Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of
great American music - from Nashville, home of Country Music, to
the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New
Enjoy a journey on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, the world's steepest passenger railway which has been running since 1895
Pay a visit to Graceland, home to Elvis’ 14 acre mansion - view his preserved living quarters and private aircraft collection
Explore Oak Alley Plantation as we learn about Louisiana’s role in America's Slave Trade during the 19th century
Enjoy a guided tour and tasting of whiskey at Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg. Here, we also discover the history of the days of prohibition
Discover Café Du Mond in New Orleans' French Quarter and try beignets and coffee on a guided sightseeing tour
Flights from London Heathrow to Atlanta and from Houston to London Heathrow
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London and Atlanta
We fly from London Heathrow to Atlanta and transfer to our
hotel, the Courtyard Atlanta Airport South for an overnight stay.
On Day 2, entrance is included to the Martin
Luther King Center and Church, which pays homage to the man himself
as well as the civil rights movement he was a driving force of. Our
tour continues to Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote
her Pulitzer Prize winning novel 'Gone with the Wind'. Following
free time for lunch, we transfer to Chattanooga, where we board the
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, taking us on a journey on the
world's steepest railway track, overlooking the city below and the
Tennessee River. Later, we transfer by coach to our hotel.
Day 3 - Lynchburg and Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Our coach takes us through Tennessee to Lynchburg, capital of
Moore County. Moore County has been 'dry' since the days of
prohibition, which makes its main attraction all the more
extraordinary - it is the home of the Jack Daniel's Distillery.
After a tour and tasting at the distillery, we continue to
Nashville, staying for 3 nights at the Clarion Downtown. This
evening, we visit the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Founded as a radio
station in 1925, today this famous music venue still hosts the same
regular broadcast, now with a popular extended format, in addition
to regular stage shows. We enjoy live music performed on 'country's
most famous stage', a wonderful introduction to Nashville's music
Days 4-5 - Nashville
Since the 1940s, Nashville has been synonymous with country
music thanks to its collection of recording studios on 'Music Row'
and the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry for 3 decades.
A morning guided tour introduces us to the sights, before we visit
the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest music museum.
Day 5 is free to explore Nashville.
Day 6 - Jackson and Memphis
Our journey through Tennessee continues to Memphis, pausing
en-route at Jackson where there's free time for lunch and a spot of
sightseeing. We then stop at the Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in
Brownsville, a series of museums dedicated to the history of the
south; from its musical traditions to its infamous history of slave
labour in the cotton fields. We complete our journey to Memphis
later this afternoon, checking into our hotel.
Day 7 - Graceland and Sun Studios
We begin our day by paying a visit to the fantastic Graceland,
Elvis' 14 acre mansion, and view his preserved living quarters, as
well as his private aircraft and car collections. This afternoon
introduces us to the sights of Memphis' extraordinary musical
history. We visit Sun Studio, which lays claim to being the
birthplace of rock 'n' roll and boasted a roster that featured
Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Day 8 - The City of New Orleans train and the Oak Alley Plantation
Boarding Amtrak's City of New Orleans service this morning in
Memphis, we head from Tennessee, through Mississippi to Louisiana.
It is claimed that the blues spread along this route by rail. The
pretty, floral towns of Brookhaven and McComb lead into the exotic
Cajun swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, and we take the train as far
as Hammond. From here, we transfer by coach to the Oak Alley
Plantation for a guided tour. This restored house stands as
testament to both the grand lives of Louisiana land owners and the
suffering of those enslaved here, revealing the history of the
house, sometimes referred to as the 'Grande Dame of the Great River
Road', along with its grounds. Later, we continue by coach to New
Orleans, where we stay at the Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans.
Day 10 - New Orleans
Your entire day is free to soak up the splendour of New Orleans.
Roaring with life, the 'Big Easy' is known as the south's party
city thanks to Mardi Gras, yet year-round there is a sense of
spirited adventure and playfulness here. A wander through the
colourful streets will offer an excellent introduction to the
eclectic architecture stretching back centuries.
Days 11-12 - To Houston
We leave New Orleans behind today and board our Amtrak service
to Houston. We begin Day 12 in Houston with a
guided tour of the city's main landmarks, including Allen's Landing
and NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
Days 13-14 - Houston and London
We transfer to the airport today for our flight home, arriving
into London Heathrow on Day 14.
The first origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval
Europe, travelling Italy and then onwards to France. On 2nd March
1699, French- Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de
Bienville arrived on a plot of land south of New Orleans - now the
small town of Mobile - and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when he
realised it was the eve of the festive holiday. The Carnival of
Mardi Gras refers to the period of feasting and fun that begins on
the Christian Feast of the Epiphany (6th January) and ends on Mardi
Gras (also known as 'Fat' Tuesday), the final day of revelry before
Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. When visiting New Orleans, the
festival is in full swing, with floats making their way through the
streets, and the vibrant colours of purple, green, and gold -
standing for justice, faith, and power.
You can experience Mardi Gras in full swing on
our Feburary Departures.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Feel the holiday would be a far more enjoyable if some meals were included so the opportunity for shearing our experiences over a meal can happen
Mrs S Kirk
We thoroughly enjoyed Tracks of the Deep South. It certainly was action packed. We also met up with friends in Nashville on our free day.
Our friends live just 50 mins out of Nashville
Overall trip was good, just a couple of things that could have been organised better, and a couple of places you could have skipped and given more time at others
Mrs M Barea
Really enjoyed the whole trip, tour manager very informative, organised and helpful. Loved Nashvillle, Graceland an New Orleans. The concernt at the Grand Ole Opry was fantastic! Opreyland hotel although not in the centre of Nashiville and we had to use a shuttle to get to the centre was stunning - well worth the distance, beautiful hotel with gardens, pools etc just beautiful. The shuttle was a bit expensive and some complained but Angie managed to get us a great deal. I would definatley stay in that hotel again. If you love the music totally recommend this trip of the music highway.
Mrs L Porter
Very enjoyable. The Houston hotel was a long way out of town and next to a 16 lane highway. Thanks to our tour manager James who kept us busy on the last day, when nothing else had been organised and no way to get anywhere.
Great holiday Tour Manager went above and beyond to provide information and assistance when and if needed