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Classic Deep South
Best time to go: May to November
13 Nights | from £2,640pp
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- Glean an insight into the history of the Civil Rights Movement while exploring Atlanta and Martin Luther King's birthplace in the Sweet Auburn District
- Spend a couple of days enjoying outdoor pursuits in the Great Smoky Mountains – and perhaps a visit to Dollywood
- Check out the heritage of country music in Nashville, visiting the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame
- Spend two nights in Memphis, taking in the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Graceland –and the melting pot of blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B and gospel music
- Two nights in New Orleans, hanging out in the French Quarter and perhaps taking a river cruise on and 19th-century paddle steamer
Day 1 - 2 UK/Atlanta
As you arrive into vibrant Atlantic, pick up your hire car and check into the Loews Atlanta, your base for the next few nights. Explore Atlanta's tumultuous history, from its place in the Civil Rights movement to the iconic attractions of today. Drive to the birthplace of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in the Sweet Auburn district; we'd also recommend a stop at Underground Atlanta, located in the heart of downtown.
Loews Atlanta | Room Only
Day 3 - 4 Great Smoky Mountains
With blues playing on your radio, head north to Chattanooga for a pit stop at the famous Tennessee Aquarium before continuing to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, all nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Your home away from home is the quirky Lodge at Buckberry Creek, full of charm and overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains. During your time her, go walking, cycling or riding in the Smokies, America's most visited national park. Visit Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood or pop across to the university town of Knoxville.
Lodge at Buckberry Creek | Room Only
Day 5 - 6 Nashville
This morning head west to the country music capital of Nashville and check into the funky Loews Vanderbilt. Visit the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As dusk settles in pull up a stool and chill out listening to hear live music at a classic honky tonk like Tootsie's.
Loews Vanderbilt | Room Only
Day 7 - 8 Memphis
Memphis is where the roots of blues, country and gospel music formed in the 1930s. Visit The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and stroll at your own pace through the seven galleries featuring audio visual programs, instruments, costumes and other musical treasures. No visit to Memphis is complete without a tour of Graceland. After dinner, spend time on Beale Street, a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock n' roll, R&B, and gospel. Enjoy the heritage and charm of the famous Peabody Memphis, your home for the next two nights.
Peabody Memphis | Room Only
Day 9 Natchez
Today hit the backroads of Tennessee to the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and cross state lines into Mississippi before hitting Tupelo, where you can visit the humble two-room birthplace of Elvis and the Elvis Presley Museum. Continue via Jackson which is a treasure trove of African-American and Civil Rights history before resting up in Natchez at the Monmouth Historic Inn, a vibrant, charming city along the Mississippi River, filled with antebellum mansions.
Monmouth Historic Inn | Room Only
Day 10 - 12 New Orleans
Your final stop needs no introduction - New Orleans. Check into the historic Hotel Monteleone for your final home away from home –we love the revolving Carousel bar. Drive to New Iberia and learn about plantation life before visiting the world-famous Tabasco Sauce factory on Avery Island. With a spooky history, and unique, ornate tombs, Lafayette Cemetery is a popular location for films shot in New Orleans. A visit to the famous French Quarter is a must;filled with nightclubs and bars, it is a unique place to spend the evening. During your time we recommend spending an afternoon on board an authentic 19th century paddle wheeler. While you cruise down the Mississippi, sit back and let the jazz soothe your senses as you conclude your time in the Deep South.
Hotel Monteleone | Room Only
Day 13 Return home
Head to New Orleans airport for your return flight via Atlanta.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 14 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,640 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
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At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
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