Music, history and unique culture of a part of the USA that cherishes and respects its history. Fulfil a lifetime dream of indulging in the rhythms of the south, soul, country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. Elvis Presley changed music forever, and you will see where and how it all started. Antebellum plantation homes and civil war history amidst the land of cotton bring you into contact with warm, friendly folk with wonderful southern accents. This holiday is a relaxed tour with a well-paced itinerary and hotels of a good standard, with many meals and all entrance fees included. As they say in the south, “Y’all gonna lurv it!”
The Southern states are the antidote to the fast pace of US life. With a mild winter climate and warm friendly folk “the land of cotton“ or “Dixieland“ is steeped in history, architecture, traditions and customs that exist and are cherished like nowhere else in North America.
Visiting the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana this stress free touring holiday has no days wasted with long drives between cities as they are all close and even the short journeys are broken up with interesting visits and stops en-route. Starting in Atlanta (the final resting place of Dr Martin Luther King and the setting for one of the greatest movies of all time “Gone with the Wind“) we evoke memories of ladies in Crinoline dresses fanning themselves on the colonnaded porch and Civil War history.
Music is a big theme throughout with a two night stop at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, three nights in “Music City USA”... Nashville to see RCA studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame and watch a live performance of the Grand Ole Opry. Then (staying in Tennessee) it’s on to the Home of Rock n’ Roll and the birthplace of the Blues for three nights in Memphis. We pay tribute to the King “Elvis” with an included visit to Graceland to view inside his extravagant and gifted life. Driving through the Cotton fields of Mississippi where the sounds of overworked slaves’ songs that started the blues almost haunt the landscape.
New Orleans is the home of Jazz where the magnificent French Quarter, was built on the high ground over 300 years ago and has never flooded. The famous Bourbon and Royal streets with Jazz clubs, Creole cottages and restaurants serving Gumbo and food mixed with Cajun spices and delightful desserts that are unique only to this city. The city is home to the Superdome and architecture on St Charles Avenue amidst whispering wild oaks draped in Spanish Moss that can be leisurely seen whilst riding a “street car named Desire“; here a sternwheeler cruise on “Ole Man River”