Boot, Scoot 'N' Blues
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Dust off those vintage cowboy boots and grab the expandable underwear – the deep South has come a-knockin’. Hipsters, history, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm ‘n’ blues and southern fried everything are on the agenda as you explore the very best of the Southern states. Explore Austin’s vibing music scene, cook up some classic gumbo in New Orleans and visit the home of the King at Graceland. This trip is a musical mecca, a foodies idyll and a good old rootin’ tootin’ adventure all rolled into one.

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Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Easy
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 161926
Starts: Dallas, United States Finishes: Atlanta, United States
You will visit
  • Dallas
  • Austin
  • San Antonio
  • Houston
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando



Day 1: Dallas to Austin

Get your boots on as we head down to Austin. Known for its laid back vibe, delicious BBQ & hip music scene we have two days to explore this vibrant city.


Day 2: Austin

Get out on two wheels & explore or grab a kayak & get out on Lady Bird Lake. Shop for cowboy boots on South Congress, stuff yourself with BBQ or simply relax at Barton Springs pool. Tonight, we head to Sixth Street to take in the live music scene that makes Austin famous.


Day 3: Austin to San Antonio

After keeping “Austin Weird” we change scenes as we make the short drive to San Antonio, home of the Alamo. A blend of Spanish, Mexican & American culture San Antonio is full of history. On arrival join us for a walking tour taking in Market Square, the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico, then on to San Fernando Cathedral & the Alamo. This afternoon stroll along the Riverwalk lined with shops & restaurants; grab a bite & a brew & chill out.


Day 4: San Antonio to Houston

Channel your inner cowboy & opt to join in on a trail ride this morning before departing to cosmopolitan Houston. But don’t be fooled, Houston may be the biggest city in Texas but you still experience the quintessential Texas honky-tonk complete with cowboy hats & oversize belt buckles.


Day 5: Houston to New Orleans

Leave the boots behind as we scoot on over to New Orleans. Let the good times roll as we take you sightseeing through the stunning French influenced city, & the birthplace of jazz music.


Day 6: New Orleans

A free day means time to absorb the atmosphere and lose yourself in the energy and diversity of New Orleans. Hop on a historic street car and head to the southern end of the Garden District, where you can soak up the rundown elegance and old-world charm of the quarter’s Victorian mansions. Experience more of the stunning French Quarter, made up of hidden courtyards, soul-kitchens and jazz clubs. Hang out in Jackson square and watch musicians, fortune tellers and artists. For a taste of tradition, sit down in historic Café du Monde and order the only two things on the menu: café au lait (milk coffee) and beignets (French donut). To learn more about local flavours, sign up for the New Orlean’s Cooking School optional and have a go at making classics like gumbo (a type of stew), shrimp Creole and bread pudding. Other ideas for your free time include rummaging through the farmers and flea markets on the square, visiting the Voodoo Museum for a look into more spellbinding traditions or reliving Mardi Gras at the Mardi Gras Museum. Make sure you try some oysters or jambalaya (rice dish with meats) before you head out tonight then check out a different part of the French Quarter with a visit to Frenchman’s Street. The buzzing nightlife is as vibrant on the streets as it is in the bars and clubs. So make sure you live the New Orleans’ motto “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” - let the good times roll!


Day 7: New Orleans to Memphis

Home of the Blues and the King. Say goodbye to the home of jazz and Dixieland as we head for the Mecca of Rhythm and Blues… Memphis, Tennessee. Join us for a night out on the street that made it famous, Beale Street.


Day 8: Memphis

Jump start the day with a tour of Graceland and pay homage to the King of Rock’n’Roll. Your Tour Manager will tell you Elvis’ story before you tour his 70’s style mansion and get up close to his lifestyle, gold records and jumpsuits. After Graceland, you’ve got free time to explore Memphis. If you’re keen, we’ll drop you at the Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the Lorraine Motel, this is where Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated. You can find out more about the American Civil Rights movement and its legacy here. Stop by at Memphis’ signature site, Sun Studios, where Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash all recorded. If you want to find out more about Memphis musical heritage, have a look around and even make your own record! If you’re hungry while your here, make sure you try out some Memphis BBQ, as this place is known for it. Later, head to Memphis’ core and former hub of African American culture, Beale Street. Birthplace of the blues, stomping ground of famous singers like B.B. King and Tina Turner, this historic street is a major landmark and a great place to listen to live music, kick back with a beer and party.


Day 9: Memphis to Nashville

Pull those boots out one more time – we’re on to Nashville, “Music City U.S.A.” Experience this city up-close & personal with a sightseeing tour of Nashville’s landmarks, including the Parthenon, Ryman Auditorium & the homes of famous country-western music performers & the recording studios of Music Row. Tonight, join us for a southern meal & Music City Roots!


Day 10: Nashville

Today is yours to explore Nashville. Opt for an insider’s tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a visit to Music Row with a guided tour of famous RCA Studio B. Since the day is free head out to the Grand Ole Opry or visit Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Tonight, we’ll head out on the town to experience what Nashville has to offer!


Day 11: Nashville to Atlanta

Today we head south to the capital of Georgia, Atlanta. On our way we’ll stop in Lynchburg, TN home to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. You’ll learn the art of whiskey making on a guided tour. View the sights on your orientation tour of Atlanta, including Peachtree Plaza, CNN Center, and Peachtree Street with its charming neighbourhoods before arriving at our hotel. Tonight, experience Atlanta’s vibrant nightlife.


Day 12: Atlanta to Orlando

Hello Mickey! We say goodbye to Atlanta today as we travel through the state of Georgia en route to Florida, America’s most visited city, where your trip ends on arrival.

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    • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts & 5 dinners
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Tour Highlights:
  • See the state capital building, Moon Towers & The Driscoll Hotel
  • See the University of Texas
  • Visit Congress Street
  • Feast on Texas BBQ
  • Walking tour - visit the Alamo, San Antonio Mission, Riverwalk and South Alamo Street
  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
  • Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland
  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum
  • Dinner & Music City Roots show
  • Tour & tasting at Jack Daniel’s Distillery
  • See CNN Centre, Atlanta Aquarium & the World of Coca Cola