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Southern Stars

This trip hits all the glittering stars of the American south in 11 days, from the sultry jazz and sumptuous food of New Orleans, down through other musical meccas like Memphis and Nashville before the show stopping finale - glamping under canvas in the majestic Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Supplier Tour ID: 336/256511
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: New Orleans, United States Of America
  • Finishes: Atlanta, United States Of America
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • Atlanta

Itinerary

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Day 1: New Orleans

The love-child of French & Caribbean culture, New Orleans will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive.

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Day 2: New Orleans

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.

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Day 3: New Orleans

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.

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Day 4: New Orleans to Memphis

Bidding farewell to New Orleans, we're off to another musical mecca...Welcome to Memphis. It's time to pay homage to 'The King' today, as we're going to Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis. Then it's time to pay appreciation to another King, Martin Luther King JR, as we visit the Civil Rights museum, learning all about the vital force of the civil rights movement, before heading to sun studios, the place where Elvis recorded his very first song. What a day; and we're not even done with Memphis yet.

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Day 5: Memphis

Now we're nice and intimate with Memphis, it's your own day to explore. Take a taste of traditional food in downtown, visit the museum of soul music, check out the famous zoo and aquarium or take a tour of the Wiseacre brewery. No matter what you choose to do today, you'll fall in love with this invigorating city.

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Day 6: Memphis to Nashville

See ya, Memphis, Nashville is calling!Pull those boots out. Home to some of the musical greats, this city also played a crucial role in the civil rights movement. Tonight we'll have dinner at the famous woolworths where the first sit-in took place to desegregate lunch counters.

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Day 7: Nashville

Today is yours to explore Nashville but if you're into your music or just want to experience this place's local heritage, we recommend checking out the Johnny Cash museum, to learn all about one of the best selling artists of all time.

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Day 8: Nashville

Today it's time for more nourishing Nashville. Truly a musical paradise, a tour around the Country Music Hall of Fame will give us the lowdown on this city's musical past. Then, with the smell of Southern delicacies in the air, the city is ours to explore.

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Day 9: Nashville to the Great Smoky Mountains via Lynchburg

Thanks for the hospitality Nashville!Next, it's time to head Jack Daniels Distillery for a guided tour and whiskey sampling. before heading to the "Land of the Blue Smoke"Named by the Cherokee for its bluish haze and mist like clouds, we'll settle down in this mountain paradise with our luxury glamping yurts, surrounded by pristine views and lush forestlands. Tonight we'll swap stories under the canvas of stars.

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Day 10: Great Smoky Mountains

As well as all that natural beauty, the Smoky Mountains are packed with options for unforgettable adventure activities. Today you can try your hand at ziplining, soak up that scenery atop a horse or whizzing around on your very own ATV. The choice is yours.

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Day 11: Great Smoky Mountains to Atlanta

Today, we travel to the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta where our tour ends on arrival.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…

Inclusions:
      Food
    • You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare
      Staff
    • Professional, insightful and fun, our Trip Managers, Drivers and Local Guides in the USA & Canada are highly trained and ready to show you this incredible part of the world. Armed with their little black books of must sees, dos and eats, they'll help you avoid the tourist traps and show you the time of your life
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Tour Highlights:
  • New Orleans Day 1: Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets,New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration & Dinner
  • New Orleans Day 2: Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets,New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration & Dinner
  • Memphis: Visit Graceland