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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrival back in the UK.