Smell the Cajun spices in the air as you enter Creole country on this evocative Journey through the USA’s Deep South.
Discover the origins of country music in Nashville, remember Elvis in Memphis, tour the bayous of New Orleans and experience the cowboy lifestyle on a Texas ranch.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Take in a performance or two of country music in its home in Nashville
- Find out more about the life of Elvis Presley in Memphis, during your visit to Graceland
- Explore the swamps and bayous of New Orleans before embarking on an evening jazz cruise
- Relax as you discover the pleasures of Texas country life on a remote ranch
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- International & internal flights
- 10 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked accommodation
- 3 nights in a 4* ranch
- 13 days' car hire
- Elvis Experience Tour
- Evening Jazz Cruise
- Swamp & Bayou tour
Need to know+
- Arrives: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
- Time difference: GMT-6
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
- Language: English
- Currency: US dollar (USD)
- Flying time from UK: around 11 hours
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
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Welcome to Nashville, the ‘Music City’ and see where it all began at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, although you won’t be able to try any in this ‘dry country’ where, in a throwback to prohibition, the sale of alcohol is somewhat restricted. Grab your guitar and experience a piece of musical history at the Grand Ole Opry, an iconic performance venue for country music stars past and present. For a more obscure Nashville tradition, head down to the Pancake Pantry and taste the wide variety of innovative flavours such as Georgia peach or apricot and lemon.
Head onwards to gritty Memphis, home of the world’s most succulent slow-cooked barbecued pork. Feast on this delicious delicacy, then find out more about the musical home of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, touring the home of the King at Graceland. Perhaps continue the music theme by taking a look around Sun Studio, where such classics as I Walk the Line were recorded. Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, now an enlightening museum.
Arrive in Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi River and discover days gone by as you follow the pathways of the southern belles and civil war soldiers. Natchez was left mostly undamaged during the American Civil War, and so the many heritage buildings and old churches are in an excellent state of preservation. Top of the list are the grand antebellum houses, with Longwood the most famous of these, being the USA’s largest octagonal house. Once you’ve had your history fix, watch the sun set over the Mississippi River or try the local crispy fried chicken with coleslaw and freshly baked cornbread.
Bouncing back from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans is once again a thriving multicultural melting pot, with Creole, Caribbean, Haitian and Asian influences all coming together. Get down to the French Quarter and catch some live music in an atmospheric jazz club or taste a traditional Louisiana gumbo in a cosy restaurant. Outside the city, discover the beauty of the surrounding swamps and bayous, keeping a look out for crocs. Later, relax on the river on your evening jazz cruise.
Your next stop is dynamic Dallas, full of history and home to the Dallas Cowboys. Learn about the life and times of JFK in the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza. Famous for the infamous TV show of the same name, Dallas offers a wide range of restaurants to choose from and the largest Arts District in the country. You can shop ‘til you drop here and discover a number of museums, specifically art museums. If you are here in autumn, check out one of the US’s largest and most exciting state fairs.
Experience life on a real Texas Ranch in Graham, just outside Dallas. Here, you can take a horseback ride, a guided 4x4 tour of the estate, or try your hand at clay pigeon shooting. Visit Possum Kingdom Lake, known locally as PK, a popular recreation spot for boat trips, fishing and picnicking, plus of course hiking and biking. Back on the ranch, take a wagon ride, feed the cattle, or listen to old western tunes played on the guitar.
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