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DEEP SOUTH & DELTA BLUES

11 days departing ATLANTA Apr-Dec from £1264

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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 we pass the time with a sweet tea or Jack and Coke taking in the sights and sounds at Music Row in Nashville, on Beale Street in Memphis and along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Savour authentic cuisine and enjoy southern hospitality as we float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

 

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Atlanta to Nashville

Heading out of Atlanta you take the road towards Nashville, stopping at Lynchburg where you can pay homage to Tennessee's most famous stop by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel's Whiskey Distillery for a serving of southern hospitality. From here you make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music. It is home to the famous Wildhorse Saloon and Country Music Hall of Fame, which offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and live music venues playing not only country, but all music genres - the perfect introduction to the Deep South. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 2: Nashville

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 enjoy indulging in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available. There are entrance fees for the various sites and shows you wish to attend however, 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 14 kilometres (9 miles) east of the city however, you should book these before arriving to avoid missing out. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (breakfast included)

 

Day 3-4: Memphis

Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and 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 is the biggest influence on country, blues and rock & roll music. You also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and a place where many great names have passed through. Outside of music, you may also like to pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated or visit the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

 

Day 5: Tupelo & Clarksdale

See the humble beginnings of 'The King' with an included visit to the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi. Next it's onto Clarksdale to visit a plantation and learn about the rich 20th century history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry. Clarksdale is also home to the legendary Crossroads at the junction of Highway 49 and the fabled Highway 61 where legend has it blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the city you'll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia and actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

 

Day 6: Natchez

Follow the river road south 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 for a self-guided 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. Overnight in the historic Eola Hotel, which dates back to 1927 and offers the charm of the Old South. Accommodation: Historic property or similar included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

 

Day 7-9: Houma & New Orleans

Your next stop is the major metropolis of the Deep South, New Orleans but first you make a detour via Houma for 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. New Orleans, otherwise known as 'the Big Easy' is an eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture which 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 slow and graceful and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on the famous and 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 and intimate audience - but be prepared to queue! Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and dinner included (riverboat dinner cruise)

 

Day 10: Birmingham

You continue east into Alabama and on to the state's largest city - Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama, and where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included) Day 11: Birmingham to Atlanta You have the chance to visit Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute (entrance not included) before returning to Atlanta where your journey through the music and cultural history of the Deep South ends. This modern day metropolis is known as the New York of the South and if you're staying on be sure to stop by Gladys Knights famous Chicken and Waffles restaurant. Meals: Breakfast included This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs

Included Highlights

Cajun culture and cuisine

Jack Daniels Distillery tour

Two nights in Nashville - the country music capital

Two nights in Memphis plus Elvis' Graceland Mansion

Beale Street blues bars

Visit Elvis' birthplace at Tupelo, Mississippi

Sell your soul at the legendary "Crossroads"

Take the Mississippi River Road to Natchez

Three nights in New Orleans

Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise

Party on Bourbon Street

Visit Houmas House Plantations

Stay in a historic Natchez property

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  9 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation, 1 night in a historic property. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  10 breakfasts & 1 dinner included. All other meals paid locally.

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 13

Age range: 18+

Wifi:  Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

Optional Activities (paid locally)

New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20

Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville US$32-$75

Sun Studios in Memphis US$12

Antebellum mansions, Natchez US$12-$25

Ryman Auditorium tour, Nashville US$14-$18

Gibson guitar factory tour, Memphis US$10

Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale US$7

Elvis Birthplace Museum, Natchez US$12

Natchez gospel church service US$Free/donations

New Orleans Preservation Hall US$15-$20

Scandalous Cocktail history tour US$25

Mardi Gras World in New Orleans US$20

New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20

Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$13

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$25-$40

Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$30

Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama US$12

Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale US$10

Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £586 per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

 

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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