Sounds of the Deep South
Atlanta – Nashville – Memphis – Vicksburg – Natchez – New Orleans
Get acquainted with America’s rich musical heritage in an authentic American way – by car. Take a journey from the country sounds of Nashville to blues and soul in Memphis, then through to the jazz of New Orleans. Along the way view stunning scenery from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi Delta and gain insight into the region’s history, from the civil war to civil rights. Amazing live music, incredible cuisine and traditional southern hospitality all await you on this fabulous journey around the southern states of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
- Discover the home of country music – Nashville
- Explore Graceland and other musical attractions in Memphis
- Visit various sites on the ‘Mississippi Blues Trail’
- Plantation homes and civil war history in Vicksburg and Natchez
- Wander the French Quarter in New Orleans
Visit the musical heritage cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans on this Deep South road trip
Fly to Atlanta. Known as the ‘Gateway to the South’, Atlanta is a city with a rich history, numerous attractions and plenty of southern charm. Visit the world’s largest aquarium, tour the Coca Cola Museum to learn the history of the ubiquitous soft drink or see a live broadcast from CNN Studios. Also be sure to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, a moving tribute to Atlanta’s most famous son.
Pick up your hire car and drive northwest into the Appalachian Mountains towards Nashville. Break your journey in Chattanooga, a charming city set on the Tennessee River amid beautiful mountain scenery. Visit Ruby Falls, the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and admire the views from the top of Lookout Mountain.
Then continue on to Nashville, the home of country music, where you stay for 3 nights. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and the famous Grand Ole Opry and take a tour of RCA Studio B where artists like Dolly Parton and Elvis cut some of their most famous hits. Alongside the music there are excellent shopping and restaurants, as well as historic monuments like The Tennessee State Capitol and The Hermitage - former home of President Andrew Jackson. Spend an evening in one of the many honky tonk bars to soak up the unique atmosphere and southern hospitality of this elegant city.
Today you leave country music behind and head to the musical city of Memphis – home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. You may wish to stop on the way at the historic town of Franklin, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle in 1864.
Learn the story of Memphis soul at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, where a tiny record store became famous for housing and recording some of the greatest musicians of all time, from Otis Redding to Isaac Hayes. A visit to Graceland is a must for Elvis Presley fans, and other music based attractions include a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Smithsonian Rock’n’Soul Museum, and the legendary Sun Studio where artists like BB King, Roy Orbison and Elvis all made their start.
Take a break from the music at the excellent Civil Rights Museum, housed at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, enjoy live music on Beale Street and visit a smokehouse for some authentic Memphis-style barbecue.
Make your way south into Mississippi towards Vicksburg, stopping along the way to visit selected stops on the Blues Trail. Visit Clarksdale, the “Crossroads of the Blues” and hop across into Arkansas to Helena, deemed the very first place to have a radio show featuring blues artists. You may also wish to visit the BB King Museum, a true Delta blues museum with the mission to preserve and share the legacy and values of the legendary bluesman.
After a leisurely day on the road, arrive into historic Vicksburg.
Spend the morning exploring Vicksburg’s monuments and civil war battlefields, and see the original antebellum mansions which still stand along the banks of the Mississippi.
Drive the final section of the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi famous for its pre-Civil War mansions built by the rich plantation owners. Having surrendered to General Grant’s army, the town is incredibly well preserved with many examples of fine antebellum architecture and historic plantation homes to visit. Walk the Natchez Trails and enjoy sunset over the Mississippi River from Bluff Park.
Today travel through the heart of Cajun Country to New Orleans stopping in Baton Rouge along the way to visit the Rural Life Museum, a museum of Louisiana history located on a 16 hectare agricultural research experiment station operated by Louisiana State University.
New Orleans, or ‘The Big Easy’, is a unique city with an infectious atmosphere and plenty to enjoy. Explore the French Quarter and visit the famous jazz bars of Bourbon Street, ride the street car along St Charles Avenue, take a swamp boat tour or a paddlewheeler steamer down the Mississippi. Learn about the city’s historic voodoo culture at the Voodoo Museum and explore the antique shops and galleries of the Warehouse District. Sample Cajun and Creole specialities like gumbo and jambalaya, and be sure to taste the coffee and beignets from Café du Monde, a New Orleans institution which is open 24 hours a day.
Overnight: New Orleans
Drop your car at the airport before your flight back to the UK.
From £2,380 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.