Starting and ending in the buzzing city of New Orleans, leave the wild times of Bourbon Street behind and venture into the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. Explore the incredible wild surrounds of the Great Smoky Mountains, then hit music central with country, blues and rock 'n' roll in Nashville and Memphis. This tour will take you to the very heart of southern USA.
- Visit Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion
- Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham
- Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Hear live country music in Nashville's honky-tonks
- Dance to blues music on Beale Street, Memphis
- View the ornate exterior of southern Antebellum mansions
Accommodation & Transportation
Food & Meals
- All meals to be paid locally
- Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
- Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
- All accommodation
- Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
- We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of all en route accommodation.
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!
As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.
Depart the 'Big Easy' and head to Birmingham in Alabama, also known as 'Magic City', where you can learn all about Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Spend your first night getting to know your group over a plate of sumptuous Southern fare and live music.
The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world and you'll soon see why this is the most visited national park in America. To make sure you see as much as possible, the first afternoon is spent in the town of Gatlinburg where you can do some moonshine tasting at a distillery, pop into the park to the visitor centre or possibly take a short walk. The following day you enter the park with a mixture of driving and walking to really maximize your time in the wonderful scenery! Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, groundhogs and chipmunks, as well as the American Black Bear that call these mountains home.
If you weren't a country music fan before, one visit to toe-tapping Nashville and you soon will be! Pay a visit to one of the biggest music venues in the South, the Grand Ole Opry, and if you're really feeling the country vibe, how about a spot of line dancing? Learn about the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world, or head to the bars on Broadway to hear live bands. One thing's for sure, it's not called 'Music City' for nothing!
Memphis is the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studio where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Music put Memphis on the map, but this vibrant city is full of history. Pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland, so make the most of this included activity.
Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Natchez was at the very heart of the slave trade and has a rich history. You'll see impressive Antebellum mansions, elegant plantation homes that were built before the American Civil War which will give you an insight into what life was like back then. Wander downtown to Natchez's historic area for river views, art galleries and amazing Southern food.
It's time to dig out those dancing shoes again, you've arrived back in New Orleans for the end of your tour. We recommend an extra night in this musical city, to soak up the jazz and the legendary nightlife of Bourbon Street. We're pretty sure after eight days exploring the heart of the Deep South, you'll definitely be ready for some good old-fashioned Southern cooking, so why not treat yourself to a bowl of gumbo or jambalaya then see off your new-found friends with a toast in the French Quarter?
This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you 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.
Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.
NEW ORLEANS - BEST WESTERN FRENCH QUARTER
920 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Just 3 blocks from Bourbon Street, this hotel features French Quarter décor and a seasonal outdoor pool. Spacious rooms include free Wi-Fi.
Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £75 | US$97 | Eur90 | AU$127 | NZ$134
Price per person per night
Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £130 | US$169 | Eur156 | AU$221 | NZ$233
Price per room per night
AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION
The hotel is located 11 miles from Louis Armstrong international airport. A taxi from the airport will be approximately $35. The cost of a pre-paid airport shuttle is approximately $20.
Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry.
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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.
If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel.
See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.
Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!
As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.