USA, Canada and Central America 2019: Spirit of the South Summer 2019

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: USA, Canada and Central America 2019

Trace Tennessee's jazz and juke joints and the bourbon and bluegrass plains of Kentucky horse-racing country along this Deep South musical meander to The Big Easy.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans
  • Orientation of Atlanta, Asheville and Nashville
  • Visit CNN Studios, Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kentucky Horse Park or International Museum of the Horse, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Corvette Musuem, RCA's Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Opry and Sun Studios
Dining Highlights
  • 16 full breakfasts
  • 8 dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 9/30/2019
17 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1AtlantaArrive Atlanta: Immerse yourself in the elegance and style of the South. Your interlude with Dixieland begins in its capital, Atlanta. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception
Sheraton Atlanta
Day 2AshevilleAtlanta - Asheville: Atlanta's tumultuous history and triumphs are explored today on our city tour, culminating in a visit to the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide. Gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the world's first 24-hour news channel during an Inside CNN VIP Tour - a behind-the-scenes snapshot that will delight your inner news hound.Full Breakfast
Renaissance Asheville
Day 3GatlinburgAsheville - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gatlinburg (2 Nights): Witness the opulence and splendour of American Royalty with a guided visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore Estate. We head to the UNESCO-listed Great Smoky Mountains National Park next, stopping at the Visitors' Center for insights into 19th century wilderness settlement life. You'll also delve into the Story of the Cherokees at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian which what life was like in the southern Appalachians.Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Day 4GatlinburgGatlinburg: Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, so named for the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks. Consider a visit to Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton and embark on an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction.?Full Breakfast
Day 5LexingtonGatlinburg - Cumberland Gap - Lexington: Stand in awe at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the first great gateway to the west. The buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter and the pioneer all travelled this route through the mountains. Continue through Kentucky into Lexington, the "Horse Capital of the World." This afternoon, choose to delve into equine culture at the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Full Breakfast
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Day 6LouisvilleLexington - Louisville (2 Nights): Saddle up for a soulful encounter with the equine residents of Old Friends, a horse retirement farm where we Dive into Culture and Make a Difference by discovering how our visit contributes to the dignified retirement of thoroughbreds. We continue along the Bourbon Trail to Buffalo Trace Distillery for a behind-the-scenes look into what goes into crafting truly great bourbon, Kentucky's golden liquid warming body and soul. We continue to Louisville where we'll Connect with Locals, with a hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center.Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Day 7LouisvilleLouisville Sightseeing: Visit the home of the celebrated Kentucky Derby, hosted at Churchill Downs race-trek since 1875. Fell the thrill of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" as you explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we tuck into a traditional Kentucky Regional Meal, followed by some foot-stomping festive fun.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 8NashvilleLouisville - Bowling Green - Nashville (3 Nights): Satisfy the petrol-head in you with a visit to Bowling Green's National Corvette Museum where you can admire the sleek lines and engineering feats of this all-American sports car. Leave your need for speed behind and continue south into Tennessee, arriving in Nashville this afternoon to meet your new travel companions.Full Breakfast
Renaissance Nashville
Day 9NashvilleNashville Sightseeing: Tune into the intoxicating sights and sounds of Music City this morning. Find your rhythm as your Dive into Culture at RCA's Studio B and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of Cash tunes with Johnny and June's granddaughter (or another family member). We'll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and explore the collection of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams and Garth Brooks. Later, embark on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring the Johnny Cash Museum or enjoy a tour of the Ryman Auditorium.Full Breakfast
Day 10NashvilleNashville At Leisure and Sightseeing: Write your own song of the South on a full day at leisure before heading to the Grand Ole Opry, the home of American music since 1925. Take an optional walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous. Full Breakfast
Day 11MemphisNashville - Memphis (2 Nights): From country to blues, we head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll on Beale Street, where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Our final stop today is the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down. Perhaps visit the National Civil Rights Museum, home to the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This evening is free.Full Breakfast
Sheraton Memphis Downtown
Day 12MemphisGraceland Excursion: Our first stop is Sun Studios, which sought to capture the raw energy of Beale Street in the very first Rock 'n' Roll single recorded in 1951. Visit Graceland and worship at the altar of the King of Rock 'n Roll, paying tribute to a man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Tonight, embark on a?your choice dining ?experience choosing from a selection of local eateries.Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
Day 13NatchezMemphis - Natchez: Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. Connect with Locals at a 1850s private residence of Joe Stone, who performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano. We head to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom we'll enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner.Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Natchez Grand
Day 14New OrleansNatchez - Oak Alley - New Orleans (3 Nights): Dive into Culture at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to discover the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation heritage. We continue through the Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation where the spicy scents of Creole cuisine will linger long after our visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking comes to an end. Enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before indulging in a Regional Meal of Creole cuisine.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Sheraton New Orleans
Day 15New OrleansNew Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure: Trace the cosmopolitan history of one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring New Orleans. This evening, consider an optional jazz cruise on the Mississippi River.Full Breakfast
Day 16New OrleansNew Orleans At Leisure: Today is yours to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Easy. Take an optional boat trip into the Louisiana swamps or explore the streets of the French Quarter and sample the city's cuisine, which Mark Twain once described "as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin". This evening, join new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 17New OrleansDepart New Orleans: Your unforgettable encounter through America's South at its end, we take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or consider extending your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.Full Breakfast

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10/30/2019$4,995.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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