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Tracks of the Deep South

(Tour code: DSG6)The soundtrack of Deep South USA

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 Orleans. Walk in the footsteps of legends and enjoy fine Southern hospitality.

Tour Highlights
  • Chattanooga's railroads
  • Jack Daniel's Distillery
  • Nashville
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Memphis and Tupelo
  • Graceland
  • Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • New Orleans
  • Mississippi steamboat dinner Jazz cruise
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
    Amtrak rail travel
  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Arriving in Atlanta
Day 1

To Atlanta and Chattanooga

We fly from London Heathrow to Atlanta and transfer to our hotel, the Marriott Marquis, for an overnight stay.

  • Scheduled flights
Tennessee Valley Railway
Day 2

The Tennessee Valley Railway

Today we experience a ride on two of Chattanooga's railways, trundling through the countryside on the restored heritage Tennessee Valley Railroad before experiencing 'America's Most Amazing Mile', the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Built in 1895 to service a hotel at the top of the mountain, part of the track has an incline of 72.7%, giving it the distinction of being the world's steepest passenger railway.

Jack Daniel's Distillery
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 Jack Daniel's Distillery! After a tour of the distillery we continue to Nashville, staying for two nights at the The Nashville Opryland Resort & Hotel, in easy reach of the honky-tonk bars and live Country music scene.

Day 4


Since the 1940s Nashville has been synonymous with Country Music, with its collection of recording studios and record labels on 'Music Row' and the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry for three decades. A morning guided tour introduces you to the sights before we visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest music museum, for an amazing 'who's who' in the world of Country music.

Beale Street
Day 5

Tupelo and Memphis

Our journey through Tennessee continues to Memphis. En route we stop at Tupelo to visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley. A fascinating insight into the humble beginnings of Elvis, the town features a museum, the Presley family's two-room house and the restored church building where Elvis' love of Gospel music was formed. Later we arrive in Memphis for a three-night stay at the Springhill Suites.

Days 6-7

Graceland, Sun Studios and Stax

Today introduces the sights of Memphis' extraordinary musical history. We visit Sun Studios, which lays claim to being the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, with a roster featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. By contrast, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music covers another of the city's musical phenomena. Founded in the neighbourhood known as Soulsville USA, Stax was responsible for launching the careers of great soul artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. In the afternoon we visit Graceland, Elvis' 14 acre mansion, and view his preserved living quarters, private aircraft and car collections. Day 7 is free for you to explore Memphis independently. Beale Street's live music is a must as the evening draws in. It is here that Blues from the delta found a home before moving on to influence the world's musical tastes.

St Louis Cathedral
Day 8

The City of New Orleans train

This morning we board Amtrak's City of New Orleans service, heading 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. Following our arrival into the city of New Orleans, we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

New Orleans Paddle-steamer
Days 9-10

New Orleans and Jazz Cruise

This morning's guided tour provides an introduction to this fascinating city. The afternoon and the following day are spent at leisure. The 'Big Easy' boasts unique architecture, influenced by Spanish, French, Creole and American styles, representative of the cultural melting pot that the city has become. On the evening of Day 10 we enjoy a dinner jazz cruise on board an authentic paddle-steamer, one of just a handful of steamboats still navigating the mighty Mississippi.

Day 11

Flight to Atlanta

Departing from New Orleans, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Atlanta. We stay for two nights at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Day 12


A morning guided sightseeing tour takes the American Civil War as one of its themes. The tour takes us to Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 'Gone with the Wind'. Your afternoon and is then free to explore Atlanta.

Flying home
Days 13-14

Return to London

After a leisurely morning, in the afternoon of Day 13 we transfer to Atlanta Airport for our overnight flight home to London, arriving on Day 14.

Mardi Gras

Our February departures spend time in New Orleans during its superb Mardi Gras Festival. The festival runs for two weeks, building up to its climax on "Fat Tuesday" (celebrated on the same day as Shrove Tuesday in the UK). Throughout festival season, the streets are filled with daily parades of brightly dressed dancers and elaborately decorated floats. Join in the party as New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras in style.


Lynne Broadley
James Eaton
Julie Longfield
Phil Conde

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