New Orleans, the Old South & Florida

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New Orleans, the Old South & Florida

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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- Included private home pick-up when you book your 2016 North America or Worldwide holidays by 18 Dec 2015. Free within a 50 mile radius. Conditions apply.

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  • Jackson Square, New Orleans
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Pre-Civil War mansion, Natchez
  • Cruise aboard an authentic Mississippi riverboat
  • Mississippi River, Natchez
  • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville
  • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville
  • Nashville
  • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
  • River Street, Savannah
  • Orlando, Florida
  • The Graceland mansion
  • Beale street, Memphis

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - New Orleans.

Fly to New Orleans where you will transfer to your hotel for three nights.

DAY 2 : New Orleans.

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.

DAY 3 : New Orleans.

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?

DAY 4 : New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez.

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.

DAY 5 : Natchez - Jackson - Memphis.

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?

DAY 6 : Memphis - Graceland - Nashville.

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.

DAY 7 : Nashville.

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.

DAY 8 : Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta.

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.

DAY 9 : Atlanta - Savannah.

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.

DAY 10 : Savannah.

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.

DAY 11 : Savannah - St Augustine - Orlando.

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.

DAY 12 : Orlando.

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.

DAY 13 : Orlando - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Orlando or Clearwater Beach.

DAY 14 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 840 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Atlanta:Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown
  • Savannah:Inn at Ellis Square
  • Orlando:Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista
  • New Orleans:Sheraton New Orleans
  • Natchez:Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Memphis:Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
  • Nashville:Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

New Orleans Jazz Fest

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.

Note: Your Jazz Fest Package includes a one day pass to the Jazz & Heritage Festival plus roundtrip transportation to the Jazz Fest grounds. The Jazz Fest will be held on April 24-26 and April 30 - 3 May, 2015.

New Orleans Mardi Gras

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.

Note: Hotels may vary from the main itinerary.

2016 Dates

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What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday highlights

  • New Orleans City sightseeing
  • Natchez
  • Graceland Guided audio Platinum tour
  • Grand Ole Opry Evening performance
  • Country Music Hall of Fame Visit

Why Book With Cosmos Tours & Cruises?

  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • UK Call Centre

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New Orleans, the Old South and Florida

Jean McCarthy 24/06/2015

Had a marvellous time on the New Orleans, the Old South and Florida.  Everything about it perfect.  From New Orleans and all the places we visited – highlights being Graceland, Memphis, Natchez, recording studios where I was allowed to play on the piano where Elvis had recorded over 274 songs. All the great music stars had recorded there.  A wonderful experience.  We finished the tour in Orlando.  We had a ten day stay in a villa in Orlando so we went back to the airport on the hotel courtesy bus and picked up our hire car and then had ten blissful days in a villa relaxing.

We knew there would be long days and early starts.   Suitcases mostly have to be inside your room ready for the hotel bellboy to collect and take down to the coach.  This went without a hitch each time.  You can leave your cases and go down to breakfast and then be on the coach ready to leave at 8.00. Two or three hotels include breakfast (not provided by Archers but complimentary from the various hotels). Coffee makers in every room we stayed at.  Only one fridge that I can remember.  If you need a fridge for medical reasons i.e., insulin I think you would have to make sure you have pre-arranged this with Archers.    There were short stops on the way to other destinations and the longest journey was when we drove to Memphis.  I heard a few other people saying that they didn’t feel the coach quality was very good but our tour was very good value for money.  If you want better quality than I believe you would need to book the Globus Tours and pay the Globus prices.  There was a toilet on board and a foot rest but not a lot of space for tall men.  The air conditioning on the coach was excellent.  The coach does get cold so take a cardigan.  The rep kept saying this many times reminding you that the coach gets cold. So no excuse if you are cold on the bus as we were warned.  We would have all complained had it the air con not been working !!

The rep, Karen was beyond excellent.  Nothing was too much trouble and she even played our song choices from her lap top !! Doing her own d-jay sounds some days.  Archers should be very proud of Karen as things ran like clockwork and she was nice, gentle and kind but was greatly appreciated by the whole coach.  Everyone on the coach was very friendly with mostly British but a good bunch of Australians, a couple from Japan, two ladies from Sri Lanka and possibly another couple of countries.  It was a full coach bar two seats so around 51 on the coach. She was there on all the included excursions and joined in and had as much fun as everyone else.  Amazing really considering she must have done these trips countless times.

The optional excursions were also very, very good.  I think we spent about £450.00 (for two of us) on extra tours. We believe in doing everything that is available.  That is why we are on the tour. However, not everyone can stretch to this.  There were the odd ones who always complained about the cost of the extra tours but for us we were quite happy booking and there was never any pressure at all from the rep to book things but she was always there should people want to book anything extra. We had a marvellous night at a private plantation home where the owner came round chatting to us and giving us a personal welcome and farewell on departure and a guided tour plus the history and chatted personally about the antiques in the home. Had a great meal on Beale Street with a Jazz player and singer.  Had optional extra lunches and other tours.  There was an included tour to the Grand Ole Oprey.  To be honest we were not that keen.  The music was very loud, we didn’t know the songs but evidently one of the acts “Roscoe Flatts” is the local heart throb – must be their version of One Direction maybe !!  We really enjoyed the optional Savannah Theatre Show which was our kind of music in that they sang, danced right from the 40’s up to the 80’s.  A great show.  There was also another meal and show in Natchez which again was very enjoyable.  You have to eat each night so you may as well include a show too. 

There was also an included taxi that picked us up from home and took us to Heathrow and was waiting for us on return.  Very good service with nice clean cars.

I will be traveling with Archers again as the tour I did was wonderful.  I had booked this due to a family member having been on Archers tours many time.  She has covered all of America over the years and had done this tour too. 

A little tip is this which I would definitely do on any new tour I book with Archers.  Arrive at the first hotel at least one or maybe two days before your tour starts.  You will then be fresh and raring to go.  Archers will arrange for an earlier flight and a later flight going home should you want to do this although they may make a small admin charge.  The airlines was US Airways – use another one if possible.  Dreadful airline.  Ignorant unkempt cabin crew to some of the passengers and what I consider attitude based on the passengers nationality.  Disgraceful.


But please book Archers tours they are excellent.  I hope all their other tours match up to this one I did.

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