Sweet Home Alabama

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Best time to go: March to June, September to November

14 Nights | from £2,745pp

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  • Immerse yourself in New Orleans' musical and mardi gras heritage
  • On reaching Alabama, explore the pretty coastal towns on the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
  • Sample the amazing seafood and visit the excellent museums in Mobile, birthplace of Mardi Gras
  • Drive on to Mongomery on the Alabama RIver, stopping in Harper Lee's Monroeville en route, for an insight into the history of the American Civil War
  • Soak up the ambience of Birmingham's jazz clubs and visit the Civil Rights Institute before heading to Huntsville to enjoy outdoor pursuits
  • Take a tour of the FAME recording studio in Muscle Shoals

Days 1-3 UK / New Orleans
Start your adventure in New Orleans. After picking up your hire car, check into the classic Hotel Monteleone for the next two nights. Explore Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras World, take in a swamp tour and indulge in the eclectic Southern hospitality –not to mention the gastronomy.
Hotel Monteleone | Meals: Room Only

Day 4 Gulf Shore
Begin your Alabama road trip as you cross the border and head to one of the pretty towns on the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. With 50 kilometres of soft white sand and sparkling emerald waters, the Gulf Shore is a great introduction to the gentle lifestyle of Alabama. Cast your line for a deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip, take a dolphin watching cruise or visit one of the classic beach bars like the Hangout or Flora-Bama during your stay. Accommodation is simple is these parts but will pack a lot of authenticity into your stay.
Meals: Room Only

Days 5-6 Mobile
The Port City of Mobile on Alabama's Gulf Coast is recognised as having the first American Mardi Gras in 1703 and the celebration is still alive today. Today head north and taste the coast with delicious seafood and enjoy the diverse array of bars, nightclubs and live music venues. Take an Eco-tour into America's second largest delta and visit nearby Dauphin Island before checking into the traditional Fort Conde, an 1850 landmark.
Fort Conde | Meals: Breakfast

Days 7-8 Montgomery
Although this day is pretty tough on the driving, heading from the heart of Alabama towards Montgomery will give you a true sense of this varied State. On your way to Montgomery you can stop by Monroeville, home of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. Located on the Alabama River, Montgomery is the birthplace of both the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement. Your home for the next two nights is the Renaissance Hotel.
Renaissance Hotel | Meals: Room Only

Days 9-10 Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, boasts jazz and dance clubs, theatre and fine dining. Visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and 16th Street Baptist Church to learn about the city's civil rights struggles. Birmingham is also home of America's largest collection of motorcycles on display at Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum. The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook is a great place to stop, just on the outskirts of town.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook | Meals: Room Only

Day 11 Huntsville
Huntsville is home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre, the world's largest space attraction. Located at the base of some of the most beautiful mountains in northern Alabama, Huntsville offers visitors outdoor activities, such as hiking, bike riding, horse riding and fishing along the Tennessee River and is well worth a one night stop at the Westin Huntsville.
Westin Huntsville | Meals: Room Only

Day 12 Muscle Shoals
The small Alabama towns of Florence, Tus¬cumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals are the southernmost leg of a musical collection that includes Memphis and Nashville. The so-called Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born in Florence where the annual Handy Music Festival is held each summer. Tour FAME recording studio where international superstars like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Percy Sledge and the Rolling Stones recorded great hits in the 60s.
Marriot Shoals | Meals: Room Only

Day 13 Corinth
For your final stop head west over State borders to Tupelo and visit Elvis' birthplace before continuing to Corinth where cultural heritage sites abound. It is home to four museums, a National Park Service Civil War Interpretive Centre, Civil War earthworks, historic neighbourhoods and much more. You last stop is the charming Shiloh Chennault BB.
Shiloh Chennault | Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Memphis
Return to Memphis for your flight home or why not hit a Blues Club or two and extend your stay?

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 15 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,745 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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