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The Rhythms of the Deep South

Resort:The Rhythms of the Deep South
Operator: Saga
Destination: United States of America
Price From: £2799.00

Discover the musical heritage of the American Deep South on this circular Saga tour from Atlanta to New Orleans.

Get a real flavour of the musical heritage of the Deep South on this soulful tour from Nashville to New Orleans. Visit iconic music venues such RCA Studio B, Sun Studios, the Grand Ole Opry, take a tour of Graceland, and explore the B. B. King museum in Indianola.

Including…

12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

13 meals: 12 breakfasts and 1 dinner

Excursions and visits

  • Tour of RCA Studio B in Nashville
  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum
  • Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Visit Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo
  • Tour Sun Studios
  • Audio tour of Graceland
  • Musical tour of Memphis
  • Explore the B.B. King museum in Indianola
  • A live performance in Club Ebony
  • Hear a live blues performance in Natchez
  • Jazz Fest in New Orleans, birthplace of jazz (April only)
  • Ride the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain

Itinerary

Day 1
UK-Atlanta

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Atlanta. Stay for one night at the Marriott Atlanta Century Center (4Q).

Day 2
Atlanta-Chattanooga

Stay at the Courtyard Marriott Chattanooga Hotel (3Q). Take an included trip on the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain – the world’s steepest passenger railway – where you can enjoy views over the mountains. B

Day 3
Chattanooga-Nashville

Join an included tour of RCA Studio B, the ‘cradle of the Nashville sound’, and learn all about the Man in Black on a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum. Stay two nights at the Opryland Resort (4Q). B

Day 4
Nashville

Enjoy an included city tour of Nashville, spend time at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry. B

Day 5
Nashville-Tupelo-Memphis

Stop at Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Tupelo, and see the shack where the young Elvis lived, before continuing to Memphis for a two-night stay at the Sheraton Memphis Convention Centre Downtown (3Q). B

Day 6
Memphis

Start the day with a tour of Sun Studio, the so-called birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, before visiting Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy an audio tour of the mansion and grounds. Later take a musical tour of Memphis and hear tales of its famous performers. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. B

Day 7
Memphis-Indianola-Vicksburg

Travel south into Mississippi and stop in Indianola – where the late, great B.B. King grew-up and worked as a cotton-picker – to visit the B.B. King Museum. Enjoy lunch and live performance at Club Ebony, which showcased the likes of Ray Charles. Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Vicksburg (3Q). B

Day 8
Vicksburg-New Orleans

Continue to New Orleans with a stop at Natchez to see the grand estates from the time of the cotton trade and hear a live performance from famous local blues man YZ Ealey. Stay three nights at the Sheraton New Orleans (4Q). B

Day 9
New Orleans

Take a musical tour of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, and learn about the musicians and music of the region. Rest of the day at leisure. B

Day 10
New Orleans

At leisure. Why not pay a visit to the annual Jazz Fest? There are numerous stages, and masses of performances from great musicians as well as up-and-coming names, your tour guide and hotel can assist with tickets. The performers are revealed in January of the same year. If you are peckish head for the food tents where you can sample the best of Louisiana cuisine, think gumbo, crayfish and cold beer. You might prefer to visit some of the city’s iconic jazz venues such as the Spotted Cat Music Club, or the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. B, D

Day 11
New Orleans-Montgomery

Leave New Orleans and head to Montgomery in Alabama. Martin Luther King pioneered the civil rights movement from here – see the church where he preached. Spend the night at the Embassy Suites Hotel (3Q). B

Day 12
Montgomery-Atlanta

Travel back to Atlanta and in the afternoon enjoy an included city tour. Your final night is at the Marriott Atlanta Century Center (4Q), where you stayed on Day 1. B

Day 13
Atlanta-UK

Fly back to the UK overnight. B

Day 14
UK

Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service.