Tracks of the Deep South
Atlanta to Houston
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Discover why this iconic city has been synonymous with country music since the 1940s.
With an incredible music history, the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and soul echoes in the streets of Memphis.
The New Orleans Rhythm
A cultural melting pot, the amazing cuisine of the ‘Big Easy’ is just one of the city’s drawcards.
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Your incredible journey of America’s Deep South begins today upon arrival in the city of Atlanta. Here, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. There is time to settle in and enjoy a night at leisure, so you may like to explore the city, which is known as the capital of the South, or perhaps simply relax in anticipation of tomorrow’s adventures.
Stay: Courtyard by Marriott, Atlanta Airport South
Enjoy a journey up the famous Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, one of the world’s steepest railways overlooking Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.
A morning visit the The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as one of its themes. You’ll visit the ‘The King Center’ and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was once pastor. It’s then on to the Margaret Mitchell House, where the PulitzerPrize winning book, Gone With the Wind was written. This evening, relax back in Chattanooga.
Stay: Doubletree Downtown Chattanooga
Tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Journey by coach through Tennessee to Lynchburg, the capital of Moore County, which has been ‘dry’ since the days of prohibition. This makes its main attraction all the more remarkable – the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Continue to Nashville. This evening join an excursion to the legendary Grand Ole Opry, one of the oldest country music venues in the US.
Stay: Three Nights, Nashville, Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Since the 1940s, Nashville has been synonymous with country music, with its collection of recording studios and record labels on ‘Music Row’ and the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry for three decades. First stop today, is a private tour of Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio B, widely regarded as part of the original Nashville Sound, a subgenre of American country music back in the 60s. Continue to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world’s largest music museum, for a ‘who’s who’ in the world of country music. Before rounding off the day with a sightseeing tour and time to explore at your leisure.
Stay: Two Nights: Nashville, Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Today is yours to explore Nashville, as you choose. You might like to take a tour tracing the city’s Civil War and plantation history. Alternatively, why not join a walking tour to explore the city’s local honkytonk heritage or dine out in Nashville’s collection of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Nashville, Jackson, Memphis
Your journey continues to Jackson today. The capital of Mississippi, this city hosts many significant sights of the civil rights movement. These include the Medgar Evers Home Museum and the landmark Mississippi State Capitol building. in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. From here, perhaps visit the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center for a tour celebrating the region’s music and history (own expense). Then it’s time to head for Memphis on the mighty Mississippi River.
Stay: Two Nights, Doubletree Downtown Memphis
In the morning we visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s 14acre mansion, and view his former living quarters, private aircraft and car collections.
Today introduces the sights of Memphis’ extraordinary musical history. Visit the famous Sun Studios. Laying claim as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, this amazing piece of rock music history recorded acts from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. As evening draws in, Beale Street’s live music is a mustvisit. Here blues from the delta found a home before moving on to influence the world’s musical tastes.
Memphis, Hammond, New Orleans
This morning you will board Amtrak’s City of New Orleans service, heading through Mississippi to Louisiana. It is widely claimed that the blues spread along this railroad and you will have the chance to follow this iconic route as the pretty towns of Brookhaven and McComb lead into the exotic Cajun swamps of the Louisiana Bayou.
During today’s rail journey, stop in the city of Hammond and be transported back in time on a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, located on the banks of the Mississippi. Continue to New Orleans for a threenight stay.
Stay: Three Nights, New Orleans, Hampton Inn Downtown
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of New Orleans French Quarter. Then after lunch join a sightseeing jazz cruise along the Mississippi, followed by free time to make your own discoveries in one of the world’s most iconic cities. The ‘Big Easy’ boasts unique architecture, influenced by Spanish, French, Creole and American styles, representative of the cultural melting pot that the city has become. Perhaps take a stroll and absorb these influences or sample some of the cuisine for which New Orleans is famous.
Today, continue your discovery of New Orleans. Perhaps walk to the Mardi Gras Grandstand, the venue for the city’s famous annual parade.
New Orleans, Houston
Departing from New Orleans, board Amtrak’s Sunset Limited service to the diverse city of Houston. The USA’s fourthlargest city, Houston blends a modern urban sensibility with oldfashioned southern hospitality.
Stay: Two Nights, Houston, Crowne Plaza River Oaks Hotel
Begin your day in Houston with a guided tour of the city’s main landmarks. You will discover sights including the Allen’s Landing, Houston’s waterfront district and historic birthplace. Then, continue to NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center where human spaceflight training, research and flight control are conducted.
This morning, your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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