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Deep South tours

Drawing on their deep knowledge of America’s southern states, our specialists have created some suggested itineraries to help inspire your visit to the 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 trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Laura Plantation

    Exploring Cajun Country

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    • 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.

    10 days from $3,235pp

  • Jackson Square in New Orleans

    Luxury Deep South Self-drive

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    • 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.

    15 days from $6,260pp

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Charleston, South Carolina

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