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Highlights of Kentucky & Tennessee Self-Drive

16 days from £3,375pp

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Itinerary 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
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  • Atlanta
  • Chattanooga
  • Sevierville
  • Lexington
  • Louisville
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • Tupelo
  • Birmingham
  • Atlanta

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 Atlanta

International outbound flight , Atlanta

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.

Day 2 Chattanooga

Atlanta , Chattanooga

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.

Day 3 Sevierville

Chattanooga , Sevierville

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

Day 4 Sevierville


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.

Day 5 Lexington

Sevierville , Lexington

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.

Day 6 Louisville

Lexington , Louisville

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.


Day 7 Louisville


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.


Day 8 Mammoth Cave National Park

Louisville , Mammoth Cave National Park

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.


Day 9 Nashville

Mammoth Cave National Park , Nashville

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.

Day 10 Nashville


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.

Day 11 Memphis

Nashville , Memphis

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.

Day 12 Memphis


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.

Day 13 Tupelo

Memphis , Tupelo

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

Day 14 Birmingham

Tupelo , Birmingham

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


Day 15 International return flight

Birmingham , Atlanta , International return flight

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

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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