Celebrate the long history of great American music on this fascinating tour across the Deep South - from Nashville, home of Country, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South Hotel in Atlanta.
Your first full day in the United States begins with a visit to the Martin Luther King Center. One of Atlanta's most famous sons, the Center provides a fascinating insight into the Civil Rights leader and the political repercussions of his famous movement in 20th century America. You also visit Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King and his father were pastors. You then depart for nearby Chattanooga.
Upon arrival in Chattanooga, transfer to the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum for an insight into the long and grand history of the great American railroad aboard a 'rolling museum'. The locomotive gives an insight into the history of the American railroad through the ages. Later, continue to your hotel, where you spend the night.
This morning, begin your journey to Nashville by coach. Along the way, you take a detour to the Jack Daniel's Distillery for a tour and a look at how this iconic beverage is made. From there, continue on your journey towards Nashville, arriving in late afternoon and check into the Holiday Inn Express Downtown, which boasts an enviable location right in the heart of Nashville.
Tonight is at leisure, so perhaps you may like to visit one of the many live music venues and bars located around the city? Nashville is famed for its live music scene, and there is no better way to get a taste of its musical heritage than an evening of live entertainment.
You begin your exploration of the 'Birthplace of Country Music' with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the renowned Studio B.
This evening there is an optional excursion to the legendary Grand Ole Opry music venue for some incredible live performances. The Grand Ole Opry is a heavyweight venue in the country music world, having been founded in the mid-1920s. It has hosted all of the stars of the genre, including Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.
Depart for Memphis today, and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. Tonight, you may like to visit one of the popular live music venues around the city. Beale Street's music scene draws the crowds in and it was here that the Delta Blues artists of the 20th century found a home before moving on to influence the world's musical tastes.
Head to BB King's Blues Club, the first of the late BB King's popular blues bars. Perhaps enjoy some of the authentic Memphis-style barbecue accompanied by some classic American music.
You begin today with a visit to Graceland, the famous mansion home of the late Elvis Presley. Enjoy a tour of the impressive estate, viewing the interiors as they were during Elvis' life here as well as much of his private car collection.
The tour provides wonderful insight into the man behind the stage persona. Then head to Sun Studios, one of the pioneering recording studios for rock music during the '60s.
Transfer to the station this morning and board the Amtrak service to New Orleans aboard the 'City of New Orleans' train. 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. Arriving in the mid-afternoon, check into your hotel in the city's vibrant French Quarter.
This morning starts with a walking tour of the bustling French Quarter, the inspiring Jackson Square and the 18th century St Louis Cathedral. New Orleans is a fascinating blend of Spanish, French, Creole and American influences, representative of the cultural melting pot that the city has since become.
You are then free this afternoon, perhaps to try some authentic Creole cooking.
After a free morning, make your way to New Orleans airport for your flight back home.
For this tour, we recommend that you arrive at Atlanta Hartfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code ATL), which is approximately 1 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), which is approximately 16 miles from your final hotel.
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Amtrak trains provide the passenger rail services in the USA, and relaxing on board one of its comfortable long distance trains is simply the best way to discover this vast country, its great cities and ever-changing landscape.
On overnight journeys, accommodation is in a Roomette Cabin, which are comfortable but compact. Inside you have two comfortable reclining seats beside a large window, which convert to upper and lower berths at night. Each cabin has individual climate control, a fold down table, fresh towels and complimentary bottled water. WC, shower and washroom facilities are located at the end of each carriage. Roomettes are located on both the upper and lower levels of the double-deck carriages.
On some Amtrak trains a limited number of bedrooms are available at a supplement. These cabins have a daytime sofa that converts to a wide lower berth and a comfortable upper berth at night, and the added benefit of their own en suite shower, washbasin and WC. During daytime journeys we travel in comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. On tours involving journeys on overnight sleeper services, passengers enjoy a meal in the restaurant car if they are travelling during a mealtime. Passengers travelling during the day may purchase meals from the restaurant car where this service is provided. Many Amtrak trains also have Lounge, Dinette and Café cars where passengers can buy snacks, meals and beverages and take advantage of the comfy seating.
The 3-Star Holiday Inn Chattanooga Downtown is our base in the centre of this iconic American city. With a steakhouse restaurant and a bar and lounge on site, this hotel is ideal for a relaxing drink after a long day of exploration. The rooms come equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a minifridge, a television, and tea & coffee making facilities.
Located within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry, the Opryland Resort in Nashville by Marriott is a modern, luxury hotel. Individual rooms feature high-speed Internet access, minibar fridge and coffee maker, telephone, TV with satellite, a safe and room service.
The 3* Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis is located just minutes from Beale Street, in the heart of lively downtown Memphis. With contemporary interiors and friendly service, this hotel has everything you need for exploring this wonderful historic city. Amenities include a roof-top pool looking over the lights of the city, and an extensive fitness suite. All rooms come well equipped with air-conditioning, a radio, a television, a hair dryer, and a coffee maker, and there is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout.
The 3* AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans Bourbon is located quite near the iconic Mississippi River, and is close to many of New Orleans sights. The rooms here are bright and airy, and come with a television, an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!