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Combining the magic and musical wonders of the 'Southland' with the 'Big Country' sights and sounds of Lone Star State Texas, this wonderful escorted tour, where each day brings a host of new delights, takes in Jazz City New Orleans, Country Music capital Nashville, Elvis' beloved Memphis and 'cattle-town' Forth Worth, before ending with a two-night stay in Tex-Mex capital San Antonio.
Fly to Houston, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in the Galleria area for your first overnight stay in the USA.
Head east towards Louisiana and 'Creole Country' to the great city of New Orleans, the unmistakable Big Easy. Enjoy your first evening in this intoxicating place, perhaps joining our optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
This morning's guided city tour introduces the Big Easy, and will include the famous French Quarter of time-warped, iron-balconied buildings centred on Jackson Square.
This afternoon, join our optional Louisiana Swampland excursion to explore the surrounding countryside, and later head back to the 'Quarter' to enjoy the night time atmosphere of the place that gave the world jazz.
Head north today through sleepy Alabama to our next stop, Muscle Shoals. This town is home to Rick Halls' Fame Studios, which put the likes of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin on the map, as well as the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones all record.
This morning we will visit the Rick Halls' Fame Studios, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the entertaining Alabama Music Hall of Fame, before travelling on to Nashville, the undisputed world capital of country music.
An optional excursion will introduce the legendary Studio B - where countless country standards and a galaxy of Elvis's RCA hits were recorded - and to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This afternoon, head to the great city of Memphis on the bank of the Mississippi. Our base is the new and impressive Guest House at Graceland, located right next to the Mansion. This evening, perhaps soak up the party atmosphere of Beale Street.
Today's full-day Memphis Sounds excursion will include a visit to legendary Sun Studio and to Elvis's beloved Graceland, home and final resting place of The King. This evening, why not try some delicious pork ribs? After all, Memphis is America's barbecue capital!
Enjoy a free morning exploring the heritage of Elvis's hometown, perhaps visiting the Stax Records Museum or the more sombre Museum of Civil Rights.
Later, travel west into Arkansas and to Little Rock, home to the William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, which honours the work of the state's most famous son. Later, why not visit the restaurants and bars of the colourful River Market District?
Journey to the cattle-trading town of Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail, and still home to authentic Western culture. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, where wooden boardwalks and old-fashioned store fronts recreate the days of the Old West.
Spend this morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a Texan cattle-drive, before you continue to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the tragic events of November 1963. Today the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking Dealey Plaza - unchanged since the Kennedy assassination - recreates the hideout from which the fatal shots were fired.
This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin', all-singin', all-line-dancin' Western Saloon.
Today you'll make your way to the Texan State Capital of Austin where the city's thriving music scene is home to countless clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings magazine might reveal some famous names when they're in town.
Later, we'll continue to San Antonio, our base for the next two nights.
San Antonio, capital of Tex-Mex culture and one of the USA's most attractive cities, greets you today. Discover the famous River Walk that snakes its way across the city, and relive the siege of The Alamo - when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically for almost two weeks before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of Mexican general Santa Anna.
Depart this morning for Houston to visit NASA's world-famous Lyndon B Johnson Space Centre. This was the heart of the moon-landings nearly 50 years ago, and remains a working base for the International Space Station. The site offers an incomparable taste of modern history, with its restored 'Mission Control' and the sight of the towering 'Saturn V' rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit.
During the afternoon you'll continue to the airport to catch your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful journey through America's fascinating Southern Heartland.