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Deep South USA - 13 Nights

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Discover a different side of the USA as you traverse five states on this incredible road trip through the Deep South.  Uncover the fascinating history, musical heritage and distinctive culinary traditions that make Southern culture so unique. 

Compare the ornate colonial buildings of the past with bold modern day architecture as you visit the iconic cities of New Orleans, Savannah, Memphis, Atlanta and Nashville. As the birthplace of the blues and country music, it’s no wonder the Southern “drawl” of local accents has such a musical ring to it. Pay a visit to Elvis Presley’s former home at Graceland, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame and some of the honky-tonk bars along Nashville's famous Music Row. You will also learn about the South’s pivotal place in American history with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum and the birthplace of Martin Luther King. 


Travelling cross-country by air-conditioned coach, you will have some down-time to enjoy the 10 mile stretch of beach on beautiful Jekyll Island, as well as stops in the smaller towns of Mobile, Pensacola and Chattanooga for a truly memorable Deep South experience.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Deep South USA is divided by two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (GMT minus 5 hours) while middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are within the Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours). 
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Flight Duration
Approx. 7 hours. Boston Logan International Airport is located approximately 6 km (4 miles) east of Boston. The journey to your hotel takes about 20 - 30 minutes.
Climate

Deep South USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Deep South USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are five star establishments offering fine dining and beachfront shacks cooking the freshest seafood. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt (1994)
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (1960)
“Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

 

Holiday highlights

New Orleans
Sitting on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. The "Big Easy," isknown for its vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. 
Savannah
This coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture. Its cobblestoned historic district is filled with squares and parks like Forsyth Park, shaded by magnolia blossoms and oak trees covered with Spanish moss. The historic district’s architectural landmarks include the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Atlanta 
This large and historic city played a central role in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city's past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. Downtown, 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium.
Nashville 
Widely considered the spiritual home of country music, Nashville is home to a number of legendary venues. these inlude the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show, in Music Valley. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, packed with legendary honky-tonks, dive bars and dance halls.
Memphis

Memphis, along the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, is known for its music and food. Blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll spill out from the clubs along Beale Street, and restaurants dish up barbecue and soul food. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Deep South USA is divided by two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (GMT minus 5 hours) while middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are within the Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours). 
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Flight Duration
Approx. 7 hours. Boston Logan International Airport is located approximately 6 km (4 miles) east of Boston. The journey to your hotel takes about 20 - 30 minutes.
Climate

Deep South USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Deep South USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are five star establishments offering fine dining and beachfront shacks cooking the freshest seafood. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt (1994)
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (1960)
“Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for the Deep South

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Afternoon

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.

Day 2 - New Orleans

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Morning

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. 

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the city of New Orleans further at your leisure.  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. 

Day 3 - New Orleans to Pensacola

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Full Day

Travel from New Orleans to Pensacola

Start your day with a morning guided tour of New Orleans’ tranquil Garden District, where you will see a well-preserved collection of historic southern mansions. Following this, you will depart to Mobile, in the neighbouring state of Alabama where you will have lunch at your leisure.  Enjoy a leisurely afternoon visit of the Mobile Botanical Gardens. The Mobile Botanical Gardens boast over one hundred acres of paved garden areas and woodland gardens, and feature one of the most comprehensive collections of Azaleas along the Gulf Coast.  Continue on to your hotel in Pensacola, Florida and enjoy an evening at leisure in the “Sunshine State.” Approximate distance from New Orleans to Pensacola: 325km

Day 4 - Pensacola to Jekyll Island

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Morning

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.

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Afternoon

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, enjoy lunch at your leisure before reaching your hotel in the evening. Approximate distance from Pensacola – Jekyll Island: 690kms

Day 5 - Jekyll Island

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Full Day

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 Center, Summer Waves Water Park, and a tennis center.

Day 6 - Jekyll Island to Savannah

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Morning

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

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Savannah.

Day 7 - Savannah

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Morning

At Leisure

You will have a morning at leisure in charming city of Savannah.

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Afternoon

Bonaventure Cemetery

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a 2 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.

Day 8 - Savannah to Atlanta

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Morning

Transfer from Savannah to Atlanta

Depart Savannah for Atlanta, often referred to as “Empire City of the South”. Approximate distance from Savannah to Atlanta: 400kms

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Afternoon

Atlanta City Tour

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.

Day 9 - Atlanta to Chattanooga to Nashville

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Morning

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. 

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Afternoon

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

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Evening

Music Row, Downtown Nashville

Enjoy some live music at one of the many honky-tonks that make up Music Row in Downtown Nashville.

Day 10 - Nashville

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Morning

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.

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Afternoon

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 centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music.

Day 11 - Nashville to Memphis

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Morning

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. 

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Afternoon

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. 

Day 12 - Memphis

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Morning

Graceland

Enjoy a morning visit of Graceland, the last home of the “King”, which was turned into a museum after his death.

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Afternoon

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. 

Day 13 - Return Home

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Morning

At Leisure

Relax and enjoy a morning at leisure in Memphis before an early afternoon transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight home.

Day 14 - Arrive Home

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Morning

Arrive Home

Arrive home in Dublin following your trip to America’s Deep South.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Wyndham French Quarter 3

With it's ideal loaction and smartly appointed accommodations, Wyndham French Quarter is the perfect destination for your New Orleans adventure. Guestrooms are newly renovated,  fresh, spacious and welcoming, so you'll feel right at home. Just a stroll away from key des... read more read more read more

With it's ideal loaction and smartly appointed accommodations, Wyndham French Quarter is the perfect destination for your New Orleans adventure. Guestrooms are newly renovated,  fresh, spacious and welcoming, so you'll feel right at home. Just a stroll away from key destinations including shopping at the historic French Market District, numerous antique and jewelry shops, art galleries as well as more culinary creations than one can imagine.

Hotel address
Wyndham French Quarter
124 Royal Street


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Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach 4

The Holiday Inn Resort is situated on Pensacola Beach, within walking distance of several bars and restaurants. This modern beach resort is located several miles outside of downtown Pensacola. The hotel features an American style restaurant, an indoor and outdoor swimmi... read more read more read more

The Holiday Inn Resort is situated on Pensacola Beach, within walking distance of several bars and restaurants. This modern beach resort is located several miles outside of downtown Pensacola. The hotel features an American style restaurant, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with 2 hot tubs. Guests can also enjoy activities  on the nearby beach including charter fishing, sailing, kayaking and biking. 

Hotel address
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
14 Via De Luna Drive
Florida 32561

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel 4

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is located on the Jekyll Island, right off the coast of Georgia, just south of Brunswick. The Victorian clubhouse is one of the top resorts in Georgia. Guests can enjoy the pool, the garden and the various food offers.... read more read more read more

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is located on the Jekyll Island, right off the coast of Georgia, just south of Brunswick. The Victorian clubhouse is one of the top resorts in Georgia. Guests can enjoy the pool, the garden and the various food offers.

Hotel address
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Dr
Jekyll Island
GA 31527
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Comfort Inn Historic District Savannah 3 Star

The Comfort Inn Historic District Savannah hotel is situated within walking distance of the City Market shopping area in Savannah. The hotel is also close to several attractions including River Street, the Savannah Civic Cente, Fort Jackson and the Savannah College of Art an... read more read more read more

The Comfort Inn Historic District Savannah hotel is situated within walking distance of the City Market shopping area in Savannah. The hotel is also close to several attractions including River Street, the Savannah Civic Cente, Fort Jackson and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Guests can enjoy the hotel's indoor heated swimming pool and relax in the whirlpool/hot tub.

Hotel address
Comfort Inn Historic District Savannah
630 W. Bay Street
Savannah
GA, 31401
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Aloft Atlanta Downtown 4

The Aloft Atlanta Downtown hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the Philips Arena. Guests can enjoy the hotel's outdoor swimming pool, the bar an... read more read more read more

The Aloft Atlanta Downtown hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the Philips Arena. Guests can enjoy the hotel's outdoor swimming pool, the bar and the billard. 

Hotel address
Aloft Atlanta Downtown
300 Spring Street NW
Atlanta
GA, 30308
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Best Western Music Row Superior Tourist Class

The Best Western Music Row hotel is situated in Nashville, close to various shopping facilities and restaurants. Guests can enjoy nearby attractions including the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There's a seasonal outdoor pool for guests ... read more read more read more

The Best Western Music Row hotel is situated in Nashville, close to various shopping facilities and restaurants. Guests can enjoy nearby attractions including the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There's a seasonal outdoor pool for guests to enjoy, as well as a 24-hour fitness center and a cocktail lounge.

Hotel address
Best Western Music Row
1407 Division St.
Nashville, TN

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Comfort Inn Downtown Superior

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Hotel address
Comfort Inn Downtown
100 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN
US, 38103
Memphis
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