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Experience the unique culture, history, music of America’s Deep South, home of the blues, plus the charms and classic images of Texas, the ‘Lone Star State’ in this USA tour.
Take one of America’s classic ‘road trips’ exploring the Deep South, renowned for its gracious hospitality, its charming southern drawl, its unique Creole and Cajun cuisine and, of course, the most popular music genres of the 20th century – jazz, rock n’ roll, the blues and country.
– 12nts in 3* accommodation
– Return flights and transfers
– Journey on Amtrak from Memphis to New Orleans
– Domestic flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Atlanta
– Bed & breakfast
– Programme of daily tours and visits
– Expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Tour of Graceland
– Visit the Alamo in San Antonio
– Experience a ride on Amtrak’s renowned service between Memphis and New Orleans
Day 1 – Arrive in Atlanta
Arrive at the airport for your direct flight to Atlanta
Day 2 – Nashville
Drive into Tennessee, heading towards Lynchburg. This little town is a great place to get a bite to eat before you visit the Jack Daniel Distillery. Later in the day, arrive in Nashville
Day 3 – Nashville
In downtown Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, full of exhibits from the history of the genre. The famed Music Row is close by, lines with studios and record company offices. Here you’ll visit the legendary RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded many of his hits.
Day 4 – Memphis
Say goodbye to Nashville and head to Memphis. This afternoon, have a guided tour around the legendary Sun Studio.
Day 5 – Graceland & National Civil Rights Museum
Today, visit one of America’s biggest tourist attractions, Elvis’ Graceland. In the afternoon, visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was shot in April 1968. The evening is at leisure to sample the music scene at Memphis’ famous Beale Street
Day 6 – Amtrak Train to New Orleans
An early departure this morning as you catch the renowned ‘City of New Orleans’ Amtrak train service to New Orleans. This takes you through vast forests, farms and small towns that line the banks of the Mississippi.
Day 7 – New Orleans
Take a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter with a local guide. See the charming art galleries and antique shops along Royal Street, the St Louis Cathedral, and the iconic Bourbon Street. This afternoon is free for you to explore the city.
Day 8 – Free day in New Orleans
Today you’re free to relax in the city and explore further afield.
Day 9 – Houston & NASA
Leave New Orleans this morning heading along Louisiana’s Cajun country towards Texas. As you enter the outskirts of Houston, stop at the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center, still an operation base where the International Space Station is controlled from. Visit ‘Mission Control’ and see a full-size Saturn V rocket.
Day 10 – San Antonio
Continue further into the south Texan plains to San Antonio. Here you’ll see the Alama, where a group of settlers famously held out against the Mexican army in the 1830s. Tonight, stay just round the corner from the Alamo and within easy walking distance of the Riverwalk area where you can try out some of the region’s famed Tex-Mex cuisine.
Day 11 – Fort Worth
Say goodbye to San Antonio and travel north to Dallas, with some free time en route to explore Austin. On arrival in Fort Worth, visit the historical Stockyard District.
Day 12 – Dallas
This morning, visit the infamous Dealey Plaza where President John F Kennedy was assassinated. While here see the 6th Floor Museum which is dedicated to explaining the background and events of the day. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
Day 13 – Return flight
Transfer to Dallas airport for your return flight via Atlanta
Day 14 – Arrive Home
Arrive back in the UK in the morning.
This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:
– Discover the musical heritage of the Grand Ole Opry on an exclusive and enlightening backstage tour in the company of a knowledgeable Opry insider
– Explore Oak Alley Plantation and experience the opulence and grandeur of an historic Antebellum mansion. Sip on a refreshing mint julep cocktail before taking in the natural beauty of the Louisiana bayou on a fascinating boat tour
– Take an entertaining tour of Southfork, set for the TV show Dallas and home to the famous Ewing family.
Plus, enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests
To add any of these experiences* to your tour, speak to our team at the time of booking.
The Grande Ole Opry – Nashville
Catch one of the weekly live shows featuring country music’s greatest talents, who in the past have included stars such as Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. A return transfer is included from the hotel directly to the venue.
Steamboat Dinner and Jazz Cruise – New Orleans
What better way is there to experience New Orleans than by taking an evening jazz cruise with dinner on board the Riverboat of New Orleans.
Oak Alley Plantation & Louisiana Swap – New Orleans
Journey back in time to the most famous historic plantation of New Orleans’ antebellum south, iconic for its photogenic walkway of magnificent, centuries-old oak trees. Tour the stunning ‘Big House’ with a guide and hear the stories of its compelling history. Complete your experience with a 1.5-hour-long boat tour of the Louisiana bayou to discover the wetlands
Stockyards Rodeo VIP seats – Fort Worth
Don’t miss the world’s only year-round rodeo, held in the historic Cowtown Coliseum. See some of the best rodeo athletes perform thrilling feats of bull-riding, tie-down roping, team-roping, barrel-racing, bronc-riding and breakaway-roping. The VIP seats are tiered and located above the Roping Boxes and there is a full-service bar offering beer, wine and soft drinks.
*At an extra cost
Courtland Grand Hotel, Atlanta
This modern hotel is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, with plenty of restaurants nearby.
Hyatt Place Opryland, Nashville
The three-star superior Hyatt Place is located close to Grand Ole Opry auditorium, the General Jackson Showboat paddlewheeler and about a mile from the huge Opry Mills Mall
Courtyard by Marriot, New Orleans
The three-star superior Courtyard by Marriott is in a prime position close to the French Quarter and a short walk from all the area’s restaurants and attractions, including Bourbon Street.
Hilton NASA Clear Lake, Houston
The Hilton NASA Clear Lake overlooks Clear Lake, and is next to NASA Space Centre. The hotel is in a great location for all the local attractions
Menger Hotel, San Antonio
The three-star superior Menger Hotel is located in the centre of San Antonio, just across the road from The Alamo and within easy walking distance of all the many al-fresco restaurants and bars along the lively River Walk area of the city.
Courtyard by Marriot, Fort Worth
The three-star superior Courtyard is right in the centre of Fort Worth, with plenty of restaurants nearby. Dating from 1929, this historic art-deco building is a landmark in Fort Worth.
Along with a valid passport, UK citizens must have an ESTA visa waiver or a visa in order to travel to the USA. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent with your booking confirmation.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate
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