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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

15

nights

Immerse yourself in America’s Deep South

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Journey Highlights

With a complex history and colourful culture, the Deep South is a destination not to be missed by inquisitive minds. Immerse yourself in this magnificent destination, exploring the regions unmissable highlights by self-drive including visits to Tennessee, New Orleans, South Carolina, Georgia and Sea Island. Savour truly unique experiences including learning about the American Civil Rights movement from a local activist, visiting the places that made Elvis into a worldwide star and experiencing the incredible natural beauty of the low country.

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Your journey at a glance

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    3 nights Tennessee, United States of America
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    2 nights Tennessee, United States of America
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    1 night Mississippi, United States of America
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    2 nights Louisiana, United States of America
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    Florida, United States of America
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    2 nights Georgia , United States of America
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    2 nights Georgia , United States of America
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    2 nights Georgia , United States of America
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The Deep South's climate offers typical seasonal contrast. The region enjoys a generally mild year-round climate with the summer months reaching higher temperatures and enjoying hours of sunshine. Spring and autumn offer pleasantly warm days and cool nights, whilst winter daytime temperatures very occasionally drop to near zero or below.

Fly from London to Nashville International Airport

Transfer from Nashville International Airport to The Hermitage Hotel

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3

nights

Tennessee, United States of America

Staying at

The Hermitage Hotel

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After your arrival at The Hermitage Hotel, the rest of your first day can be spent settling your belongings and taking time to explore your new surroundings.

Day two in Nashville is all about the music. Drive to the home of American country music for a private, backstage tour of the Ryman auditorium, which has seen many iconic artists grace its stage throughout its illustrious history. You’ll also have chance to head to a honky-tonk bar for a chat and drink with a famous Nashville singer/songwriter, providing an authentic insight into Nashville’s charming culture.

Your third and final day in Nashville takes you to the Country Music Hall of Fame and famous Studio B, where iconic recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash were created. Sample some of Nashville’s famous hot chicken before heading to another historic music venue, the Grand Ole Opry. You’ll have chance to stand backstage in a VIP experience and see the nation’s longest running radio show, The WSM Barn Dance.

Staying at

The Hermitage Hotel

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From the moment you arrive at the historic Hermitage Hotel you’ll appreciate the rich ancestry this imposing hotel enjoys. As Nashville’s oldest luxury hotel, dating back to 1901, The Hermitage Hotel has been the setting for many of the city’s most significant social events and remains its grandest character building. Having once been the setting for the annual Country Music Association’s annual meeting, the hotel has hosted music royalty such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams among others. Furthermore, The Hermitage Hotel the preferred choice of American Presidents, a tradition dating back to 1911.

Despite the magnificence of the hotel’s façade and interior design, the hotel’s ambience is one of relaxed luxury. Each unique aspect of The Hermitage Hotel has been designed to reflect Nashville’s natural hospitality and famous history, including turndown chocolates provided by local chocolatier Olive & Sinclair and Tennessee marble throughout. In the legendary Oak Bar, the unique menus have long been the source of local pride. Designed and printed by Hatch Show Print, one of the country’s oldest working letterpress shops, the menus are a true Nashville icon and a perfect match for the hotel’s fabulous, flavoursome food. The Oak Bar also boasts the city’s largest collection of bourbon, with over 130 bottles on display.

The Hermitage Hotel’s central location ensures you’re perfectly placed to explore all of the city’s musical and cultural heritage with ease.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Nashville's true heritage hotel
  • Feature:Central location
  • Rooms:122 rooms
  • Location:United States of America
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Drive to Memphis

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2

nights

Tennessee, United States of America

Staying at

The Peabody

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Memphis is considered the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, as well as being home to Elvis and soul music. Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and take the opportunity to stand in the same room where Elvis and Johnny Cash once recorded their legendary music.

Your second day in Memphis takes you on a visit to the Civil Rights museum – home to more than 250 historical artefacts - and the Stax Museum of America Soul Music. You’ll also enjoy a VIP tour of the home of the Elvis Presley, Graceland, before returning to the comfort of the The Peabody Memphis.

Staying at

The Peabody

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Originally opened in 1869, The Peabody Memphis has undergone many changes over the past century, yet still retains a sense of authentic charm. Nestled in downtown Memphis, close to the iconic Beale Street, guests are welcomed by grand Italian Renaissance architecture with plush rooms and suites boasting traditionally charming décor. Award-winning restaurants serve indulgent cuisine, including innovative French cuisine at Chez Philippe and the American delights of Capriccio Grill, whilst evenings can be spent at The Lobby Bar, often referered to as the "living room of Memphis”. Not to be forgotten, The Peabody Ducks are truly legendary in this historic hotel, having been introduced to the Peabody Fountain in the 1930s — they’ve now been marching through the hotel lobby for nearly 90 years and are adored by guests old and new.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Historic hotel celebrating Memphis' past and present
  • Feature:The Peabody Ducks have been hotel icons since the 1930s
  • Rooms:464 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:Memphis International Airport
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Drive to Mississippi

3

1

night

Mississippi, United States of America

Staying at

Monmouth Historic Inn

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Depart Memphis and drive the famous blues trail through Mississippi, marking the most notable historical sites related to the birth and influence of blues musicians, including the B.B. King Museum which is dedicated to his life. Your afternoon can be spent relaxing at the historic Monmouth Historic Inn – a 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26-acres of manicured gardens filled with blooming magnolias, roses and azaleas.

Staying at

Monmouth Historic Inn

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Step back in time to antebellum living at Monmouth Historic Inn. Dating back to 1818, this historic home is set in 26 acres of beautiful gardens and has been elegantly restored to reflect 19th century grandeur and definitive Southern charm. Canopy covered beds, dark woods, a wealth of art work and free-standing baths in private bathrooms add a sense of refined glamour while the warm, welcoming nature of Southern hospitality ensures impeccable service. Monmouth Historic Inn comprises a selection of decadent suites and seven outbuildings, repurposed as cottages and guest homes. Tour the historic home’s perfectly manicured gardens, sip mint juleps and dine at 1818 restaurant, boasting an authentically Southern menu. The hotel is located in Nanchez, Mississippi, the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Picnics are available for guests to dine in the hotel grounds, for a romantic and laid-back afternoon.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:A grand antebellum home
  • Feature:26 acres of manicured gardens
  • Rooms:30 rooms
  • Location:United States of America
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Drive to New Orleans

4

2

nights

Louisiana, United States of America

Staying at

Windsor Court Hotel

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Next, you’ll head south to the fascinating city of New Orleans. On the way to “the Big Easy” stop at a historic plantation to learn about the history of slavery in America and the civil war. Upon arrival, celebrate New Orleans’ great cocktail tradition with a cocktail class with a top mixologist in one of the French Quarter’s historic bars.

After a restful night at Windsor Court Hotel, head on a private guided food and drink tour through the French Quarter, sampling some of the tasty dishes that truly make New Orleans. The afternoon brings a walking tour through the birthplace of jazz with an expert musicologist, including a private meet-and-greet with a famous jazz musician.

Staying at

Windsor Court Hotel

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Moments away from New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, Windsor Court Hotel is a picture of traditional American style with rich French-inspired interiors. However, an English essence runs through the veins of this hotel, with a delicate afternoon high tea and an extensive English art collection some of its most iconic features. Stroll through the classic brick courtyard and antique-adorned lobby, before retiring to your sumptuous room or suite to unwind after a day of fulfilling your list of things to do in New Orleans. Savour flavours from around the world in a selection of beautiful dining spaces accompanied by legendary hospitality or allow yourself time to relax at the heavenly Spa at Windsor Court, including a visit to the peaceful rooftop pool.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Elegant English-inspired property
  • Feature:Exquisite afternoon tea is a hotel tradition
  • Rooms:316 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:New Orleans International Airport
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Drive to Santa Rosa

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Florida, United States of America

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Departing New Orleans, drive across the moody Gulf of Mexico coast, stopping in Mobile, Alabama for lunch, before continuing your drive to your pristine white-sand beach in Santa Rosa, Florida. Arrive in the afternoon with plenty of time to take a break and enjoy a stay at the distinctly southern Watercolour Inn for one night.

The next morning, you’ll depart Santa Rosa and continue your drive through the Florida Panhandle towards Sea Island, an exclusive and secluded island resort amidst the beauty of the barrier islands.

Highlights

Stay at the Watercolour Inn

Drive to Sea Island, Georgia

6

2

nights

Georgia , United States of America

Staying at

The Cloister at Sea Island

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Arriving in Georgia brings you to the immaculate The Cloister at Sea Island. On your first evening, embark on a privately-led tour to explore sea turtle nests and the Georgia dunes, before retiring to the comfort of your room at The Cloister.

On your second day, you’ll have chance to take a naturalists-led hobie cat sailing tour to discover the area’s diverse wildlife. The afternoon is at your own leisure at the hotel to enjoy tennis lessons, award-winning golf courses and the incredible beaches.

Staying at

The Cloister at Sea Island

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Founded over 80 years ago, The Cloister at Sea Island has become an icon along the Georgia coastline. Emulating legendary Southern hospitality, staff’s immaculate attention to detail inspires guests to return here year upon year — whilst the elegant interiors, world-class amenities and a Mediterranean resort ambience also make this historic hotel particularly alluring. Culinary highlights are aplenty across the Sea Island resort with everything from five-star fine dining to casual coastal seafood to tempt your palate. If you’re looking for adventure, you won’t be disappointed — fishing trips, wildlife walks, beach cycling or simply a day in the spa, the choice is all yours.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A long-standing Southern seaside retreat
  • Feature:Explore endless activities and adventures across the resort
  • Rooms:175 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:Jacksonville International Airport
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Drive to Savannah, Georgia

7

2

nights

Georgia , United States of America

Travelling on

Montage Palmetto Bluff

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Departing Sea Island, drive to Savannah and take a historical walking tour of the only city spared by General Sherman during the Civil War. Continue your journey to Palmetto Bluff, a sprawling estate that blends southern history with naturally beautiful rivers, misty marshes and old oaks draped with Spanish moss.

Your second day will take you on an ecological tour of the bluffs and marshes that make this area one of the most stunning preserves in the low country. You’ll also have a hands-on demonstration on some of the classic techniques used within traditional Southern cooking.

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Montage Palmetto Bluff

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Located in a most idyllic corner of South Carolina, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a true country hideaway. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, lazy rivers and a tranquil ambience, in keeping with South Carolina’s genteel appeal.

In many ways the picturesque setting and homely hospitality of Montage Palmetto Bluff reflects the spirit of South Carolina itself. Guests can enjoy charming cottage-style accommodation, a selection of refined Southern dining experiences and an exemplary spa. Relax into nature, enjoy a round on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course or take advantage of the resort’s impressive array of activities including two private yachts, a large outdoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, equestrian centre, nature reserve and water excursions.

Wine-tours, scenic dolphin tours, fishing, boat tours to the region’s private beaches, historic tours and many other expertly-designed excursions are available. For a true taste of the South, guests can enjoy the Culinary Heirlooms provided by the hotel’s team of chefs, including roasted oysters, shrimp and grits, Hoppin John’s rice dish and frogmore stew. In the evenings, guests can also roast s’mores at the fireside.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is also home to a family of Labrador Retrievers who enjoy exploring the vast expanse of the resort and befriending younger guests at the daily greetings which take place in the main lobby, twice a day. Children are also sure to love the hotel’s many treehouses and Paintbox children’s programme with its variety of indoor and outdoor activities.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:A genteel hideaway
  • Feature:Nature reserve on property
  • Rooms:15 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:South Carolina Airport
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Drive to Charleston

8

2

nights

Georgia , United States of America

Staying at

Belmond Charleston Place

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One of the most charming cities in the South, Charleston has plenty to offer as part of your journey. Experience the distinctive architecture, gardens and culture with the rare opportunity to go inside the private houses of some of America’s most beautiful residences, dating back to the 18th century.

Continue to explore as you visit the Citadel Military Academy and the sire of a key battle in the Civil War alongside an expert guide, before enjoying your final afternoon visiting some of Charleston’s most famous gardens.

Stay overnight before checking out of Belmond Charleston Place and heading to the airport.

Staying at

Belmond Charleston Place

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Embracing the city’s reputation for charm and genteel style, Belmond Charleston Place is a quaint and beautiful setting in which to enjoy the many attractions of Charleston, South Carolina. Boasting a central location in the city’s historic centre, the hotel showcases exquisite architecture, reflecting the style of the luxury hotel’s neighbouring buildings, which date back to the 1800s.

Upon your arrival to this most impressive setting you’ll notice the supreme elegance and and serenity of the ambience, encapsulated by the magnificent chandelier which dominates the hotel’s reception area. The hotel pays homage to Charleston’s history, with a dramatic horse fountain at the entrance and the ‘Thoroughbred Club’, acknowledging Charleston’s horseracing heritage.

Belmond Charleston Place is famed for its exemplary dining options including the award-winning Charleston Grill and the elegant courtyard setting of The Palmetto Café. Sip cocktails overlooking one of Charleston’s most picturesque squares at the Clocktower Terrace and enjoy live jazz and musical performances each evening in the hotel’s elaborate bar area.

The hotel can arrange city tours, historic sightseeing, golf excursions and tours to local plantation homes. After a day’s exploring, guests can unwind in the beautiful spa.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Luxurious Southern Charm
  • Feature:Central location, delectable dining
  • Rooms:400 rooms
  • Location:United States of America
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Drive to Charleston International Airport

Fly from Charleston International Airport to London

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