THE OLD SOUTH & FLORIDA - 2017
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Explore the Old World city known as New Orleans before driving through the heart of Cajun Country to elegant Natchez, where you can admire a Pre-Civil War home. See the passing rural landscape of Mississippi as you cross the state and venture into Tennessee. Sing the blues in Memphis and swing your partner round to country music in Nashville. Head through Chattanoochee National Forest to the metropolis of Atlanta. On to the Savannah seaport and the "capital" of Disney's entertainment parks, Orlando, for two-night stays each. From one end of the spectrum to the other, this 13-day holiday will keep you on your toes.
In New Orleans and Nashville; orientation tours in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Memphis, and St. Augustine; Savannah Trolley Tour, pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
French Quarter, Mississippi River, Cajun Country, and Chattahoochee National Forest.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in New Orleans, Nashville, and Savannah; services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
4 breakfasts (B).
Day by Day
Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city's unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
A full day at leisure. Roam through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city's beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans' only steamboat.
NEW ORLEANS-BATON ROUGE-NATCHEZ.
Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.
Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the "Home of the Blues," why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalised in WC Handy's famous songs? (B)
A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of "The King," Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 1,393-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) mansion. Afterward, the "Capital of Country Music," Nashville.
Its association with country music has made the name "Nashville" world famous, but it's not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important. Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's "solid-gold" Cadillac. This evening you have reserved premier seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.
First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the "Peach State" of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy.
Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon's TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his "March to the Sea"), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own. (B)
A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don't miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah's important role in maritime history. (B)
Travel into the "Sunshine State" of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the oldest Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando. (B)
A full day to relax and explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Your Tour Director will suggest a varied and exciting selection of optional outings, such as Disney's huge entertainment parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios (formally MGM Studios).
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Orlando International Airport are included.
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