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Deep South and Delta Blues

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Trace the roots of American music in the Deep South and experience the unique cultural landscape and fascinating history that gave birth to the blues, jazz, country and rock 'n' roll. Days move a little slower in the South, as you pass the time with a sweet tea or a mint julep, taking in the sights and sounds of Music Row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Take in the heritage properties of Natchez and Houmas House, and savour authentic Southern hospitality and cuisine on your Deep South holiday as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

  • Days 1 Atlanta

    Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia for the start of your Deep South USA tour. The day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. A self-guided walking tour of downtown Atlanta is highly recommended and if you fancy a bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 2 Birmingham

    Head west into Alabama and to the state's largest city - Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region's volatile history as you start your journey through the South. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 3-5 New Orleans

    Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the 'Big Easy', the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as 'The Quarter'. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA. Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing your indulgence and appreciation of American music by enjoying some of the many live performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space - but be prepared to queue! There will also be the chance to step out of the city and explore the wild river swamplands of Louisiana, where you can head out by boat beneath the cypress trees in search of wildlife. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Dinner (x1) included

  • Days 6 Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Natchez

    This morning you enjoy an included visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houma makes for a wonderful stop. Next you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez' historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the 'Under the Hill' area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South. You'll overnight in the historic Briars B&B which offers the charm of the 'Old South'. Accommodation: Historic property included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 7 Clarksdale

    Next it's onto Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry that shaped life for so many in this region. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous 'Crossroads', where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town you'll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club. Red's is definitely worth a visit for live music - an authentic 'juke joint' where you'll be transported to the real heart of the South! Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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Aktiviteter

  • Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise
  • Two nights in Memphis plus Elvis' Graceland Mansion and Beale Street nightlife
  • Three nights in New Orleans and Bourbon Street's colourful music scene
  • Visit Elvis' birthplace at Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Two nights in Nashville - the country music capital
  • Cajun culture and cuisine
  • Take the Mississippi River Road from Natchez
  • Sell your soul at the legendary 'Crossroads'

Boende

10 hotel nights in twin share accommodation and 1 historic property. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)

Ytterligare information

  • Jazz clubs - New Orleans US$10-$20
  • Grand Ole Opry - Nashville US$19-$90
  • Sun Studio - Memphis US$12
  • Antebellum mansions - Natchez US$12-$25
  • Ryman Auditorium tour - Nashville US$20-$30
  • Gibson guitar factory - Memphis US$10
  • Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale US$7
  • Elvis Birthplace Museum, Natchez US$12
  • Preservation Hall - New Orleans US$15-$20
  • Scandalous Cocktail tour - New Orleans US$25
  • Mardi Gras World - New Orleans US$20
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour - New Orleans US$20
  • Civil Rights Museum - Memphis US$15
  • Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • Alligator swamp tour - New Orleans US$23-$40
  • Civil Rights Institute - Birmingham, Alabama US$12
  • Delta Blues Museum - Clarksdale US$10
  • Johnny Cash Museum - Nashville US$19
  • Jack Daniel's Whiskey Distillery - Lynchburg US$17-22
  • Memphis - Graceland Entrance only US$30
  • Memphis - Elvis Experience US$43-$48

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