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Luxury Deep South Self-Drive Tour

15 days from $6,260pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations

Itinerary idea in detail

Private customized tour.

  • On arrival at the airport your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel, right in the heart of New Orleans.

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  • You will have time for breakfast before your guide arrives to take you on a tailored walking tour of New Orleans, highlighting the French Quarter and the Garden District. Your guide will return you to your hotel at the end of your tour and you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city.

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  • Spend another day exploring New Orleans, one of the USA's most captivating cities. This afternoon you will join a hands on cookery course to learn how to make Creole and Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and gumbo as well as learning New Orleans' colourful history.

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  • Collect your luxury hire car and head north to White Castle. Follow the winding Mississippi River road downstream through fascinating plantation country. Explore the many plantation homes that have become renowned antebellum landmarks.

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  • You have the day to relax at the Nottoway Plantation and Resort, a former sugarcane estate and the largest antebellum mansion in the South. You can book onto a guided tour of the plantation with a local guide, use the complimentary bicycles available or just relax with a dip in the pool. This evening you can enjoy a fine dining meal at the superb on-site restaurant.

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  • This morning you have time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting off on the next leg of your journey. You will make your way to the charming river town of Natchez, where you will be staying for the next two nights.

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  • You have a day at leisure in historic Natchez, the oldest river town on the Mississippi. Natchez is home to 668 postcard-perfect stately antebellum mansion, many of which welcome visitors.

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  • Continuing your journey north, your drive today brings you to the historical town of Vicksburg, site to some of the most prominent battles of the civil war. You may wish to take a tour of the graceful antebellum homes that stood proudly through the siege of the Vicksburg battle, or perhaps enjoy one of the many re-enactments at landmarks dotted throughout the town. Alternatively, visit the Union and Confederate cemeteries, which commemorate the men from both the North and the South that fell during the war.

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  • Make your way from Vicksburg to Memphis today. This is a city with a fascinating history and there's a lot to explore. Your Memphis Music Attraction pass includes VIP tickets for the undeniably unique Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley.

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  • Enjoy a guided tour of Memphis in a vintage car, learning the history of the city and taking in the major sites along the way.

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  • Your Memphis Attraction pass also allows you to explore the musical highlights of the city where Blues gave birth to Rock 'n' Roll. Enjoy visits to the Rock and Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. You can also use your pass to explore the famous Sun Studios, a living breathing testament to the heart of soul music.

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  • Continue your journey to Nashville today, your last stop of your itinerary. You may wish to take the scenic route along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

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  • Known as Music City, Nashville is the home of country music where you can tour such shrines as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium and RCA Studio B. This afternoon you will visit the Grand Ole Opry for a VIP Behind the Curtain tour. Following the tour, you have premium tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, country music's most famous show. Since its opening show in 1925, the Opry has played host to numerous country music legends, from Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton.

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  • Today you will take a tour of Nashville accompanied by a local singer/songwriter. This three hour tour will take in Nashville's musical highlights before your guide treats you to a private performance at a picturesque location.

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  • You have a final morning for last minute sightseeing before your flight this evening. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to the airport.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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