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
Pay a visit to Graceland, home to Elvis’ 14 acre mansion
Explore Oak Alley Plantation and learn about Louisiana’s role in America's Slave Trade during the 19th century
Enjoy a guided tour and tasting at Jack Daniel's Distillery
Flights from London Heathrow to Atlanta and from Houston to London
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - To Atlanta
We fly from London Heathrow to Atlanta and transfer to our
hotel, the Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport South, for an
Day 2 - Atlanta and Chattanooga
A morning sightseeing tour explores this fascinating city.
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. The 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. This evening, we check in for one night at the
Doubletree by Hilton Chattanooga Downtown.
Please Note: For departures DSG2001 &
DSG2002 you will now travel on the Tennessee Valley
Railroad instead of the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
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 and tasting at the distillery we continue to Nashville,
staying for three nights at the Clarion Downtown Nashville. This
evening, we visit the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Founded as a radio
station in 1925, today this classic music venue still hosts the
same regular broadcast, now with a popular extended format, in
addition to regular stage shows. Tonight, enjoy live music
performed on 'country's most famous stage', a wonderful
introduction to Nashville's culture.
Days 4-5 - Nashville
Since the 1940s Nashville has been synonymous with country
music, with its collection of recording studios 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.
Day 5 is free to explore Nashville under your
own steam. Named the capital of Tennessee in 1843, today the city
is still considered by many to be a haven and refuge for musicians
of many styles. Perhaps delve into the rich music scene of the
city, enjoy traditional southern food in a typical American diner,
or soak up some 200 years of history at one of Nashville's historic
sites, such as Belmont Mansion.
Day 6 - Jackson and Memphis
Our journey through Tennessee continues to Memphis, pausing
en-route at Jackson, where you have free time for lunch and a spot
of sightseeing - perhaps visit the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame. 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
We complete our journey to Memphis later this afternoon, where
we check in to the Sheraton Hotel Memphis. The rest of your day is
Day 7 - Graceland and Sun Studios
This morning we pay a visit to the fantastic Graceland, Elvis'
14 acre mansion, and view his preserved living quarters. This
afternoon introduces the sights of Memphis' extraordinary musical
history. We visit Sun Studio, which lays claim to being the
birthplace of rock 'n' roll, with a roster featuring Elvis Presley,
Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.
Day 8 - The City of New Orleans train and the Oak Alley Plantation
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. We take the train as far as Hammond, from where 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 once enslaved
here. Our guided tour reveals 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 New Orleans Hotel.
Day 9 - The French Quarter and a Mississippi cruise
This morning's guided tour provides an introduction to one of
the best-known parts of the city: the renowned French Quarter.
Following some free time to arrange lunch (perhaps sample some of
the famous Creole cuisine), this afternoon we board a traditional
paddle steamer, for a delightful sightseeing cruise along the
Mississippi River. Our jazz cruise takes place on board an
authentic steamboat, and offers a view of the 'Big Easy' that only
a vantage point on the river can provide. During our time on board,
we enjoy a live performance from the ship's jazz band as a fabulous
background to our historic cruise. After disembarking, you are free
to enjoy your evening at leisure.
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 yearround 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, whilst restaurants
here offer a taste of hearty southern cuisine influenced by the
various cultures that have rubbed shoulders over the years.
Days 11-14 - From Houston to home
On Day 11, departing from New Orleans, we board
our Amtrak service to Houston. We begin Day 12 in
Houston with a guided tour of the city's main landmarks, including
the Allen's Landing and NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. On
Day 13, we transfer to the airport for our return
flight to London, arriving the following day.
For our February 16th 2020 departure a
grandstand ticket for the New Orleans Mardi Gras (or 'Fat Tuesday')
celebrations is included in the price. Mardi Gras is one of the
biggest and most colourful celebrations in America, with a plethora
of parades, jazz, and food to enliven anyone who visits. Taking
place on what is otherwise known as 'Shrove Tuesday' in the Easter
season, this is one of America's oldest traditions, with the first
one being held in 1699. Enjoy this incredible experience - it is
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.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
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
Mrs J Carman-Meakin
Well organised, excellent tour manager, good variety of experiences.