New Orleans, the Old South & Florida - Christmas Special Departure
Join our special departure and revel in the very best of the Christmas build up across the Old South!
DAY 1: UK - New Orleans.
Fly to New Orleans where you will transfer to your hotel for three nights.
DAY 2: New Orleans. Included sightseeing.
The birthplace of jazz and home of the Mardi Gras is a lively colourful city with a distinctly French feel. On our included morning city tour you will see the French Quarter, including St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. We then drive by the Garden District to see its stately mansions and stop at a typical New Orleans above ground cemetery. Christmas shopping in New Orleans is an absolute treat and the afternoon has been set aside for you to explore Canal Street and the French Quarter offering an extensive array of unique stores and designer boutiques. You are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. This evening we make our way to Celebration in the Oaks a must see festive display of nearly two million lights decorating one-hundred-year-old oak trees and a magical wonderland. Stroll at your leisure through the Botanical Gardens, Storyland and the Carousel Garden where you will see an antique wooden carousel, the gallery of trees a collection of trees decorated with handmade ornaments hanging from oak limbs, and a 14,000-square-foot elevated historic train exhibit that has almost 40 intricately crafted New Orleans landmark buildings between one and three feet tall, along with replicas of the New Orleans Streetcars. End the evening with a drive down Canal Street and see it at its best lit up with Christmas lights.
DAY 3: New Orleans.
This morning there is free time for you to explore the French Market District, America's oldest city market. Experience the sights of the Market at harvest time and shop for arts and crafts, Cajun spices and Creole pralines and candies. Stop for a break at the famous Café du Monde, a tenant of the French Market since 1862, for a cup of café au lait accompanied by beignets, the Creole version of a doughnut. You may also wish to explore the Garden District with its ornate historic mansions and oak lined trees, and home to the eerie Lafayette Cemetery No.1, a favourite setting for many of Anne Rice's novels. Halloween in New Orleans, a time when costumed fun and make-believe fully take over a city where fantasy is never too far from reach. Festivities kick off with a delicious Halloween themed dinner with entertainment at the Court of Two Sisters. Afterwards time on your own to explore the ghoulish streets of the French Quarter the center of the action. Here the streets explode with costumed characters and clubs throb 'til the wee hours. In particular, Bourbon Street becomes a promenade of costumes, a fashion catwalk for the creative threads of the witching season. (D)
DAY 4: New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez. Included sightseeing.
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 - Memphis.
We drive to Jackson, then north through rural Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. The 'home of the blues', Memphis is world renowned for its influence on musical history and culture. Tonight, why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street?
DAY 6: Memphis - Graceland - Nashville. Included city tour.
No visit to Memphis would be complete without a trip to the palatial home of the 'King', Elvis Presley. Our included guided Platinum tour focuses on the splendid garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. We then head through the fertile farmlands of Tennessee to the 'Capital of Country Music', Nashville.
DAY 7: Nashville.
Its association with country music has made the name Nashville Tennessee world famous, but it's not just music fans who will find this charming southern city a delight. We start the day with an included sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studio of Music Row. We then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac. Afterwards experience the spectacular ICE exhibition. Held in the Gaslight Theatre located at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, ICE is enclosed in a 20,000 square-foot refrigerated theatre. This fabulous winter wonderland is carved out of 1.5 million pounds of ice and features interactive displays and three-dimensional, larger than life sculptures in a rainbow of colours, some weighing more than two tonnes!
DAY 8: Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta. Included sightseeing.
First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. We 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 an included sightseeing tour of the city, the rest of the day is yours to explore further or relax. Your tour director will have suggestions for a taste of southern dining this evening.
DAY 9: Atlanta - Savannah. Included sightseeing.
We head south through rich rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah. Nearly 300 years of history are showcased in the Gothic revival architecture, spirited cemeteries and haunted mansions set amongst the slanted sidewalks and oak trees of 'America's most haunted city'. Explore more of Savannah's traditional Southern charm on our included trolley tour which highlights such attractions as the City Market, Forsyth Park, the Mercer House, Madison Square - where General Sherman concluded his 'March to the Sea', Colonial Park Cemetery and River Street.
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 and view models of famous ships.
DAY 11: Savannah - St Augustine - Orlando.
We 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. We then drive south-west to the city of Orlando, the USA's fun capital.
DAY 12: Orlando.
The day is yours to take advantage of the many attractions in the Orlando area, such as visits to Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and of course the world-famous home of Mickey Mouse and friends, Walt Disney World Resort. You may also wish to take advantage of Orlando’s eight shopping malls – featuring everything from themed boutiques to outlet stores, the area is a true shopping heaven.
DAY 13: Orlando - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
DAY 14: Home landing in the UK.
Accommodation on Tour
New Orleans: Sheraton New Orleans; Natchez: Isle of Capri; Memphis: Crowne Plaza; Nashville: Millennium Maxwell House; Atlanta: Country Inn & Suites Buckhead; Savannah: Inn at Ellis Square; Orlando: Wyndham Orlando Resort.
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New Orleans, the Old South & Florida - Christmas Special Departure
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- Flights: UK - New Orleans; Orlando - UK
- Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
- Professional tour director on tour and local representative's assistance at other times
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airports and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Single share option no supplement to pay
- New Orleans City sightseeing with local guide, Haunted History tour
- New Orleans Krewe of Halloween Parade
- Natchez City sightseeing with local guide, visit to an elegant pre-Civil War mansion
- Graceland Guided audio Platinum tour
- Grand Ole Opry Evening performance
- London Heathrow
- Mondays - 2014
01 Dec 2014 to 01 Dec 2014