Deep South USA Tours
The Deep South has its own distinctive flavour – the complexities of its history have shaped a region that is vibrant and full of heritage. There is no mistaking the dulcet tones of a Southern drawl, the fine cuisine - from crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, to Mississippi mud pie - or the lively music scene. No trip to the Southern states would be complete without experiencing the party atmosphere in New Orleans and Bourbon Street – the heart of the French Quarter.
Our Deep South America holidays will also take you to walk the line in Nashville, Tennessee, the music city that was home to so many musical legends. Sail the mighty Mississippi River and learn how it impacted The Civil Rights Movement, as well as explore the historical and elegant cities of Vicksburg and Natchez. Be seduced by the rugged and lush landscapes and immerse yourself in diverse and exciting cultures, on what will be a truly unique American experience.View all holidays to the Deep South
Tipping is a way of life in the US – aim to leave around 18-20% of the final bill if you feel the service merits it.
In America they use the US dollar ($). $1 = 100 cents.
Due to its size, the Deep South sits across two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (ETZ), which is five hours behind GMT. Heading further west, middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are all within the Central Time Zone (CTZ), which is six hours behind GMT.
Mains voltage in the US is 120 volts AC, 60 Hz. American flat-pin plugs are used – pick one up before you travel and that way you’ll have no trouble using electrical appliances abroad.
Generally, the Deep South has sunny weather throughout the year. Spring sees warm days mixed with cooler mornings and evenings – expect to see blossoming gardens and temperatures in the early 20s. Summers are hot, with days reaching averages of 27 degrees Celsius. Autumn (or fall) is prone – like spring – to cooler temperatures, although don’t be surprised if the summer’s heat seeps into play, too. Winters in the Deep South are cold, but still warmer than that of the UK. Average winter temperatures are around 11 degrees, while there is also an increase in rainfall at this time.
British citizens don’t need a visa for holidays in America – only their passports. Make sure yours is valid for the duration of your stay before you travel, and be sure to keep it on you at all times.
Whether you’re travelling to learn about the history of Atlanta or Mississippi, or to Tennessee for culture and cuisine, Deep South tours put one of America’s most exciting regions on a rich and storied platter.
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.
Southern Sights and Sounds tours
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.
On Southern Sights and Sounds tours, you’ve got the option to depart for your travels on Christmas. 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!
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