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Luxury Deep South Self-drive

16 days from £6,390pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary 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

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • New Orleans
  • White Castle
  • Natchez
  • Vicksburg
  • Memphis
  • Nashville

Itinerary idea in detail

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

Day 1 New Orleans

International outbound flight , New Orleans

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to New Orleans. In Premium Economy, you will enjoy priority boarding and extra leg room to stretch out on the journey. On arrival at the airport your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel, right in the heart of New Orleans.

Day 2 New Orleans

New Orleans

You will have time for breakfast before your guide arrives. She will be taking 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.

Day 3 New Orleans

New Orleans

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.

Day 4 White Castle

New Orleans , White Castle

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.


Day 5 White Castle

White Castle

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.


Day 6 Natchez

White Castle , Natchez

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.

Day 7 Natchez


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.

Day 8 Vicksburg

Natchez , Vicksburg

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.

Day 9 Memphis

Vicksburg , Memphis

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.

Day 10 Memphis


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.

Day 11 Memphis


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.

Day 12 Nashville

Memphis , Nashville

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.

Day 13 Nashville


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.

Day 14 Nashville


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.

Day 15 International return flight

Nashville , International return flight

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. Here you can relax in the pre-departure lounge, which you have access to with your ticket. Enjoy your overnight flight from the comfort of your flatbed seat.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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