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Holidays in the Deep South USA - Nashville City skyline at dusk

American Rhythms

Reference WW39002
11 nights from
£1,597 pp
21st September 2020
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What's Included

Return flights from Edinburgh
January - October 2020
11 Nights
Room Only
9 days car hire with insurance
Overview

Feel the distinct rhythm of the South from the lively French Quarter and bayou swamps to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Graceland.

Why you'll love this

Spend 2 nights in New Orleans, famous for jazz and riverboats
Explore the history of the civil rights movement in Montgomery
Stay in "Music City", Nashville
Walk down Beale Street in Memphis
Explore Natchez's plantations
Experience Cajun culture in Lafayette

Itinerary

Itinerary

Fly to New Orleans. On arrival, make your way to your hotel for your 2-night stay. Overnight in New Orleans.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore New Orleans on your own. Take a walking tour of the Vieux Carre, popularly known as the French Quarter, a place of narrow streets, wonderful old buildings and beautiful courtyards. Visit Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street and the many museums. Take a full day bayou and swamp tour or enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi. Overnight in New Orleans.

This morning, experience the laid-back, sandy side of Mississippi as you make your way through its Coastal region. Continue to the grand dame of Alabama's Gulf Coast, Mobile. Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory and nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Mobile continues to impress with its sheer beauty, modern architecture, amazing museums and the famous seafood. From here, it's on to Montgomery. Overnight in Montgomery.

Head north through the fertile highlands of Alabama to Birmingham. Continue north to Nashville, a city that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Overnight in Nashville.

A full day to discover the variety of attractions Nashville has to offer, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland U.S.A. and world-famous Printer's Alley. Overnight in Nashville.

Depart the capital of country and western music for the home the blues. Memphis combines the charm of the Old South with the exciting pace of a modern metropolis. You may wish to tour downtown Memphis with its famous Beale Street, followed by a visit to Elvis Presley's palatial home, Graceland. Overnight in Memphis.

Today visit Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. There's over 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road and a national cemetery, the nation's largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors with graves totalling over 17,000. Overnight in Vicksburg.

Today, drive south on the Natchez Trace Parkway which evolved from an Indian trail into a post road and pioneer highway, and on to Natchez, the oldest settlement in Mississippi. You may want to visit a plantation in Natchez (Burn, Dunleith, Melrose, Monmouth or Longwood). Longwood is reputedly the largest octagonal house in the country. Overnight in Natchez.

Today, travel south back into Louisiana through Alexandria, Ville Platte and Opelousas to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country where the Acadians, or Cajuns, started arriving in 1765. Today these French-American's are famous for their joie de vivre which is reflected in their lively dancing, music and spicy food. Upon arrival, you may want to enjoy a walking tour of downtown to discover landmark buildings. Overnight in Lafayette.

A short drive from Lafayette takes you to New Iberia and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco sauce. Continue to Morgan City, the "Shrimp Capital of the World," and Houma, where you may want to take some time for an optional boat tour into the deep swamp and bayou to see alligators and other wildlife. Following the scenic route, and perhaps stopping at Terre Bonne or Southdown Plantation, you will arrive in New Orleans. Overnight in New Orleans

Return your rental car at New Orleans International Airport prior to your departure. Fly overnight back to the UK.