This fantastic fly-drive holiday consists of 2 nights in Atlanta, 1 night in Blue Ridge, 2 nights in Nashville, 2 nights in Memphis, 1 night in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 2 nights in New Orleans, 2 nights in Mobile Alabama and 1 night in Montgomery Alabama.
We are offering a FREE compact car for the full duration with fully inclusive insurance and a Sat Nav aswell as £200 per person discount!
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Atlanta City Pass - £45 per person
We have just the ticket for your visit to Atlanta. The CityPass allows you to visit five famous attractions for one low price: the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Inside CNN Studio Tour. There’s a choice of either the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and of either Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center. Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world and home to more than 100,000 creatures, including whale sharks. There are six galleries to explore, including a dolphin show. World of Coca-Cola is an exhibition dedicated to the world’s most famous brand. It features displays of packaging and ads as well as tasting sessions and a fully functioning bottling line. Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the TV channel that helped turn the world into a global village. The guided tour even includes an exclusive glimpse of a broadcast in action. The High Museum of Art features the renowned architecture of Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, with light-filled galleries showcasing works by artists such as Monet and Sargent. At the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, you’ll find ancient fossils, interactive science features and at the world’s largest dinosaurs. Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 1,500 animals, including giant pandas and the largest collections of gorillas and orang-utans in the US. The Atlanta History Center has a stunning Swan House, the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind, and a US Civil War exhibition.
Atlanta Segway Cultural Tour - £40pp
Come on the most innovative and exciting tour in Atlanta. You’ll cruise effortlessly through parks and down sidewalks as you learn all about the darker side of the Capital of the Old South in this Legends and Lore Segway Tour. And in case you’re asking, the Segway is the first of its kind, an environmentally friendly self-balancing, personal transport device that’s designed to operate in any pedestrian environment. It’s new; it’s cool and loads of fun!
The tour starts with a 30-minute orientation session to acquaint you with your Segway and guide. Once you’ve stepped up on the platform you’ll realise straight away how the Segway does your balancing for you. Just lean forward and you’ll see how the vehicle moves in response. The journey itself will take you on a spine tingling trip through downtown Atlanta from Centennial Olympic Park to Midtown Atlanta and all points in between. Your guide will give you the lowdown on the darker side of this fascinating city. Learn all about Atlanta's most sinister characters and haunted happenings from the famous to the not so famous as you glide through the Fairly-Popular District in downtown and down Peachtree. Then it’s on to Midtown to hear about the ghosts that haunt the theatres of Atlanta. Tour highlights include Centennial Olympic Park, Fairly Popular District, Woodruff Park, Shakespeare Tavern and the Fox Theatre. There’ll be plenty of time for photos along the way and your guide will keep you entertained with chilling stories and fascinating facts about the history of this historic city.
Discover Nashville Tour, £35 per person - Spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon discovering beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, the Country Music Capital of the World. An experienced tour guide will provide you with incredible stories and fascinating local insight into Music City USA as you drive round all the main sights and attractions in an air-conditioned bus. Visit the best sights and landmarks in town including the Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonk Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much, much more!
In this exciting three-and-a-half hourtour you’ll travel in air-conditioned bus around the best sights in town. Some of the Nashville landmarks we’ll visit include the world-famous Ryman Auditorium, the impressive Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much more!
Then enjoy fascinating commentary as you tour historic Downtown Nashville, including Fort Nashborough with its American Civil War Heritage, the State Capitol, Vanderbilt University and Music Row.
This great value tour also includes admission the Ryman Auditorium - the Mother Church of Country Music, long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry and recently voted the finest concert venue in the United States. In this self-guided tour you will get a privileged behind the scenes look around this iconic music venue and museum. Exhibits feature artefacts from the Ryman's Opry years including the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she became an official cast member, Hank Williams' suit and the first Nudie suit ever worn on the Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens.
You will also tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the world’s largest museum of popular music and a beautiful tribute to Country Music and the artists who have made it great.
Tribute to the King, £25 per person - A Tribute to the King: Thru the Years 1953 – 1977 is a high-energy, two-hour musical tribute to Elvis, starring John Beardsley who portrays all six eras of The King's career. With over 30 songs and five costume changes, this amazing show has received rave reviews and great accolades from critics and audiences from all over the world. You’re going to be thrilled, moved and entertained by the music of the King, interpreted masterfully by John Beardsley.
The legend lives on in Nashville’s first and only continuously running show paying tribute to Elvis in the town where he recorded over 300 songs! This live musical biography will take you through all six phases of his career, from the raw energy of his earlier hits such as Mystery Train and Hound Dog right up to the glitz of the Las Vegas years.
John Beardsley’s world renowned show-stopping performance with over 30 songs and 5 costumes has wowed audiences of all ages from New York to Moscow. The show has received impressive accolades from people who saw Elvis perform many times and spent time on the road with him. DJ Fontana, Elvis’ long-time drummer described it as “a great show, very authentic!”
Time after time, Beardsley’s searingly honest performance continues to bring audiences to their feet. You’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and the meet and greet after the show is a favourite for everyone. A must-see show while you’re in Nashville. Come and see why!
Daytime Jazz Cruise, £35 per person - Let us take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Experience New Orleans as it can best be seen from the river and enjoy a two-hour cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter, including Calliope concert!
Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner, £65 per person - Savour the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the Dinner / Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ... New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat!
French Quarter Walking Tour, £25 per person - Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods! Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets named for saints and sinners from our European past.Learn about the Creoles on this tour through the original city, founded in 1718 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.See the old Quarter come to life as your guide explains its secrets and helps you understand all it has to offer - architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art.Your tour ends at the Cabildo, built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, and the site of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Featuring a comprehensive exhibit on Louisiana's early history, the Cabildo served as a city hall, a courthouse and a prison. It was the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court for the landmark Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.One of the most legendary artifacts on display here is the death mask of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Some of his former officers schemed to rescue him from exile on the island of St. Helena and bring him to Louisiana but he died a few days before this plan was finalized.
Ghosts and spirts walking tour, £26 per person - New Orleans has been referred to as "The most haunted city in America". After this tour, you be the judge!. With its colourful history and unique traditions, it is no wonder so many New Orleans homes and taverns have been investigated by paranormal investigators. You will visit several haunted sites and hear about the stories featured on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel. When it rains in the French Quarter, the locals swear a beautiful voice floats out of the mist. After you hear the story of Pere' Dagobert vs. "Bloody" O'Reilly and the "singing rain," you might hear it too. Will you see any of the ghosts that inhabit the famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel - formerly a theatre, ballroom, orphanage and convent? The staff and guests report regular sightings of uninvited guests! There is no guarantee you will see a ghost, but you will go where you're most likely to meet one!
New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour, £29 per person - Take a walk through the french quarter's famous bars and restaurants and discover the famous "spirits" of New Orleans. It's history... with a twist! From the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup to the Hurricane and Hand Grenade, you'll enjoy a different view of New Orleans through classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here and the characters that brought them to life. Go behind the scenes at the oldest restaurant in the city to visit the wine cellar and private dining rooms.
Super City Tour, £38 per person - Travel Through Three Centuries of history, legends and romance as you encounter “The City That Care Forgot!”Absorb the sights & sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums.Visit one of our historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead,” and learn about this unique above ground burial system.Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina).See the homes of former Kings & Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous, exclusive Garden District.View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.
Swamp and Bayou, £43 per person - After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom built, all weather swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun "joie de vivre". Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife is more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands. These tours have been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, CBS, NBC and ABC. Bring your camera to capture the "bon temps" (good times) on the bayou!.
The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant, Jazz brunch breakfast = £40 per person - A trip to New Orleans would not be complete without enjoying our world-famous live Jazz Brunch Buffet served in the French Quarter's largest courtyard. Enjoy more than 80 different items such as Eggs Benedict and spicy Oysters Bienville all prepared fresh daily. For a quiet, romantic evening enjoy a Creole Dinner featuring dishes such as Lobster Etouffée and Veal Royal Court.
Day by Day
Day 1 London to Atlanta
Fly direct from London to Atlanta. Once you have arrived pick up your compact car and drive to your first hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at Leisure.
Day 2 Atlanta
Start your morning in the Auburn district early, as the entire neighbourhood is packed full of historic treasures, starting with the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site. Designated a national historic site, these blocks include the Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King's father and grandfather were ministers and King served as a copastor. In the area, you'll also find the King Center, where King is buried, and the APEX Museum. This afternoon enjoy the endless attractions, why not Visit the famous Atlanta Zoo. Among the highlights in this world-class zoo are the giant pandas. The happy couple welcomed their second baby in 2008, named Xi Lan, after the traditional 100-day waiting period for naming baby pandas. Cute as she is, though, Xi Lan isn't the only draw; Zuri, the baby giraffe, arrived last summer to a hail of cheers. The 40-acre Zoo Atlanta features some 200 species of animals from around the world.
Day 3 Atlanta to Blue Ridge
After breakfast travel northwest to the gateway of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge was once an elite health resort because of its mineral waters. Today people visit it for its upscale antique and speciality shops, galleries, restaurants and small town atmosphere. This afternoon ride the Blue Ridge scenic railway. The railroad connects the towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville, and offers a journey along the beautiful Toccoa River. Cross the blue line in McCaysville and stand in two states at one time, Tennessee and Georgia. You have one nights’ accommodation here.
Day 4 Blue Ridge to Nashville
En route to Nashville, stop in Chattanooga. The downtown riverfront district runs along the Tennessee River and offers visitors museums and cruises along the river. Walk across the nation’s longest pedestrian bridge, the Walnut street Bridge and enjoy lunch at one of the riverfront’s many restaurants.
Upon arrival in Nashville visit the Country music hall of fame and museum. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Here on can also take a tour of Historic RCA Studio B – where Elvis and others recorded over 35,000 songs.
This evening, enjoy the area between Broadway and 2nd avenue, filled with entertainment venues, night clubs an assortment of restaurants.
Day 5 Nashville
This morning, tours the Grand Ole Opry House, Guides provide a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of the world’s most famous country music show. And in the afternoon, visit Ryman Auditorium. Built in 1892 and designated a National Historic Landmark, one can take a self guided museum tour or guided backstage tour or record a CD in the new Ryman recording studio, This evening, return for a show or concert at this premier performance hall.
Day 6 Nashville to Memphis
En route to Memphis, visit Belle Meade Plantation. Once a 5,400-acre world-renowned thoroughbred horse farm, today it is a 30-acre historical site. Period costumed interpreters guzweide visitors through the 1853 Greek Revival Mansion. Also on site are 7 historic outbuildings, including The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation.
Arrive Memphis, where the roots of Blues, Country and Gospel music formed in the 1930s. Begin your visit at The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and learn about the explosion of Sun Studio, and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. Stroll at your own pace through the seven galleries featuring audio visual programs, instruments, costumes and other musical treasures.
Day 7 Memphis
No visit to Memphis is complete with a tour of Graceland. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Learn of Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to superstardom. See how a rock ‘n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. The Graceland experience includes Graceland mansion, Elvis' Automobile Museum, Elvis' custom jets.
This afternoon and evening spend time on Beale Street, the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock-n-roll, R&B, and gospel. Enjoy the the rich, spicy food of the south, cold brew and hot music
Day 8 Memphis to Vicksburg
Travel to Vickburg, this morning. On the way stop in Jackson is a treasure trove of African-American and Civil rights history. Upon arrival, follow along the Civil Rights Driving Tour featuring sites such as: Freedom Corner, the former home of slain NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers and explore the Farish Street Historical District, a 125-acre late nineteenth c. neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the afternoon continue to go to Vicksburg and visit the Vicksburg National Military Park. The park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg.
Day 9 Vicksburg to New Orleans
Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is one of America's most culturally and historically rich destinations.
This afternoon, tour some of the city’s various neighborhoods. The Garden District homes are still known by the names of the families that built them over a century ago, and the Arts District features the national World War II Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center.
Of-course the French Quarter is the most famous NewOrleans neighborhood. Filled with restaurants, nightclubs and bars, it is be a unique place to spend the evening.
Day 10 New Orleans
There are 20 historic districts on the National Register in New Orleans, more than any other city in the United States. Inside these districts, an array of architectural styles from different time periods and cultures are reflected in individual homes and buildings. Visit homes such as the 1850 House, the Beauregard-Keyes Home and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded
Day 11 New Orleans to Mobile
Before departing New Orleans, make time to enjoy a traditional Louisiana Creole Brunch at Brennan’s. Located in the French Quarter, breakfast at Brennan’s is a tradition among New Orleanians.
This afternoon, arrive in Destin. Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define this Emerald Coast of Florida city. Settle into your resort and begin to enjoy its amenities.
Day 12 Mobile
Today, explore Mobile Bay. Start at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the 1930s Eden of Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler. Tour Fort Gaines, an old federal citadel guarding the bay’s entry, then ferry to Fort Morgan. Take scenic Route 98 to Point Clear and ogle gorgeous mansions on its seaside walk. Before crossing the bay back to Mobile, visit Fairhope, a resort and arts haven founded as a utopian town in the 1890s. “The Fairhope Museum of History has lots of local stories, and the views and sunsets from the public park are spectacular.
Day 13 Mobile to Montgomery
Depart Mobile for Montgomery the capital of Alabama and a center of activity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s.
This afternoon, visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress, sparked the modern civil rights movement by taking a stand and keeping her seat on a city bus. Watch a reenactment of the events and listen to actual participants of the l955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. One can also visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and see the actual pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., first preached his message of hope and brotherhood.
This evening, explore downtown Montgomery's many dining and nightlife options
Day 14 Montgomery to Atlanta to London
This morning, visit “Old Alabama Town”.This village features authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum. Here one will learn how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama. Drive Back to the airport and drop your car off. Check into your overnight flight.
Day 15 London
Arrive back home after a fantastic holiday.