Combine the easy-going rhythms and colourful culture of the Deep South with a stay in the fun-packed Sunshine State of Florida.
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Fly to New Orleans where you will transfer to your hotel for three nights.
The birthplace of jazz and home of the Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a lively colourful city with a distinctly French feel. On your morning city tour you will see the French Quarter, including St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Then drive by the Garden District to see its stately mansions and stop at a typical New Orleans above ground cemetery. The rest of the day and evening are yours to do some more sightseeing, go shopping for souvenirs or simply relax and re-charge your batteries.
Another full day to experience more of this charming city. For keen shoppers, Canal Street and the French Quarter offer an extensive array of unique stores and designer boutiques, or why not join our swamp boat ride through the bayous?
Drive through the heart of Cajun country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour, featuring the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol. Then it's on to elegant Natchez, once a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. There is a visit to a gracious pre-Civil War home featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax at your hotel or play the slots in the nearby casino.
Drive to Jackson, then through rural Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. Upon arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the 'home of the blues', why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street?
No visit to Memphis would be complete without a trip to the palatial home of the 'King', Elvis Presley. Your guided Platinum tour focuses on the splendid garden and the opulent 15,000 square-feet mansion. Then head through the fertile farmlands of Tennessee to the 'Capital of Country Music', Nashville. The evening is at leisure.
Nashville is the ideal destination for all kinds of visitors: music fans, history buffs and southern lovers. Start your day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, and one of the most important in the USA. From 1957-1977 there were more than 35,000 songs recorded here including 262 Elvis Presley recordings. Afterwards enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, passing the famous recording studios of Music Row, the centre of the recording industry, which first developed in the 1950's. Go behind the scenes of the music industry on a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and see glittering costumes, rare instruments and the solid gold Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley. Tonight, enjoy reserved premiere seats for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then enter the 'Peach State' of Georgia and continue through the Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of assassinated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. After a sightseeing tour of the city, the rest of the day is yours to explore further or relax.
Head through rich rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah where your included trolley tour highlights such attractions as the City Market, the Mercer House, Madison Square and River Street. This evening is free to enjoy the many charms of this fascinating city.
A day at leisure to explore this southern town. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and majestic gardens. Don't miss Forsyth Park, with its lovely fountain and flowers, or the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, where you can learn about Savannah's important role in maritime history.
Travel into the famous 'Sunshine State' of Florida, stopping first at St Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States. On your orientation tour you will see the city's historic district and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. Then drive to the magical city of Orlando, USA's fun capital.
The day is yours to take advantage of the many attractions in the area, such as Universal Studios Florida and its companion parks, Islands of Adventure and of course, the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Orlando or Clearwater Beach.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 840 ft.
Departures - 30 April 2015
The 'Dixieland' sound was made popular throughout the world by New Orleans' own Louis Armstrong. Why not join us and listen to the best sounds of New Orleans, by some of the hottest names in music from around the USA and around the world.
Don't miss the food, crafts and music, which make this festival one of the best of its kind and the best Louisiana has to offer.
Special Departure - 15 February 2015
Don't miss this opportunity to visit New Orleans at its best - during carnival season! Experience the colourful parades, floats and costumes of "Fat Tuesday", try the famous King Cake, and don the traditional Mardi Gras colours of green, gold and purple. There really is no better time to soak up New Orleans' joie de vivre.
After your tour why not extend your stay with 3 extra nights in Orlando?View Details
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After your tour why not extend your stay with 7 extra nights in Florida? Combine 3 nights in Orlando with 4 nights in Clearwater Beach. Return to the UK from Tampa.View Details
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