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14 days from £2,799 per person
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One of our bestselling tours, this two-week itinerary puts the focus on the Deep South’s 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.

15 included 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

Including...

  • 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 5 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 3-4 and 7-9)
  • 2019 departures don’t include breakfast on days 7-8

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of a Titan tour manager
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic/Delta Airlines from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Best available coaches (with Wi-Fi) with experienced drivers
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes and duties

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Southern Sights and Sounds


VIP Outbound4

UK - Atlanta

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Atlanta. On arrival our coach transfers you to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (4T) or Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown (4T).

Atlanta Marriott Marquis (4T) or Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown (4T)


Day 2 Chattanooga

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+).

Hampton Inn Downtown, Chattanooga (3T+)


SSS Day 3 Lookout Mountain

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.


SSS Day 4 Lynchburg

Chattanooga - 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. After our tour we transfer to Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort (4T) our base for the next two nights.

Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville (4T)


SSS Day 5 Nashville

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. This evening we experience the mecca of Country and Western Music, The Grand Ole Opry - America’s longest-running scheduled show having never missed a Saturday performance since it was first broadcast on radio in 1925.


SSS Day 6 Tupelo

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 WC 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 Hampton Inn Memphis-Beale Street (3T) for the next two nights.

Hampton Inn Memphis-Beale Street (3T)


SSS Day 7 Memphis

Memphis

This morning we experience a true highlight of the holiday as we visit legendary Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. The Elvis Experience Tour is included, allowing you to 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 and his lavish aeroplanes. You’re free in Memphis for the remainder of the day and you may wish to visit the famous Peabody Hotel and watch the daily parade of ducks at the lobby fountain.


SSS Day 8

Memphis - Natchez

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’. We visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation, which shows the contrast of working here as a planter or slave in the early 1800s, through to modern methods aided with the revolution of technology. We continue to the Natchez Grand Hotel (4T).

Natchez Grand Hotel (4T)


SSS Day 9 Natchez

Natchez - New Orleans

Visit Stanton Hall, a palatial Greek Revival residence which was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War and later became a college, before being restored to its former antebellum splendour. 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). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Sheraton New Orleans (4T)


SSS Day 10 The Natchez Paddlesteamer

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 you have the option to cruise and dine and enjoy a traditional jazz band on board The Natchez Steamboat on the Mississippi River.


SSS Day 11 New Orleans

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.


SSS Day 12 Baton Rouge

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, made famous by the film of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. We continue to our hotel, the Renaissance Montgomery (4T) or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown (4T), located in the heart of downtown Montgomery with several restaurants within walking distance.

Renaissance Montgomery (4T) or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown (4T)


Montgomery

Day 13 Montgomery - Atlanta - In flight

Montgomery was 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. 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 Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll also visit the Hank Williams Museum. Later, we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

In flight


VIP Inbound

Day 14 UK

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Visa is not included, please call for details. Please note: • 16 February 2020 Mardi Gras departure includes Nashville Nightlife with dinner instead of the Grand Ole Opry. • 21 April 2020 departure coincides with the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Optional excursions in New Orleans will take place on day 10. • 21 December 2019 departure doesn’t include the Grand Ole Opry and follows a slightly amended festive itinerary.

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Opryland Resort

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).

It’s the biggest party of the year in the ‘Big Easy,’ and there is no better time to experience the unique atmosphere of New Orleans than during Mardi Gras, when the city is one big exuberant stage of colour and sound, with parades, floats, marching bands, costumed balls and of course, plenty of live music; this is the birthplace of jazz, after all! The whole carnival season begins around two weeks before, with daily events across the city. Everybody likes to get involved in this tradition, which dates back to the early 18th century, with neighbourhood social clubs, known as ‘krewes’ competing with each other, building elaborate floats and dressing in flamboyant costumes for the street parades. The performers throw commemorative medallions and beads to onlookers as they pass by – see if you can catch some of those ‘throws’ to take home with you; the traditional cry to attract the attention of krewe members is “Throw me something, Mister!”
mardi gras


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Southern Sights and Sounds

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