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Overview

Explore the highlights of the Southern states! This tour enables you to experience the very best of these destinations, from Louisiana to Atlanta, Nashville to Houston. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to go on city tours, wander around museums and see the top attractions of each of these amazing and fascinating locations.

Highlights:

  • Take an orientation tour of Houston
  • Tour 'Little Paris' with a trip to Saint Martinville
  • Experience New Orleans with a scenic walking tour
  • Explore the home of blues and rock'n'roll with a visit to Memphis
  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville

Details

Day 1

Houston

You will arrive into Houston and meet with your Tour Director at the hotel. Your overnight stay will take place in Houston.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks (Breakfast Included)

Day 2

Houston - Lafayette (219 miles)

Take part in an orientation tour of Houston, an interesting city due to its innovative architecture. You’ll then visit the official NASA facilities at the Johnson Space Center, home of numerous space artefacts – you’ll see a real spacecraft, touch a piece of moon rock, walk through the Skylab space station in the Starship Gallery or see a space shuttle mock-up. You’ll later leave for Lafayette, with an optional boat ride on the Atchafalaya bayou. Enjoy a typical Cajun dinner (incl.) with regional specialties and hoedown in a leisurely setting, spending the night in Lafayette.

Overnight: Drury Inn & Suites (Breakfast Included)

Day 3

Lafayette - New Orleans (181 miles)

Enjoy a morning tour of the city, in particular the cathedral and the Evangeline Oak which was immortalised by the poet Longfellow, then leave for Saint Martinville. Nicknamed Little Paris, this city is a rare blend of American city and European village. Continue on to Avery Island and take a tour of the Tabasco plant followed by a visit of the exotic Jungle Gardens and bird City. Drive through Morgan City and then through the Terrebonne swamps in the afternoon. Journey on to Thibodaux and continue on to New Orleans for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (Breakfast Included)

Day 4

New Orleans

Begin the day with a walking tour and enjoy a stroll into the Vieux Carré part of town where the French Market, Saint Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo can be found. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of New Orleans and spend your overnight stay in the centre of town. There is an optional dinner cruise on the Mississippi with live jazz music aboard the authentic Natchez steamboat.

Overnight: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter (Breakfast Included)

Day 5

New Orleans - Baton Rouge (116 miles)

There’s time in the morning to spend at leisure, followed by a morning drive to two plantations overlooking the Mississippi River. Continue on to Baton Rouge, capital of the state of Louisiana and where your overnight stay will take place.

Overnight: Drury Inn & Suites (Breakfast Included)

Day 6

Baton Rouge - Natchez - Saint Francisville - Jackson (197 miles)

Begin the day with a short tour of the city to discover the Capitol and Louisiana State University, then the Rural Life Museum, an outdoor museum which houses collections of furnishings, utensils, tools and farming implements used in pre-industrial Louisiana as well as a typical 19th century working plantation. Continue your journey to Saint Francisville for a visit of the magnificent Rosedown plantation with gardens inspired by those of Versailles.

There will be an afternoon drive to Natchez in the neighbouring state of Mississippi, which is an attractive Southern city with historical character. The homes in the central part of the city are well kept up and have retained their 19th century charm. Your overnight stay will take place in Jackson.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Jackson North (Breakfast Included)

Day 7

Jackson - Vicksburg - Memphis (297 miles)

In the morning, make a stop at Vicksburg National Military Park which was established by Congress in 1899. Leave for the Deep South where you’ll arrive in Memphis, home of the blues and rock’n’roll. There will be an afternoon visit to Graceland and an optional evening concert in a famous Beale Street club. Your overnight stay will take place in Memphis.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Memphis (Breakfast Included)

Day 8

Memphis - Nashville (213 miles)

Visit the National Civil Rights Museum today then head to the famous Sun Studio in Memphis where numerous blues and rock artists first recorded in the ‘50s. Continue on to Nashville, home of country music, and take part in a city tour. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure; in the evening, you may want to have a drink in a classic country music bar. Your overnight stay will take place in Nashville.

Overnight: Millenium Maxwell House (Breakfast Included)

Day 9

Nashville - Lynchburg -Atlanta (278 miles)

In the morning, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and then continue on to Lynchburg for a visit to the famous Jack Daniels’ distillery. There will be an orientation tour before you leave Tennessee and continue on to Atlanta for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown (Breakfast Included)

Day 10

Atlanta

Today you will embark on a city tour where you’ll visit Martin Luther King’s birth home and discover the famous CNN studios ‘behind the scenes’. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure, with the following optional activities.

Optional 1 : Atlanta History Center.
Optional 2 : Coca Cola factory.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown (Breakfast Included)

Day 11

Atlanta

The morning is yours to spend at leisure, to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing, before departing.

Day 12

Arrive back home.



What's Included:

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Internal travel: Air-conditioned coach
  • Hotels (10 nights)
  • 10 breakfasts included
  • Baggage handling at all the hotels
  • Tour guide throughout


Entrance to the following parks & sites:

  • Space Center Houston
  • Swamp tour on day 3
  • Avery Island Jungle Gardens & Bird Sanctuary
  • Garden District Tramway (1 one way trip)
  • Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie
  • Nottaway Plantation in White Castle
  • The Rosedown plantation in Saint Francisville
  • LSU Rural Life Museum
  • Vicksburg National Monument
  • Graceland
  • Sun Studios
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • National Civil Rights Monument
  • Jack Daniel’s Distillery tour (no tasting included)
  • Martin Luther King’s home (first come first serve- availability no guarantee)
  • CNN tour
  • Taxes and tips (not to the driver and guide)

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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