Depart for the Deep South
Depart Dublin for your flight to New Orleans. On arrival in New Orleans, you will be welcomed by your local guide and taken to your hotel.
New Orleans City Tour
Begin your morning with a walking tour of New Orleans. Stroll through the Vieux Carré part of town where you’ll see the French Market, Saint Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, a remarkable Spanish building dating from the 18th century.
Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the city of New Orleans further. The city straddles the Mississippi River in the state of Louisiana and is famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles, most notably the Creole townhouses of the French Quarter with large courtyards and intricate iron balconies. St Charles Avenue is famed for its large antebellum mansions in various styles such as Greek Revival, Colonial and Victorian.
Travel from New Orleans to Pensacola
Following breakfast, travel to Mobile in the neighbouring state of Alabama for a visit to the Mobile Botanical Gardens, which boasts over one hundred acres of paved garden areas and woodland gardens and features one of the most comprehensive collections of azaleas along the Gulf Coast.
There will be time for lunch before continuing to your hotel in Pensacola, Florida - the “Sunshine State.”
Approximate distance from New Orleans to Pensacola: 325km
National Navy Aviation Museum
Depart in the morning for a visit to the National Navy Aviation Museum, the largest such museum in the world and the most visited museum in the state of Florida. The museum features more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.
Transfer to Jekyll Island
Following this, you will begin your journey to Jekyll Island, the smallest barrier island off the coast of Georgia. En route, there will be a break for lunch before reaching your hotel in the evening.
Approximate distance from Pensacola – Jekyll Island: 690kms
Jekyll Island at Leisure
Indulge in a full day of relaxation at Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island offers a variety of amenities, including 10 miles of beach, four golf courses, a 250-acre Historic Landmark District, the Georgia Sea Turtle Centre, Summer Waves Water Park, and a tennis centre.
Savannah City Tour
Transfer from Jekyll Island toward Savannah. In Savannah, you will visit the historic district, where you will experience the city’s undeniable southern charm. On the waterfront, discover the beautiful cobbled streets of Factor’s Walk and River Street where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, taverns and restaurants. Approximate distance from Jekyll Island to Savannah: 150kms
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Savannah.
In the morning, you will be taken on a two hour walking tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery. This public cemetery, located near the Wilmington River, spans nearly 160 acres. The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie of the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood.
You will have an afternoon at leisure in charming city of Savannah.
Depart Savannah for a visit to America’s oldest working, living plantation, Boone Hall. During this visit you will enjoy a guided tour of the mansion, walk through the beautiful gardens and experience the Slave Street & History presentation before travelling onwards to the historic town of Charleston.
Charleston City Tour
Afternoon city tour of Charleston to include the Battery, Old City Market and the Citadel with some free time for dinner before checking in to your hotel.
Approximate distance from Savannah to Charleston: 160kms
Travel from Charleston to Atlanta
Depart Charleston for Atlanta, often referred to as “Empire City of the South”.
Upon arrival in Atlanta, enjoy a guided tour which will take you to the trendy Buckhead district, Midtown and Downtown. You will also visit Martin Luther King’s birth home in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood before finishing the day with a “behind the scenes” tour at the famous CNN Studios.
Approximate distance from Charleston to Atlanta: 480kms
Chattanooga's Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Begin the morning with a drive to Chattanooga, known for its Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the largest operating historic railroad in the South. Embark on a one-hour train ride, which begins at the Grand Junction Station, travelling along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga. You will cross four bridges and pass through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858.
Depart for Nashville
In the afternoon, depart for Nashville. Nashville is often referred to as “Music City USA” and is the capital of country music in the South. Atlanta to Nashville - Approximate distance travelled: 400km
Music Row, Downtown Nashville
Enjoy some live music at one of the many honky-tonks that make up Music Row in Downtown Nashville.
Nashville City Tour
Start the day with a guided tour of Nashville, during which you will see the Riverfront Train Station, Ryman Auditorium, The Arcade / Avenue of the Arts, Bicentennial, The Parthenon at Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Enjoy a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is one of the world’s largest museums and research centres dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music.
Depart for Memphis
Depart Nashville and head west towards Memphis. Memphis is often considered the home of the blues and rock ’n’ roll. The Delta Blues originated in the Mississippi Delta and artists such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley made their first recordings in Memphis.
National Civil Rights Museum
Experience a guided visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, a complex of museums and historic buildings. Its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Approximate distance from Nashville to Memphis: 340kms
Enjoy a morning visit of Graceland, the last home of the “King”, which was turned into a museum after his death.
Sun Studio & the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Witness the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, where several blues and rock “n” roll artists first recorded during the 1950s, followed by a visit of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records. This museum pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artefacts, items of memorabilia, and galleries.
Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight home.
Arrive home following your trip to America’s Deep South.