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Deep South holidays 2020 & 2021

Full of easy charm, America’s Deep South provides a feast of cultural riches, including distinct musical and gastronomic traditions and evidence of a complex, turbulent history. Our USA specialists can create you a Deep South tour that takes in the region’s many pleasures, from the leafy streets of Charleston and Savannah to boisterous New Orleans, where they can suggest the best place to enjoy live jazz or a bowl of gumbo. In Nashville and Memphis, they can arrange tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry’s past and present.

Outside the cities, you can discover the Deep South’s antebellum heritage at plantations, whose stately facades hide a brutal past, or on a lazy cruise down the wide, slow waters of the Mississippi. Holidays to the Deep South can also include ways to explore the area’s natural beauty, such as its fine-sand beaches, steamy bayous and the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Our expert guides to travelling in the Deep South

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the Deep South. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the Deep South at its best.

  • Charleston, South Carolina

    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.

  • Balcony, New Orleans

    Exploring the Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

    Your guide to exploring the Deep South along the Mississippi River. Sample gumbo in New Orleans, examine the history of slavery at plantations, pay tribute to the King in Memphis and get a behind-the-scenes look at country music’s most storied stage.

  • Beale street, Memphis

    Music culture of the Deep South

    The birthplace of jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, soul and country music, the Deep South is the USA’s undisputed music capital. US specialist Natalie shares her ideas for exploring the region’s musical heritage on your holiday to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.

  • Monmouth Plantation Inn, Natchez

    Plantation homes of the Deep South

    Juxtaposing extreme wealth and stark poverty, the Deep South’s plantations shine a light on the region’s past. USA specialist Carla shares her recommendations on which plantations to visit for a thorough grounding in the Deep South’s history.

  • French Quarter, New Orleans

    Luxury holidays in the Deep South

    Different to anywhere else in America, the Deep South offers a varied trip focused around music, food, history and a mix of cultures. Specialist Alice shares experiences that can uncover a little more of the region and elevate your trip.

  • Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

    A New Orleans food guide

    From a steaming bowl of belly-warming seafood gumbo to a creamy-sweet praline studded with pecans to a plate of oyster Rockefeller at Antoine’s — USA specialist Natalie introduces you to the distinctive culinary pleasures of New Orleans.

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