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The Deep South

A must for music fans, this exhilarating journey through America’s deep south clocks up visits to places graced by the likes of Johnny Cash, BB King and Elvis. The snaking Mississippi River, the atmospheric French Quarter in New Orleans and a paddle steamer trip are also among the highlights.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Delta Air Lines or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 12 nights’ accommodation with 7 breakfasts and 1 night in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Atlanta, one of America’s foremost cities, including the Martin Luther King Museum for a journey through the history of American civil rights (half day)
  • Chattanooga, historically a major railroad hub
  • Nashville, the capital of country music
  • Home of the blues, Memphis
  • Elvis Presley’s former home Graceland and Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings (full day)
  • New Orleans, the ‘Big Easy’
  • Private performance by music legend Johnny Cash’s brother or son in Nashville
  • Learn all about the ‘king of the blues’ at the BB King Museum
  • Visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery
  • Soak up the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and enter the hallowed halls of Studio B
  • The past is brought to life on a tour of an elegant antebellum mansion

For all 2015 departures, Graceland and Sun Studios are not be included, however will be offered as optional excursions.

Optional excursions

  • Ascend Lookout Mountain on Chattanooga’s Incline Railway and view incredible Rock City, a marvel of nature (half day)
  • Grand Ole Opry evening – a must for country music fans
  • Tupelo – Elvis’s birthplace (full day)
  • Take a journey back in time aboard a New Orleans paddle steamer
  • Louisiana’s scenic swamps and a traditional Southern plantation (half day) Incline Railway and Rock City, Tupelo, Louisiana swamps and plantation can be pre-booked as a package from just £101 per person (subject to change in 2016).
Your exploration of America’s Deep South begins with a flight to Atlanta, Georgia, where we’ve arranged an overnight stay.
Atlanta has been through many incarnations since it was founded as a railroad terminus in 1837, and these days is one of America’s foremost cities. After breakfast, an included sightseeing tour will introduce you to some of the city’s best-loved highlights, including the Martin Luther King museum.

This afternoon, you’ll travel on to Chattanooga for two nights at the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, the former Terminal Station building that has been carefully restored and turned into a hotel.
Today you can explore Chattanooga at your own pace, or perhaps you’ll choose to join your Tour Manager for an optional trip along the incline railway and Rock City. Sat high above Chattanooga on Lookout Mountain, Rock City’s incredible rock formations and views of seven states will amaze you.
Leaving Chattanooga behind, today you will pay a visit to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in the small town of Lynchburg before continuing to Nashville for a two-night stay.

Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and the country music capital of the world, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. This afternoon, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville.
Today is a very special day for music lovers and especially fans of Johnny Cash. This morning, you’ll step inside the hallowed halls of Studio B, and then you’ll travel on to a private performance by either John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash’s son, or Tommy Cash, the legendary musician’s brother. Travelsphere guests will be the only people in attendance, making this an exciting, intimate experience that’s not to be missed.

Following the performance, you’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then in the evening you have the option to visit the Grand Ole Opry, which has to be one of the most important venues for country music in the world.
Leaving Nashville behind, you will journey to another great musical city – Memphis. Stood proudly on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is an old town with a new face, an intriguing blend of ‘Old South’ hospitality and modern American metropolis.

This afternoon, your Tour Manager will lead you in a tour of Memphis’ highlights, including the famous Riverfront and Beale Street, the home of the blues.
No visit to Memphis would be complete without discovering more of its musical heritage, and today offers the opportunity to do just that.

Firstly, you’ll visit Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley famously made his first recordings, and after that you’ll head to Graceland, Elvis’ opulent mansion. Today really is a must for any fan of Elvis!
If you enjoyed yesterday’s visit to Sun Studios and Graceland, then you’re sure to want to be on today’s excursion to Tupelo – the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Your tour includes a visit to the house where the musical star was born and a museum displaying one of the finest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.
Leaving marvellous Memphis behind, you’ll cross the border into Mississippi as you travel to Vicksburg for an overnight stay. En route, you’ll get the chance to discover more about another musical legend at the BB King Museum.
You’ll leave Vicksburg this morning, stopping in Nachez for a tour of an antebellum mansion en route to New Orleans.

This fabulous city, also known as the ‘Big Easy’, is home of another musical genre – jazz. With its laid-back attitude, narrow streets, wrought iron balconies and flower-bedecked verandas, the French Quarter has been attracting visitors for many years. Stroll past the open doors of bars and cafés, where you’ll hear snatches of music, on an optional walking tour of the area this afternoon.
Soak up the atmosphere of the city so nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on an included sightseeing tour of the city this morning.

The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish. Perhaps you’ll choose to wander around the art galleries and boutiques of the French Quarter, stopping at a pavement café or two for a coffee, a bite to eat or to enjoy a spot of people watching.

For another traditional Deep South experience, why not join your Tour Manager on an optional trip aboard a paddle steamer this afternoon? Once the only way to travel along the waterways of the south, this really is like heading back in time to another era.
Today you are free to discover more of New Orleans’ charms for yourself, or why not join an optional excursion to see a little more of Louisiana? This excursion will introduce you to two very different sides of the state, as you explore the swamps by boat and also visit a plantation to see how farming was traditionally done Southern-style.
Sadly, your Deep South adventure comes to a close today as you travel to the airport for your return flight home.
Arrive in the UK.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential. Itinerary shown is for 2016 departures. For the 2015 itinerary please refer to our website.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Grand Ole Opry evening

Grand Ole Opry evening

from £52

Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages, hundreds of thousands of people visit from around the world to the Opry Complex to see the show live. It’s been called the “Home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, A marvellous opportunity to attend a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland USA.
(Operates subject to availability).

Evening – Moderate Walking – A Must See

French quarter walking tour

French quarter walking tour

from £15

A licensed Tour Guide will walk you along the streets of the old city of New Orleans, also called the Vieux Carre (Old Square). Some of the things you will see include the Mississippi River, Jackson Square, Café du Monde, Pirates Alley, Royal Street and the world famous Bourbon Street. Busses are not allowed in the French Quarter so this is an excellent way to get a true feeling of the original city. The tour last approximately an hour and a half. At the end of the tour, you will have an opportunity to go back to some of the places you have seen, take in some of the music of New Orleans and experience the delicious food and drink that New Orleans has to offer.

Evening tour – This is a must – Moderate Walking

Graceland and Sun Studios

Graceland and Sun Studios

from £50

Enjoy this optional excursion to the famous Sun Studios 'The True Birthplace of Rock n Roll' and Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley to absorb yourself in the magic of the King. View his clothes, cars and personal belongings.

Full Day - Moderate Walking -Not to be missed!

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £142

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Incline Railway and Rock City / Graceland and Sun Studios / Tupelo / Louisiana Swamps and Plantation

Incline Railway and Rock City

Incline Railway and Rock City

from £34

We start the excursion at Rock City, which is located at the top of Lookout Mountain. Just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, it is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking panoramic views of seven states.

We then take a one way trip down “America’s Most Amazing Mile”. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station.

Half Day - Moderate walking - Exhilerating scenery

Tupelo - Home of Elvis

Tupelo - Home of Elvis

from £30

Take a visit to Tupelo, otherwise known as Elvis Presley’s Birthplace. Learn about Elvis’s story, where he came from and the story behind his childhood.

Full Day – Minimum walking – Unforgettable experience

Louisiana Swamps and Plantation tour

Louisiana Swamps and Plantation tour

from £37

For many years people have travelled extensively to locate a unique and exciting form of entertainment that you can only experience here – the famous Manchac Swamp. Join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.

Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Wander around the authentic buildings on the plantation and lovingly restored main house. Find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and understand what it was like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.

Half Day – Minimum walking – Not to be missed!

New Orleans Paddle Steamer

New Orleans Paddle Steamer

from £24

Enjoy a two-hour jazz cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ …this fabulous excursion takes you back to when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Let us show you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat. Enjoy live narration of historical facts and highlights of the port.

2 hour jazz cruise – Minimal Walking – Historical Interest
The 3-star Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown is situated in Atlanta.

Hotel facilities include a breakfast buffet and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
The 3-star Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is situated in downtown Chattanooga.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, lounge and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi and tea/coffee-making facilities.

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The Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis is located in a great position within walking distance of many of Memphis' attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, coffee-maker and iron.
The 3-star La Quinta Inn & Suites is situated in Vicksburg.

Hotel facilities include a breakfast barbar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
The Hampton Inn & Suites, New Orleans Convention is close to the many attractions of this vibrant city and just one mile from both the riverfront and the famous French Quarter.

Hotel facilities include a bar/lounge and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, refrigerator, coffee-maker, iron and hairdryer.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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