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America's Southern Belles - Music Cities

LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 30TH APRIL

JUST £149 PER PERSON*


Discover the sights and sounds of America's musical heartland

Enjoy two-night stays in three of America's greatest music cities: Jazz cradle New Orleans, Elvis's beloved Memphis and country music mecca Nashville. Witness the rolling beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the charms of laid-back, bluegrass-loving Asheville, and the Southern Belle elegance of Charleston and Savannah. This fascinating tour of the American South, which also offers the chance to visit the Vanderbilts' astonishing Biltmore Estate, is an informative and fascinating introduction to the glorious South.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A night in Alabama's historic state capital, Montgomery
  • Spend two nights in New Orleans, the laid-back city known as the Big Easy
  • Discover the French Quarter on an included tour
  • Be Elvis's guest at the Graceland hotel in Memphis
  • Visit Sun Studio and Graceland
  • Enjoy two nights in Nashville, the capital of country music
  • The delightful spa-town of Asheville, in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Visit historic Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
  • Stay in picturesque Charleston
  • Stroll the tree-shaded, colonial streets of Savannah
  • Enjoy a trolley tour of Savannah
  • 12 nights' room-only hotel accommodation in a series of quality hotels, including the Guest House at Graceland
  • Return scheduled flights to Atlanta
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Atlanta, meet your Tour Manager, and transfer to the Alabama state capital, Montgomery - the final resting place of country superstar Hank Williams. Rest, relax and enjoy your first overnight stay.

Day Two

Today, we'll head south across Alabama into Louisiana, to the great city of New Orleans - the Big Easy - for a two-night stay. This exuberant city is the birthplace of jazz music, and there's a wealth of musical history to be explored. Waste no time soaking up the atmosphere, and perhaps join the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.

Day Three

This morning's included guided tour is the perfect introduction to New Orleans, and will include a walk past the renowned French Quarter and its time-warped, iron-balconied buildings. This afternoon, join the optional Louisiana Swampland excursion for a glimpse of the surrounding countryside and a taste of Creole life, before returning for another evening in New Orleans.

Day Four

Bidding farewell to the Big Easy, we'll travel north into Mississippi, cradle of the Delta blues. En route, we'll call at Tupelo, home of the tiny house where Elvis Aaron Presley was born in January 1935 (entrance payable locally). We'll then continue to Memphis, Tennessee, to spend two nights in the Guest House at Graceland, right next to The King's famous home. Relax here, or spend a first evening enjoying the atmosphere of this great music city.

Day Five

An unforgettable day includes visits to two of popular music's most important pilgrimage shrines: Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Studio, where Elvis recorded the world-changing 'Sun Sessions', and iconic Graceland, where the ground-floor living quarters - including the famous Jungle Room- are left as they were when the King entertained guests 40 years ago. This evening, why not try some delicious pork ribs? Memphis is America's barbecue capital!

Day Six

There's a change of musical genres today, as we journey to Nashville, for a two-night stay in the undisputed world capital of country music, home to countless guitar-pickers and song-writers.

Day Seven

Today's included excursions will introduce you to legendary Studio B, birthplace of numerous country anthems and a wealth of Elvis's RCA hits, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame. Spend a second evening in Nashville, perhaps seeking out some live music.

Day Eight

Re-boarding the coach, we'll make the journey east, to spend the next two nights in the wonderful North Carolina spa town of Asheville, on the edge of the Smoky Mountains National Park. A lively university seat with a vibrant music scene, Asheville is a cultured, welcoming town, with a fine selection of restaurants.

Day Nine

Today, you're free to explore Asheville and its New Age shops and stores, or to join our optional excursion to the astonishing Biltmore Estate. Built by George Vanderbilt and modelled on a Loire Valley chateau, the estate is America's largest mansion and stands in the centre of an extensive formal garden. A respected winery and a village of craft shops and restaurants are among the estate's additional attractions.

Day 10

Today, we head into South Carolina on our way to elegant Charleston, set between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. En route, we'll visit the historic Boone Hall Plantation, where a stunning avenue of ancient oaks leads to a beautiful 20th-century plantation home. Explore its historic cotton gin house, slave quarters and 700-plus acres of crops, before returning to Charleston for the evening and, perhaps, a dinner out on the town in one of the restaurants along historic King Street.

Day 11

An included tour of Charleston will take in the renovated Waterfront Park and historic district of exquisite 17th- and 18th-century houses. Later, we'll continue south to arrive by late afternoon in Savannah, considered the most beautiful of the southern belle cities.

Day 12

Discover exquisite Savannah, exploring its historic quarter of antebellum mansions, magnolia-shaded squares and historic cotton warehouses, and learning about its historic importance to the slave trade and the Civil War. A trolley tour provides the perfect introduction, after which you can stroll along the attractive dogwood and azalea-lined streets, or visit the Savannah History Museum for an insight into the city's colourful past.

Day 13

Today, we'll begin our return journey across central Georgia, passing Macon - fabled hometown to Little Richard and Otis Redding - and head back to Atlanta Airport, where you'll check in for your return overnight flight.

Day 14

Arrival back in the UK.

America's Southern Belles Touring Hotels 

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

The American arrivals process

British Citizens travelling to the USA now have to register online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure. We will send you the details you will need to complete your online registration, along with your tickets, about two weeks prior to travel.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.