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  • Birmingham

    Southern hospitality at its best awaits you in Birmingham. A city steeped in history and music and a great city for outdoor enthusiasts.

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    Located in the heart of the Southeastern United States, Birmingham is a popular tourist destination. Known for its role in America’s Civil Rights history, Birmingham has devoted an entire district to the historical events of that era, including the acclaimed Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 

    Birmingham is also widely acknowledged for its vibrant and sophisticated food scene. People come from around the region for the simple pleasure of dining in the city’s chef-owned restaurants. From French cuisine influenced by the American South to the world’s best barbecue, Birmingham dining is reason in itself to travel.

    Birmingham is the unrivalled retail giant of Alabama. From outlet malls to upscale boutiques, shopping opportunities are near endless. Devoted shoppers know that in Birmingham the buying spree can go on for days, fuelled by the huge selection of shopping districts.

    You will find some of the worlds best golf at courses around the Birmingham area. The climate is moderate year-round, making the city an excellent choice for golfing throughout the year. Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship courses that runs the length of the state. Birmingham has two courses along the Trail, the Oxmoor Valley Course and the Ross Bridge Course. In total, the greater Birmingham area has more than 140,000 yards of golf.

    Of course, Birmingham displays its famous Southern hospitality to all who visit, and it is one of many reasons visitors return to the city time and again.

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    • Top Tip 1

      If you enjoy golf then the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a must in Alabama with 468 holes at 11 different locations. In total, it's 100 miles of golfing bliss!

    • Top Tip 2

      For the best BBQ ribs you'll ever taste, look out for one of the eight Dreamland Bar-B-Que Ribs restaurants throughout the states of Alabama.

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      Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras".

    • Top Tip 4

      There are over 347 species of birds on Dauphin Island. See if you can spot them all!

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      The Antebellum home is one of the iconic images of the Deep South. There are over 100 historic Antebellum homes throughout Alabama.

    • Top Tip 6

      Birmingham's Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to one of the largest collections of vintage motorcycles and vehicles in the world.

  • 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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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Alabama Golf Trail


    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville


    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South



    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


    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



    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




    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




    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



    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




    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




    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




    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


    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.


    From £2290 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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

  • Alabama 500 NASCAR Race

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway


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    • Talladega Superspeedway


    Experience one of the biggest NASCAR races on the annual calendar at the Alabama 500 at the famous Talladega Superspeedway. See cars flying round the track at speeds of over 200mph, while jostling for position with just millimetres between the cars.

    Departs: October 9th 2018

    Our 4 night package includes:

    • Return scheduled flights to Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
    • 4 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Birmingham
    • Tickets to the Alabama 500 race at the Talladega Superspeedway
    • Return transportation to the Talladega Superspeedway from the Sheraton Birmingham
    • Souvenir programme
    • Fanvision Rental 

    From £1649 per person, based on two sharing a Standard Room. Upgraded tickets are available on request.