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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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    • 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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    Atlanta, USA

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    New Orleans, USA

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    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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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.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      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)

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      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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      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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      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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      Graceland Excursion

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      Memphis – Natchez

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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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