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Highlights of Kentucky & Tennessee Self-Drive Tour

16 days from £3,375pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation

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 Atlanta. Arrive in Atlanta where the afternoon is free to relax after your journey.

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  • Collect your rental car and drive north to Chattanooga. This afternoon you have time to visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station, learn about the American Civil War at Point Park, take a cruise on the river or take the Incline Railway to Lookout Mountain.

  • Travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and explore the spectacular scenery.

  • Enjoy a day discovering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are many delightful walking and cycling trails to explore that provide breathtaking vistas. Do look out for black bears, white-tailed deer and raccoons.

  • Cross the border into Kentucky and continue on to Lexington. The city lies at the heart of the blue grass state and is surrounded by many of Kentucky's renowned thoroughbred horse studs.

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  • You may wish to visit the fascinating Shaker village at Pleasant Hill before driving to Louisville. This evening you can enjoy some of the city's excellent restaurants or sample bourbon whiskey at some of Louisville's distilleries.

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  • There is lots to do in Louisville; you may wish to take in the atmosphere at Churchill Downs horse racing track, visit the Muhammad Ali Center, explore the Slugger Museum and Factory to see how baseball bats are made or visit some of the many bourbon whiskey distilleries.

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  • Travel to Mammoth Cave National Park to explore one of the world's longest cave systems. There are more than 350 miles of passageways and you can visit this subterranean world in a small group with a national park ranger.

  • Visit the National Corvette Museum at Bowling Green before crossing into Tennessee and making your way to Nashville. There is plenty of time this evening to soak up the electric atmosphere of the honky tonk bars on Broadway.

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  • A day to enjoy buzzing Nashville. Don't miss the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, RCA Studio B recording studios, or take in a live performance of country music at the Grand Ole Opry. Other attractions include the Tennessee State Capitol and the Tennessee State Museum.

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  • Drive through the heart of rural Tennessee en route to Memphis. You may wish to follow part of the Natchez Trace Parkway en route, a beautifully maintained ancient route that was used for millennia by indigenous tribes.

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  • Spend a day in Memphis exploring the heartland of blues, soul and rock and roll. Highlights include lively Beale Street with its live bars, whilst music fans won't want to miss Sun Studios or the Stax Museum. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, at the site where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, whilst no visit to Memphis is complete without taking in Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.

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  • The Elvis Presley theme continues today as you drive to Tupelo in neighbouring Mississippi to visit his birthplace.

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  • Drive south to Birmingham, in Alabama, to learn about the city's industrial and civil rights heritage.

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  • Return to Atlanta to drop off your rental car before boarding your onward flight.

  • 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.

When to go

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