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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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    • "For history buffs, The National World War II museum in New Orleans cannot be missed. You'll need at least half a day to see it all here, so plan accordingly. The best way to get there is to ride on an iconic New Orleans streetcar."Drew Walker, Travel Director
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      • "For history buffs, The National World War II museum in New Orleans cannot be missed. You'll need at least half a day to see it all here, so plan accordingly. The best way to get there is to ride on an iconic New Orleans streetcar."Drew Walker, Travel Director
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia 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).  
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      About this trip

      Trace 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

      24 Meals
      • 16 full breakfasts

      • 8 dinners

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      What's Included

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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, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Opry and Sun Studios


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 16 full breakfasts

        • 8 dinners


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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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      Louisville – Bowling Green – Nashville (3 Nights)

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      Day 1

      Arrive Atlanta Day 1 - Arrive Atlanta

      Immerse yourself in the elegance and style of the South. Your interlude with Dixieland begins in its capital, Atlanta. This evening, meet 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

      Gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the world’s first 24-hour news channel during a Behind-the-Scenes tour – a snapshot that will delight your inner news hound. See Atlanta’s most prized highlights afterward.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Asheville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Renaissance Asheville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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

      Explore the elegance of yesteryear, starting your day with a self-guided visit to the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America and former luxurious homestead of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Stroll through acres of landscaped gardens and gain insight into the lives of a great family once considered American Royalty. We continue to the iconic UNESCO-listed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life. We’ll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then travel through the centre of the park. We overnight in Gatlinburg.

      Hotel

      The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 4

      Gatlinburg Day 4 - Gatlinburg

      Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, so named for the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks. Consider a visit to Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton and embark on an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction. 

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show

      Dixie Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America.

      Adult Price: US$58.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Dollywood Theme Park Admittance Tickets

      Single day admission includes an entire day of access to the best rides, shows and attractions in the Smoky Mountains.

      Adult Price: US$83.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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

      Follow in the footsteps of brave pioneers who travelled through the Cumberland Gap into the West and into Kentucky’s wilderness. Delve into the equestrian heritage of this Bluegrass city in Lexington, at the “Horse Capital of the World.” Visit the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the 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

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      Day 6

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

      Dive into Culture today, saddling up for a soulful encounter with the equine residents of a local horse retirement farm, where you’ll Make a Difference by contributing to the dignified retirement of thoroughbreds whose careers have come to an end. We continue 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. You'll witness first-hand the entire process that goes into distilling Kentucky’s golden liquid – from grain delivery to the cooking process, fermentation and, of course and distillation. Enjoy a taste of the final product before journeying through Bluegrass country to Louisville. This evening, we Connect with a Local, and enjoy a hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center with a local guest.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Louisville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Louisville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Louisville Sightseeing Day 7 - Louisville Sightseeing

      Visit the home of the celebrated Kentucky Derby, hosted at Churchill Downs race-trek since 1875. Fell the thrill of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" as you explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we tuck into a traditional Kentucky Regional Meal, followed by some foot-stomping festive fun.

      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)

      Satisfy the petrol-head in you with a visit to Bowling Green's National Corvette Museum where you can admire the sleek lines and engineering feats of this all-American sports car. Leave your need for speed behind and continue south into Tennessee, arriving in Nashville this afternoon to meet your new travel companions.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

      There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show. You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done. Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW. Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$29.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Nashville Sightseeing Day 9 - Nashville Sightseeing

      Tune into the intoxicating sights and sounds of Music City this morning. Find your rhythm as your Dive into Culture at RCA's Studio B and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of Cash tunes with Johnny and June's granddaughter (or another family member). We'll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and explore the 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 enjoy 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, the home of American music since 1925. Take an optional walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

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

      From country to blues, we head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll on Beale Street, where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Our final stop today is the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down. Perhaps visit the National Civil Rights Museum, home to the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This evening is free.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Memphis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Memphis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Memphis Sun Records Studio Visit

      Experience a guided tour of the legendary Sun Records Studio, the “Most Famous Recording Studio in the World.” Learn how the blending of Blues and Country music came together in the Big Bang of Rock N’ Roll. Hear the outtakes from sessions, see loads of memorabilia, and re-live the history of the studio that launched the musical careers of Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Charlie Rich, Little Milton, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Rosco Gardon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and many other music legends! Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.

      Adult Price: US$15.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      National Civil Rights Museum & Blues City Cafe

      Situated around the former Lorraine Motel - the site of the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. the National Civil Rights Museum traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through five centuries of history — from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality. Following your visit, put some South in your mouth and dine in the footsteps of former President Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, and Alice Cooper (to name a few) at Blues City Cafe - made famous for their ribs. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$49.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Graceland Excursion Day 12 - Graceland Excursion

      Our first stop is Sun Studios, which sought to capture the raw energy of Beale Street in the very first Rock 'n' Roll single recorded in 1951. Visit Graceland and worship at the altar of the King of Rock 'n Roll, paying tribute to a man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Tonight, embark on a your choice dining  experience choosing from a selection of local eateries.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade to VIP Tour

      Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour option. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

      Adult Price: US$39.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

      Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

      Adult Price: US$46.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Day 13

      Memphis – Natchez Day 13 - Memphis – Natchez

      Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. Connect with Locals at a 1850s private residence of Joe Stone, who performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano. We head to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom we'll enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner.

      Hotel

      Natchez Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Natchez Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 13

      Day 14

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

      Dive into Culture at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to discover the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation heritage. We continue through the Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation where the spicy scents of Creole cuisine will linger long after our visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking comes to an end. Enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before indulging in a Regional Meal of Creole cuisine.

      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 one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring New Orleans. This evening, consider an optional jazz cruise on the Mississippi River.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

      Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the newly minted City of New Orleans steamboat for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

      Adult Price: US$86.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 15

      Day 16

      New Orleans At Leisure Day 16 - New Orleans At Leisure

      Today is yours to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Easy. Take an optional boat trip into the Louisiana swamps or explore the streets of the French Quarter and sample the city's cuisine, which Mark Twain once described "as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin". This evening, join new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Swamp And Bayou Tour

      After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Transportation included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$53.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 16

      Day 17

      Depart New Orleans Day 17 - Depart New Orleans

      Your unforgettable encounter through America's South at its end, we take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or consider extending your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 17

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Spend the evening at the Muhammad Ali Center with a hosted dinner. 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. (Days 6, 13)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        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. Meet costumed guides at the Frogmore Plantation. (Days 6, 9, 14)

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        For sightseeing in Memphis and on a reconstructed cotton plantation near New Orleans. (Days 11, 14)

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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, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Opry and Sun Studios


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 16 full breakfasts

        • 8 dinners


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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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