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Tracks of the Deep South

(Tour code: DSG5)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
  • Atlanta, the Civil War and 'Gone with the Wind'
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

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.

Arriving in Atlanta
Day 1

To Atlanta and Chattanooga

We fly from London Heathrow to Atlanta and transfer into Tennessee, where we stay for two nights at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown Hotel.

  • 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.

  • Tennessee Valley Railroad
  • Lookout Mountain Incline 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 Nashville Opryland Resort & Hotel, within easy reach of Broadway's honky-tonk bars and live Country music scene.

  • Jack Daniel's Distillery
Country Music Hall of Fame
Day 4

Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame

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

  • Tour of Nashville
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
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 birthplace features a museum, the Presley family's two-room house and the restored church building where Elvis' love of Gospel music was formed. On arrival in Memphis we check into the Doubletree Hotel for a three night stay.

Please Note: Groups DSG505 to DSG512 will stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown instead of the Doubletree Downtown.

  • Elvis' birthplace at Tupelo
Day 6

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.

  • Sun Studio
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Graceland
Day 7

At leisure in Memphis

Today you are free 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.

  • Free Day
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.

SS Natchez
Days 9-10

New Orleans and Jazz Cruise

A morning guided sightseeing tour on Day 9 provides an introduction to this fascinating city. In the evening we enjoy a dinner jazz cruise on board the paddle-wheeler, SS Creole Queen, one of just a handful of steamboats still navigating the mighty Mississippi. 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. Day 10 is spent at leisure.

  • Tour of New Orleans
  • Dinner jazz cruise
Day 11

The Crescent train to Atlanta

Departing from New Orleans, we join the Crescent service to Atlanta. The Crescent crosses part of Lake Pontchartrain, the largest body of water in Louisiana. Cutting through the De Soto National Forest, we reach the lumber centre of Hattiesburg, before passing through swamp country. Towards midday we reach Meridian, birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music. Our route passes through Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and into Georgia for an evening arrival in Atlanta. We stay for two nights at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Margaret Mitchell House
Day 12


A morning guided sightseeing tour takes the the Atlanta History Center. The tour continues to Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 'Gone with the Wind'. Your afternoon and the following morning are then free to explore Atlanta.

  • Atlanta History Center
  • Margaret Mitchell House
Flying home
Days 13-14

The journey home

In the afternoon of Day 13 we transfer to Atlanta Airport for our flight home to London Heathrow, arriving in the morning of Day 14.

  • Scheduled flights

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