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Deep South tours

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 trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Jekyll Island Club Resort

    Jekyll Island Resort break

    Deep South
    • Standing on undisturbed Jekyll Island, this historic resort feels refined and exclusive.
    • Access to the Jekyll Ocean club offers guests beach chairs, umbrellas and refreshments.
    • The island boasts 63 holes of golf and many more outdoor activities.
    • Dine at the Wharf restaurant, enjoying delicious Southern dishes while watching the sunset.

    7 days from £2,150pp

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • 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 £2,815pp

  • Laura Plantation

    Exploring Cajun Country

    Deep South
    • 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 £3,130pp

  • Kentucky horses

    Highlights of Kentucky & Tennessee self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • Explore the magnificent scenery of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    • Sample bourbon and go horse racing in Kentucky.

    • Go underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

    • Discover the rich country music heritage of Nashville.

    • Learn about the South's fascinating, and turbulent, civil rights heritage.

    16 days from £3,375pp

  • Houses in Charleston's Historic District

    Historic South Carolina self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • 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 £3,395pp

  • Historic ruins at Montage Palmetto Bluff

    Montage Palmetto Bluff break

    Deep South
    • Hotel interior boasts traditional Southern style with light and airy decor.
    • Six restaurants offer a wide variety of styles from fine dining to more casual cafés.
    • Access to the fantastic May River Golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
    • Plenty of salt and freshwater water sports on offer to experience the coastal Carolina Marshlands.
    • Set alongside the picturesque May River with accommodation tucked away in-between the trees.

    7 days from £4,380pp

  • Jackson Square in New Orleans

    Luxury Deep South self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • 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 £6,390pp

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