12 days departing ATLANTA from

Style: Leisurely
Destination: USA South
Tour Code: PDB

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Trip Overview

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.

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
  • Live Cajun music in Lafayette
  • Three nights in New Orleans
  • Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise
  • Party on Bourbon Street
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 11 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All 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)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20
  • Mississippi steamboat ride US$60-$70
  • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville US$19-$90
  • 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
  • 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$10
  • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35
  • Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama US$12
  • Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale US$7
  • Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14

Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour becomes an 11 day trip as we have removed Lafayette from the itinerary. We will include a stop in Houma with an included visit to Houmas House Plantations and Gardens. To read more click here >

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 we take the road towards Nashville. We stop at Lynchburg and pay homage to Tennessee's most famous drop by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel's Whiskey Distillery for a serving of southern hospitality before making our 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.
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. Our time in Nashville is free for us to enjoy indulging in our choice of some of the many music and entertainment options on offer. There are varying entrance fees for the various sites and shows that you may wish to visit or attend. The Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running radio show and a 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 our stay in Memphis is an included excursion to 'Graceland', the home of Elvis Presley and influence on country, blues and rock & roll music as well as the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House!

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 get completely immersed in the fascinating musical heritage of this city?
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

Day 5: Tupelo to Clarksdale

See the humble beginnings of `The King' with a 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. Many say this city is the very birthplace of the blues boasting the likes of Sam Cook, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Son House. 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 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, check out the "Under the Hill" area made famous by Mark Twain or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South. There may be time today to visit a local community's church to experience Gospel music.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

Day 7: Lafayette

Travel deep into the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to the city of Lafayette, where live Cajun and Zydeco music fills the air. Visit a local restaurant later to sample some delicious Lousiana cuisine such as gumbo or jambalaya and hear some live music to get the blood pumping.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally (Breakfast included)

Day 8-10: New Orleans

Our next stop is that major metropolis of the Deep South - New Orleans, otherwise known as 'the Big Easy'. An 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 just 'the Quarter'. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city and all its many attractions combine makes it one of the most visited cities in USA - a trend that was only momentarily halted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. You may opt to enjoy the sights of a Louisiana swamp tour.

We 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. Our evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing our 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 - be prepared to queue!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and dinner included (riverboat dinner cruise)

Day 11: Birmingham

We 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 12: Birmingham to Atlanta

You have the chance to visit Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute (entrance not included) before returning to Atlanta where our 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 are 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.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Spend Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Join in the celebrations in one of the most foodie cities in the USA. Enjoy turkey with a twist, have it deep fried, or try the Turducken - a legendary New Orleans dish made up of a chicken stuffed inside a duck, which is then stuffed inside a turkey, all accompanied with southern style stuffing.

Book trip departing 18th November 2014.

New Orleans band

Be in New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival

Join us for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - a celebration of the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state, from blues to bluegrass, and everything in between.

Book trip departing 18th April 2015.

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Solo Sleepers   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 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.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

The 09-Sep-14 & 18-Nov-14 trips are premium departures with upgraded accommodation.

Itinerary Update: Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour becomes an 11 day trip as we have removed Lafayette from the itinerary. We will include a stop in Houma with an included visit to Houmas House Plantations and Gardens.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

The Ellis Hotel

ATLANTA - THE ELLIS HOTEL (Premium Departures)
This boutique, luxury hotel is a perfect blend of classic and contemporary Southern design with a location that is second to none.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

The hotel offers complimentary transportation, a deluxe continental breakfast and Wi-Fi access.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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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. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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