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Rhythms of the South - USA - 13 Nights

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Rhythms of the South
Itinerary
  • Day 1-13
    • Car Hire: Alamo Fully Inclusive - Atlanta
    • Overnight Excursion: Rhythms of the South 14 Days/13 Nights
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Rhythms of the South 14 Days/13 Nights

Day 1
Rhythms of the South

Tour Highlights
Explore Atlanta's role in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement in the city's museums.
Walk Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame honouring country performers of national reputation.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located on Nashville's Music Row.
Embark on the ultimate rock 'n roll experience at Elvis Presley's Graceland Walk down Beale Street for a taste of the music Memphis makes today.
Explore Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, the City with Soul.
Enjoy great food and music in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz.
Find serenity in Pensacola, where blue skies meet the emerald-green water of the Gulf Atlantic Station Arch.
Visit Tallahassee, Florida's capital city nestled in the Red Hills bio-region of Florida's Panhandle.
Explore Savannah's beautifully preserved historic neighbourhoods.
Stroll down Charleston's quaint alleyways or trot through the streets in a carriage.
Admission fees not included.

Day 1
Atlanta Arrival
Arrive in Atlanta. Pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2
Atlanta
Enjoy a day in Atlanta, which started as a railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a large part of the reason it made such an inviting target for General Sherman's Union Army, which razed it during the Civil War. Visit Fairly-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park or the Atlanta History Centre.

Day 3
Atlanta - Nashville
Along the way, stop to see the Chattanooga "Choo Choo" train. In Lynchburg tour the legendary Jack Daniel's whiskey distillery. Proceed to Nashville in the evening.
Driving distance: 245 mi / 392 KM

Day 4
Nashville - Memphis
Soak up the sounds in the country music capital by visiting the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Experience the South's tumultuous history at the Tennessee State Museum. Leave the city early enough to arrive in Memphis for a late dinner.
Driving distance: 209 mi / 334 KM

Day 5
Memphis
Explore the birthplace of the blues by taking in a performance in one of the entertaining Beale Street blues bars. Drive out for a tour of Elvis Presley's home Graceland; see the original bomber, Memphis Belle; or monorail to unique Mud Island.

Day 6 Memphis - Jackson
Jackson was founded in 1821 at the site of a trading post situated on a bluff on the west bank of the Pearl River. Jacksonians are extremely proud of their famed southern hospitality and attractions. Visit the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, along with the Old Capitol Museum and other venues.

Day 7 Jackson - New Orleans
Enjoy a drive through the heart of the old South en route to New Orleans. The city's unique geography, sandwiched between Lake Pontchartrain and the mighty Mississippi River, shaped the flavours of the only cuisine native to North America.

Day 8
New Orleans
The Big Easy is a melting pot of European culture and southern charm. Stroll through the French Quarter and admire its distinctive architectural styling, then experience the festive frenzy on Bourbon Street. Steamboat river tours on board restored paddleboats are a great way to experience the mighty Mississippi.

Day 9
New Orleans - Pensacola
Drive from city life to beach blankets. Relax on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a swim in the warm blue waters of the Atlantic Coast. Wander through Pensacola's Seville District or head to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island.
Driving distance: 188 mi / 301 KM

Day 10
Pensacola - Tallahassee
Travel along the Gulf Coast through the untouched wildlife preserves and natural habitats that dot the landscape. Fishing villages and the Emerald Coast provide ample distraction on the way. Sprinkled with southern charm, Tallahassee's landscape mixes antebellum architecture and modern innovation.
Driving distance: 196 mi / 314 KM

Day 11
Tallahassee - Savannah
Historic Savannah is home to some of the South's most beautifully restored houses. Take a relaxing afternoon walk and picnic in one of the many green parks throughout the city.
Driving distance: 301 mi / 484 KM

Day 12
Savannah - Charleston
Charleston truly represents the grandeur and elegance of the South. Gorgeous tree-lined avenues add to the charm of the antebellum architecture.
Driving distance: 105 mi / 168 KM

Day 13
Charleston - Atlanta
Leave South Carolina's coast and head back inland on your return trip to Atlanta.
Driving distance: 290 mi / 467 KM

Day 14
Atlanta Departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

Day 2
Rhythms of the South

Tour Highlights
Explore Atlanta's role in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement in the city's museums.
Walk Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame honouring country performers of national reputation.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located on Nashville's Music Row.
Embark on the ultimate rock 'n roll experience at Elvis Presley's Graceland Walk down Beale Street for a taste of the music Memphis makes today.
Explore Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, the City with Soul.
Enjoy great food and music in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz.
Find serenity in Pensacola, where blue skies meet the emerald-green water of the Gulf Atlantic Station Arch.
Visit Tallahassee, Florida's capital city nestled in the Red Hills bio-region of Florida's Panhandle.
Explore Savannah's beautifully preserved historic neighbourhoods.
Stroll down Charleston's quaint alleyways or trot through the streets in a carriage.
Admission fees not included.

Day 1
Atlanta Arrival
Arrive in Atlanta. Pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2
Atlanta
Enjoy a day in Atlanta, which started as a railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a large part of the reason it made such an inviting target for General Sherman's Union Army, which razed it during the Civil War. Visit Fairly-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park or the Atlanta History Centre.

Day 3
Atlanta - Nashville
Along the way, stop to see the Chattanooga "Choo Choo" train. In Lynchburg tour the legendary Jack Daniel's whiskey distillery. Proceed to Nashville in the evening.
Driving distance: 245 mi / 392 KM

Day 4
Nashville - Memphis
Soak up the sounds in the country music capital by visiting the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Experience the South's tumultuous history at the Tennessee State Museum. Leave the city early enough to arrive in Memphis for a late dinner.
Driving distance: 209 mi / 334 KM

Day 5
Memphis
Explore the birthplace of the blues by taking in a performance in one of the entertaining Beale Street blues bars. Drive out for a tour of Elvis Presley's home Graceland; see the original bomber, Memphis Belle; or monorail to unique Mud Island.

Day 6
Memphis - Vicksburg
Today visit Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. There are over 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road and a national cemetery, the nation's largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors with graves totalling over 17,000.

Day 7
Vicksburg - Natchez - Baton Rouge - New Orleans
Enjoy a drive through Natchez and Baton Rouge, the heart of the old South, en route to New Orleans. New Orleans' unique geography, sandwiched between Lake Pontchartrain and the mighty Mississippi River, shaped the flavours of the only cuisine native to North America.

Day 8
New Orleans
The Big Easy is a melting pot of European culture and southern charm. Stroll through the French Quarter and admire its distinctive architectural styling, then experience the festive frenzy on Bourbon Street. Steamboat river tours on board restored paddleboats are a great way to experience the mighty Mississippi.

Day 9
New Orleans - Pensacola
Drive from city life to beach blankets. Relax on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a swim in the warm blue waters of the Atlantic Coast. Wander through Pensacola's Seville District or head to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island.
Driving distance: 188 mi / 301 KM

Day 10
Pensacola - Tallahassee
Travel along the Gulf Coast through the untouched wildlife preserves and natural habitats that dot the landscape. Fishing villages and the Emerald Coast provide ample distraction on the way. Sprinkled with southern charm, Tallahassee's landscape mixes antebellum architecture and modern innovation.
Driving distance: 196 mi / 314 KM

Day 11
Tallahassee - Savannah
Historic Savannah is home to some of the South's most beautifully restored houses. Take a relaxing afternoon walk and picnic in one of the many green parks throughout the city.
Driving distance: 301 mi / 484 KM

Day 12
Savannah - Charleston
Charleston truly represents the grandeur and elegance of the South. Gorgeous tree-lined avenues add to the charm of the antebellum architecture.
Driving distance: 105 mi / 168 KM

Day 13
Charleston - Atlanta
Leave South Carolina's coast and head back inland on your return trip to Atlanta.
Driving distance: 290 mi / 467 KM

Day 14
Atlanta Departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

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Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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