Overview

Nashville - 2 nights
Memphis - 2 nights
Natchez - 1 night
New Orleans - 2 nights

Montgomery - 1 night
Savannah - 2 nights
Charleston - 2 nights
Atlanta - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

Deep South & Southern Belles

Discover antebellum heritage and plantation houses as you soak in the essence of The Deep South

Picture yourself on our 15-day journey and experience true Southern hospitality

Step back in time to America’s Deep South, filled with a genteel allure and a rich colonial charm that will leave you captivated and enchanted. The plantation houses of the Deep South are a reminder of a time gone by. Stunning in appearance and standing grand in beautiful surroundings they are rich in history from a time when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith. Follow the American road to freedom from the battlfields of the American Civil War through to the Civil Rights Movement.

Join us on this fabulous journey that combines the old with the new, from the leafy streets of Charleston and Savannah to vibrant New Orleans with the sound of saxophones and live jazz and Nashville and Memphis, the music industry’s past and present.

Key Features

Chauffeur driven transfers*
Grand Ole Opry show
Graceland
Jazz performance
Savannah dinner cruise
Experienced tour manager
Local expert guides
Group Size: 10-20
Price Guarantee

 

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Nashville. Transfer to the Hutton Hotel for two nights.

Day 2 Visit Belle Meade Plantation, located a few miles west of Nashville. On arrival, guides in period costumes will lead you through the rooms of the Greek Revival mansion, dating back to the early 19th century, reciting historical narratives and pointing out original decor and furnishings in its two parlours, four bedrooms, kitchen, and library. It’s perhaps best known for its winery and horse farm. Free time for independent exploration before returning to Nashville. This evening visit the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in the USA. (B)

Day 3 Depart Nashville for Memphis arriving early afternoon. Two nights at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. (B)

Day 4 A full day of sightseeing in Memphis, starting with Sun Studios opened by rock-and-roll pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950. Legendary artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis have all recorded here. This afternoon, Graceland welcomes you for a self-guided tour of the mansion along with a visit to attractions such as Elvis’ Custom Jets, Automobile Museum and Entertainment Complex. (B)

Day 5 Leave the state of Tennessee and head for Mississippi and the town of Natchez. Spared much of the physical destruction that other cities saw during the Civil War, Natchez boasts over 650 antebellum (pre-Civil War) homes and we have included a guided tour of one of the most spectacular, Rosalie. Standing high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River this National Historic Landmark was a private residence for more than 100 years. Since 1938 the house and gardens have been owned by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), on show is the actual furniture, clothing, household possessions, garden plantings and family traditions of the family that long called Rosalie home. Continue to the Grand Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening, a three-course meal is included. (B, D)

Day 6 Located just across the river but in the state of Louisiana, we take a tour of Frogmore Plantation. Follow the early Natchez planters and their slaves through an evolution from the wilderness to a thriving 1850’s cotton plantation, and then beyond the ‘War Between the States’ to a struggling new way of life. Listen to the slave customs, secret music and see authentically furnished slave quarters, rare steam gin, and other plantation dependencies. Continue through the state of Louisiana to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, experience the life of a wealthy Sugar Baron in the 1800s with a tour of this historic Louisiana Plantation and a stroll through the 38 acres of lush gardens. After lunch transfer to the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon for two nights. (B, L)

Day 7 Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations. Discover the highlights of this eclectic city on this morning’s tour. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Enjoy an evening jazz performance at the Jazz Playhouse on Bourbon Street. (B)

Day 8 Depart New Orleans for the state of Alabama visiting the Old Monroe County Courthouse at Monroeville. The courthouse gained international fame when Monroeville’s own, Harper Lee, published the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 1960. Continue to Montgomery and to the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 9 The state of Georgia beckons as we head east to the charming city of Savannah. Established in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and the location of one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the country. This eccentric Southern city beguiles with Old World glamour and romance, culture, entertainment, museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Two nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District. (B)

Day 10 On the guided tour of Savannah learn about the city’s Civil War history and its important buildings, spanning three centuries of architectural styles. Take a walk along historic River Street where the old-time candy shops offer sweet praline treats for which the city is known. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration of this lovely city. This evening, enjoy a two-hour dinner cruise with entertainment. As the riverboat slowly glides down the Savannah River enjoy a specially prepared buffet style dinner made with local produce. (B, D)

Day 11 This morning visit historic Green-Meldrim House, one of the South’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture, where General Sherman made his headquarters during the Federal army’s occupation of Savannah. Just before our arrival in Charleston, our journey through southern plantations continues with Magnolia Plantation, founded in 1676 and home to the oldest public gardens in America. Unlike most of America’s gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. Transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District for two nights. (B)

Day 12 Charleston Visit Boone Hall Plantation, famous for its magical Avenue of Oaks, planted by Thomas Boone in 1743. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today’s natural corridor, a must-see stop on any trip to Charleston. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations, continually cultivated for over 320 years, though strawberries, tomatoes and peaches long ago replaced cotton as the primary crop. This afternoon’s city tour takes us around the historic 340-year-old city of Charleston. From its cobblestone streets and rainbow-coloured colonial homes to landmarks that pay homage to historic battles, the city has an abundance of fascinating sites. A walking tour is the ideal way to explore this fascinating city. (B)

Day 13 The city of Atlanta welcomes us for the last night of the tour. On arrival, make yourself comfortable at the Ellis Hotel Atlanta. This evening we have included a three-course farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 14 The day is at leisure for independent exploration. The city is a cavalcade of culture, cuisine and southern hospitality with world class museums, theatres and arts. Martin Luther King Jr. the quintessential figure of the Civil Rights movement was born and raised in Atlanta. Evening flight to London. (B)

Day 15 London Arrive Heathrow.

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2020

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
October 5 £6195

2021

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
May 31 £6395
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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1490
(2021 £1590)

Flight Options

World Traveller Plus from £595
Business Class from £2495

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers, 13 nights’ accommodation in specially selected hotels, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, porterage in hotels, itinerary as described, services of experienced Tour Manager, local expert guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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