Southern Sights and Sounds
14 days from £2,749 per person
One of our bestselling tours, this two-week itinerary puts the focus on the Southern states’ rich cultural heritage. As well as delving into the region’s Civil Rights history, we’ll uncover its musical roots as we visit Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans - the birthplaces of jazz, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. A real highlight is the evening we spend at the Grand Ole Opry, where legends and contemporaries of country, bluegrass, folk and gospel have performed since 1925.
Your holiday includes:
15 excursions and visits
- Tours of Atlanta; Jack Daniel’s Distillery; Nashville; Memphis; Frogmore Cotton Plantation; and Montgomery (including Hank Williams Museum)
- Visits to Martin Luther King Jr Memorial; Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum; Stanton Hall; and Monroeville (with entry to the Old Courthouse Museum)
- One-way journey up to Lookout Mountain aboard the Incline Railway
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B, Nashville
- An evening at the Grand Ole Opry
- Entrance to Graceland with Elvis Experience Tour
- 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic, Delta Airlines or British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 5 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 3-4 and 7-9)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
UK - Atlanta
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Atlanta.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis (4-star), Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown (4-star) or Westin Peachtree Plaza (4-star)
Atlanta - Chattanooga
This morning we take a tour of the city forever associated with ‘Gone with the Wind’, including the national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. We then journey to Chattanooga.
Hampton Inn Downtown, Chattanooga (3.5 star)
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. The rest of the day is free.
Chattanooga - Lynchburg - Nashville
Over 150 years, Jack Daniel’s charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey has become the top-selling American whiskey in the world. Strange to think Jack was taught by a reverend in a county where alcohol is now prohibited (the law still exists in the area today). We take a tour of the distillery - where the sauce has been manufactured since 1866 - and discover what makes Jack Daniel’s so special. After, we continue our drive to toe-tappin’ Nashville.
Gaylord Opryland Resort (4-star) or Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown (3-star)
Welcome to the country music capital of the world, Nashville. Walk in the footsteps of musical greats on our guided tour, which ticks off Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame. This evening we’ll take a seat at the hottest show in town. The Grand Ole Opry is America’s longest-running radio show (they’ve never missed a show since 1925!). Every week, legendary and contemporary artists perform country, bluegrass, folk and gospel hits in front of a live audience - Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Elvis are just a few of the greats who have performed here in the past. You’ll be blown away by great performances in this magical venue.
Nashville - Tupelo - Memphis
The sleepy town of Tupelo, Mississippi might not feature on this itinerary if the King of Rock n Roll hadn’t been born here. At the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, we’ll have time to explore his humble two-roomed childhood home and browse the small museum. We head onto Memphis this afternoon for yet more musical treasures. We’ll wander past the illuminated signs of Beale Street on our orientation tour. A real ‘pinch-me’ moment for music aficionados.
Hampton Inn Memphis-Beale Street (3-star)
“The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make every time you stamp, throw a lamp,” sang Elvis Presley. A wish list worthy moment for any Elvis fan, today we’ll visit Graceland. While you might not glean much from the walls themselves, there are plenty of stories to hear as you as you wander through the rooms of Elvis’ home, full of memorabilia about his life and career. Spend some time soaking up all the corners of his home and gardens. You’ll also have access to the Elvis Presley/Automobile Museum, where his lavish aeroplanes are kept. You’ll have a free afternoon in Memphis, so maybe spend it the way the music legends would want – listening to live music. Wander through Beale Street Entertainment District and you’ll hear the sounds of Delta blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and gospel drifting from bars and clubs. Take your pick, order a drink and take it all in.
Memphis - Natchez
The pace slows slightly as we follow Ol’ Man River to Natchez, where historic antebellum homes and quintessentially Southern moss-covered trees offer old-fashioned small town charm. A one-time central port for the cotton trade in the early 18th century, Natchez is home to myriad grand old mansions and estates - an indication of the sumptuous scale of society life. We’ll visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation, which really highlights the contrast of working as a planter or slave in the early 1700s.
Natchez Grand Hotel (4-star)
Natchez - New Orleans
After visiting the palatial Greek Revival residence, Stanton Hall, we cross into Louisiana towards New Orleans - taking a shortcut over the spectacular Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest overwater bridges. The afternoon in New Orleans is completely yours. Eating, drinking and laughing - New Orleans puts a real emphasis on the best things in life, which is one of the reasons it’s such a popular destination. As the hometown of jazz, it’s a worthy stop on our itinerary, and you’ll have the afternoon to explore as you please.
Sheraton New Orleans (4-star)
Breakfast time in New Orleans means coffee and beignets. These sugar-dusted square doughnuts are served piping hot - and they’re bite-sized, so you can definitely justify more than one. Perhaps start your two free days at Café du Monde - renowned for serving some of the best beignets in the city (you can thank us later). Explore the French Quarter, where the colourful mix of culture and lively bohemian atmosphere is too easy to fall in love with. Or head for a wander down vibrant Bourbon Street for bright neon lights and toe-tapping tunes. This evening, you’ll have the option to cruise, dine and enjoy a live jazz band aboard The Natchez Steamboat, as it bobs along the Mississippi River.
Another day at leisure to explore New Orleans.
New Orleans - Monroeville - Montgomery
We wave goodbye to New Orleans early this morning as we set off for Montgomery. We stop along the way for a mooch around Monroeville town and its old courthouse, made famous by the film of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. In Montgomery, your evening is free to spend as you please.
Renaissance Montgomery (4-star) or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown (3-star)
Day 13 Montgomery - Atlanta - In flight
A tour takes you on a journey through Montgomery’s rich history, focusing on the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement and pausing at the restored parsonage that once served as the home of Martin Luther King Jr. We’ll also visit the Hank Williams Museum. Later, we transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationVisa is not included, please call for details. Please note: 7 February 2021 (Mardi Gras) includes Nashville Nightlife with dinner, instead of the Grand Ole Opry.
Inspire me - Southern Sights and Sounds
Walk in Elvis’ footsteps
“The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make every time you stamp, throw a lamp” sang Elvis Presley. When visiting Graceland on day 7, you might not glean much from the walls themselves, but there are plenty of stories to hear as you wander through the rooms of Elvis’ home, full of memorabilia about his life and career.
Stand in awe of Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most influential names in American history. This Baptist minister rebelled to change legislation such as the Civil Rights Act, as he fought for equality for African Americans. Remember his momentous dreams which influenced the world, as you stand at his memorial in Atlanta.
Discover the American spirit at Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Over 150 years, Jack Daniel’s charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey has become the top-selling American whiskey in the world. Strange to think Jack was taught by a reverend in a county where alcohol is now prohibited! Try to refrain as you take a tour of the distillery on day 4 and discover what makes Jack Daniel’s so special.
Dance to jazz on the Mississippi
At 17, Louis Armstrong tested his talent on steamers in New Orleans harbour before playing in towns further upstream, where many other jazz legends grew, and beyond. Aboard the beautiful Natchez Steamboat (an optional evening excursion while we’re in the ‘Big Easy’), you’ll experience life on the Mississippi as it was many decades ago - slow, graceful and oozing with marvellous jazz that’s bound to get you to your feet.
Read ‘The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr’ or ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ by Martin Luther King Jr
Listen to‘Historic RCA Studio B’ album, ‘The Grand Ole Opry Story’ box set and maybe some Louis Armstrong or Billie Holiday for an introduction to jazz.
“During our visit to Studio B in Nashville, the lights went down and they played an original recording of Elvis speaking and singing. We stood for a minute and you could feel the goose pimples tingling.” Jayne White, Product Manager
This incredible hotel is centred underneath huge signature glass atriums, beneath which are housed individually themed 'cities', botanical gardens and remarkable water features including cascading indoor waterfalls, streams, ponds and fountains. You’ll also find a great choice of outstanding restaurants from casual to fine-dining, and bars to suit all tastes - from live musical entertainment to refined lounges.
Standard rooms are comfortable with exterior views, alternatively you may wish to upgrade to an Atrium Room that overlooks one of the three stunning interior atriums.
Room upgrade prices start from £40 per person (based on twin share).