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America's Deep South Self-Drive

16 NIGHTS FROM £9,860 per person

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.

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Enjoy a private cocktail class with a top mixologist in a historic New Orleans bar

Embark on a private New Orleans walking tour with an expert musicologist, followed by a meet-and-greet with a famous musician

Experience a VIP tour of Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis Presley

Discover Charleston’s distinctive architecture on a private tour inside some of America’s most beautiful residences

Authentic Experience

Explore Nashville, the home of American country music, for a private, backstage tour 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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    DAY 1-4 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to The Peabody Memphis.

    The Hermitage Hotelkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Nashville's true heritage hotel
    • Feature: Central location
    • Rooms: 122 rooms
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 4-6 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez, Mississippi. This drive will take you along the famous blues trail through Mississippi.

    The Peabodykeyboard_arrow_right
    • 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: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 6-7 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans.

    Monmouth Historic Innkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Boutique Hotel
    • Summary: A grand antebellum home
    • Feature: 26 acres of manicured gardens
    • Rooms: 30 rooms
    • Location: Natchez, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 7-9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    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.

    Windsor Court Hotelkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Elegant English-inspired property
    • Feature: Exquisite afternoon tea is a hotel tradition
    • Rooms: 316 rooms and suites
    • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 9-10 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Break up your tailor-made tour with a night in Florida, staying right on the white sands of Santa Rosa Beach.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia.

    The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
    • Summary: A luxurious seaside retreat
    • Feature: Sample the dock-to-table menu at signature restaurant Primrose
    • Rooms: 170 rooms & suites
    DAY 10-12 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.

    The Cloister at Sea Islandkeyboard_arrow_right
    • 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: Sea Island, Georgia , United States of America
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 12-14 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina.

    Montage Palmetto Bluffkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Boutique Hotel
    • Summary: A genteel hideaway
    • Feature: Nature reserve on property
    • Rooms: 15 rooms and suites
    • Location: Bluffton, South Carolina , United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 14-16 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Belmond Charleston Placekeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Luxurious Southern Charm
    • Feature: Central location, delectable dining
    • Rooms: 400 rooms
    • Location: Charleston, South Carolina , United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

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DAY 1-4ACCOMMODATION
Nashville, Tennessee

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.

TRANSFERS

Drive to The Peabody Memphis.

The Hermitage Hotelkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Nashville's true heritage hotel
  • Feature: Central location
  • Rooms: 122 rooms
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 4-6ACCOMMODATION
Memphis, Tennessee

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.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez, Mississippi. This drive will take you along the famous blues trail through Mississippi.

The Peabodykeyboard_arrow_right
  • 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: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 6-7ACCOMMODATION
Natchez, 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.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans.

Monmouth Historic Innkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A grand antebellum home
  • Feature: 26 acres of manicured gardens
  • Rooms: 30 rooms
  • Location: Natchez, Mississippi, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 7-9ACCOMMODATION
New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

TRANSFERS

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.

Windsor Court Hotelkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Elegant English-inspired property
  • Feature: Exquisite afternoon tea is a hotel tradition
  • Rooms: 316 rooms and suites
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 9-10ACCOMMODATION
Santa Rosa, Florida

Break up your tailor-made tour with a night in Florida, staying right on the white sands of Santa Rosa Beach.

TRANSFERS

Drive to The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia.

The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
  • Summary: A luxurious seaside retreat
  • Feature: Sample the dock-to-table menu at signature restaurant Primrose
  • Rooms: 170 rooms & suites
DAY 10-12ACCOMMODATION
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.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.

The Cloister at Sea Islandkeyboard_arrow_right
  • 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: Sea Island, Georgia , United States of America
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 12-14ACCOMMODATION
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.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina.

Montage Palmetto Bluffkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A genteel hideaway
  • Feature: Nature reserve on property
  • Rooms: 15 rooms and suites
  • Location: Bluffton, South Carolina , United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 14-16ACCOMMODATION
Charleston, 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.

Belmond Charleston Placekeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Luxurious Southern Charm
  • Feature: Central location, delectable dining
  • Rooms: 400 rooms
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina , United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

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TOUR EXCURSIONS

Behind The Scenes at Ryman Auditorium
Full Day Tour

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.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B
Self-guided visit, followed by guided 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.

VIP Tour of Grand Ole Opry
Small Group Tour

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.

Behind The Scenes at Sun Studios
Group Tour

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!

National Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum of Soul in Memphis
Self-guided visit

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.

VIP Tour of Graceland
Small Group Tour

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'.

Whitney Plantation in Louisiana
Guided Tour

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.

Mixology Experience in New Orleans
Cocktail-making class

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.

Musicology Walking Tour in New Orleans' French Quarter
Guided Walking Tour

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!

Historical Walking Tour in Savannah
Guided Walking Tour

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.

Nature Walk in Palmetto Bluff
Guided Tour

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.

Architecture and Private Home Exploration in Charleston
Guided Tour

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.

Sea Island by Hobie Cat
Guided Sailing Tour

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.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

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.

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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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