Day 10
(210 miles)
Memphis - Nashville, Tennessee. Home of country music, in Nashville you can visit homes and museums of music giants or take a boat trip on the Cumberland River. Two nights in Nashville.

Day 12
(250 miles)
Nashville - Atlanta. Return to Atlanta for your flight home.

11 Nights
Prices from:
£1075 per person
The Carolina’s and Georgia’s Finest

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1 - Atlanta, GA
Stay for two nights and explore this cosmopolitan city, with its cultural attractions, shopping, nightlife, and history. Margaret Mitchell, the author of 'Gone With The Wind', wrote her novel here and her home is now a museum about her life and the nearby Jonesboro area from which she drew her inspiration.

Day 3 - Atlanta to Savannah, GA, approx. 250 miles
This historic city epitomises the South, with beautiful squares, stunning architecture, boutique shopping, galleries, world-class restaurants serving traditional Southern dishes such as Shrimp ‘n’ Grits, and sophisticated nightlife. Take a carriage tour or a walking tour to really soak up the atmosphere. Stay two nights.

Day 5 – Savannah to Hilton Head, SC, approx. 40 miles
This popular year round resort offers 12 miles of beach and is also well known for its golf and tennis facilities. Spend two nights relaxing and enjoying the resort.

Day 7 Hilton Head to Charleston, SC, approx. 105 miles
Stay two nights in one of the South's best preserved cities. Make sure you visit Pawley's Island and some of the nearby plantation homes, as well as enjoying the restored historic district and waterfront mansions of this beautiful city.

Day 9 - Charleston to Cape Fear, NC, approx. 170 miles
Spend one night in the Wilmington area. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, historic riverfront district and outdoor activities that make this area so popular with visitors.

Day 10 - Cape Fear to the Outer Banks, NC, approx. 240 miles
Home of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, wide sandy beaches, great fishing, the Outer Banks is a great place to enjoy the coast. Stay for two nights.

Day 12 - Outer Banks to Raleigh, NC, approx. 200 miles
Stay one night in the capital, education and cultural centre of North Carolina. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, whether you are looking for urban sightseeing or outdoor activities, you will find it in the Raleigh area.

Day 13 - Raleigh to Asheville, NC, approx. 250 miles
In the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains you will find Asheville. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the Biltmore Estate with its gardens, winery and magnificent furnishings or try some outdoor pursuits such as rafting or mountain biking. The city also has a vibrant arts scene and some great restaurants. Stay for two nights.

Day 15 - Return to Atlanta, GA, approx. 195 mile
Return to Atlanta for your flight home.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1080 per person
Deep South and Carolinas Combination

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia, for one night. See the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind, visit the World of Coca Cola and the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. If time permits shop in one of Atlanta’s Malls.

Day 2
(114 miles)
Atlanta -Chattanooga, Tennessee. Home of the legendary Chattanooga Choo Choo, this diverse city which began as an outpost on the border of the Cherokee Nation, is now a lively modern city. One night in Chattanooga.

Day 3
(317 miles)
Chattanooga to Memphis, Tennessee. Renowned as the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, Memphis has numerous musical connections and attractions. Visit Sun Studios, Graceland, Beale Street and the Smithsonian Rock n’ Soul Museum. Two nights in Memphis.

Day 5
(210 miles)
Memphis to Nashville, Tennessee. Home of country music, in Nashville you can visit homes and museums of music giants or take a boat trip on the Cumberland River. Two nights in Nashville.

Day 7
(293 miles)
Nashville to Asheville, North Carolina. In the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains you will find Asheville. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the Biltmore Estate with its gardens, winery and magnificent furnishings or try some outdoor pursuits such as rafting or mountain biking. The city also has a vibrant arts scene and some great restaurants. One night in Asheville.

Day 8
(245 miles)
Asheville to Raleigh, North Carolina. Stay one night in the capital, education and cultural center of North Carolina. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, whether you are looking for urban sightseeing or outdoor activities, you will find it in the Raleigh area.

Day 9
(120 miles)
Raleigh to Cape Fear, North Carolina. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, historic riverfront district and outdoor activities that make this area so popular with visitors. Two nights in Wilmington.

Day 11
(166 miles)
Cape Fear to Charleston, South Carolina. Stay two nights in one of the South's best preserved cities. Make sure you visit Pawley's Island and some of the nearby plantation homes, as well as enjoying the restored historic district and waterfront mansions of this beautiful city.

Day 13
(110 miles)
Charleston to Hilton Head, South Carolina. This popular year round resort offers 12 miles of beach and is also well known for its golf and tennis facilities. One night in Hilton Head.

Day 14
(45 miles)
Hilton Head to Savannah, Georgia. Take a carriage tour through the gracious squares of one of the South’s most beautifully preserved 18th century cities. Visit the museums, browse in the shops and dine in one of the many restaurants. One of the best ways to see Savannah is to take a walking tour of the city or an evening Ghost Tour. One night in Savannah.

Day 15
(approx .249 miles)
Savannah to Atlanta. Depart from Atlanta.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£995 per person
South Carolina Discovery

Price includes flights, car hire & accommodation 

Day 1 - Atlanta, GA
Stay for two nights and explore this cosmopolitan city, with its cultural attractions, shopping, nightlife, and history. Margaret Mitchell, the author of 'Gone With The Wind', wrote her novel here and her home is now a museum about her life and the nearby Jonesboro area from which she drew her inspiration.

Day 3 - Atlanta to Hilton Head, SC
(285 miles) Atlanta to Hilton Head, South Carolina. This popular year round resort offers 12 miles of beach and is also well known for its golf and tennis facilities. Stay for 3 nights in Hilton Head.

Day 6 – Hilton Head to Charleston, SC
(105 miles) Stay two nights in one of the South's best preserved cities. Make sure you visit Pawley's Island and some of the nearby plantation homes, as well as enjoying the restored historic district and waterfront mansions of this beautiful city.

Day 8 – Charleston to Myrtle Beach, SC
(95 miles) Enjoy a dose of Southern hospitality – Myrtle Beach style, with 60 miles of sunny beaches, golf courses, great restaurants, theatre and live entertainment. Stay for 3 nights in Myrtle Beach.

Day 11 – Myrtle Beach to Greenville, SC
(250 miles) Stay 2 nights in Greenville and visit the Liberty Bridge, a 355 foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the historic waterfalls nestled in the heart of downtown. Also make your way up into the mountains for spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Day 13 – Greenville to Atlanta, GA
(145 miles) Return to Atlanta and drop off your hire car in time for your flight back to the UK.

12 Nights
Price From:
£1025 per person
Peach Tree State Fly-Drive

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia for two nights. See the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind, visit the World of Coca Cola and the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. If time permits shop in one of Atlanta’s Malls.

Day 3
(66miles)
Atlanta to Dahlonega for one night. Drive North to Lake Lanier, spend some time on the lake and then drive on to Dahlonega in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Day 4
(149 miles)
Dahlonega to Macon for one night. Continue via Athens and end the day in Macon, home of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Tubman African-American Museum.

Day 5
(165 miles)
Macon to Savannah for two nights.Head southeast to the charming port city of Savannah. Take a carriage tour through the gracious squares of one of the South’s most beautifully preserved 18th century cities. Visit the museums, browse in the shops and dine in one of the many restaurants.

Day 7
(92 miles)
Savannah to Jekyll Island for two nights. Next stop is Jekyll Island, a lovely place to relax, go boating, or take a tour to the wildlife refuge of Cumberland Island or Okefenokee Swamp.

Day 9
(329 miles)
Jekyll Island to Pine Mountain for two nights. Make a stop in Plains, the home of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States. In Pine Mountain visit the 2,500 acre Callaway Gardens including a visit to the Butterfly Centre, the world’s largest glass conservatory.

Day 11
(78 miles)
ine Mountain to Atlanta. Return to Atlanta for your flight home stopping at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs.

11 Nights
Prices from:
£960 per person
Alabama Music Fly-Drive

Price includes flights, accommodation and car hire (economy car)..

Day 1 & 2
Arrive in Memphis, renowned as the birthplace of Rock'n'Roll and home of the blues for your two night stay. Elvis' mansion Graceland is a 'must see' along with Sun Studio and the historic Beale Street where you can party through the nights. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian's Rock'n'Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar are also well worth a visit.

Day 3 & 4
Move on today to Nashville, home of Country Music and the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the museum of music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame followed by some live music in one of many bars and lounges in 'The District', Nashville's downtown entertainment area.

Day 5
On to the northwest corner of Alabama where a cluster of cities bursting with musical talent - Tuscumbia, Florence, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals line the banks of the Tennessee River. Begin your stay by visiting the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia which showcases some of the state's famous music icons including WC Handy, Jimmie Rodgers, Sam Phillips, Hank Williams, Nat King Cold, The Temptations, Alabama and the Commodores.
The Shoals region also boasts some of the most influential recording centres in America. Renowned for their huge contribution to rock, country and R&B music throughout the 60's and 70's, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Recording Studio were used frequently by superstars like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Otis Redding who all made classic recording here. Both studios are active recording studios but are open for public tours (check ahead for visiting times).

Day 6 & 7
A short drive brings you to the Rocket City, Huntsville. A two night stay here provides an ideal opportunity to sample some of its exciting day and night time entertainment. Located in the heart of Alabama’s Mountain Region, Huntsville hosts numerous music events throughout the year including one of the state’s largest - the Big Spring Jam every September. The city’s downtown area has a mini entertainment district with venues like Crossroads Cafe and Humphrey’s showcasing Blues, Jazz, Folk and Rock music. For shopping and dining, the new Bridge Street Town Centre features over 70 upscale shops and restaurants, a 10 acre lake with gondola rides, water craft rentals and park areas
By day, visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Earth’s largest space museum featuring a full size Space Shuttle, a Saturn V rocket and the actual Apollo 16 capsule. Families can thrill to interactive rides and flight simulators; they can also attend U.S Space Camp®. Save time for the Huntsville Botanical Garden where you can enjoy the Alabama sunshine whilst exploring 112 acres of flora and fauna.
For a different perspective, go back in time to 1819 by visiting Alabama Constitution Village, the actual site where forty-four delegates gathered to forge the way for Alabama's Statehood. Become a part of Alabama’s history as villagers dressed in period clothing take you through eight reconstructed Federal style buildings. Another living history museum, Burritt on the Mountain, is a remarkable 14-room mansion built in the shape of an X and is insulated with 2,200 bales of wheat straw. The Historic Park contains restored farm buildings which interpret rural life during 1850 and 1900.

Day 8 & 9
Birmingham, your next stop, is Alabama's largest city and known for its diversity. Overlooked by Red Mountain and home to grits, gravy, great culture and gracious folks, it adds its own stamp to the music world. As well as hosting the famous Preserve Jazz Festival every June, Birmingham claims to be the Capital of American Idol due to its reputation for producing a string of talented vocalists. Two of the winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, plus runner up, Bo Bice, all hail from here.
Indeed, it's hard to escape the music in this playful city. Throughout the year, Jazz echoes from downtown nightclubs in places like Ona's Music Room and the Blue Monkey. The Five Points entertainment district has music of all types as well as great dining. Folks in Birmingham love to eat and those who visit here will get a taste of its fabulous variety in cuisine whilst enjoying all the arts that the city offers.
Jazz enthusiasts would do well to visit the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame which pays tribute to great artists with ties to Alabama like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.
Aside from the music, Birminham has museums by the dozen and its story of Civil Rights conflict and reconciliation should not be missed. It is told at the moving and educational Birminham Civil Rights Institute. The Barber Motorsports Park and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum are a must for motor enthusiasts and the Birminghamd Botanical Gardens and Zoo are just some of the city's other great attractions.

Day 10
Moving south to Montgomery, Alabama's State Capital is the birthplace of both the Civil War and Civil Rights. This is where Hank Williams lived from 1937 to 1948. The Hank Williams Museum documents the life of this Country Music pioneer famous for such classics as "Hey Good Lookin" and "Cold Cold Heart".

Day 11 & 12
The historic port city of Mobile which is one of the oldest cities in America is your home for the next two nights. Part of Mobile Bay, the city offers entertainment and relaxation, and boasts the original Mardi Gras which started in 1703 and is still celebrated every year two weeks before Lent.
Mobile features delicious seafood and an array of bars, restaurants and live music venues - just what you would expect from Jimmy Buffet's hometown. The Lo Da Entertainment District has over 20 establishments with live music on different nights of the week. Stop by 'Veets' for a late night drink and live bands. Felix's Fish Camp overlooking Mobile Bay has entertainment most nights and great views over the water. If you're visiting in the Autumn, you'll be lucky enough to see the city's 3 day BayFest Music Festival. This has jazz as its main ingredient but there is continuous music for every taste.
Spot of Tea on Dauphin Street is a favourite for breakfast and a nice place to stroll around as you admire the buildings on Cathedral Square. A drive through the nearby Oakleigh Garden Historic District allows you to take a look at some of the city's finest late 19th Century residences.
During your two night stay, take a trip a few miles down the road to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach which provide 32 miles of pristine white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Live bankds perform at beachfront bars like the Florabama, Pink Pony Pub and The Hangout.

Day 13 & 14
Finish your tour in the exotic city of New Orleans which overflows with history, culture and an energy that reverberates throughout the city. Aside from the legendary Bourbon street nightlife, there is a wealth of experience for all the family in the form of boat swamp tours, street car rides, the National World War II museum, the Aquarium, Mardi Gras World and more.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1350 per person
Gone With The Wind Georgia Fly-Drive

Price includes flights, accommodation and car hire (economy car) based on two people travelling and sharing.


Day 1 - 3
Arrive in Atlanta, pick up hire car and stay for three nights. The downtown Atlanta apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind is now home to the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Although the plantation in the novel is fictional, she drew inspiration from the lives of the people around Jonesboro. For those who are interested in the Civil War, there are daily tours which take you in the steps of the Battle of Jonesboro and a very interesting Gone with the Wind Tour. Atlanta is not just about Gone with the Wind and the Civil War – there is an interesting behind the scenes tours of the CNN Centre, a tour to the World of Coca Cola, a magnificent new Aquarium where you can view whale sharks and of course exceptional shopping.

Day 4
Drive to Athens and then take the Antebellum Trail to Madison for 1 night (approx 60 miles). The Antebellum Trail is a 100-mile trek through seven communities that virtually escaped Yankee General Sherman's burning march through Georgia. Madison's pre Civil War and Victorian homes, as well as its tastefully restored downtown, offer a wide range of shops, tastes, sights and services.

Day 5
Continue on the Anteballum Trail to Macon (approx 60 miles). Take the Historic Downtown Tour to attractions such as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Sports Hall of Fame and the Tubman African American Museum

Day 6
Drive to Savannah (approx 165 miles) and stay for 3 Nights.

Day 7 & 8
Stroll Savannah’s streets, visit the house of the film and book Midnight in the Garden of Good Evil, take time to visit Old fort Jackson built in 1808 and Georgia’s oldest brick fortification, visit the First African Baptist Church which was built by slaves during the night when they were not working and believed to be the oldest African American Church in America.

Day 9
Drive to Jekyll Island (approx 95 miles) and stay for 2 Nights

Day 10
Time to relax and explore Jekyll and St. Simons Island. Take a ferry to Cumberland Island to see the wild horses and look at the birds or simply relax.

Day 11
Drive back to Atlanta (approx 250 miles) return hire car and fly home.

10 nights
Prices from:
£922 per person
South Coast USA & City Highlights

Price (based on two people travelling and sharing) includes flights, accommodation and car hire (economy car).


Day 1 & 2
Arrive in New Orleans, a city that marches to the beat of its own drum. A stop at the French Quarter Visitor Center unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park introduces you to the traditions and life in the area. Rangers lead daily walks to tell the story of this special place and its ties to the Mississippi River. There is music playing every evening in the French Quarter. Spend the second day exploring the Garden District which gets its name from the huge homes and gardens that fill block after block. Try the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club or the House of Blues for music. Also check to see if there are performances scheduled for Preservation Hall. Magazine Street is a great place for shopping, including antiques.

Day 3
Move on today to Ocean Springs, MS, known as the "City of Discovery" celebrating the French settlement of 1699. Conditions here are so tropical that the US Army established a training camp here during World War II to simulate the south seas. Forts along the National Seashore span 150 years from the Spanish fort established in 1797 to the World War II Battery 234. This area also saw significant action during the Civil War. You can soak in more nature along the Live Oak Bicycle Trail and enjoy other trails that run through the estuaries and inlets.

Day 4 & 5
On to Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1702 as he original capital of the Louisiana Territory, few cities can boast such rich history and prime location as Mobile. Visitors marvel at the sheer beauty of the city - breathtaking sunsets, lush foliage, spectacular historic and modern architecture, amazing museums, diverse arts and culture and famous seafood creations. Mobile was not only home to the first known Mardi Gras in 1703 but also hosts America's family Mardi Gras every year. One of the main attractions in Mobile is Bellingrath Gardens, an oasis built by the president of Mobile's first Coca-Cola bottling plant. The other attraction in Mobile that will draw you in, is food. Whether you want Bar-B-Q or seafood, this is the place to be. The Brick Pit in Mobile serves up tender pork ribs, cooked for at least twelve hours, while the pulled pork is roasted for up to thirty hours, over pecan and hickory-wood fires. Or there is Mary's Place in nearby Coden. Founded in 1935 by Mary Hunter, this rustic eatery offers Creole soul food and all-you-can eat seafood buffets.

Day 6 & 7
Move on to Pensacola, Florida. Taking its name from the Pensacola Indians who inhabited the land before the Spanish arrived. In addition to the Spanish, Pensacola has been home to both English and French colonists, and held under both the flag of the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Be sure to visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation, one of the largest air and space museums in the world. After you take the Flight Line Bus on a 20 minute tour, plan to see the Magic of Flight projected on a seven story screen and stroll through over 140 restored and one of a kind aircraft flown by the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
You'll find that a great contrast to the Historic Pensacola Village, where 10 of the structures are interpreted and open to the public. Julee Cottage was owned by a woman of colour who worked to free fellow blacks from slavery. Also in the Village, the 1805 Lavalle House is a rare example of French Creole colonial architecture. It has been authentically furnished to present a realistic picture of life on the frontier in Pensacola in the 1820s.

Day 8
On to Montgomery, Alabama. You'll find a bustling city of the New South. A hotbed of activity during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, this is also the place where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived at the birth of the Confederacy. Topping the city's list of "must-sees" is the state capitol building where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office and where the Selma-to-Montgomery march ended with Dr. King's moving speach from the bottom of the capitol steps. The Rosa Parks Museum and Civil Rights Memorial tells the story of the courageous women who refused to move to the back of the bus, essentially the first non-violent protest of the Civil Rights movement.
Old Alabama Town, one of the South's premier history villages, is a collection of authentically restored 19th and 20th century buildings stretching along six blocks in the heart of historic Montgomery. Over 40 restored structures include an original 1850s townhouse, schoolhouses, a cotton gin, blacksmith shop, grist mill, tavern, log cabin, pole barn, southern mansion, and more. Here you can experience life in Montgomery during the infancy of the state's history. Nearby, the quaint Old Cloverdale historic area has been transformed into clubs, bars and restaurants. Listen to hot jazz at the 1048 Jazz and Blues Club.

Day 9 & 10
From Montgomery, you'll be heading for Birmingham; Alabama's largest city where both riots and peaceful protests took place side by side in the racial turmoil of the 1960s.
In downtown Birmingham, exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute illustrate the struggle for freedom during the civil rights movement. In order to work towards the most positive results, today, the Civil Rights Institute makes it its mission to look to the future: to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education. After seeing such emotionally charged material, why not treat yourself to a nice dinner; try Highlands Bar and Grill on the Southside of Birmingham for exquisitely fine food in an unpretentious atmosphere.
Other options in Birmingham include the Birmingham Museum of Art, featuring the Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden and the Beeson Collection of Wedgwood. A drive to Vulcan Park lets you view Birmingham and the greatest panorama of the Red Mountains. Back on the ground, the 67 acre Birmingham Botanical Gardens will give you a respite among the flowers and plants. For those who want to get the adrenalin running, you can cheer to the trills at the Barber Motorsports Park and Talladega Speedway and splash down at the Alabama Adventure water and theme park. Golfers can play a course or two on the famous Robert Trent Jones Gold Trail. The nine-story glass atrium at Riverchase Galleria is Birmingham's number one free tourist attraction. Enjoy the structure and the shopping.

Day 11 & 12
Huntsville is a city of great contrasts. It dates back from 1805 when John Hunt came to Alabama from Tennessee when it was still the Mississippi Territory. He built a log cabin in a beautiful wooded valley just above the "Big Spring" which soon attracted other settlers as well. By 1812, Huntsville had a city newspaper, stores arranged around the square, a public school, church and a bank. In 1819, Huntsville became the capital of Alabama. Contrast that early history with the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, the world's largest space museum featuring a full size space shuttle, a Saturn V rocket, the actual Apollo 16 capsule and a moon rock. Plan to enjoy a 4 G experience in the Space Shot tower and the Space Walk motion-based simulator. After you've had an opportunity to tour Constitution Village, plan to contrast that era with a trip through Twickenham Historic District, Alabama's largest district of antebellum homes. Although many of the homes were seized by Union troops, they were not burned, leaving the carefully preserved structures for us to enjoy today. Washington Square in downtown Huntsville has a mini entertainment district with live music at the Crossroads Cafe, the Jazz Factory and more. The Bridge Street Towne Center Shopping and Entertainment District has a nice open air shopping area with good restaurants and movie theater. You can also take a gondola out on the lake.

Day 13 & 14
Finish your tour in Atlanta, Georgia. Withought fail, every survey of the top attractions in Atlanta comes up with virtually the same things: the CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, the new High Museum of Art, the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. More than eight million gallons of water fill the structure designed to look like the prow of a ship which makes the Georgia Aquarium the largest in the world. Be sure to make a swing through the Underground Atlanta before leaving the city. Depending on your interest, the Margaret Mitchell House (author of Gone with the Wind), the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain Park, the King Center and Turner Field are also open for touring.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1260 per person
Georgia Family Adventure

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

Day 1    Arrive in Atlanta
Explore Atlanta, including World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center, the world’s largest television network and enjoy great shopping restaurants and nightlife. Stay for 2 nights in Atlanta.

Day 3     Atlanta to Columbus, GA (approx. 107 miles)
Columbus is a riverside city located at the center of most of Georgia’s major attractions, including nationally-renowned Callaway Gardens, Roosevelt’s Little White House, and Westville the Village of 1850. The RiverWalk provides an excellent facility to bike, in-line skate, jog, or just take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the scenery. Attractions include the State Theatre of Georgia, the historic Springer Opera House; Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum; the National Infantry Museum; The Columbus Museum; the beautiful Historic District and spectacular architecture of the MidTown Historic District; and the Coca-ColaSpace Science Center. Stay for 1 night in Columbus.

Day 4    Columbus to Panama City Beach, FL (approx. 193 miles)
Discover the pristine white sand of Panama City Beach. Visit the Gulf World Marine Park to see the dolphin show and feed the stingrays, take a jet ski ride or if you are adventurous enough go parasailing. Eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants or stop by Pier Park for some great shopping. Stay for 2 nights in Panama City Beach. 

Day 6    Panama City Beach to Thomasville, GA (approx. 160 miles)
Plantations, museums and historic homes are located throughout Thomasville and offer glimpses into the grand Victorian Era, during which the town was known as the “Winter Resort of the South.  Stroll the brick paved streets or visit one of the many museums and you will find that the history of Thomasville is still very much alive. Stay for 1 night.

Day 7    Thomasville to Okefenokee, GA (approx. 117 miles)
The Okefenokee Swamp & National Wildlife Refuge has long captivated the imaginations of those living in and around its murky mire. Home to scaly cypress trees, gators and snakes, the Okefenokee contains more than its share of creepy-crawlies. In fact, many visitors find their visit to the bog downright unsettling — quite literally, thanks to the unstable peat floor that causes trees to shiver at the slightest disruption. In fact, the 400,000-plus-acre swamp's name is derived from the Native American term for "Land of Trembling Earth". Stay for 2 nights in nearby Kingsland. 

Day 9    Okefenokee to Jekyll Island, GA (approx. 70 miles)
Next stop is Jekyll Island, a lovely place to relax, go boating, or take a tour to the wildlife refuge of Cumberland Island or Okefenokee Swamp. Make a visit to the Sea Turtle Hospital during your stay here. Stay for 2 nights on Jekyll Island. 

Day 11    Jekyll Island to Savannah, GA (approx. 91 miles)
Take a carriage tour through the gracious squares of one of the South’s most beautifully preserved 18th century cities. Visit the museums, browse in the shops and dine in one of the many restaurants. One of the best ways to see Savannah is to take a walking tour of the city or an evening Ghost Tour. During your stay here visit Tybee Island located, 20 minutes from Historic Savannah, Georgia's First City. This barrier island boasts 5 miles of beaches backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes that are perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the sand and surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Stay for 2 nights in Savannah. 

Day 13    Savannah to Madison, GA (approx. 210 miles)
Madison is Georgia's "authentic southern town", with an array of ambient local dining options, speciality shops and over 160 antique dealers. Stay for 2 nights at the Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-around guest ranch, horse farm, and bed & breakfast conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland and within an hour drive from Atlanta. Home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting.

Day 15    Return to Atlanta, GA (approx. 60 miles) and fly home. 

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1285 per person
Mardi Gras in Louisiana

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation. 

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons.   From here, the traditional revelry of ‘Boeuf Gas’ or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.   America’s very first Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1703 in the tiny settlement of Mobile and from then on it Mardi Gras celebrations developed throughout the region.   New Orleans is the most famous with its glamorous processions and floats which are arranged by a number of privately funded organisations called Krewes.   A tour through Louisiana taking in some of the smaller Mardi Gras Celebrations culminating in New Orleans is a great way to enjoy a trip through Lousiana.

3 Feb 2016    Fly from UK to Shreveport.   On arrival pick up your car and stay in Shreveport for 3 nights.    

4 Feb. 2016    Explore Shreveport – visit the historic Municipal Auditorium, a magnificent Art Deco building where Elvis Presley performed with Hank Williams on the famous radio show – the Louisiana Hayride, the  RW Norton Art Gallery and gardens with its extensive collections of American and European paintings and sculptures, a river cruise on the Red River and great shopping at the Louisiana Boardwalk. There are great restaurants and theatres to enjoy.

5 Feb.2016    In the morning visit the Krewe of Gemini Float Loading in Shreveport/Bossier before enjoying an afternoon and evening of celebration with the Krewe of Highland parade.

6 Feb 2016    Drive to Natchitoches – 1.5 hours -76 miles. The City of Natchitoches was founded in 1714 near a village of Natchitoches Indians. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory. People settled here in large numbers but the river changed its course bypassing the town and what was once know as the Red River is now Cane River Lake. Natchitoches is now a sleepy town with many historic buildings and churches and a mixture of Queen Anne and Victorian architecture along with Creole style cottages can be seen throughout the district.

This evening enjoy the Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade.  The Krewe of Dionysus has over 300 members and this evening parade consists of a dozen or more super floats, lots of throws including beads, cups & specialty items and marching bands.  Celebrations start at about 1730. Stay for 1 night. 

7 Feb 2016   Drive to New Orleans 4 hours 18 minutes – 273 miles.   Drop off your car and stay 3 nights in New Orleans to enjoy the many parades of Mardi Gras.  Grand Stand seats can be arranged for you but you will need to book early.

8,9 Feb 2016   New Orleans and Mardi Gras 

10 Feb 2016   Return to the airport for your flight to the UK.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£1255 per person

America's Music Cities - Escorted Tour
Price includes, flights, services of a professional tour leader, some meals and excursions and accommodation. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Mar 5- Mar 12, Apr 3 - Apr 10, Apr 7- Apr 14, Apr 21 - Apr 28, May 5- May 12, May 14- May 21, May 21- May 28, May 25 - Jun 1, May 28- Jun 4, Jun 10- Jun 17, Jun 11- Jun 18, Jun 18- Jun 25, Jun 27- Jul 4, Sep 3- Sep 10, Sep 10 - Sep 17, Sep 15- Sep 22, Sep 17 - Sep 24, Oct 1 - Oct 8, Oct 6 - Oct 13, Oct 8 - Oct 15, Oct 20- Oct 27, Oct 22- Oct 29,Oct 27- Nov 3,  Oct 29 - Nov 5, Nov 3- Nov 10, Nov 5 - Nov 12, Nov 10- Nov 17.

Day 1 New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack. 


Day 2
Choose French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans Today the choice is yours. Perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where you’ll see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; continue to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba; stop to taste a true New Orleans favourite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Or maybe you’d prefer to set out on a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide; begin along historic Esplanade Avenue; see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries; then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. This afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.

Breakfast and dinner included


Day 3 - New Orleans

Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! This afternoon, experience a music lovers dream with included tickets to the New Orleans' Jazz Fest where some of the biggest names in music perform! 

Breakfast included


Day 4- New Orleans - Memphis, Tennessee 

Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. This evening enjoy delectable Southern cuisine along with some of the best live music in town. Tonight’s dinner truly captures the essence of Memphis’ music and culinary scene.  

Breakfast and dinner included


Day 5 - Memphis

This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building with exhibits depicting Elvis’ life at Graceland, racquetball building, and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Dance to the live music that may fill the open air or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs! 

Breakfast included. 


Day 6- Memphis - Nashville
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. Relive days gone by during a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a culinary and wine tasting experience featuring southern delicacies.** Following lunch, discover the flavour of the region at a historic distillery when you tour the facility and taste its famous Tennessee whiskey. This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry.*** What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. 

Breakfast and lunch included


Day 7 - Nashville

Your day begins with a tour of WSM Radio Station where you will meet a local radio show personality. Next, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon — a full replica of the Athenian original! Next, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colourful histories of country music and its artists. Learn about the Hatch Show Print, the original printer of the concert flyer for famous country musicians, and have the opportunity to see how they are still printed today. Then, visit the old Ryman Auditorium**** and the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit!

Breakfast and dinner included 


Day 8 - Nashville 
Tour Ends As your journey comes to a close, return home with a wealth of memories that will have you humming a new tune. 

Breakfast included


Day 9 - Arrive home to UK.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£2082 per person

Southern Charm: Georgia & South Carolina - Escorted Tour
Price includes, flights, services of a professional tour leader, accommodation,  some meals and excursions. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Feb 19- Feb 25, Mar 11 - Mar 17, Mar 25- Mar 31, Mar 26- Apr , Apr 2 - Apr 8, Apr 8 - Apr 14, Apr 9- Apr 15, May 7- May 13, May 14- May 20, May 28 - Jun 3, Jun 4 - Jun 10, Jun 11- Jun 17, Sep 9- Sep 15, Sep 10- Sep 16, Sep 17- Sep 23, Sep 23- Sep 29, Sep 24- Sep 30, Oct 1- Oct 7, Oct 7 - Oct 13, Oct 14- Oct 20,Oct 15- Oct 21, Nov 4- Nov 10,  Nov 5 - Nov 11, Nov 12 - Nov 18.

Guaranteed Departures 2018-  Jan 28 - Feb 3, Feb 18- Feb 24, Feb 25- Mar 3, Mar 4- Mar 10, Mar 11 - Mar 17, Mar 17- Mar 23, Mar 18- Mar 24, Mar 24- Mar 30, Mar 25- Mar 31, Apr 7- Apr 13, Apr 8- Apr 14, Apr 14- Apr 20, Apr 15- Apr 21, Apr 21 - Apr 27, Apr 28- May 4, Apr 29- May 5.

Day 1: Charleston, South Carolina - Tour Begins
Experience true Southern hospitality and charm in Georgia and South Carolina. Your tour begins in beautiful antebellum Charleston, where magnificent formal gardens grace much of the historic district.

Day 2: Charleston
Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. Enjoy a guided tour of the city highlighting the cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings, some with origins prior to the Revolution. Stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Following your tour, experience southern plantation living as you explore one of America's oldest working plantations, Boone Hall, set amidst moss draped oaks. View the remarkably preserved original slave cabins, unusual in their brick construction. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3: Charleston - Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy time at leisure this morning to continue exploring Charleston independently. Later, travel south along the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to historic Savannah, home of the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Enjoy the afternoon to wander this enchanting city’s tree-filled squares, the City Market or the River Street shops. Today Breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Savannah - Jekyll Island
Begin the day with a guided tour of Savannah's sprawling Historic District. Stroll along the cobblestone-paved Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants. Visit the beautiful Andrew Low Home and Gardens and learn about the driving force behind the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette Low. Travel south along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches. Arrive at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Jekyll Island - St. Simons Island - Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island was the winter retreat of prominent gilded age families. Their grand “cottages” still stand. A tram brings you on a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District - one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan once visited here along the 240-acre river edge. Visit another of the fabled Golden Isles, quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 106' tall lighthouse and visit the Museum of Coastal History. Later, enjoy leisure time to explore the quaint shops and restaurants in the village. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Jekyll Island - St. Augustine, Florida - Jacksonville
Travel south to the United States’ oldest city, St. Augustine, first settled in 1565. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided trolley tour highlighting the Old Spanish Quarter, historic Bayfront, “Old Town,” which dates to 1572, and the Plaza de la Constitucion with its shops and restaurants. Spend time at leisure this afternoon to explore more of the city’s many cultural attractions. This evening, return to Jacksonville and join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Jacksonville - Tour Ends
Your days spent experiencing true southern charm and gracious hospitality will stay dear to your heart for years to come. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Arrive Home
 

6 Nights
Prices from:
£1872 per person

Deep South & Delta Blues – Escorted Tour
Includes, flights, services of professional tour leader, transportation in customised vehicle, all 11 nights accommodation on a twin share basis, 1 dinner included, other meals paid locally.

Guaranteed Departures 2017-  08 Apr- 19 Apr, 26 Apr - 07 May, 13 May- 24 May, 10 Jun- 21 Jun, 08 Jul - 19 Jul, 26 Aug- 06 Sep, 09 Sep- 20 Sep, 02 Oct - 13 Oct, 21 Oct- 01 Nov, 18 Nov - 29 Nov, 23 Dec- 03 Jan.

Guaranteed Departures 2018- 07 Apr- 18 Apr, 25 Apr- 06 May, 12 May - 23 May, 09 Jun- 20 Jun, 07 Jul- 18 Jul, 25 Aug- 05 Sep,  08 Sep- 19 Sep, 01 Oct- 12 Oct, 20 Oct- 31 Oct, 17 Nov- 28 Nov, 22 Dec- 02 Jan.
 

Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South along the mighty Mississippi and experience the unique cultural landscape that gave birth to the blues, country and rock `n' roll. Days move a little slower in the south, as you pass the time with a sweet tea or a Jack and Coke, taking in the sights and sounds of Music Row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis and along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Savour authentic cuisine and enjoy Southern hospitality as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

Day 1: Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia. 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 and if you fancy a drop of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South.

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 as you start your journey through the South.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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, known also as 'The 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.

Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing your indulgence and appreciation of American music by enjoying some of the many live performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space - but be prepared to queue! There will also be the chance to step out of the city and explore the wild river swamplands of Louisiana, where you can head out by boat beneath the cypress trees in search of wildlife.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Dinner (x1) included

Day 6: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez

This morning you enjoy an included visit to 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, Houma 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. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez' historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the `Under the Hill' area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South. You'll overnight in the historic Briars B&B which offers the charm of the 'Old South'.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
 

Day 7: Clarksdale

Next it's onto Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry that shaped life for so many in this region. 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 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. Red's is definitely worth a visit for live music - an authentic `juke joint' where you'll be transported to the real heart of the South!

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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, who influenced country, blues and rock 'n' roll music.

You also have the chance to visit the iconic Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin' Wolf to Johnny Cash, and you may like to visit the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. There's also an opportunity to hear gospel music on Sunday morning. 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.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
 

Day 10/11: Nashville  

From Memphis you make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse 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.

As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. 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. Book before you arrive to avoid missing out as these shows are popular!

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
 

Day 12: Nashville - Atlanta
Make your way towards Atlanta, stopping at Lynchburg where you can pay homage to Tennessee's most famous drink by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel's Whiskey Distillery for a serving of Southern hospitality. 

Your tour of the Deep South ends in the modern day metropolis of Atlanta, known as the New York of the South. If you're staying on be sure to stop by Gladys Knight's famous Chicken and Waffles restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs

11 Nights
Prices from:
£2868 per person