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Deep South & Delta Blues

from $5,449.00

Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South along the mighty
Mississippi

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    1 - 13
All about the Deep South & Delta Blues.

Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South along the mighty Mississippi and experience the unique cultural landscape that gave birth to the blues, country and rock `n’ roll. Days move a little slower in the south, as you pass the time with a sweet tea or a Jack and Coke, taking in the sights and sounds of Music Row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis and along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Savour authentic cuisine and enjoy Southern hospitality as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All accommodation
*  11 breakfasts and 1 dinner
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout, group normally 1 to 13, plus leader

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Airport arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities (pay locally)

Highlights

  • Visit Elvis’ birthplace and Graceland
  • Take the Mississippi River Road to Natchez
  • Vibrant Bourbon Street
  1. Day 1 Start Atlanta.

    Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia for the start of your Deep South USA tour. The day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. A self-guided walking tour of downtown Atlanta is highly recommended and if you fancy a bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South.*Optional Activities:*• Atlanta History Centre US$17• Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site US$free• Atlanta Botanical Garden US$19*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 To Birmingham; hear about the influential history of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Head west into Alabama and to the state’s largest city – Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region’s volatile history as you start your journey through the South.*Optional activities:*• Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama US$12*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Head to the lively New Orleans for three days; take in the Cajun culture and the vibrant Bourbon Street; dine on a Mississippi river boat; visit Preservation Hall.

    Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the `Big Easy’, the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as ’The Quarter’. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA.Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing your indulgence and appreciation of American music by enjoying some of the many live performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space – but be prepared to queue! There will also be the chance to step out of the city and explore the wild river swamplands of Louisiana, where you can head out by boat beneath the cypress trees in search of wildlife.*Optional Activities:*• Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$40• Mardi Gras World in New Orleans US$20• New Orleans Voodoo and Graveyard tour US$20• New Orleans Preservation Hall US$15-$20• New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20• Scandalous Cocktail history tour US$25*Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Second day exploring New Orleans.

    Second day exploring New Orleans.*Standard Hotel*

  5. Day 5 Third day exploring New Orleans.

    Third day exploring New Orleans.*Standard Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Moving on to Natchez; learn about the city's colourful history; overnight at in the historic Eola Guesthouse.

    This morning you enjoy an included visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houma makes for a wonderful stop. Next you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez’ historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the `Under the Hill’ area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South. You’ll overnight in the historic Briars B&B which offers the charm of the ’Old South’.*Optional Activities:*• Elvis Birthplace Museum, Natchez US$12• Antebellum mansions, Natchez US$12-$25*Historic Property*

  7. Day 7 To the birthplace of Elvis and our first introduction to the Delta blues; learn about the evolution of the cotton industry.

    Next it’s onto Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry that shaped life for so many in this region. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous `Crossroads’, where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town you’ll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Red’s is definitely worth a visit for live music – an authentic `juke joint’ where you’ll be transported to the real heart of the South!*Optional Activities:*• Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale US$10• Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale US$7*Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 8-9 Spend two days in Memphis; visit the iconic 'Graceland', Sun studios and Gibson Guitar Factory.

    See the humble beginnings of `The King’ with a visit to the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, before crossing into Tennessee. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, who influenced country, blues and rock ’n’ roll music.You also have the chance to visit the iconic Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin’ Wolf to Johnny Cash, and you may like to visit the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. There’s also an opportunity to hear gospel music on Sunday morning (*excluding New Orleans Jazz Festival departure). Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit.*Optional Activities:*• Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$15• Sun Studio in Memphis US$12• Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis U$12 (closed Mondays)• Gibson guitar factory tour, Memphis US$10*Standard Hotel*

  9. Day 10-11 Spend two days in Nashville

    From Memphis you make your way to Nashville – the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and intimate live music venues playing not only country, but all genres of music.As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state’s second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville is free for you to indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available (entrance fees apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running radio show and a recommended highlight. You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 24 km east of the city. Book before you arrive to avoid missing out as these shows are popular!*Optional Activities:*• Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$25-$40• Ryman Auditorium tour, Nashville US$20-30• Grand Ole Opry tour, Nashville – US$32-$90*Standard Hotel*

  10. Day 12 To Atlanta; end Atlanta.

    Make your way towards Atlanta where you have the option of stopping in at Lynchburg where you can pay homage to Tennessee’s most famous drink by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery for a serving of Southern hospitality.Your tour of the Deep South ends in the modern day metropolis of Atlanta, known as the New York of the South. If you’re staying on be sure to stop by Glady’s Knight’s famous Chicken and Waffles restaurant.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.*Optional Activities:*• Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery US$17-22

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Where you stay

Hotels and historic property

10 nights in twin share accommodation and 1 historic property

Accommodation will be clean and comfortable, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple or with a friend. In the event that you cannot be matched with another passenger there will not be a single supplement charge.

Eating and Drinking

11 breakfasts and 1 dinner included

On hotel based tours you will usually eat out in restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Your tour leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Your leader will explain this option while on tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate various dietary requirements but in parts of North America certain food types can be limited.

This discovery tour is suitable for people with all levels of experience and fitness. It has a more relaxed pace with an emphasis on sightseeing; discovering local culture, visiting main attractions and enjoying beautiful surroundings. There will be a variety of optional activities available so you can tailor your tour depending on your interests.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organize these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour. If your plan is to visit the Grand Ole Opry when you are in Nashville, it is advised to book in advance and directly on their website. The shows change most nights but if possible, it’s best to book for the second night in Nashville.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, bad weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

All travelers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel.

Legal Note
All group members joining this tour will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the start of the holiday ‘Customer’s Acknowledgement of Risk’. This document limits the liability of our main supplier and is standard practice in the United States and on all their tours.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Good music trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    New Orleans is great and the included steamboat dinner on the Mississippi was fantastic. Would also highly recommend the Honey Island swamp tour, we saw much more wildlife than just alligators. Elvis Birthplace & Graceland also amazing.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Nicole was fantastic, she went above and beyond and was really helpful. There were a few timing issues which meant a couple of important sights were rushed. Sadly her boyfriend turned up for the last 4 days which turned the trip a little sour and spoilt the group dynamic.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It’s a great trip but do your research. If you’re not into the music scene then this trip might not be for you. Food is great and atms are everywhere.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Deep South - the story of the Blues and music of America

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Historically - walking over the bridge at Selma, which although not on the original itinary, was made possible by our guide. Musically - listening to great Blues band at a Juke Joint called 'Reds' in Clarksdale.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Top bloke. On a scale of 1-10 we would score him 12 Jay Burleson knew his music, knew the history and did all he could to make the trip special for us. (eg he found out one of the worlds best blues guitarists was playing in a cafe on the outskirts of Nashville and helped us get to see him play!)
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Embrace it all - every day and every night - you can always rest when you get home!

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