DEEP SOUTH AND DELTA BLUES

12 days departing ATLANTA from

Style: Discovery
Destination: USA South
Tour Code: PDB

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Trip Overview

Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South and experience the unique cultural landscape and volatile history 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 Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Take in the heritage properties of Natchez and Houma, and savour authentic Southern hospitality and cuisine as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

Included Highlights
  • Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise
  • Two nights in Memphis plus Elvis' Graceland Mansion and Beale Street nightlife
  • Three nights in New Orleans and Bourbon Street's colourful music scene
  • Visit Elvis' birthplace at Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Two nights in Nashville - the country music capital
  • Cajun culture and cuisine
  • Take the Mississippi River Road from Natchez
  • Sell your soul at the legendary 'Crossroads'
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 10 hotel nights in twin share accommodation and 1 historic property. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 1 dinner included. All other meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.

Grand American Adventures vehicles

You'll travel in air-conditioned private vehicles, which offer great flexibility and guarantee to get you further off the beaten path. For our upgraded fleet of vehicles in the USA ensure an enjoyable travelling experience and are fully equipped with:

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with additional leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Full-height electric bi-fold entry door for easy entry / exit
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and a TV screen
Wi-Fi in the USA (excluding Alaska)

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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.


Download Trip Dossier (2016 version)

Download the Deep South and Delta Blues trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Jazz clubs - New Orleans US$10-$20
  • Grand Ole Opry - Nashville US$19-$90
  • Sun Studio - Memphis US$12
  • Antebellum mansions - Natchez US$12-$25
  • Ryman Auditorium tour - Nashville US$14-$18
  • Gibson guitar factory - Memphis US$10
  • Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale US$7
  • Elvis Birthplace Museum, Natchez US$12
  • Preservation Hall - New Orleans US$15-$20
  • Scandalous Cocktail tour - New Orleans US$25
  • Mardi Gras World - New Orleans US$20
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour - New Orleans US$20
  • Civil Rights Museum - Memphis US$13
  • Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • Alligator swamp tour - New Orleans US$23-$49
  • Civil Rights Institute - Birmingham, Alabama US$12
  • Delta Blues Museum - Clarksdale US$7
  • Johnny Cash Museum - Nashville US$14


Itinerary Update

For departures in 2017, this tour operates in the reverse direction. The 2017 route is displayed below.

For the current 2016 itinerary, please see the Trip Dossier.

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 bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. 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'?

New Orleans band

Be in New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival

Join us for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state, from blues to bluegrass, and everything in between. A one day ticket has been included in the price of the tour for you to enjoy the event.

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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.


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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 our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

ATLANTA - FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES

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

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      Based on single, twin or double room.


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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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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