Southern Sights and Sounds
|Resort:||Southern Sights and Sounds|
|Destination:||United States Of America|
One of our bestselling itineraries, our two-week Southern USA tours put the focus on the regions rich cultural heritage. As well as delving into the Deep South’s Civil Rights history, well uncover its musical roots as we visit Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans – the birthplaces of jazz, blues, country and rock n roll. A real highlight is the evening we spend at the Grand Ole Opry, where legends and contemporaries of country, bluegrass, folk and gospel have performed since 1925.
Your holiday includes:
15 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Atlanta
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Atlanta.
Day 2 Atlanta – Chattanooga
This morning we take a tour of the city forever associated with Gone with the Wind, including the national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. We then journey to Chattanooga.
Day 3 Chattanooga
Railway enthusiasts still flock to this town, which has the largest old-time steam railroad in the south. Today we board an equally exciting means of transport – The Incline Railway – which runs steeply up Lookout Mountain and affords wonderful views. The rest of the day is free.
Day 4 Lynchburg – Nashville
Over 150 years, Jack Daniels charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey has become the top-selling American whiskey in the world. Strange to think Jack was taught by a reverend in a county where alcohol is now prohibited (the law still exists in the area today). We take a tour of the distillery – where the sauce has been manufactured since 1866 – and discover what makes Jack Daniels so special. After, we continue our drive to toe-tappin Nashville.
Day 5 Nashville
Welcome to the country music capital of the world, Nashville. Walk in the footsteps of musical greats on our guided tour, which ticks off Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This evening well take a seat at the hottest show in town. The Grand Ole Opry is Americas longest-running radio show (theyve never missed a show since 1925!). Every week, legendary and contemporary artists perform country, bluegrass, folk and gospel hits in front of a live audience – Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Elvis are just a few who have performed here in the past. Youll be blown away by great performances in this magical venue.
Day 6 Tupelo – Memphis
The sleepy town of Tupelo, Mississippi might not feature on this itinerary if the King of Rock n Roll hadnt been born here. At the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, well have time to explore his humble two-roomed childhood home and browse the small museum. We head to Memphis this afternoon for yet more musical treasures. Well wander past the illuminated signs of Beale Street on our orientation tour. A real pinch-me moment for music aficionados.
Day 7 Memphis
The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make every time you stamp, throw a lamp, sang Elvis Presley. A wish list-worthy moment for any Elvis fan, today well visit Graceland. While you might not glean much from the walls themselves, there are plenty of stories to hear as you as you wander through the rooms of Elvis home, full of memorabilia about his life and career. Spend some time soaking up all the corners of his home and gardens. Youll also have access to the Automobile Museum, where his lavish aeroplanes are kept.
Youll have a free afternoon in Memphis, so maybe spend it the way the music legends would want – listening to live music. Wander through Beale Street Entertainment District and youll hear the sounds of Delta blues, rock n roll, jazz and gospel drifting from bars and clubs. Take your pick, order a drink and take it all in.
Day 8 Natchez
The pace slows slightly as we follow Ol Man River to Natchez, where historic antebellum homes and quintessentially Southern moss-covered trees offer old-fashioned small town charm. A one-time central port for the cotton trade in the early 18th century, Natchez is home to grand old mansions and estates – an indication of the sumptuous scale of society life. Well visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation, which really highlights the contrast of working as a planter or slave in the early 1700s.
Day 9 Natchez – New Orleans
After visiting the palatial Greek Revival residence, Stanton Hall, we cross into Louisiana towards New Orleans – taking a shortcut over the spectacular Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the worlds longest overwater bridges.
Eating, drinking and laughing – New Orleans puts a real emphasis on the best things in life, which is one of the reasons its such a popular destination. As the hometown of jazz, its a worthy stop on our itinerary, and youll have the afternoon to explore as you please.
Day 10 New Orleans
Breakfast time in New Orleans means coffee and beignets. These sugar-dusted square doughnuts are served piping hot – and theyre bite-sized, so you can definitely justify more than one. Perhaps start your two free days at Caf du Monde – renowned for serving some of the best beignets in the city (you can thank us later).
Explore the French Quarter, where the colourful mix of culture and lively bohemian atmosphere is too easy to fall in love with. Or head for a wander down vibrant Bourbon Street for bright neon lights and toe-tapping tunes. This evening, youll have the option to cruise, dine and enjoy a live jazz band aboard The Natchez Steamboat, as its huge paddlewheel takes you along the Mississippi River.
Day 11 New Orleans
Another day at leisure to explore New Orleans.
Day 12 Monroeville – Montgomery
We wave goodbye to New Orleans early this morning as we set off for Montgomery. We stop along the way for a mooch around Monroeville town and its old courthouse, made famous by the film of Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird. In Montgomery, your evening is free to spend as you please.
Day 13 Montgomery – Atlanta – In flight
A tour takes you on a journey through Montgomerys rich history, focusing on the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement and pausing at the restored parsonage that once served as the home of Martin Luther King Jr. Well also visit the Hank Williams Museum. Later, we transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.