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  • Nashville

    Nashville is the gateway to Tennessee and acknowledged as Music City USA. The city has all the excitement and bustle of a state capital, combined with an atmosphere and warmth that’s unmistakably of the South.

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    Nashville is the gateway to Tennessee and acknowledged as Music City USA. Opryland is just around the bend in the Cumberland River, and Nashville itself boasts many great music venues including the Ryman Auditorium and Wildhorse Saloon. The city has all the excitement and bustle of a state capital, combined with an atmosphere and warmth that’s unmistakably of the South. Alongside the music, there are museums, galleries, and historic monuments. And of course scores of shops, bars and restaurants where you can soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant, welcoming city.

    Stroll downtown Nashville and you’ll find an elegant, southern city at ease with its past, from dark country music bars to whitewashed plantation homes. You’ll also find a city looking to the future, somewhere that has blossomed as a destination without casting aside its history.

    Music is at its very heart, and yet there’s so much more...museums and galleries, towering monuments and rolling parks, shopping malls and restaurants galore.

    Still, this is the world’s capital of Country music and isn’t afraid to shout it out - and let you know that Country isn’t just sequins and big hair. You’ll hear everything from cool Fifties Rockabilly to modern Rock, all with that unmistakable Country tinge.

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    • A stroll up the relaxed, leafy Midtown district, past bars and restaurants.
    • Like the opulent Wild Boar, and the Great Escape second-hand record and comic shop.
    • A Saturday night hopping between the bands at Robert’s and Tootsie’s on Lower Broadway.
    • The Grand Ole Opry for country music how it used to be played.
    • Catch a performance each and every Friday and Saturday evening.
    • A look round at least one of Nashville’s grand mansions.
    • The Hermitage, once home to Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, even has a guitar-shaped drive.
    • A stylish lunch (and maybe a drop of moonshine) listening to free music in the airy atrium of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Dining, Nightlife and Entertainment
    Food and drink are high on the Nashville menu, whether breakfast at Pancake Pantry - favoured by Garth Brooks - or the New York deli-style Noshville, real beer at any one of a number of brewpubs, or dinner at posh nouvelle spots such as the Sunset Grille or old Nashville favourite Jimmy Kelly’s. Music, like the weather, is exceptional year-round: In spring stars such as Bob Dylan play free riverbank concerts, in June the city comes alive with Fan Fair as dozens of country stars converge for shows while in October the Country Music Association awards week is a frenzy.

    The centrepoint is a 16-block entertainment area known as The District, home to a huge Hard Rock Cafe, the Wildhorse Saloon dancehall - line dancing a speciality - the blues clubs of Printers’ Alley, the church-like Ryman Auditorium - original venue of the Grand Ole Opry radio show, established in 1925 - and Gruhn Guitars (a guitar shop but a show in itself as browsers pick up the vintage instruments).

    Shopping
    For shoppers there are nine malls, including the bargain and designer factory shops at Opry Mills, out by Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Maybe you want the perfect pair of boots, the requisite tee shirt, or a one-of-a-kind piece by a Nashville artisan. Once you start shopping, you’ll find it’s hard to stop!

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      Most things in Memphis involve Elvis - even if you're not a fan, a visit to Sun Studios, Graceland Mansion and Elvis' customised jets, Lisa Marie & Hound Dog II, are all worth a visit.

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      Spend a night listening to Blues music at the wide variety of bars on Beale Street, Memphis.

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      Learn how Jack Daniels is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, but he warned, there's no tasting as Lynchburg County is dry.

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      Visit the Loveless Café for Nashville's famous biscuits (like our scones) and some great southern food. It's located at the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway which, in itself, is well worth a drive.

  • Carolinas & Country

    Begins in and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Boone Hall, South Carolina

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    • Nashville By Night

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. 

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    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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    • Personalised Road Book
    • 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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Music Celebrations

    Begins and ends Atlanta, Georgia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Year round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Personalised Road Book
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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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Deep South and Delta Blues

    Begins and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    • 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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    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 ()

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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 )

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    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)

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    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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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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.

  • 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)

    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.