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Explore the highlights of the American South in style with this tailor-made self-drive, including visits to Tennessee, New Orleans, South Carolina, Georgia and Sea Island. Learn about the American Civil Rights movement from a local activist that lived it, meet with a country music songwriter, see the places that made Elvis a star, learn to make your own southern cocktail and experience the natural beauty of the low country of South Carolina.
Enjoy a private cocktail class with a top mixologist in a historic New Orleans bar
Embark on a private New Orleans walking itinerary with an expert musicologist, followed by a meet-and-greet with a famous musician
Experience a VIP itinerary of Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis Presley
Discover Charleston’s distinctive architecture on a private itinerary inside some of America’s most beautiful residences
Explore Nashville, the home of American country music, for a private, backstage itinerary of the Ryman auditorium. Your guide will tell candid stories about stars like Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks who graced the stage and left their mark on this famous venue. Tour dressing rooms and get a closer look at rare vintage photos and priceless memorabilia, before hopping on-stage for a unique photo opportunity.
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In your rental vehicle, drive to the home of American country music for a private, backstage tour of the historic Ryman auditorium, where Johnny Cash met June Carter. The following day, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoy a group tour of the famous Studio B, where iconic recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash were created. Then, enjoy a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, your official initiation into the country music phenomenon.
Drive to The Peabody Memphis.
Experience the home of Elvis and soul music. Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and have the opportunity to stand in the same room where Elvis and Johnny Cash once recorded. Next, visit the Civil Rights Museum, the infamous site of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, before visiting the home of the King, Graceland. Start with lunch at Vernon’s Smokehouse where you will enjoy Elvis’ favorite home cooking, before taking a VIP tour of the mansion itself.
Drive to Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez, Mississippi. This drive will take you along the famous blues trail through Mississippi.
Spend the night in Mississippi, embracing the 26-acres of manicured gardens that surround the Monmouth Historic Inn, a National Historic Landmark built in 1818.
Drive to Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans.
On the way to ‘the Big Easy’, stop at the historic Whitney Plantation for a private tour to learn about the history of slave life in America and the civil war. Then, celebrate New Orleans’ great cocktail tradition with a private cocktail class with a top mixologist in a historic bar. You'll also embark on a food and drink tour through the French Quarter, before an expert musicologist takes you on a jazz walking tour, with a private meet-and-greet with a famous musician.
Drive to the The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, Destin, Florida. This route takes you across the moody Gulf of Mexico coast, stopping in Mobile, Alabama for lunch.
Break up your tailor-made tour with a night in Florida, staying right on the white sands of Santa Rosa Beach.
Drive to The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia.
Continue your tailor-made, self-drive tour through the Florida Panhandle, arriving at The Cloister at Sea Island, an exclusive and secluded island resort amidst the beauty of the barrier islands. At dusk, embark on a nature tour to explore sea turtle nests. The following morning, take a private naturalist-led hobie cat sailing tour to discover the area’s wildlife, before a leisurely afternoon enjoying tennis lessons, award-winning golf courses and incredible beaches.
Drive to Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.
Drive to Savannah and take a historical walking tour of the only city spared by General Sherman during the Civil War. Embark on an ecological tour of the bluffs and marshes, followed by a hands-on demonstration on some of the classic techniques of Southern cooking.
Drive to Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina.
Experience Charleston’s distinctive architecture, gardens and culture with the rare opportunity to go on a private tour inside the houses of some of America’s most beautiful residences, dating back to the 18th century. In the afternoon, explore some of Charleston’s famous gardens.
With your insider tour guide, relish a private backstage tour through Ryman Auditorium. Your guide will point out photos and tell candid stories about the stars like Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks to modern acts like Beck, who graced the stage and left their mark on this famous venue. Take a peek into dressing rooms and get a closer look at rare vintage photos and priceless memorabilia, then hop on stage for a photo opportunity during this fascinating tour.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and discover the photographs, artifacts and original recordings of country music's colourful history at your own leisure. You'll then enjoy a guided tour of the famous Studio B, where iconic recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash were created.
What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon! Head to the famous Grand Ole Opry, where you'll stand backstage in a VIP experience and see the nation’s longest running radio show for yourself.
Go behind the scenes at the iconic Sun Studio, considered the birthplace of Rock n' Roll. Follow in the footsteps of a king as you enjoy a guided tour, with the opportunity to stand in the same room where Elvis and Johnny Cash once recorded!
Located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, head to the insightful National Civil Rights Museum for a thought-provoking visit, before enjoying the interactive exhibits and fascinating stories that await at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Once the home of 'The King' himself, take a VIP visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland, where you'll have plenty of time to explore the estate during your small group tour - from the iconic mansion's 23 lavish rooms, to the shops and attractions of what is now known as the 'Graceland Plaza'.
The only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people, your visit to Whitney Plantation will guide you through slave cabins, a freedmen’s church, detached kitchen and outbuildings, a 1790s owner’s house and memorials built to honour the enslaved.
Celebrate the region's cocktail culture in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, as you join an expert mixologist to shake up new flavours in a master cocktail-making class in one of the area's historic bars. Learn about cocktail folklore and hear treasured stories about the ‘The Big Easy’ as you sip away on your creative concoctions.
Led by a private guide, venture out on a food and drink tour through the French Quarter, sampling some of the tasty dishes that make New Orleans iconic. Then, an expert musicologist will take you on a walking tour through the birthplace of jazz, where you'll also have the opportunity for a private meet-and-greet with a famous jazz musician!
The only city spared by General Shermanduring the Civil War, there is so much to see in Savannah. Explore on-foot as you pass by landmark sights such as Johnson Square, Forsyth Park Fountain, The Davenport House, The St John’s The Baptist Cathedral and Savannah Theatre.
Known to a privileged few as one of the wildest and most beautiful places in the South Carolina Lowcountry, spendthe day exploring the bluffs and marshes on a guided ecological tour. Following your insight into the region's natural beauty, you'll enjoy a hand-on demonstration of classic Southern cooking techniques.
Charleston showcases some of America’s most exquisite homes and gardens! Spend the day touring the distinctive architecture and decorative art of the buildings which line the region's streets, while you'll also have the opportunity to enter a number of the private homes to explore in more detail.
Join an expert naturalist and hob aboard a hobie cat sailing boat for a tour of the area's wildlife - possibly including dolphins, turtles and migrating wales. The route can be customised according to your preferences and may include history, shelling and nature walks, all while teaching you more about coastal Georgia’s glorious geography and ecology.
Due to its size and geographical diversity, the USA is a true year-round destination, but America's Deep South is typically at its best between March and May.
16 NIGHTS FROM £9,860 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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