New Orleans, the Old South & Florida
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 an optional excursion on a 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 city 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? Includes Breakfast
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. There will be a short visit to see the eternal flame and the graves of Martin Luther King and his wife followed by an orientation 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. Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast
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.
Departures - 28 April 2016
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 - 7 February 2016
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.
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Interesting tour and enjoyed meeting new people and seeing a lot
Better than I had expected, and so many extra visits, (eg. The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, The Station in Chattanooga). My only complaint was that the guide, Brenda Brooks made the classic mistake of holding the PA microphone to her mouth and shouting...
Better than I had expected, and so many extra visits, (eg. The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, The Station in Chattanooga). My only complaint was that the guide, Brenda Brooks made the classic mistake of holding the PA microphone to her mouth and shouting , Ear Splitting ! I would have liked a supermarket visit !
Would visit again
good value but nearly missed connecting flight home from Newark due to delay at Orlando (very tight turnaround time of 1 hour 40 minutes.
Kerin was an excellent Tour Director and her knowledge is second to none. It would have been better to have longer in Atlanta, Memphis & Nashville but otherwise it was really good.
We intend to make a formal complaint about the coach. It was cramped, uncomfortable seats, two of which were broken. We also had a three hour wait at St. Augustine for a replacement coach because the door on the original coach wouldn't shut properly....
We intend to make a formal complaint about the coach. It was cramped, uncomfortable seats, two of which were broken. We also had a three hour wait at St. Augustine for a replacement coach because the door on the original coach wouldn't shut properly. Given that the majority of the passengers were elderly, this was totally unacceptable. The second coach was even worse than the original. We will never choose another non-direct flight with you as this was inconvenient and tiring.
Pace right good mixture of free time and organised time
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