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Deep South BLT
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Starting and ending in the buzzing city of New Orleans, leave the wild times of Bourbon Street behind and venture into the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. Explore the incredible wild surrounds of the Great Smoky Mountains, then hit music central with country, blues and rock 'n' roll in Nashville and Memphis. This tour will take you to the very heart of southern USA.

North America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DSB/208570
  • Starts: New Orleans, United States
  • Finishes: New Orleans, United States
You will Visit
  • New Orleans
  • Birmingham
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • Natchez

Itinerary

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Day 1: New Orleans - Birmingham

Depart the 'Big Easy' and head to Birmingham in Alabama, also known as 'Magic City', where you can learn all about Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Spend your first night getting to know your group over a plate of sumptuous Southern fare and live music.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Civil Rights Institute US$15

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Day 2-3: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world and you'll soon see why this is the most visited national park in America. To make sure you see as much as possible, the first afternoon is spent in the town of Gatlinburg where you can do some moonshine tasting at a distillery, pop into the park to the visitor centre or just stretch your legs with a short walk. The following day you enter the park with a mixture of driving and walking to really maximize your time in the wonderful scenery! Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, groundhogs and chipmunks, as well as the American Black Bears that call these mountains home.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Distillery moonshine tasting US$5

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Day 4-5: Nashville

If you weren't a country music fan before, one visit to lively Nashville and you soon will be! Check out one of the biggest music venues in the South, the Grand Ole Opry, and if you're really feeling the country vibe, how about a spot of line dancing? Learn about the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world, or head to the bars on Broadway to hear live bands. One thing's for sure, it's not called 'Music City' for nothing!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
  • Johnny Cash Museum US$19
  • Country line dancing US$10
  • Country western saloons US$varies
  • Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
  • Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90

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Day 6-7: Memphis

Memphis is the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studio where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Music put Memphis on the map, but this vibrant city is full of history. Pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland, so make the most of this included activity.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
  • Gibson guitar factory US$10
  • Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
  • Elvis Experience US$44
  • Sun Studio US$14
  • Civil Rights Museum US$19

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Day 8: Natchez

Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Natchez was at the very heart of the slave trade and has a rich history. You'll see impressive Antebellum mansions, elegant plantation homes that were built before the American Civil War which will give you an insight into what life was like back then. Wander downtown to Natchez's historic area for river views, art galleries and amazing Southern food.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Antebellum mansions US$12-$25

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Day 9: Natchez - New Orleans

It's time to dig out those dancing shoes again, you've arrived back in New Orleans for the end of your tour. We recommend an extra night in this musical city, to soak up the jazz and the legendary nightlife of Bourbon Street. We're pretty sure after nine days exploring the heart of the South, you'll definitely be ready for some good old-fashioned Southern cooking, so why not treat yourself to a bowl of gumbo or jambalaya then see off your new-found friends with a toast in the French Quarter?This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 2, Hotel: 6
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion
  • Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham
  • Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Hear live country music in Nashville's honky-tonks
  • Dance to blues music on Beale Street, Memphis
  • View the ornate exterior of southern Antebellum mansions


Reviews (2)
Katie Posted on: 

This was my first trip to the USA, and I went with my sister who has done 2 previously and has always raved about it. 3 months later, and I'm still not over it! It's true that your most memorable moments will be the unexpected (usually silly ones). ...Like playing crazy golf in Gatlinburg for a good 3 hours, long after the complex had closed and the lights went off; being chased by zombies and clowns in Birmingham (google Sloss Fright Furnance!); ignoring all the famous Blues bars on Beale street and instead doing the macarena in a crazy 70's disco club... Meeting up with a bunch of strangers can be nerve-wracking, but after a day or so we had already made a tonne of memories, inside jokes and had the odd existential crisis (I'm looking at you, Gary!). Our trek leader, Glen was brilliant. He had a great sense of humour and put up with our weirdness pretty well. The only fault I can find with this trip is that it simply wasn't long enough. I spent one day before the trek started exploring New Orleans, but 9 days wasn't enough. I definitely recommend booking extra time either end - NOLA is the perfect starting point for the trek, there is so much to see and do. I recommend taking a Voodoo tour and partying in the Cats Meow Karaoke bar (try the hurricane). This trip was absolutely incredible, I made brilliant friends and we have spoken nearly every day since we parted ways. I miss you guys!

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PAUL D. Posted on: 

Had the best trip on the Deep South BLT, Gatlinburg, Nashville and New Orleans were the highlights of the trip but it would not have been the same if it wasn't for the great group of people I was with and our amazing tour leader Christine! There was not one bad point in the trip at all, I just wish we could spend more days in some of the places we visited. Book this trip, you wont regret it.

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