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Spirit of the South

17 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Float like a butterfly in your Blue Suede Shoes as you pay homage to the Kings of the Ring and Rock 'n' Roll.

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17 Days, 1 Country, 8 Cities

Spirit of the South

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Atlanta, USA

Ends

New Orleans, USA

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    • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms Providing a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. Promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, raising awareness of all equines in need.
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About this trip

Float like a butterfly in your Blue Suede Shoes as you pay homage to the Kings of the Ring and Rock 'n' Roll-tracing Tennessee's jazz and juke joints and the bourbon and bluegrass plains of Kentucky horse-racing country along this Deep South musical meander to The Big Easy.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DANO

16 Nights

accommodation

23 Meals
  • 16 full breakfasts

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans

    • Orientation of Atlanta, Asheville and Nashville

    • Visit CNN Studios, Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kentucky Horse Park or International Museum of the Horse, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Corvette Musuem, RCA's Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Oprey, Sun Studios


What's Included

Dining

    • 16 full breakfasts

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


 

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Day 1

Arrive Atlanta

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Atlanta – Asheville

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Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights)

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Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington

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Lexington – Louisville (2 nights)

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Day 7

Louisville Sightseeing

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Louisville – Bowling Green – Nashville (3 Nights)

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Nashville Sightseeing

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Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

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Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

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Day 12

Graceland Excursion

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Day 13

Memphis – Natchez

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Day 14

Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

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New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

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New Orleans At Leisure

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Depart New Orleans

Day 1

Arrive Atlanta Day 1 - Arrive Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta. At 6 p.m. gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Sheraton Atlanta

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sheraton Atlanta

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Atlanta – Asheville Day 2 - Atlanta – Asheville

Explore Atlanta as you make your way to the CNN Studios to join an Inside CNN VIP Tour for a behind-the-scenes experience at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide.

Hotel

Renaissance Asheville

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Renaissance Asheville

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights) Day 3 - Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights)

Start the day with a guided visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore Estate. Next, head for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at the Visitors' Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life with a Local Specialist. Also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Hotel

The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Gatlinburg Day 4 - Gatlinburg

A full day at leisure for optional activities. Go walking, cycling or visit Dollywood.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington Day 5 - Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington

Stand in awe at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and continue through Kentucky into Lexington. Delve into equine culture at the Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm or explore the world renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Lexington – Louisville (2 nights) Day 6 - Lexington – Louisville (2 nights)

Visit Old Friends, a horse retirement farm, and Cultural Insight, where you will meet equine residents. Next, travel along the Bourbon Trail to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world's most award-winning distillery, for an insider's look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon, tasting a sample of the final product. Continue on to Louisville where you are treated to a Be My Guest dinner after meeting Mr. Rahaman Ali (Muhammad Ali's younger brother) for a guided visit of their Childhood Home Museum.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Louisville Sightseeing Day 7 - Louisville Sightseeing

Head to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted The Kentucky Derby since 1875. And then you're off to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. The afternoon is at leisure before Regional Meal of authentic Kentucky cuisine.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 7

Day 8

Louisville – Bowling Green – Nashville (3 Nights) Day 8 - Louisville – Bowling Green – Nashville (3 Nights)

Stop at the Corvette Museum showcasing the American sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. This afternoon arrive in Nashville to meet your new travel companions.

Hotel

Renaissance Nashville

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Renaissance Nashville

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Nashville Sightseeing Day 9 - Nashville Sightseeing

RCA’s Studio B, once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers. Here you’ll ‘meet’ another music legend with a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of Cash tunes with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash (or a family member). Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—a collection of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams and Garth Brooks. Later, embark on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring the Johnny Cash Museum or a tour of the Ryman Auditorium.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing Day 10 - Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

Write your own song of the South on a full day at leisure before heading to the Grand Ole Opry.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights) Day 11 - Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

Head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll on Beale Street where we meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. The former Lorraine Hotel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down, is the backdrop for the National Civil Rights Museum, where we visit before a free evening.

Hotel

Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Day 12

Graceland Excursion Day 12 - Graceland Excursion

Head to Graceland, a tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Pay a visit to Sun Studios, where the first Rock 'n' Roll single was recorded in 1951. Tonight, embark on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice Dining

Day 12

Day 13

Memphis – Natchez Day 13 - Memphis – Natchez

Tour the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner beginning at the private residence of Joe Stone, whose 1850s home features a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his Steinway grand piano before heading to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom you'll enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner.

Hotel

Natchez Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Natchez Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 13

Day 14

Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights) Day 14 - Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

Join costumed Local Specialists at Frogmore Plantation and Gins, before meandering through the charming Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger on this evening's visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we will enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before a Regional Meal.

Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 14

Day 15

New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 15 - New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

Trace the cosmopolitan history of New Orleans with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 15

Day 16

New Orleans At Leisure Day 16 - New Orleans At Leisure

Today is free before joining your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 16

Day 17

Depart New Orleans Day 17 - Depart New Orleans

Take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 17

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Spend the evening with Muhammad Ali's brother after a visit to the boxing great's Childhood Home Museum. Join Joe and Esther for an evening of true southern hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez estates

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms which is raising awareness for all equines in need. Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with a member of his family.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains, in Memphis, on a reconstructed cotton plantation and in New Orleans

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans

    • Orientation of Atlanta, Asheville and Nashville

    • Visit CNN Studios, Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kentucky Horse Park or International Museum of the Horse, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Corvette Musuem, RCA's Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Oprey, Sun Studios


What's Included

Dining

    • 16 full breakfasts

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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