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Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of great American music

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10 days From £2,095 per person

2020 Tour code: 20TDG

About the tour

Celebrate the long history of great American music on this fascinating tour across the Deep South - from Nashville, home of Country, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - To Atlanta

Begin your exploration of the American Deep South with an outbound flight to Atlanta, transferring to your overnight hotel on arrival.

Atlanta
Day 2 - Chattanooga

Your first full day in the United States begins with a visit to the Martin Luther King Center. One of Atlanta's most famous sons, the Center provides a fascinating insight into the Civil Rights leader and the political repercussions of his famous movement in 20th century America. You also visit Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King and his father were pastors. You then depart for nearby Chattanooga by coach.

Upon arrival in Chattanooga, transfer to the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum for an insight into the long and grand history of the great American railroad aboard a 'rolling museum'. The locomotive gives an insight into the history of the American railroad through the ages. Later, continue to your hotel, where you spend the night.

Chattanooga
Day 3 - Nashville

This morning, begin your journey to Nashville by coach. Along the way, you take a detour to the Jack Daniel's Distillery for a tour and a look at how this iconic beverage is made. From there, continue on your journey towards Nashville, arriving late afternoon, and check into the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Tonight is at leisure, and you may like to visit one of the many live music venues and bars located around the city. Nashville is famed for its live music scene, and there is no better way to get a taste of its musical heritage than an evening of live entertainment.

Jack Daniel Distillery
Day 4 - Nashville

You begin your exploration of the 'Birthplace of Country Music' with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the renowned Studio B.

This evening there is an optional excursion to the legendary Grand Ole Opry music venue for some incredible live performances. The Grand Ole Opry is a heavyweight venue in the country music world, having been founded in the mid-1920s. It has hosted all of the stars of the genre, including Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.

Country Music Hall of Fame
Day 5 - Memphis

Depart for Memphis today, and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. Tonight, you may like to visit one of the popular live music venues around the city. Beale Street's music scene draws the crowds in and it was here that the Delta Blues artists of the 20th century found a home 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.

Memphis
Day 6 - Memphis

You begin today with a visit to Graceland, the famous mansion home of the late 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.

The tour provides wonderful insight into the man behind the stage persona. Then head to Sun Studios, one of the pioneering recording studios for rock music during the '60s.

Graceland
Day 7 - New Orleans

Transfer to the station this morning and board 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.

The pretty, floral towns of Brookhaven and McComb lead into the exotic Cajun swamps of the Louisiana Bayou. Arriving in the midafternoon, check into your hotel in the city's vibrant French Quarter.

New Orleans
Day 8 - New Orleans

This morning starts with a walking tour of the bustling French Quarter including inspiring Jackson Square and the 18th century St Louis Cathedral. New Orleans is a fascinating blend of Spanish, French, Creole and American influences, representative of the cultural melting pot that the city has always been.

You are then free this afternoon, perhaps to try some authentic Creole cooking.

New Orleans
Days 9-10 - Homeward

After a free morning, board your flight at New Orleans airport and return to the UK, via New York, arriving on Day 10.

 

Please note: Departures 20TDG02 & 20TDG03 will fly home direct to Heathrow.

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga

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Holiday Inn Chattanooga Downtown

Holiday Inn Chattanooga Downtown, Chattanooga

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The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis

The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis

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Gaylord Opryland Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Nashville, Nashville

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AC Hotel by Marriott

AC Hotel by Marriott, New Orleans

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City of New Orleans

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