Day 1 London - Atlanta
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight to Atlanta, Georgia. On arrival our coach transfers you to the Holiday Inn Express (3T), Marriott Century Center Hotel (4T) or similar.
Day 2 Atlanta - Chattanooga
This morning we take a tour of the city forever associated with Gone With The Wind. It includes sites which were important to Martin Luther King Jr and a visit to the national memorial dedicated to the leader of the American civil rights movement. We journey to Chattanooga and check into our hotel, the Hampton Inn Downtown (3T+) or Holiday Inn Hamilton Place (3T) hotel.
Day 3 Chattanooga
Railway enthusiasts still flock to this town, which has the largest old-time steam railroad in the south. Today we board an equally exciting means of transport - The Incline Railway - which runs steeply up Lookout Mountain and affords wonderful views of terrain fought over during the American Civil War. The rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries.
Day 4 Lynchburg - Nashville
This morning we travel to the small town of Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery where every bottle of the famous sippin’ whiskey has been produced since 1866. Interestingly, no liquor can be consumed in this famous location due to a law held over from the prohibition era. Later we travel to the ‘Queen of Tennessee Plantations’, Belle Meade, located on the outskirts of Nashville, where our tour centres around the 1853 Greek Revival mansion. After our tour we transfer to the Gaylord Opryland Resort (4T) or Inn at Opryland (3T), located by the famous Grand Ole Opry and our base for the next two nights.
Day 5 Nashville
Nashville is a city of contrasts, famous as the country music capital of the world and also called the ‘Athens of the South’ having, as it does, the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Our morning tour introduces you to the facets of the city including the Parthenon replica, Studio B, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. You may wish to take an optional excursion to the mecca of Country and Western Music, The Grand Ole Opry, which is America’s longest-running scheduled show having never missed a Saturday performance since it was first broadcast on radio in 1925. This excursion is bookable prior to departure (subject to availability).
Day 6 Nashville - Tupelo - Memphis
Today we travel south to Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Here we have time to explore the humble two-roomed shack where Elvis lived in his early years and the small museum. Later we continue to Memphis, home of Elvis Presley and W.C. Handy who, after publishing ‘Memphis Blues’ in 1912 followed by ‘St Louis Blues’ and ‘Beale St Blues’, became known as the ‘Father of the Blues’. On arrival, after a brief orientation tour, we check into the Holiday Inn Select (3T+) or Crowne Plaza (3T+) for the next two nights.
Day 7 Memphis
This morning we experience a true highlight of the holiday as we visit legendary Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Explore the mansion and grounds of his estate on a well-presented audio walking tour which has an emotional conclusion at his final resting place. Your ticket also includes the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. You are free in Memphis for the remainder of the day and you may wish to take afternoon tea at the famous Peabody Hotel and watch the famous daily parade of ducks at the lobby fountain.
Day 8 Memphis - Vicksburg
South to Vicksburg, whose Mississippi location gave control over shipping to the Confederate forces during the Civil War until General Grant’s victory following a 47-day siege. These events are commemorated at the handsomely-laid-out Vicksburg National Military Park, which we tour. Some equally attractive antebellum homes and the restored candy shop where Coca Cola was first bottled in 1894, now a museum to the drink, can be seen in this district. We overnight at the Holiday Inn (3T) or Courtyard Marriott (3T+).
Day 9 Vicksburg - New Orleans
We follow Ol’ Man River to Natchez, central port for the cotton trade in the early 18th century, whose many grand mansions and estates bear witness to the wealth of those days. These homes indicate the sumptuous scale of society life, reminiscent of a film set from ‘Gone with the Wind’. After visiting one of these mansions, we cross into Louisiana, taking a shortcut over the spectacular Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest overwater bridges at nearly 24 miles. Arrive in New Orleans and our hotel, the Sheraton (4T), Hyatt (4T) or Omni Riverfront (4T), New Orleans.
Day 10 New Orleans
A free day to sample the delights of New Orleans, Nashville’s natural rival as Southern America’s great city of music, though here the traditional jazz has a flavour of its own. The French Quarter has a number of pleasant bars and restaurants with patios for dining al fresco. This evening we cruise and dine and enjoy a traditional jazz band on board The Natchez Steamboat on the Mississippi River.
Day 11 New Orleans
Today is another day at leisure for you to explore all New Orleans has to offer. As the birthplace of jazz, many musical legends call it home; and with its colourful mix of culture and lively bohemian atmosphere you cannot fail to fall in love with it.
Day 12 New Orleans - Monroeville - Montgomery
We start early for Montgomery, stopping in Monroeville, the Literary Capital of Alabama, for time to explore the town and old courthouse (entrance subject to opening times), made famous by the film of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. We continue to our hotel, the Renaissance Montgomery (4T), located in the heart of downtown Montgomery with several restaurants within walking distance.
Day 13 Montgomery - Atlanta - In flight
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montgomery, an influential city in Alabama’s history. Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President in the Capitol building and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr served as minister in Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Later, we transfer to Atlanta Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 14 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.