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Holidays in the Deep South

Bright, bold and exciting, there is something about the effortless charm of America's Deep South that draws visitors back again and again. The heritage of the South is a bubbling mix of cuisine, art and natural beauty, offering a huge range of holiday possibilities. With over 25 years' experience creating holidays in the United States, our Deep South tours continue a tradition of luxury and top class service on coach journeys around one of the most memorable regions of North America.

 The USA's southern states cover a huge swathe of the country, including Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Given the sheer size of the South, visitors can expect to find a diversity of people, cultures and environments - and some of the world's finest music, food and drink. From Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis, gumbo to fried shrimp, a Deep South touring holiday promises a treat for the senses.

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The culture of the Deep South is tied intrinsically to its musical heritage - and nowhere is this more evident than the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Our Memphis tours tap into this tradition in fine style, incorporating visits to Graceland, home of the city's favourite son, Elvis Presley. The King's estate includes an audio tour and viewings of his final resting place - making for an emotional journey through the life of an individual who redefined Rock'n'Roll.

Staying in Tennessee, the northern city of Nashville adds its own notes to the state's musical landscape. As the location of the famed Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville's relationship with this genre is evident on every corner: from the twinkling lights of the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running stage concert in America - to the rows of classic 'honky-tonk' bars in the lively downtown district. Our Nashville tours, including the immensely popular ‘Southern Spectacular’, also cater to food fanatics: the city has a reputation for producing some of the south's finest barbecue cuisine.

Completing the musical identity of the Deep South is New Orleans, Louisiana. Our trips to the city showcase its raucous party culture, which combines Creole and Cajun influences into a tradition of exciting jazz music. As the home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans' party reputation is world famous but, when visitors are not soaking up the sights and sounds of the vibrant French Quarter, a relaxing jazz cruise onboard authentic paddle steamer, The Natchez, is a fine way to see the sights.

Our Deep South escorted holidays are musical and cultural adventures and, to give you a definitive experience, we put together our signature 'Southern Sights and Sounds' tour. Southern Sights and Sounds stops at every major Deep South attraction - ranging from Atlanta, Georgia, to Lafayette and Louisiana. Along the way, tours stop in Nashville, at Jack Daniel's Distillery before an opportunity to attend a live show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. After taking a ride on a paddle steamer and paying homage to the great Elvis Presley in Memphis, our tour follows Ol' Man River - the Mississippi - to New Orleans, where visitors wine and dine to the sound of New Orleans' jazz scene and stroll its colourful streets, soaking up the party atmosphere. Our final stops in Lafayette, Vermillionville and Baton Rouge highlight Louisiana's Cajun and Creole background - with excursions to the restored homes of Acadian settlers and fascinating French districts - where residents still speak distinctive Cajun French.

A hugely popular trip, Southern Sights and Sounds offers a special Christmas departure option. Christmas departures are the same as regular tours but bring the opportunity for travellers to see in the New Year in classic southern style - with a dinner party onboard the famous Natchez steamboat in Louisiana.

Our Deep South tours take you on a musical odyssey through some of the United States' most vibrant cultural melting pots. With our VIP Home Departure service included, you will be chauffeur-driven to the airport, before joining your coach's Tour Manager - on hand twenty four hours a day to provide assistance and information and ensure your time in the Deep South is never less than memorable!