Enrich the soul on this trip through America's south, with mouthwatering BBQs, southern hospitality and the sultry sound of jazz and blues. This one brings you from Fort Worth through Austin, Houston and New Orleans, taking in all of the mosaics of music, culture, history and delicious food that the deep south has to offer. Authentic experiences abound - from a traditional Texan BBQ, to a walking tour of New Orleans' famous French Quarter.
Feel the famed Southern hospitality as we meet up with the rest of our Contiki family in the ‘bigger is better’ scene of Dallas. From here we'll head to the decidedly more laid-back vibes of Austin.Don't say we don't treat you. Diving straight into the local way of life, this evening you'll get to know your new travel crew over an authentic & mouthwatering Texan BBQ.
Today is yours to get the low-down on Texan life. You have the option to take to two wheels to see the sights on a city bicycle tour, pick yourself out some new cowboy boots or kick-back poolside to preserve your energy for a night on the town – Austin has a world famous music scene for a good reason.
Having conquered Austin, we'll venture onto San Antonio...Welcome to a charming melting pot of Spanish, Mexican & American infusions. After eating our way around the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico and enjoying a walking tour to get our bearings, a serene river walk will offer us shops, restaurants & music to soak up and enjoy.
Leaving San An feeling like a local, it's time to make our way to Texas' largest city. By now you're already feeling like a local, and today we make our way to Texas' largest city, Houston.With huge belt buckles & portion sizes to match, the city certainly lives up to its larger than life reputation.
Bellies full of BBQ, we'll head to the romantic metropolis of New OrleansThe love-child of French & Caribbean culture, New Orleans will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive.
We'll kick off the festivities today with a swoon-worthy walking tour of the French quarter, jamming in Jackson Square before sampling beignets & marveling at Antebellum mansions, all to the sweet sounds of Southern jazz, of course. Then it's time to head for the New Orleans school of cooking to trade tales with your new friends over some traditional gumbo.
Now that you know New Orleans like one of the locals, it's your day to do your own thing. Stroll down Frenchmen street for the sounds of jazz and funk, head to the vast grassy oasis of the city park or check out the New Orleans museum of art for an extensive collection of gorgeous French masterpieces.
Tissues on deck & souvenirs in tow, it's time to say our goodbyes. This has been the journey of a lifetime, so make sure to keep in contact for a reunion trip soon…
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Trip Name: Southern Soul
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $1,185
Supplier Tour ID: 337/256525
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