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Drawing on their deep knowledge about America’s southern states, our specialists have created some suggested itineraries to help inspire your visit to the Deep South. You could concentrate on the mountains and beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas, dive deep into the history and heritage of Kentucky and Tennessee, or delve into the area’s turbulent history, from the Civil War battlefields to Civil Rights museums and monuments. Or, you can choose to focus on the Deep South’s rich musical heritage and visit the cities where jazz, blues, country and rock and roll were all born.

Consider these itineraries mere suggestions our specialists will assemble a trip that’s tailored specifically to your interests.

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Our recommended tours in the Deep South

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Deep South, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your tour will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Self-Drive

  • Soak up the scenery of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks on ranger-led walks.

  • Look out for black bears in Shenandoah and salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Drive along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway scenic highways, stopping to explore towns and villages en route.

  • Visit Washington D.C.'s iconic monuments, memorials, museums and galleries.

14 Days from €3,250pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Exploring Cajun Country

  • Learn from a local about traditional Cajun cuisine in an open demonstration cooking class.

  • Explore a number of plantations to discover Louisiana's rich history.

  • Taste your way around Baton Rouge's many craft breweries.

  • Visit the country's largest river swamp and spot a bald eagle at the Atchafalaya Basin.

11 Days from €3,805pp

including international flights from Ireland.

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Historic South Carolina Self-Drive

  • Stroll through the streets of Charleston with an expert guide and get local insights into the city’s rich history.

  • Visit a number of historical plantations set upon the Ashley River, just a short drive from Charleston.

  • Enjoy typical Southern traditions at Montage Palmetto Bluff and sample fire-roasted S’mores, homemade sweet tea and slow-simmered shrimp and grits.

  • Bask in the Carolina sunshine on Hilton Head Island.

12 Days from €3,995pp

including international flights from Ireland.

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Carolinas to Key West Florida Self-Drive

  • Experience traditional southern charm in Charleston and Savannah.

  • Visit Cape Canaveral and the 'Space Coast'.

  • Explore Miami's Art Deco heritage.

  • Take an airboat ride through the Everglades.

  • Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.

19 Days from €4,505pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Luxury Georgia & the Carolinas self-drive

  • Taste local delicacies such as Southern barbecue and Lowcountry boil.

  • Walk in the shoes of American royalty at Biltmore House.

  • Delve into Savannah’s culinary scene.

  • Watch birds and comb the unspoilt beaches on Jekyll Island.

13 Days from €6,525pp

Includes international flights with British Airways in World Traveller Plus on the way to the USA and in Club World, with a flatbed, on the overnight return.

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Luxury Deep South Self-drive

  • Explore the streets of New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter with a private guide.

  • Taste the many Cajun and Creole culinary delights on a hands on cooking class.

  • Tour Memphis is style, in a vintage 1960's car.

  • Enjoy the musical birth places of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll.

16 Days from €7,405pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Exploring the Deep South: Georgia and the Carolinas

There’s more to the Deep South than the food, music and culture of Louisiana and Tennessee. USA specialist Molly ventured farther east to the less-visited states of Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Here, you can balance historical cities with beach relaxation and mountain scenery.

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