Journey through America's southern musical heartland
Join us on a fully escorted tour to see New Orleans, the cradle of the blues and Dixieland jazz; Tupelo, birthplace of the 'King'; Memphis, where he made his home; and Nashville, the undisputed capital of Country Music! Afterwards, round off your trip with a relaxing eight-day cruise across to the sun-blessed resorts of Mexico and the Caribbean aboard the marvellous Carnival Dream.
Fly to Atlanta, and upon arrival meet your tour manager. Make the journey into the southeast corner of Tennessee and your historic overnight hotel in Chattanooga - of 'Choo-Choo' fame - a former riverside trading post much fought-over during the American Civil War.
After a brief tour of Chattanooga, continue your journey to Nashville. After a drive through the wooded Tennessee hills and farmland, you'll arrive for a one-night stay in the world capital of country music. Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, Nashville is one of America's foremost music cities. Why not pick up a rare record at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop or, later, catch some live music?
This afternoon, an optional excursion introduces the Country Music Hall of Fame and the legendary Studio B, the starting point for more popular hits than any other recording studio in the USA.
After leisurely morning, we'll head to Memphis. Soak up the atmosphere of this musically blessed city, and perhaps dine on famous Beale Street.
Don't miss today's optional, full-day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include a visit to legendary Sun Studio, the recording birthplace of legends such as Elvis Presley and BB King, and the most famous southern 'mansion' of all, 'Graceland'.
Today you'll head through the Mississippi Delta of the fabled bluesmen to Tupelo. Here you may wish to visit the tiny house that was Elvis's birthplace before we continue through Mississippi, following the course of 'Ol Man River' towards Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, for a two-night stay in the great city of New Orleans.
This morning's optional guided city tour introduces the 'Big Easy'. Don't miss the time-warped, iron-balconied buildings of the French Quarter, centred on Jackson Square.
This afternoon, take the optional Bayou and Alligators tour for a glimpse of the city's surrounding Creole country and wildlife, before returning to the city for another night of hot music and even hotter Creole food, or perhaps join our optional trip aboard the steamboat Natchez, and enjoy a cruise down the Mississippi as the renowned Dukes of Dixieland play.
Today we join Carnival Dream for our seven-night cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico. Settle in, explore the ship's facilities and perhaps think about upgrading yourself to an outside cabin - the difference is small for a balcony and a fabulous ocean view.
Spend two lazy days at sea. Take a seat at the bar or enjoy the pool or the spa.
Days Eight and Nine
Our first port of call is Jamaica's Montego Bay. Seek out some souvenirs and reggae rhythms, or simply relax barefoot at one of the many beach bars.
Today is spent in Grand Cayman, where you may choose from a range of optional tours sold on board the ship - including the best scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea. Otherwise, stretch out on the glimmering white sands at Seven Mile Beach or stroll around the shops, cafes, and museums of George Town.
Enjoy a full day in the celebrated Mexican resort of Cozumel. Among the activities you can book here you'll find sightseeing tours, sub-aqua diving and even a submarine tour.
Spend another day relaxing at sea as Carnival Dream sails back across the Gulf of Mexico towards the USA.
Arrive back in New Orleans this morning and spend the last night of the tour in Montgomery, the former home of Hank Williams, on the banks of the Alabama River.
Today you'll head back across Alabama and Georgia to Atlanta for your flight home.
Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight.