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Movements of the American South: New Orleans to Nashville

15 days from £4,070pp

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Tour highlights

  • Sample the best of Creole cuisine on a New Orleans food tour.

  • Walk in the footsteps of Civil Rights leaders in Birmingham and Montgomery.

  • Immerse yourself in the music history of Memphis, from Beale Street to Graceland.

  • Explore the innumerable country music venues of Nashville's famed Broadway.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, make your way to your accommodation, where you can relax for the remainder of the day after your journey.

  • Immerse yourself in New Orleans' vibrant music scene, the birthplace of jazz. Explore the French Quarter for live jazz, blues, and zydeco at celebrated venues like Preservation Hall and the intimate club settings on Frenchmen Street with its local bars. Dive into the city's musical history at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Beyond music, you may wish to learn about history at the National WWII Museum and uncover the mystical side of voodoo shops and historic cemeteries.

  • Experience the charm of 'The Big Easy' with a guided foodie tour through the French Quarter. Begin your journey by visiting world-renowned restaurants, where you'll discover the finest Louisiana cooking. As you stroll through the city streets, let your guide fascinate you with facts about New Orleans' rich cultural heritage. Visit beloved local restaurants in the French Quarter for delectable Creole classics, including seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. This culinary adventure is the perfect way to engage yourself in the tastes and history of this vibrant city.

  • Continuing your journey east, your drive today brings you to the historic city of Mobile, where vibrant culture and rich history come alive. Known as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States, Mobile boasts a festive atmosphere year-round. Stroll through the charming streets lined with historic architecture and immerse yourself in the city's Mardi Gras traditions. Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in some of Mobile's traditional foods, such as mouthwatering Gulf Coast seafood, delicious Creole dishes, and indulgent beignets.

  • With a variety of key attractions to explore, we suggest starting your day with a visit to the History Museum of Mobile, encompassing Colonial Fort Conde, the Phoenix Fire Museum, and the Africatown Heritage House. Soak up the city's architectural heritage with visits to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and historic homes like the Conde-Charlotte Museum house. Delve into Mobile's lively Mardi Gras history at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

  • Journey north from Mobile to Montgomery, Alabama's historic capital city. Walk the streets where history unfolded, visiting the Civil Rights Memorial Center, the Rosa Parks Museum, and Dexter Avenue Kings Memorial Baptist Church. Don't miss the Hank Williams Museum, which pays homage to the famed country music star. Montgomery offers a captivating blend of history, Civil Rights legacy, and musical heritage.

  • Begin your day with a brief drive to Birmingham, often seen as the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. This city boasts a vivid and storied past, which can be fully appreciated through its numerous historical landmarks, museums, and commemorative attractions. Upon arrival, we recommend indulging in Birmingham's diverse food scene, offering a vibrant blend of tastes.

  • This is a free day to explore the dynamic city of Birmingham, starting with a deep dive into its rich Civil Rights history. We suggest beginning at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where interesting and powerful exhibits illuminate the movement's struggles and triumphs. Stroll through historic Kelly Ingram Park, known as 'Ground Zero' for Civil Rights protests, and witness the poignant sculptures depicting moments from the struggle for equality. Continue your exploration with a visit to the 16th Street Baptist Church, a pivotal site in the movement. After immersing yourself in history, we suggest you spend the evening experiencing Birmingham's vibrant music scene, where you can catch live performances ranging from blues and jazz to rock and country.

  • This morning, discover the roots of the legendary Elvis Presley's story in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he was born in 1935. Step into the humble two-room house that served as the King of Rock 'n' Roll's birthplace, preserved as Elvis Presley's Birthplace and Museum. Continue your journey to Memphis, Tennessee, a city steeped in music history, home to the famed Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded timeless hits. This evening, explore Beale Street, filled with blues clubs and lively entertainment, and indulge in mouthwatering barbecue that has put Memphis on the culinary map.

  • Step into the world of the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland, Elvis Presley's classic home. The mansion, where Elvis lived for 20 years, offers a glimpse into his unique style and musical legacy. Tour the custom-designed rooms, including the Jungle Room and the Trophy Building, filled with his personal mementoes, gold records and elaborate stage costumes. Explore the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family are laid to rest. This afternoon, discover Memphis music history at the Rock 'n' Soul Museum on Beale Street. Explore the birth of rock 'n' roll and soul music, with exhibits on sensations like B.B. King and Isaac Hayes. Interactive displays and pieces of music history make it a must-visit for music enthusiasts.

  • On your final day in Memphis, explore the poignant history of the Civil Rights Movement at the National Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the historic Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated. This museum offers a powerful journey through the struggle for equality. Explore exhibits chronicling key moments in the movement, from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March on Washington. Stand on the balcony where Dr. King stood and feel the weight of history in every corner. The museum is a moving tribute to those who fought for justice, inspiring visitors with its message of hope.

  • Set off on the final drive of your trip, heading east to Nashville, known worldwide as 'Music City'. Experience the rich history and soulful sounds that define this celebrated city. From the famed Grand Ole Opry to the lively honky-tonk bars on Broadway, Nashville's country music scene is unparalleled. Explore museums dedicated to country music pioneers, catch live performances at historic venues, and discover new talents in intimate settings across the city.

  • Depending on the day you arrive, you can begin a journey through Nashville’s diverse food scene in vibrant East Nashville or the trendy 12South district. Sink your teeth into a selection of gourmet hotspots, each offering its own unique tastes. Indulge in classic Southern delights such as tender pulled pork, tempting Tennessee whiskey glazed doughnuts, and delectable catfish tacos, or explore some of the area's chic coffee shops, charming eateries, and beautifully restored buildings. Your guide's intimate knowledge of Nashville's food scene promises an unforgettable exploration of Music City's captivating culinary landscape.

  • Spend the morning at leisure before heading to the airport for your flight home.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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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