This fascinating tour of America’s Deep South by rail celebrates the long history of great American music from Nashville, home to Country music, to the home of Blues, Soul & Rock & Roll in Memphis, and the Jazz of New Orleans.
Highlights of the tour include:
- New Orleans
Day 1: Fly to Atlanta from the UK and transfer to an overnight hotel where you will be met by your tour guide.
Day 2: Atlanta was the home of Martin Luther King. Tour the Martin Luther King Centre & Church. This is a very thought-provoking place highlighting the Civil Rights leader and the effect it had on 20th Century America.
Depart for Chattanooga. Upon arrival, you will join the Tennessee Valley Railway for an insight into America’s great railroad history.
Later you will join the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway on a scenic journey to the summit. You will then spend the night in Chattanooga.
Day 3: Begin the journey this morning by coach. On the way, you will visit the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg and see how this famous drink is made. You will arrive in Nashville late afternoon and check into the Hyatt Place Opryland.
The evening is then free to visit one of the lively bars of some traditional Country music.
Day 4: Start with a guided tour of the city. You will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and learn how Elvis Presley recorded many of his songs at the renowned Studio B. If you have a chance, visit the Grand Ole Opry where you will see some of the best live Country music.
Day 5: Today, head for Memphis stopping at Tupelo, the birthplace of the great Elvis Presley. Spend 2 nights here in Memphis.
Why not visit Beale Street, which is where the Delta Blues artists began before moving on to influence the world’s musical tastes. Head to BB King’s Blues Club, the first of the late BB King’s popular blues bars.
Perhaps enjoy some of the authentic Memphis-style barbecue accompanied by some classic American music.
Day 6: This morning we will visit Graceland, home of the late great Elvis Presley. Enjoy a tour of the impressive estate, viewing the interiors as they were during Elvis’ life here as well as much of his private car collection. Then head to Sun Studios, one of the pioneering recording studios for rock music during the ’60s.
Day 7: Start with a journey on the Amtrak service to New Orleans aboard the ‘City of New Orleans’ train.
It is claimed that the Blues spread along this route by rail. Arriving in the mid-afternoon. Check into your hotel in the city’s vibrant French Quarter.
Day 8: Enjoy a guided tour of New Orleans, including the bustling French Quarter, the inspiring Jackson Square and the 18th century St. Louis Cathedral.
You are then free in the afternoon. You may like to return to the French Quarter, the home of New Orleans’ jazz music, to experience one of the many popular music venues here or try some authentic Creole cooking.
Days 9 & 10: After a free morning, board your flight at New Orleans airport and return to the UK, arriving on Day 10.
Price (based on 2 people)
£2,755 per person– based on 2 adults sharing for 9 nights