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Tracks of the Deep South

Atlanta to Houston

Trip Code: RJTDSG13
13 Days
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Trip Inclusions

  • All tipping and airport transfers
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 12 nights premium accommodation

Travel & Accommodation

Nashville city skyline reflecting in the blue water on a clear sunny day

Nashville Country

Discover why this iconic city has been synonymous with country music since the 1940s.

Drive way and manicured lawn leading to large two storey home made of blonde brick, green window shutters and tall pillars holding up portico

Musical Memphis

With an incredible music history, the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and soul echoes in the streets of Memphis.

People walking along the path of a city street lined with shops and bars with bright neon signs on a grey looking day

The New Orleans Rhythm

A cultural melting pot, the amazing cuisine of the ‘Big Easy’ is just one of the city’s drawcards.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Porterage is not included
  • No meals are included in this tour
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land and rail only. Flights not included
  • Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed at documentation
TM Great Rail Journeys RJTDSG13 Map 2020
Atlanta to Houston

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Your journey through America’s Deep South begins today on arrival in the city of Atlanta. Here, you’ll 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

A morning sightseeing tour takes 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. Afterwards, continue to the Margaret Mitchell House, where the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Gone With the Wind was written. This afternoon, explore the picturesque scenery of Tennessee Valley and enjoy a ride on a mountain railroad. This evening, return to Chattanooga to relax.

Stay: DoubleTree Downtown Chattanooga


Enjoy a tour of the distillery, before continuing to Nashville. This evening join an excursion to the legendary Grand Ole Opry, one of the oldest country music venues in the US.

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.

Stay: Three Nights, Clarion Downtown Nashville

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.

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 honky-tonk heritage or dine out in Nashville’s collection of cafés, bars and restaurants.

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, Sheraton Hotel Memphis


In the morning, visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion on over 5.5 hectares, and view his former living quarters and private aircraft. Later, 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 must-visit. Here blues from the delta found a home before moving on to influence the world’s musical tastes.

Today introduces the sights of Memphis’ extraordinary musical history.

Tree-lined riverfront with city buildings behind on a bright sunny day


This morning you’ll 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. Stopping in the city of Hammond, you’ll be transported back in time on a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, located on the banks of the Mississippi, before continuing to New Orleans for a three-night stay.

This morning you’ll board Amtrak’s City of New Orleans service, heading through Mississippi to Louisiana. Stopping in the city of Hammond, you’ll be transported back in time on a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, located on the banks of the Mississippi, before continuing to New Orleans for a three-night stay.

Stay: Three Nights, Sheraton Hotel New Orleans

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 experience 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.

Departing from New Orleans, board Amtrak’s Sunset Limited service to the diverse city of Houston. The USA’s fourth-largest city, Houston blends a modern urban sensibility with old-fashioned southern hospitality.

Stay: Two Nights, Houston, Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

Begin your day in Houston with a guided tour of the city’s main landmarks. You will discover sights including 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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