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  • Deep South

    Alabama Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee

    Where do you go for a generous helping of music, festivals, cuisine, culture, history, civil rights, family fun, golf and the great outdoors? Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee can’t wait to meet you. Here, you’re always only a song away from incredible natural wonders and exciting adventures for music fans, history buffs, experienced travellers and families great and small in all seasons. The Deep South is where America keeps its heart and soul.

    • New Orleans, Louisiana

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    • Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

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    • Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

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    • Nashville, Tennessee

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    • My Old Kentucky Home, Kentucky

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    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama

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    • Montgomery, Alabama

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    • Mobile Mardi Gras, Alabama

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    • Louisville, Kentucky

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    • Huntsville, Alabama

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    • Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Kentucky

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    • Dunleith Plantation, Mississippi

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee

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    • Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

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    Alabama has been at the crossroads of American history since the beginning. See Civil War battlefields, tour antebellum mansions or visit Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others changed the nation and the world in its wake. Explore the final frontier in Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the largest space attraction on the planet. Got rhythm? Meet the King of Country Music Hank Williams and hear the stories behind the music of Muscle Shoals’ FAME studios. Enjoy live music and fresh from the Gulf seafood in Mobile by the Bay and nearby Gulf Shores.

    Kentucky’s geography varies from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to America’s largest inland peninsula “Land between the Lakes” to the west. In between are beautiful rolling hills, enticing waterways and bluegrass horse country. Kentucky is best known for horse farms (with Lexington being the horse-breeding centre and many of its surrounding farms welcome visitors on free tours), bourbon distilleries, mountain hollows and moonshine stills, fried chicken, bluegrass music and, of course, the famous Kentucky Derby which is held annually in Louisville.

    In Louisiana, you pick your passion and let the good times roll. The exotic sister state has a unique blend of food, music, history, sports and nature at their best, steeped in the colourful legacy of the French, Spanish, British, Caribbean and African cultures. Discover bayous and gators in the Southern wild and tour historic towns and stately plantation homes while you’re at it. Immerse yourself in lively places like Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette and New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and home to Mardi Gras and the stunningly beautiful French Quarter. It’s all Louisiana, all the time.

    Still got the blues? Come on down to Mississippi for some thrilling live music, history, outdoor fun and authentic down-home cooking. You’ll be glad you did! Everybody’s a winner in America’s second largest casino destination, because there’s a lot to love between the lush Mississippi Delta and the year-round sunny Gulf Coast beaches. Explore the historic Natchez Trace Parkway or look for more than 150 markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail. Remember to find your way to the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo.

    Lasting memories are bound to be made in Tennessee. Enjoy world-renowned live entertainment in Nashville on any night of the week, right around the corner from the Grand Ole Opry, RCA Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans and families will love Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis knows its way around legends. Meet Otis, Isaac and Aretha in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, visit Elvis at his beautiful home Graceland or tour the original Sun Studio. You’ll remember Tennessee forever.

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  • Tunes of Tennessee

    Begins in Memphis, Tennessee and ends in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Honky Tonk, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    • Lower Broadway, Nashville

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    • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

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    Day 01

    Arrive Memphis

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis International Airport. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Guesthouse at Graceland.

    Hotel: The Guesthouse at Graceland

    Day 02 Day 03

    Memphis

    Immerse yourself in the city renowned as the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve allowed two days for you to experience Memphis, an exciting city with a plethora of things to see and do. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland! In addition, don’t miss a tour to the Sun Studio and be sure to see the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Gibson Guitar Factory.

    Hotel: The Guesthouse at Graceland

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    Nashville

    Today, you depart Memphis and head to one of the most musical cities in the USA, Nashville. The next three days are yours at leisure in one of the most vibrant cities in the Deep South. Known as the home of country music, explore some of the myriad of musical attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum or the Rhyman Theatre, before sampling some live music in one of the many honky tonks on Lower Broadway, known locally as the Honky Tonk Highway. Although music plays a huge part in Nashville's culture, there is much more to explore in the city and we recommend a visit to one of the many museums or galleries in downtown Nashville.

    Hotel: Kimpton Aertson Hotel

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    Pigeon Forge

    Depart Nashville and take the scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains in the east of Tennessee and the town of Pigeon Forge. Spend the next 3 nights exploring this charming mountain town, which is also home to the famous Dollywood Resort. Enjoy one of the biggest theme parks in the US and a 35 acre waterpark, all based on the life of country music superstar, Dolly Parton. Take time to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains region by taking a short drive out of town and along one of the mountain trails.

    Hotel: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort & Spa

    Day 10

    Journey Home

    It is just a short drive back to Knoxville, where you return your rental car at the airport, and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1804 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    A one way drop off charge on the car hire of $150 is not included and payable locally.

     

    Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    166Mi/267Km

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    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

    112Mi/180Km

    Day 05

    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 06

    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    84Mi/135Km

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    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

    126Mi/202Km

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    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/196Km

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    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

    215Mi/346Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2775 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee of $150 on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    Bluegrass & Country

    Begins in Cincinnati, Ohio and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Equestrain Delights

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    • Majestic Paddlewheel Voyages

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    • Bourbon Country

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    • A Diverse Range of Music Venues

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    • Historical Architecture

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    Day 01

    Cincinnati

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Cincinnati. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

    Day 02

    Covington & Newport

    Today you commence your exploration. Start by crossing the Ohio River on a trip to Covington where you can perhaps enjoy a saunter across the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Next we suggest the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which portrays three centuries of slavery from its introduction to abolition.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

    88Mi/142Km

    Day 03

    Louisville

    Louisville is renowned for the annual Kentucky Derby. Horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy the Kentucky Derby Museum, offering a hands-on experience. Once in town, visit the Slugger Museum and Factory, take a river cruise on the Belle of Louisville or follow the Urban Bourbon Trail.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

    101Mi/162Km

    Day 04

    Lexington

    Your first point of interest is The Muhammad Ali Center, which has majestic views of Kentucky’s largest city. Continue onto Lexington, the horse capital of the world, for a true equine experience at Kentucky Horse Park. During your stay we suggest a visit to Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, which was once home to America’s largest and best-known communal society.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

    167Mi/268Km

    Day 05

    Bowling Green

    This morning, visit Bardstown – voted America’s most beautiful small town. Mammoth Cave National Park is your next point of interest, where four hundred miles of passages and caverns can be explored.

    Hotel: Hyatt Place Bowling Green

    149Mi/239Km

    Day 06

    Paducah

    Today’s journey takes you towards the heart of America’s inland waterways. We suggest visiting The River Discovery Center, which chronicles life on the river and a stop at the National Corvette Museum. Paducah is renowned for its creativity, and is home to the National Quilt Museum.

    Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Paducah West

    178Mi/286Km

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    Memphis

    Continue to Memphis along the Mississippi River and immerse yourself in the city renowned as the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience Memphis, an exciting city with a plethora of things to see and do. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland! In addition, don’t miss a tour to the Sun Studio and be sure to see the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Gibson Guitar Factory.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    212Mi/341Km

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    Nashville

    Today head east through picturesque cotton fields to Nashville. Visit the homes and museums of the country music giants, the Country Music Hall of fame & Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    205Mi/330Km

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    Great Smoky Mountains

    Next it’s on to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited park, which stretches across half a million acres of Tennessee and North Carolina. Hike, bike, drive or even take a horseback ride through the scenic byways. You may also choose to visit Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, which celebrates the heritage and people of the East Tennessee region.

    Hotel: Oak Haven Resort & Spa

    136Mi/218Km

    Day 13

    Chattanooga

    Heading south, you journey into the ancient homeland of the Cherokee Indians before arriving into Chattanooga. Don’t miss the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Fort Loudoun and, of course, the infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel

    116Mi/186Km

    Day 14

    Atlanta

    Ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, go underground at Ruby Falls, or stroll to the National Park Service’s American Civil War Battlefield at Point Park before leaving Chattanooga. En route to Atlanta we suggest a visit to Rock City Gardens.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

    Day 15

    Journey home

    There’s time for some last minute sightseeing in Atlanta, before returning your rental car and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2289 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge of $150 on car hire is not included and payable locally.

    Louisiana Sampler

    Begins in and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Mississippi River

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    • Louisiana Plantation House

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    • Louisiana Architecture

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    • Vicksburg

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • Anchucha Historic Mansion, Vicksburg

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    • Downtown Shreveport

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    • Lake Ponchatrain

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to the W New Orleans.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    New Orleans, affectionately known as ‘The Big Easy’, is a wonderful city with plenty to keep you entertained. Stroll along the narrow streets, enjoy a typical Creole meal or perhaps a spot of jazz in the renowned French Quarter.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    138Mi/222Km

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    Lafayette

    Your journey commences southwest into Cajun Country. Visits to Southdown Plantation House and The Terrebonne Museum will give you an insight into the areas unique plantation history and Bayou Terrebonne Wildlife Museum brings to life the importance of the state's waterways. Next, why not relive the golden age of aviation at Louisiana State Museum in Patterson or perhaps take a visit to Avery Island, where you can tour the Tabasco factory? Lafayette is home to The Acadian Cultural Center, the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Lafayette Natural History Museum and Acadian Village.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

    103Mi/166Km

    Day 05

    Alexandria

    Travelling north towards Eunice, the Cajun Hall of Fame and Savoy Music Center are definitely great stops. Alexandria will be your final stop for the day; a charming and supposedly haunted town in the heart of Louisiana.

    Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Alexandria

    127Mi/204Km

    Day 06

    Natchitoches & Shreveport

    It's a short but scenic drive today as your route runs adjacent to Kisatchie National Forest. Natchitoches, Louisiana's oldest town is a great stop where you can tour the French colonial Fort St Jean Baptiste. Next, continue north towards Shreveport. Sample delicious Cajun cuisine, head to a local jazz club or try your luck in one of the casinos.

    Hotel: Hilton Shreveport

    176Mi/283Km

    Day 07

    Vicksburg

    Spanning Louisiana, today's journey takes you from the far west to the far east of the state, and crosses the state border into Mississippi. En route, visit the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, which sits in the location where the outlaws ate their very last meal before meeting their fate just a few miles away. Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a great town where fascinating historic sites, archietecture and antebellum mansions await you.

    Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion

    93Mi/150Km

    Day 08

    Natchez

    Get your cameras ready as today you travel the famous Natchez Trace Parkway. Historic sites en route include the Grand Gulf Military Park, Port Gibson, the Windsor Ruins, Mount Locust Inn, Church Hill and Emerald Mound. Tonight you'll stay in an antebellum home in the pretty city of Natchez.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn

    94Mi/151Km

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    Baton Rouge

    Leaving Mississippi, you cross back into Louisiana en route to Baton Rouge your base for the last two nights. The state capital, Baton Rouge has a diverse range of arts, culture and cuisine. A bustling metropolis, there's a choice of two great malls, and the evening music scence of jazz, blues and rock is exceptional. Be sure to visit the USS Kidd and Old State Capitol.

    Hotel: Radisson Hotel, Baton Rouge

    69Mi/111Km

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    Heading east brings you back into the heart of Plantation Country. Your route takes you between Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain before returning to New Orleans Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2080 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.  

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Begins in Huntsville, Alabama and ends in Pensacola, Florida

    13 Days / 12 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • The First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery

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    • State Capital, Montgomery

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    • Antebellum Home, Alabama

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    • To Kill A Mockingbird, Monroeville

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    • Talladega National Forest

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    • US Space & Rocket Centre, Huntsville

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    • Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    • Historic Fort Morgan

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    • Birmingham, Alabama

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    • USS Alabama, Mobile

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    Day 1

    Arrive Huntsville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Huntsville. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Westin Huntsville

    Day 02 Day 03

    Huntsville

    The next two days are free to explore Huntsville and its surrounding areas. Nicknamed 'Rocket City', Huntsville is also home to the US Space and Rocket Centre. Take some time to wander around the Rocket Park and marvel at the machines that took man into space. We also recommend a visit to the beautiful Huntsville Botanical Gardens, or tour the Twickenham Historic District, which is home to the largest concentration of the iconic antebellum homes in Alabama.

    Hotel: Westin Huntsville

    61Mi/97Km

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    Florence

    Today, take the short drive to the North West corner of Alabama and the city of Florence. Famous for its music history, the city boasts a number of recording studios, with the most famous two being the FAME Recording Studios, where Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin among many others recorded classic hits and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where the iconic hit 'Sweet Home Alabama' was recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Take some time out from your sightseeing to enjoy lunch at Champy's Famous Fried Chicken, a staple food of the state.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    121Mi/195Km

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    Birmingham

    Journey down through the beautiful Alabama scenery, perhaps taking in a stop at the William B. Bankhead National Forest, as you head toward Birmingham. The state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park. There is also a replica of the Statue of Liberty located within the city!

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

    89Mi/142Km

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    Montgomery

    A short drive today from Birmingham down to the state capital Montgomery. We highly recommend stopping along the way at the Talladega National Forest, to see some of the most beautiful scenery that Alabama offers visitors. Take time out to visit some of Montgomery’s famous historical sites including Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Old Alabama Town, the First White House of the Confederacy, and the Civil Rights Memorial and Center. Afterwards, head to The Alley and enjoy a meal and a drink in downtown’s liveliest nightspots or catch a show at the Montgomery Center for the Performing Arts.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    169Mi/271Km

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    Mobile

    Today's drive takes you South West from the state capital Montgomery, to the coastal city of Mobile. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Mobile. Famous as being the birthplace in the US of Mardi Gras, the city hosts one of the biggest and most vibrant Mardi Gras festivals every year. Attractions such as the USS Alabama, Mobile Carnival Museum and Mobile Botanical Gardens are all worth a visit during your stay. On your second day, take the short drive to the Gulf Coast resort of Gulf Shores. Here you can visit attractions such as the Gulf Park Zoo, Alabama State Park and the historic Fort Morgan.

    Hotel: The Battle House Renaissance

    Day 13

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute relaxation before making your way to Pensacola Airport in the afternoon, where you will return your rental car and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2175 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee of $150 on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    The Land Of Music And The Delta Blues

    Begins in and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Music City

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    • Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Dunleith Plantation, Natchez

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Illinois Monument, Vicksburg

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    Day 01

    Arrive Memphis

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    130Mi/210Km

    Day 02

    Greenwood

    Today you commence your journey through this amazing region by heading south on historic Highway 61, also known as the Blues Highway. Your first place of interest is Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta, which has a rich musical heritage. Whilst in town make sure to visit Blues Alley, home to the Delta Blues Museum. Next you’ll continue your journey to Indianola for a stop at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre.

    Hotel: The Alluvian

    101Mi/163Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Vicksburg

    This morning we suggest a stop by The Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, home to a vast array of Blues memorabilia. Culinary enthusiasts may also choose to visit the Viking Cookery School to learn how to prepare traditional Southern dishes and delicacies. Next take the scenic drive to Vicksburg, where you will enjoy the next two nights at one of Vicksburg’s antebellum homes. Next morning, why not take a carriage ride, to discover Vicksburg’s many beautiful homes?

    Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion

    231Mi/372Km

    Day 05

    Tupelo

    We’ve allowed a full day for you to experience Tupelo, undoubtedly best known as Elvis’ birthplace. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, where you can tour the home, museum memorial chapel, fountain of life and see the story wall. Make sure to stop by the Tupelo Hardware Store; this timeless gem is where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar (Elvis wanted a gun, they compromised on guitar and music has never been the same since!).

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo

    88Mi/144Km

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    Florence

    Your exciting journey continues, and today it’s to the Northern tip of Alabama. Set in the stunning Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals has a beautiful setting which has been reflected in the resort's design. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail golf courses, which attract players of all levels from across the globe. Whilst in Florence, take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/197Km

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    Nashville

    Crossing the border back into Tennessee, today you're heading to the home of country music! There is so much to keep you entertained in this city, but you shouldn’t miss Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River provides an insight into the historic heritage of the waterways and is also great fun! If you have time, drop into Opry Mills Mall, which combines both outlet shopping and boutique options.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

    213Mi/343Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the rhythm and blues, you end your journey in Memphis. This is yet another exciting city with lots to do, whatever your interests. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, The Mississippi. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland. See the house, tour the Lisa Marie Airplane and see the artifacts in the museum including many of Elvis’ flamboyant outfits. We also suggest a trip to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music, and one evening perhaps enjoy a cool drink and some vibrant tunes on Beale Street.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 12

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2587 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alabama Civil Rights

    Begins and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham

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    • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

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    • Rosa Parks Museum

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    • Edmond Pettus Bridge, Selma

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    • Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham

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    • The largest Aquarium in the world, Atlanta

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    • First White House in Montgomery

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and make the short drive to the Buckhead area of Atlanta, where your hotel is located.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead

    171Mi/275Km

    Day 02 Day 03

    Montgomery

    Today you will cross the border into Alabama, making the short drive to Montgomery for a two night stay. Montgomery is not just Alabama's capital city, but also a place where southern flavour runs deep. Not only was Civil Rights history made in the city, but also Civil War history. It was in Montgomery that Dr. Martin Luther King came to preach, resulting in the Civil Rights Movement across the whole of America. On your journey, why not stop at Tuskegee Airmen Historic site to learn of the brave African Americans who broke the race barrier during WWII. Make sure to visit where Dr. King preached as a full time minister, see the home where he and his family lived and tour the Civil Rights Memorial. If time allows, a stroll along the downtown streets of Montgomery rewards you with hidden treasures, including the historic fountain where slaves were auctioned to plantation owners.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    53Mi/85Km

    Day 04

    Selma

    Today you will travel to Selma, where American history was made during the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March. There are two US Park Service museums on this route, one at the midpoint and another in Selma. Make sure to tour both Museums dedicated to the march before leaving and onto Birmingham tomorrow.

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Selma

    86Mi/138Km

    Day 05

    Birmingham

    After breakfast, you depart for Alabama's largest city - Birmingham. In the historic 4th Avenue area of downtown sits the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church - where four children died in a bombing, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Alabama Jazz Inductee Ona Watson operates his own club, Ona's Music Room while the 5 Points South is the dining centre of the town at one end of the 20th Street while a new entertainment district sits near the other end of this main downtown street. Other sites include Barber Motorsports Museum featuring the world's largest collection of motorcycles and the oldest baseball park in America, Rickwood Field.

    Hotel: Hilton Birmingham at UAB (formally DoubleTree)

    156Mi/251Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Atlanta

    It is time for you to return to your point of arrival - Atlanta. One of the top ten largest cities in America, it is the home of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King and the largest Aquarium in the world. See as much of the World of Coke, the Georgia Aquarium and the King Centre as possible before you head home.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead

    Day 08

    Journey home

    Today take the short drive back to Atlanta International Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Music Celebrations

    Begins and ends Atlanta, Georgia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Year round

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    • Mardi Gras Parade in Mobile

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    • Ruby Falls, Chattanooga

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    • Nashville Skyline

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Stax Museum of American Soul

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    • US Space And Rocket Center, Huntsville

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    • Birmingham Skyline

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in the Buckhead region of the city.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead

    113Mi/181Km

    Day 02

    Chattanooga

    Today you will travel north into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, where your first stop is Chattanooga. Don't miss Glen Miller’s Chattanooga Choo Choo! Stop at the actual ‘Choo Choo’, before visiting Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain for spectacular views.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel

    134Mi/215Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Nashville

    This morning, make the short drive to Nashville, which is the home of Country Music and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. Your stay for two nights allows you to include a visit to the museum of music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame, followed by some live music in one of many bars and lounges in the District, Nashville’s downtown entertainment area. You may choose to enjoy a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson showboat, which provides another great opportunity to relax and experience the music - all whilst sailing down the Cumberland River.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    212Mi/341Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Memphis

    Traverse along the Music Highway to Memphis, renowned as the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll and home of the Blues. During your two night stay, Elvis’ mansion Graceland is a ‘must see’, along with a tour of Sun Studio's and a visit to historic Beale Street where you can party through the night. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian’s Rock’n’Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar are also well worth a visit.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    157Mi/252Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Florence (Muscle Shoals)

    Now its on to the northwest corner of Alabama where a cluster of cities – Tuscumbia, Florence, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals line the banks of the Tennessee River. During your two night stay in The Shoals region, see some of the most influential recording centres in America. Renowned for their huge contribution to rock, country and R&B music throughout the 60’s and 70’s, Muscle Shoals Sounds Studio and FAME Recording Studio were used frequently by superstars like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Otis Reading who all made classic recordings here. The Fame Studio is still active and open for tours. Take in some great live music at venues throughout Florence, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    69Mi/111Km

    Day 09

    Huntsville

    Today you will move on to Huntsville which is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and also hosts one of the state’s largest music events, the Big Spring Jam every September. Washington Square in the city’s downtown area has a mini entertainment district with live music. Check out a selection of venues as some showcase great Blues, others Jazz, Folk and Rock. Our favourites are Crossroads Cafe and the Jazz Factory.

    Hotel: The Westin Huntsville

    101Mi/162Km

    Day 10

    Birmingham

    Your next stop is Birmingham, home of the Civil Rights Institute which conveys the history of the Civil Rights Movement. It also adds its own stamp to the music world with its famous City Stages Festival every June. No matter when you visit, Jazz echoes from downtown nightclubs in places like Ona’s Music Room and the Blue Monkey, throughout the year. The Five Points entertainment district has music of all types and some great dining too. Jazz enthusiasts must not miss the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame which pays tribute to great artists with ties to Alabama like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

    255Mi/410Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Mobile & Orange Beach

    Moving south, your next stop is the historic port city of Mobile, one of the oldest cities in America. It’s home to the original Mardi Gras which started in 1703 and is still celebrated every year two weeks before Lent. Mobile features delicious seafood and an array of bars, restaurants and live music venues - which is what you would expect from Jimmy Buffet’s hometown. During your two night stay, take a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach which provide 32 miles of pristine white sandy beaches stretched along the Gulf of Mexico. Live bands perform at beachfront bars like the Florabama, Pink Pony Pub and The Hangout. LuLu’s at Homeport Marina known as Jimmy Buffett’s Sister’s Place is also great for local bands. The Wharf Ampitheatre, located at the Wharf shopping and dining complex in Orange Beach, has various acts Wednesday through Sunday.

    Hotel: The Battle House Renaissance

    168Mi/270Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Montgomery

    The final two days of your itinerary are spent in Montgomery, Alabama’s State Capital and the birthplace of both the Civil War and Civil Rights movement. This is where Hank Williams lived from 1937 to 1948. The Hank Williams Museum documents the life of this Country Music pioneer famous for such classics as “Hey Good Lookin” and “Cold Cold Heart”. Follow the Hank Williams Trail south to Mount Olive where he was born and to Georgiana his boyhood home.The Jubilee Cityfest held here in May is a great fun filled treat for all music lovers but the music is enjoyed year round too at venues like 1048 Jazz and Blues, Montgomery Brew Pub and The Olive Room.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    154Mi/247Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Make the short drive back to Atlanta International Airport, where you return your rental car and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2919 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    Begins and ends in Cincinnati, Ohio

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: Year Round

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    • Personalised Road Book
    • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Louisville

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    • 4th Street Live, Louisville

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    • Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

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    • Old stone tavern,Bardstown

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    • Beautiful thoroughbred farms in Lexington

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    • Bluegrass Tavern, Lexington

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    • Woodford Distillery, Lexington

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    Day 01

    Arrive Cincinnati

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Cincinnati. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

    98Mi/157Km

    Day 02 Day 03

    Louisville

    After a good nights rest your bourbon journey begins. Take a trip to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at the Stitzel-Weller facility on the outskirts of Louisville. This new experience tells the story of Bulleit’s well-known brand on the hallowed grounds of this iconic site. Next, drive the five miles to Main Street and tour the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. This fantastic new immersive, artisan tour is right in the heart of downtown Louisville, on famed Whiskey Row. For your second full day, why not step into the Jim Beam American Stillhouse to enjoy their interactive, multi-sensory tour. For lunch you could enjoy freshly smoked BBQ and delicious sides at Fred’s Smokehouse, named after 7th generation Master Distiller Fred Noe. Finally, for your last few hours in Louisville why not finish with a Bourbon-themed dinner at Bourbons Bistro, Louisville’s foremost Bourbon bar, located in the historic Clifton district.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

    43Mi/69Km

    Day 04

    Bardstown

    Today you will make the short drive to Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World®. On the outskirts, you may find the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Centre enjoyable. Once in Bardstown, for unique Bourbon artifacts, peruse the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Also make sure to stop by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace – your one stop shop for one-of-a-kind Bourbon souvenirs, gifts, bottles and even a Bourbon cocktail at their barrel stave bar. Be sure to dine on classic Kentucky fare in the Old Talbott Tavern and have a nightcap in the “world’s oldest bourbon bar”.

    Hotel: Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn (First Class Only)

    64Mi/102Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Lexington

    Today you will make the stunning drive through the emerald hills of Horse Country to Lexington. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, Lexington is a true Thoroughbred town, where future Derby winners are trained and retired champions now reside. Among the farms that allow tours are Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, Darley at Jonabell and Darby Dan, whose proud history has included four Kentucky Derby winners. If the Bluegrass Region can claim a title other than that of “Horse Capital of the World,” it would be as centre of Bourbon Country, an area which produces 95 percent of the world’s bourbon. With the opening of Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery and two new craft distilleries—Wilderness Trace Distillery and Barrel House Distillery, there is a plethora of tours to choose from while in Lexington.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

    76Mi/122Km

    Day 07

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Cincinnati International Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1099 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Carolinas & Country

    Begins in and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Boone Hall, South Carolina

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    • Nashville By Night

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. If time allows, enjoy visits to some of Atlanta's fabulous attractions; including the Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta History Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

    114Mi/182Km

    Day 02

    Chattanooga

    Travel north today into the Appalachian Mountains and on to Chattanooga, a diverse city with a variety of cultural activities. Don’t miss the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and, of course, the infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan

    340Mi/547Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Memphis

    Today’s journey takes you along the southern state line of Tennessee from east to west, and to Memphis, the home of the Blues. Beale Street, W. C. Handy and Elvis Presley are all very much a part of Memphis, as is Mud Island, a 52 acre park showcasing the mighty Mississippi River.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    222Mi/357Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Nashville

    From the southwest corner of Tennessee, today you head northeast to Nashville, the home of country music. Visit the homes and museums of the country music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and, of course, Grand Ole Opry.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Hotel

    293Mi/469Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Great Smoky Mountains

    From Tennessee to North Carolina, and the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains. In Chimney Rock Park, reach the top of legendary Chimney Rock for a spectacular view and explore the nature trails, waterfalls and caves. Then head onwards to Asheville, where you will spend the next two evenings.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

    267Mi/430Km

    Day 09 Day 10

    Charleston

    Today’s drive takes you into the rural surroundings of South Carolina. Visit the small-town city of Newberry and the State Museum in Columbia en route to historic Charleston, one of the South’s best preserved cities. Stroll through Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, one of many plantations in the area and view the historic buildings and cobbled stone streets. There’s no shortage of restaurants to keep you busy into the evening.

    Hotel: Belmond Charleston Place

    107Mi/172Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Hilton Head Island

    Enjoy a coastal drive today as you head south along South Carolinas' Atlantic Coastline, perhaps taking a stop at historic Beaufort to experience the Civil War history and fine antebellum homes. Hilton Head Island offers over 12 miles of beautiful beaches, providing an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We suggest a boat tour of the area for the best orientation, and visits to the fresh fish restaurants and boutique shops.

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

    132Mi/213Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Jekyll Island

    Stop at the small beach town of Tybee Island, boasting an 18th century lighthouse, as you continue journeying south to the pretty destination of Jekyll Island. Your hotel for the next two nights, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, was a 19th century retreat for the wealthy industrialists. Top up your tan on the beach or if the great outdoors is your passion, try the exceptional golf, wildlife watching or horseback riding.

    Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

    92Mi/148Km

    Day 15

    Savannah

    Arrive in romantic Savannah and explore the revitalised waterfront, wander the shops and visit the iconic white steeple church as seen in Forrest Gump. Many of the old mansions and churches have been restored and are open for touring.

    Hotel: Andaz Savannah

    241Mi/389Km

    Day 16

    Journey home

    Drive along the Antebellum Trail through Macon, famous for its plantation-style homes, as you make your way back to Atlanta, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2385 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • New Orleans & Mississippi River Plantation Country

    Begins and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Street Art in New Orleans

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • New Orleans

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    • Alligator

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    • Houmas House Gardens

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    As your hotel boasts a wonderful location, today you set out on foot for a walking tour from picturesque Jackson Square to bustling Bourbon Street. En route, discover the cool sounds of jazz as you meander through Canal Street, the waterfront and the Warehouse District. Discover the French Quarter from venerable Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and Bourbon Street on a guided walking tour. Savour local culinary delights including beignets and etouffee, whilst enjoying a private demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Later, you’ll be introduced to the magical world of Mardi Gras, with an insider's view of how this festivity is planned and created. This evening, enjoy a private jazz experience at the legendary Preservation Hall. 

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 03

    New Orleans Nature & Music

    Begin the day with a flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands, with commentary by your pilot. Sitting below sea level, New Orleans has experienced the destructive force of mother nature, which you'll learn more about at a private lecture by Nellie Watson, an expert on the interplay of humans, architecture and the environment. In the city that many consider the birthplace of jazz and the hometown of prominent jazz greats from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., you'll check out the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, where the focus is on jazz as an art form. For dinner tonight, get a true taste of New Orleans' famous cuisine at a restaurant of your choosing.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Vermilionville & Lafayette

    Leaving New Orleans, you'll head out into the countryside for an alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat with a local guide, then begin your discovery of Louisiana's "River Road" plantations with a visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens along the "big bend" of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a private Houmans House tour,  have lunch at the plantation and stroll at your leisure through some of its 38 acres of exquisite gardens. Continue on to Nottoway Plantation & Resort, home to the largest existing antebellum mansion in the South, where's you'll spend the next two nights. Your stay begins in style in the Mansion House with a guided tour and a private mint julep reception, followed by an elegant private dinner accompanied by a string quartet in the White Parlor.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Baton Rouge

    Travel to Baton Rouge today and step back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum, a living-history museum re-creating the lifestyles and folkways of rural Louisianans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue on to downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, and learn about the life and legacy of Huey P. Long, Louisiana's controversial populist Governor of the 1930s, in a guided visit to the Old State Capitol. After lunch at a local restaurant, head back to Nottoway Plantation for an afternoon and evening spent as you please.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Atchafalaya Basin

    Return to New Orleans this morning for another two-night stay in the Crescent City, which begins with a guided visit and time on your own at the National World War II Museum. Your visit begins with a viewing of the award-winning “4-D” multi-media experience Beyond All Boundaries, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and featuring the voice talents Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, and more. Enjoy brunch accompanied by an entertaining USO-style musical show at the museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen, featuring cuisine by The American Sector restaurant. Take time to explore the museum’s many state-of-the-art exhibits at your own pace. Late this afternoon, check into your stylish accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, on Canal Street in the French Quarter, then spend an evening as you please in this unique American city.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 07

    New Orleans

    Visit more iconic destinations as you continue to tour New Orleans today. Begin with sightseeing in the Garden District, then hop aboard an authentic New Orleans streetcar for a private tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, accompanied by a New Orleans resident. Return late morning to your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring more of New Orleans at your leisure. Tonight, experience the best of the Cresent City as you head to celebrated Arnaud's Restaurant to enjoy a private farewell jazz reception, followed by dinner at this French Quarter institution.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute souvenir shopping before taking your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3459 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville

    Begins in Louisville, Kentucky and ends in Nashville, Tennessee

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August and September

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • My Old Kentucky Home

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Equestrian Kentucky

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    • Derby Museum

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Blueridge Parkway

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    Day 01

    Arrive Louisville

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Louisville. A transfer is included from Louisville International Airport to The Brown Hotel, a landmark in the heart of downtown Louisville near the theatre district. Since 1923, this gracious hotel has entertained celebrities and dignitaries with its opulence, charm, and impeccable Southern hospitality, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. A welcome reception and dinner is held at the hotel this evening.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Churchill Downs & Stephen Foster

    You'll begin the day with a visit to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted The Kentucky Derby since 1875. Your visit includes a Tauck Exclusive tour of the backstretch with a professional jockey who’ll share insider views of the track’s history and daily operation while the horses take their morning exercise. On the racetrack grounds, you’ll also visit The Kentucky Derby Museum for insights into the race’s celebrated history, and what goes into the breeding and training of a thoroughbred champion. A short drive to Bardstown takes you to another iconic landmark, Federal Hill, a Georgian-style plantation house built in 1795 by Judge John Rowan that once entertained dignitaries like Andrew Jackson and Marquis de Lafayette, but is better known as the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s 'My Old Kentucky Home'. You'll tour the impeccably preserved mansion and formal gardens. After lunch at a historic tavern, you head to Frankfort for a guided tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, famous for its fine Kentucky bourbon, which it has produced continuously since 1775. During Prohibition, the distillery was permitted to output whiskey 'for medicinal purposes'. You arrive late afternoon in Lexington where the evening is free.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day 03

    Shakers, Bourbon & Bluegrass

    This morning you'll drive to Pleasant Hill, site of what was once the largest, most successful Shaker community in America. Founded in England in the 18th century, the sect known as Shakers had a profound effect on 19th century America, as documented in Ken Burns’s film, Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Known locally as 'Shakertown', the village, which flourished here from 1805 to 1910, comprises 34 original buildings, wonderfully restored as a living museum with costumed interpreters, where you’ll gain insights into the hearts and minds of the Shakers, and marvel at their engineering achievements; besides their fame for furniture making, the Shakers invented the circular saw, the clothespin, the wheel-driven washing machine, and numerous other labor-saving devices. Following lunch at the village, delve deeper into equine culture at The Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm and theme park showcasing breeds from around the world; you’ll also visit the International Museum of the Horse. Next, you return to your hotel for a special, private 'Bluegrass & Bourbon' evening, including a banquet dinner, a live band, and bourbon tasting.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day 04

    Cumberland Gap

    Once you've stood at the Cumberland Gap you’ll never forget it. You’re standing at the first frontier, the first gateway to the west. Off the beaten pathway, it was a break in the Appalachian Mountains that provided a gateway to the west for migrating buffalo herds, American Indian tribes, and restless pioneers – including Daniel Boone, who blazed a trail known as the Wilderness Road here in 1775. And today you will join that long list of travellers when you pass through the gap yourself. Explore its rich history and cultural currents at a private presentation at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park visitors’ centre. The park also features unique geologic sandstone formations, magnificent underground caverns, and restored log cabins from an early 20th-century pioneer settlement. Next, its on to Asheville, North Carolina, where your accommodation is both historic and gracious, exemplifying the best of Southern hospitality. Asheville has emerged as one of America’s top culinary destinations – a 'foodie haven' with many new twists on traditional southern cuisine.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day 05

    The Biltmore Estate

    Back in 1895 George Vanderbilt II, grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, decided to build himself 'a little mountain escape' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The result was the Biltmore Estate, a fabulous 250-room French château for which he employed architect Richard Morris Hunt for the castle design and Frederick Law Olmsted (the designer of Central Park) to lay out the woodlands and formal gardens. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this magnificent estate on tours of both the estate grounds and through the mansion itself. See Antler Hill Village, a town built to house the employees who worked on the estate and tended its crops and livestock. After lunch on the estate, return to Asheville where the remainder of the day is free to spend as you please.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast & lunch included)

    Day 06

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Today you’ll experience one of the most beautiful, and one of the oldest, places on Earth – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the US. Historically, it is known as a place of refuge; the fascinating story of its creation includes the heroic efforts of Horace Kephart, George Masa and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ecologically, it is one of the world’s best examples of a deciduous hardwood forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, it is dedicated as an international biosphere reserve. Scenically, the grandeur and beauty of the Southern Appalachians is at its very core – from mist-shrouded mountains with their wide range of elevations to fresh streams and miles of forests; it is the very definition of the word 'vista'. In Cherokee, North Carolina, you'll explore 19th-century wilderness settlement life with period interpreters at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors’ centre. You’ll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for a guided tour and exclusive private viewing of its archival collection of artefacts. A catered private lunch at the museum includes samples of traditional Cherokee flavours and is accompanied by a Cherokee flute musician. You arrive into Knoxville late afternoon.

     

    Hotel: Hilton Knoxville (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day 07

    Nashville

    You'll travel today to what has emerged as the music capital of America, the infamous Nashville, Tennessee. First up is a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you’ll truly get a behind-the-scenes look at the industry during lunch with a Nashville songwriter. Enjoy time on your own to explore the museum, then head to the Ryman Auditorium for a private front-of-house and backstage tour. The venerable hall is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974, having hosted the biggest country stars of its day. Your downtown hotel is a palatial Beaux-Arts landmark built in 1910.

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & lunch included)

    Day 08

    General Jackson & Grand Ole Opry

    Today you will visit The Hermitage, the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, military hero, populist, and 7th President of the United States. Dayton Duncan notes that you can understand Andrew Jackson by his own words – “I was born for a storm. And a calm does not suit me.” Jackson lived here until his death in 1845 and his brick mansion is considered the most accurately preserved presidential home in the US, with restored décor and original furnishings. Drive along Music Row to your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Nashville as you please before an early farewell reception and dinner.

     

     

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & dinner included)

    Day 09

    Journey Home

    A transfer is included from the hotel to Nashville International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4,781 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Deep South and Delta Blues

    Begins and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 11 breakfasts and 1 dinners 
    • All transportation by private vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Jazz band, New Orleans

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    • Reverend Fred Shuttleworth Statue, Birmingham

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

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    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Stax Museum of American Soul, Memphis

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    • Johnny Cash Cowboy Boots

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    • Deep South and Delta Blues

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Downtown Atlanta, Georgia

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located just a short ride away from the airport. The rest of the day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at 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.

    Hotel: Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport South ()

    Day 02

    Birmingham

    Today you will 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 before setting off on your journey through the South

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites Birmingham Grandview (Breakfast included)

    Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

    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 ambiance of the French 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. Enjoy a visit to Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve for a guided walk around the swamp boardwalks. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all enjoying some of the many live music 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!

    Hotel: The Whitney Hotel (breakfast included and one dinner)

    Day 06

    Natchez

    This morning you visit 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, Houmas House 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.

    Hotel: The Guest House Natchez (Breakfast included)

    Day 07

    Clarksdale

    Next you will head to 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. 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 itself 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!

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Clarksdale (Breakfast included)

    Day 08 Day 09

    Memphis

    Today you and your group will cross 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 Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin' Wolf to Johnny Cash; or the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. 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.

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (breakfast included )

    Day 10 Day 11

    Nashville

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will 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 (select nights only). 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!

    Hotel: The Capitol Hotel Downtown Nashville (breakfast included)

    Day 12

    Journey Home

    Your Deep South USA tour ends where it all began in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta. There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3175 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Sumptuous Soul of America

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: May, June, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Travel Concierge
    • Classic tour
    • The Sumptuous Soul of America

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    • Arrive into Chicago, Illinois

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    • Fox Theatre, St. Louis

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    • Visit the top of the famed St. Louis Arch

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    • Bourbon Distillery, Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Honky Tonk Highway

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • Farewell Dinner at Arnauds

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    Day 01

    Arrive Chicago

    Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Chicago

    You'll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

    Day 04

    St. Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included) (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

    Day 06

    The Honky-Tonk Highway

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Nashville, Tennesse

    After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

    Day 08

    Memphis

    Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Memphis

    Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you'll be guided through five centuries of American history.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)

    Day 10

    Natchez

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 11

    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

    Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 12

    New Orleans

    A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast included)

    Day 13

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 14

    Journey Home

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Experience Nashville with a Songwriter Tour

    Nashville

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    • Experience Nashville with a Songwriter Tour

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    • Nashville

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    Nashville is a songwriter's town. Literally thousands of people come annually to try their hand at the music business, but only a few can actually make a living doing what they love best. Experience a once in a lifetime private sedan tour of "Music City" accompanied by a singer/songwriter who is "living the dream". This 3 hour tour showcases the highlights of Nashville as seen through the eyes of a working singer/songwriter. The guide will give insight into the songwriters craft and explain how a song goes from concept through to hit recording. There is also a private performance by your guide at a picturesque location during the tour. This is truly an "Only in Nashville" experience.

    Prices

    From £476 based on a maximum group of 3 in a Sedan.

    From £557 based on a maximum group of 5 in an SUV.

    From £647 based on a maximum group of 13 in a Sprinter.

    Nashville Attraction Pass

    Nashville

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    Explore the country music city of Nashville! This pass includes the city’s best attractions, restaurants and shopping facilities:

    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Ryman Auditorium Tour
    • Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B Tour
    • Hard Rock Café OR B.B King's Blue's Club ($15.00 food/beverage provided)
    • Opry Mills - Tennessee's largest outlet (A discount book is provided)

    (VIP upgrade available - additional cost)

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues.

    Prices

    From £103 per Adult

    From £90 per Child (4-11 years)

    Memphis Attraction Pass

    Memphis

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    • Memphis Rock and Soul Museum

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    Explore the music city of Memphis and visit four of the city’s best attractions:

    • Sun Studio: the birthplace of rock and roll
    • Rock and Soul Museum
    • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    • Graceland Platinum admission

    (VIP upgrade available - additional cost)

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues.

    Prices

    From £88 per Adult

    From £47 per Child (6-11 years)

    New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

    New Orleans

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    • New Orleans Cocktail Walking Tour

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    Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in 2.5 hours of storytelling from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.

    • Walking tour of New Orleans original cocktails
    • Discover the history of renowned libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup
    • Visit the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, and its wine cellar and private dining area
    • Enjoy a view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking.

    Duration: 2 hours

     

    Prices

    From £31 per person.

    US Space & Rocket Centre Admission

    Huntsville, Alabama

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    • US Space & Rocket Centre Admission

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    General admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center includes access to historic Shuttle Park, Rocket Park and all indoor exhibit areas such as the main museum atrium and the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. With each ticket purchase, enjoy daily guided tours of the Saturn V Hall, featured traveling exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, museum simulators and a behind-the-scenes tour of Space Camp. Also includes ticket to one IMAX or National Geographic movie

    Prices

    From £27 per adult and £21 per child.

    Dollywood Admission

    Pigeon Forge

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    • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

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    Spanning 150 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides, 15 exceptional shows, five of the South’s largest festivals, Southern-style dining, and the friendliest employees in the world!  In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area.  Dollywood is organized into ten themed areas, The Showstreet, Rivertown Junction, Craftsmen’s Valley, Village, Country Fair, Timber Canyon, and Jukebox Junction areas reflect the historical eras and culture of East Tennessee, while the Owens Farm and Adventures in Imagination areas explore Dolly Parton’s life and imagination. Many attractions focus on the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian region.

    Prices

    From £73 per adult and £59 per child.

    Elvis Presley Graceland VIP Tour, Tennessee

    Memphis

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    • Graceland Elvis Experience

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    • Access to Elvis' two custom airplanes

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    • Skip the line at Graceland Mansion

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    Spend the day in Graceland and follow in the footsteps of Elvis on this Self Guided, 4-Hour VIP tour of Graceland, the famous former home of the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley. Get front-of-the-line access with this special all-day ticket and VIP shuttle to the mansion. Look through a plethora of fascinating memorabilia, like photos, personal mementos, costumes, and jewelry. Enjoy a multimedia audio tour of the Graceland Mansion’s exhibits highlighting Elvis’ rise to stardom. Also, visit the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, featuring some of his favorite cars, and a special VIP-only exhibit in the mansion. Keepsake backstage passes included.

    • A 4-hour tour of Graceland, including Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ cars and special access to a VIP-only exhibit
    • Skip the line at Graceland Mansion & VIP Shuttle to the mansion
    • Check out the King’s cars at the Automobile Museum
    • Receive a special Keepsake Backstage Pass as a souvenir
    • Full access to the State-of-the-Art Visitor Entertainment Complex
    • Access to Elvis: The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum

    Duration: 4 hours

    Prices

     

    From £103 per person.

    New Orleans Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise

    New Orleans

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    • Natchez Steamboat

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    • Live Jazz onboard

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    • BBQ Shrimp Salad

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    Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans skyline aboard the 7:00 pm Dinner Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ.  The Steamboat NATCHEZ decks, engine room and bars will be open for your enjoyment either before or after dinner depending upon your seating time. Included in the Dinner Jazz ticket price is the Steamboat cruise, buffet dinner, and Jazz Band entertainment, and applicable taxes. Gratuities and Alcoholic Beverages are not included in the price of the Ticket.

    Cruise Highlights:

    • Breathtaking view of the city
    • Enjoy casual buffet-style dining
    • Meals prepared fresh on board
    • Indoor and Outdoor seating
    • Featuring live jazz by the Grammy nominated Dukes of Dixieland
    • Museum quality Engine Room
    • Departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    From £84 per adult and £39 per child.

    City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    New Orleans

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off

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    • Enjoy live commentary on board

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    Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With your full‐day ticket, design a personal itinerary with 18 possible stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cemetery and the Garden District. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.

    • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of New Orleans
    • Explore New Orleans at your own pace
    • Hop off at any of the 18 stops including Jackson Square and the French Market
    • Enjoy live commentary on board
    • Discover the French Quarter and the Garden District on guided walking tours (with purchase of 3 day ticket)
    • Choose either a 1-day pass or a 3-day pass

     

    Prices

    1 Day Pass

    From £39 per adult and £10 per person.

    3 Day Pass

    From £49 per adult and £10 per person.

    Smoky Mountain Attraction Pass

    Great Smoky Mountain Region

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    • Great Smoky Mountains

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    The great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park, with more than nine million visitors a year. Drawn by sweeping mountain views, 730 miles of pristine streams, carpets of wildflowers, lush forests and abundant wildlife, the attraction of this destination is no secret. The Smoky Mountain Attractions Pass includes:

    • Admission to Anakeesta - 70 acre forested outdoor theme park
    • Admission to Dollywood - more than 40 world-class rides and attractions
    • Admission to Titanic Museum
    • Old Smoky Moonshine tasting experience
    • The Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge
    • Tanger Outlet shopping coupon
    • $15 Hard Rock Café meal voucher
    Prices

    From £140 per adult

    From £98 per child (6-11 years)

    Bourbon Distilleries Tour

    Kentucky

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    • Bourbon Barrels

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    • A little sample

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    Sample some of the best, authentic Kentucky bourbons, distilled in big-league bourbon distilleries. During the day, you'll head to Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam American Stillhouse, enjoying tastings and a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process of Kentucky bourbons. This guided tour, departing from Louisville includes all tastings, transportation, lunch and narrated commentary.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Prices

    From £165 per person (minimum age 21 years)

    Half Day Horse Farm Tour, Kentucky

    Lexington, Kentucky

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    • Lexington Horse Farm

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    • Admiring the view

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    During this half day tour from Lexington, you will visit two horse farms as well as the renowned Keeneland Racecourse. Throughout, your guide provides commentary on the farms' inner workings and history as you peruse various areas of the grounds. You'll also drive by Calumet Farm, which is known for raising thoroughbred race horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown. Discover why the Bluegrass State is known as the 'Horse Capital of the World’ on this informative tour.

    Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

    Prices

    From £39 per person

    Bourbon in the Bluegrass, Kentucky

    Lexington, Kentucky

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    • Bourbon in the Bluegrass

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    • Four Roses Bourbon

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    Enjoy a day of Kentucky bourbon whiskey tastings and tours, without any transportation hassles, on this small-group trip from Lexington. Visit three Bluegrass-region distilleries, see first-hand how their whiskeys are made on guided tours, and sample selections of their small-batch and historical bourbons. Plus, as you travel, you'll enjoy tales about the bourbons and Bluegrass region from your driver-guide.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Prices

    From £127 per person

    Mammoth Cave's Canopy Zipline, Kentucky

    Cave City, Kentucky

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    • Mammoth Cave's Canopy Zipline

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    • Ready to go!

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    Soar through the trees on this epic adventure through the Mammoth Cave countryside. The Primary Canopy Zip Tour includes five ziplines, ranging in length from 500 to 1000 feet, plus three sky bridges that span over 60 acres of scenic woodland. The Secondary Canopy Zip Tour includes four ziplines, designed just for children. The Secondary Zip tour connects with the Primary Tour after two zips and they share the last two zips, making it a perfect family activity. All Zipline adventures are full service, ACCT certified and supervised by trained staff for the safety and enjoyment of all guests.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Prices

    From £69 per person

    Bardstown Bourbon Distillery Tour and Tastings, Kentucky

    Bardstown, Kentucky

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    • Bardstown Bourbon Distillery Tour and Tastings

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    • Brewing Machinery

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    This small group tour provide an intimate, fun, social, and lighthearted way to see and taste Bourbon's best. The knowledgeable local guides will introduce you to the local history and culture and show you why Kentuckians are so strong in spirit. This tour includes one distillery tour and tasting, plus a tasting at a 2nd distillery.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Prices

    From £69 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Kentucky Craft Beer Tours, Kentucky

    Louisville, Kentucky

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    • A few samples!

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    • Cheers!

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    • Behind the Scenes

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    • Schnitzelburg

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    Saturday Beer Lovers Tour

    Get a taste of Louisville’s thriving beer scene on this small-group, half-day tour. You will meet your guide at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. Over the course of an afternoon, you’ll go behind the scenes at three different Louisville breweries, will enjoy numerous different beers, and will discover more about the brewing process.

    Sunday Funday Beer Tour

    Spend a lively Sunday afternoon out on the town, and get to know Louisville’s thriving craft beer scene, on this small-group tour. Don’t worry about logistics: traveling via minibus makes it simple to get around. Go behind the scenes at three different breweries, and taste four samples at each stop (including flagship beers, seasonal specials, and more). Over the course of the tour, you’ll learn more about the brewing process, and will have snacks and water at your disposal along the way.

    Craft Beer Tour and Tasting

    Go behind-the-scenes of three locally-approved Louisville craft breweries on this all-inclusive brewery tour. Unlike most brewery tours, this one offers unlimited five ounce pours, so you can sample everything on the menu at top breweries like Akasha, Mile Wide, and Monnik. You get a pretzel necklace, too, for convenient snacking between beers.

    Prices

    Saturday Beer Lovers Tour

    From £51 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Sunday Funday Beer Tour

    From £56 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Craft Beer Tour and Tasting

    From £76 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Gulf Coast Triple-Splash Duck Boat Tour, Alabama

    Mobile, Alabama

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    • Triple-Splash Duck Boat Tour

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    See the sights of Mobile from both land and water on a 70-minute duck tour by amphibious vehicle. Hear stories about the USS Alabama and more at Battleship Memorial Park during this experience that's both entertaining and educational. The fun really begins when you splash into Mobile Bay as your vehicle becomes a boat.

    Duration: 70 minutes

    Prices

    From £29 per adult and from £16 per child

    Birmingham Civil Rights Tour, Alabama

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

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    • Reverend Fred Shuttleworth Statue

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    • Civil Rights Institute

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    • Soldiers of the Civil Rights movement

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    Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

    Birmingham is known for its civil rights history, but matching landmarks to their significance can be difficult on a self-led tour. This fully guided experience visits notable locations, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the site of the 1961 Freedom Riders attack - discovering Birmingham's notable history. Travel between sites with ease in an air-conditioned vehicle, with your small-group, offering a more intimate experience.

    • Visit landmarks including Dynamite Hill and Bethel Baptist Church
    • Avoid hidden costs with all entrance fees included
    • Gain intimate insight into the battle for civil rights from your guide
    • Save time with included pickup and drop-off from central hotels 

    Duration: Up to 3 hours

    Prices

    From £56 per person

     

    Muscle Shoals Sound Studio tour, Alabama

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

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    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio tour

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    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio tour - Jackson Highway

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    When in the Shoals area, visiting the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is a must! This option is only available on a guided tour. Touring of the legendary music studio not only shows you where music icons such as Keith Richards and Paul Simon recorded their hits, but also lets you play the actual instruments used by some of rock ‘n’ roll's greats.

    Duration: 90 minutes

    Prices

    From £13 per person

    Historical Highlights of Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Historical Highlights of Birmingham

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    • Sloss Furnaces

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    Explore Birmingham at ease on a historical highlights tour. This sightseeing experience includes transportation from your accommodation. In addition to hearing stories you won’t read in any guidebook, your guide points out landmarks that visitors often miss if exploring on their own. Snacks, beverages, and air conditioning on board are included for your comfort and convenience.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Prices

    From £56 per person

    Brewery Tasting Tour of Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Brewery Tasting Tour

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    • Just a few samples

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    As a visitor, knowing the top spots for a taste of the city’s local beers can be difficult. Discover Birmingham’s craft beer culture and savor a range of IPAs, ambers, and porters on a brewery tasting tour. You'll enjoy a pint in three of the cities craft breweries. Once collected from your downtown hotel, you'll receive insights into Birmingham's brewing culture from your small-group guide, helping you make the most of your experience.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Prices

    From £71 per person (minimum age of 21 years).

    Mardi Gras 2020 - Mobile, Alabama

    Mobile

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    • Mardi Gras

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    • Mardi Gras Mobile

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    • Mardi Gras Band

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    • Downtown Mobile

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    Did you know that Mobile is the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras? That's right, Mardi Gras originated in 1703, here in the port city in Southern Alabama.

    From the daily colourful parades, where moon pies, trinkets and beads are distributed to the party like crowd, to enjoying a delicious King Cake, Mardi Gras in Mobile is truly a family friendly event. Why not be part of the biggest event of the year in Mobile on our 4 night package?

    Departs: February 23rd 2020

    Duration: 4 Nights

    Includes:

    • Return scheduled flights to Mobile International Airport
    • 4 nights at the Admiral Hotel Mobile, a Curio Collection by Hilton
    Prices

    From £1699 per person based on two sharing a standard room.

    Best of Birmingham Food and Drink Tour

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Best of Birmingham Food and Drink Tour

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    • Best of Birmingham Food and Drink Tour

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    In a city known for its food, it can be hard to know which places are actually worth trying. This Birmingham food tour removes the guesswork and lets you sample the best of what the Magic City has to offer. From craft beer to Alabama barbecue, this small-group tour of no more than six people will fill you up with Birmingham’s best bites.

    • Birmingham food tour introduces you to the city's best eats
    • All food and drink samples included—it’s enough for lunch
    • Small-group tour limited to six people or fewer
    • All transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off included

    Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

     

    Prices

    From £73 per adult

    From £67 per child