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Southern Explorer

13 Nights Tour from £1,769 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Take in some of the best locations the American south has to offer with this 14-day Southern Explorer escorted tour, starting in New York and ending in Miami. You’ll visit Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Great Smoky Mountains, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Pensacola and Orlando, with a host of incredible sights and attractions along the way. From the Kennedy Space Centre to soaking up the vibrant atmosphere in New Orleans’ French Quarter and visiting Graceland in Memphis, there are countless opportunities to enjoy as part of this trip that will give you a great insight into the culture, landscapes and heritage of the south.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
  • Take a city tour of the nation’s capital – Washington, D.C.
  • Journey through the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Spend time in Nashville, the music capital of country and western
  • Explore Memphis on a guided tour of Beale Street and the city centre
  • Soak up the French culture of New Orleans and visit the French Quarter
  • Take a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando

Details

Day 1

New York

Arrive to New York City and transfer independently to your hotel – the rest of your day can be spent at leisure.

Overnight: Grand Hyatt New York

Day 2

New York – Philadelphia – Washington, D.C.

Make your way to Washington, D.C. this morning via Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation where you’ll have time to stop and see the Independence Hall and the famous Liberty Bell. Upon arrival into Washington, D.C. transfer to your hotel and enjoy some time to explore your surroundings.

Overnight: Washington Hilton

Day 3

Washington, D.C.

Take part in a city tour this morning, including highlights such as the U.S. Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and the Arlington National Cemetery, site of the John. F. Kennedy Memorial. The remainder of the day is at leisure so why not head to some of the museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or take a relaxed stroll along the banks of the Potomac River.

Overnight: Washington Hilton

Day 4

Washington, D.C. – Williamsburg – Roanoake

Leave for Williamsburg this morning, the colonial capital of Virginia, where you’ll walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings found here, including the colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).

Overnight: Holiday Inn Tanglewood

Day 5

Roanoake – Blue Ridge – Asheville/Gatlinburg

Travel along sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway today, making your way through the Blue Ridge Mountains for an early afternoon arrival in Asheville, situated in the heart of North Carolina. This area has a rich history and is brimming with local attractions.

Overnight: Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg

Day 6

Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains – Nashville

Take in the breath-taking scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you’ll explore the Mountain Farm and Museum to see what life as an Appalachian farmer is like. From here, continue on to Knoxville and Nashville, capital of Tennessee and the birthplace of country and western music. Visit the Wild Horse Salon in the evening for a chance to try line dancing (optional activity).

Overnight: Clarion Nashville Downtown

Day 7

Nashville – Memphis

Journey across the countryside today to arrive in Memphis, the city renowned for incredible blues music and the home of Sun Records. You’ll embark on a city tour which will include a visit to Beale Street, the heart of the music scene. In the afternoon, Elvis fans will be overjoyed to visit the home of ‘The King’ with a trip to Graceland (optional).

Overnight: Guest House at Graceland

Day 8

Memphis – Jackson – New Orleans

Today sees you pass through Jackson to Louisiane and New Orleans. In the evening, immerse yourself in the colourful creole culture on-board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat for a dinner cruise where you’ll enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).

Overnight: Staybridge Suites New Orleans French Quarter

Day 9

New Orleans

Today is at leisure so you can get a feel for your surroundings and enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans at your own pace. Explore the French Quarter with its charming cobblestone streets, check out the local cuisine with a trip to one of the many fantastic eateries or explore the architecture.

Overnight: Staybridge Suites New Orleans French Quarter

Day 10

New Orleans – Gulf of Mexico – Pensacola

Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the city of Pensacola where you’ll visit one of the top ten rose gardens in the USA at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). Afterwards, visit Pensacola Beach where you can walk past the swaying sea oats and dip your toes in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Cordova Mall

Day 11-12

Pensacola – Orlando

Journey along the Florida panhandle to Ocala which is known for its many thoroughbred horse ranches; continue on from here through central Florida to reach Orlando for your overnight stay. On day 12, enjoy a full day at leisure where you can unwind by the pool, take a hot air balloon ride or visit one of the many theme parks (not included) – the choice is yours!

Overnight: Radisson Resort Orlando

Day 13

Orlando – Miami

Visit the Kennedy Space Centre, home of America’s space programme (admission included) then continue on to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach. The evening is yours to explore this vibrant coastline and all it has to offer.

Overnight: The Hall Miami Beach

Day 14

Miami - Tour Ends

Your tour ends today in Miami, and it’s time to fly home (unless you would like to book a tour extension for a few more days to enjoy this exciting city).

  • International flights
  • Internal travel: Air-conditioned coach
  • Hotels as detailed above or similar (13 nights)
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • City tour of Washington, D.C., Memphis and Bellingrath Home; Admission to the Kennedy Space Centre
  • Tour guide throughout

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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