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Dallas, San Antonio and Austin
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Discover the Big Country sights and sounds of the Lone Star State, Texas, before the fitting finale of the great music cities Memphis and Nashville. Each day of this wonderful escorted tour brings a new delight - from New Orleans, Houston and Tex-Mex capital San Antonio to bohemian Austin, 'cattle-town' Forth Worth and oil-rich Dallas.
Fly to Atlanta, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to Montgomery, Alabama, resting place of country superstar Hank Williams.
Board the coach to head south across sleepy Alabama, into Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans, the fabled 'Big Easy', for a two-night stay. Enjoy your first evening in this intoxicating place, perhaps joining the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
This morning's optional guided tour introduces the 'Big Easy', including the fabled French Quarter. This afternoon, take the optional Louisiana Swampland excursion for a glimpse of the city's surrounding countryside. Head back to the 'Quarter' tonight, to enjoy the atmosphere of the place that gave the world Jazz Music a century ago.
Travel west across Louisiana, crossing the Mississippi and calling at Oak Alley Plantation, where the events that shaped the history of the South are brought to life in this great antebellum mansion and grounds. Continuing west, you'll overnight in Lake Charles, in the heart of 'Creole Country'.
Today's fascinating tour takes in the Creole Nature Trail, a feast for wildlife-lovers and sightseers, with visitor centres bringing opportunities to spot birds and other swampland creatures, including alligators. Drive along the Gulf Coast, and enjoy the journey to Houston.
A visit to the NASA Johnson Space Centre, the heart of the moon-landings nearly 50 years ago, is an incomparable taste of modern history, brought to life in restored 'Mission Control' and by the sight of the towering 'Saturn V' rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit. Continue to San Antonio for two nights.
Discover the capital of Tex-Mex culture today, reliving the Siege of The Alamo, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of General Santa Anna, and exploring the famous River Walk that snakes its way across the city.
Head to Texan State Capital Austin, home to countless music clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings' magazines might spawn a famous name or two, when they're in town. Always home is the world's largest urban bat colony, a thrilling sight when it takes to the skies at dusk!
Journey north to 'cattle-town' Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, with its wooden boardwalks and store fronts, recreating the days of the Old 'Wild' West.
Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a 'cattle-drive', before travelling to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the events of November 1963, which are faithfully recreated in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking Dealey Plaza. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin' Western Saloon.
Sit back and relax on today's journey from Fort Worth to Little Rock, Arkansas, home to the William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, which honours Arkansas' most famous son. Perhaps visit the colourful River Market District, with its restaurants and bars.
Journey into Tennessee and Memphis, on the bank of the 'Big Muddy' Mississippi. Elvis's hometown boasts a musical heritage to match any world city and a host of historic landmarks. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps checking out the Stax Records Museum or the more sombre Museum of Civil Rights, then soak up the atmosphere of famous Beale Street.
Enjoy the included full-day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include a visit to legendary Sun Studio as well as Elvis's beloved Graceland, home and final resting place of 'the King'. This evening, why not try some delicious pork ribs? Memphis is America's barbeque capital!
Head to Nashville, undisputed capital of Country Music, and home to countless 'guitar-pickers' and songwriters. An optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B - where countless country standards and Elvis' RCA hits were recorded - and to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded hills and farmland of Tennessee, to historic Chattanooga, of 'Choo-Choo' fame, a quintessential southern trading town beautifully set on bend in the river, then continue to Atlanta Airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful journey through America's fascinating Southern Heartland.