Grand American Adventures

12-day/11-night small group escorted tour

Deep South map

A journey through America’s cultural and musical heritage; from the beginning of country music to the birth of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. Learn how these unique musical genres Grand American Adventure logosprang out of America’s past and how they still influence popular music today.  With Grand American Adventures’ expert planning, small group touring and highly trained tour leaders you can relax and enjoy this fabulous tour.

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  • Day 1. Arrive Atlanta.
    Day 2. Atlanta, Birmingham.
    Day 3. Birmingham, New Orleans.
    Day 4. New Orleans.
    Day 5. New Orleans.
    Day 6. New Orleans, Natchez.
    Day 7. Natchez, Clarksdale
    Day 8. Clarksdale, Tupelo, Memphis.
    Day 9. Memphis.
    Day 10. Memphis, Nashville.
    Day 11. Nashville.
    Day 12. Nashville, Lynchburg, Atlanta.  Depart Atlanta.

    Tour Includes:

    √ Tour Elvis’ Graceland mansion and visit his birthplace in Tupelo.
    √ Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
    √ Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise.
    √ Jack Daniel’s Distillery tour.
    √ Beale Street blues bars.
    √ New Orleans jazz clubs and Bourbon Street nightlife.
    √ Stay in a historic Natchez property.
    √ Free Wi-Fi access available in your vehicle and in some hotels.
    √ Maximum group size 13.
    √ Dedicated services of the same professional Grand American Adventure Director/driver for the entire tour.

    OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

    10 hotel nights and 1 historic hotel night.

  • Day 1: Arrival day in Atlanta. Welcome to Atlanta and the Southern state of Georgia. The day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. : Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

    Day 2: Atlanta to Birmingham.  Head west into Alabama and to the state’s largest city – Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

    New Orleans French Quarter
    New Orleans French Quarter

    Day 3/5: New Orleans.  Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the `Big Easy’, the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as ‘The Quarter’. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA.Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing your indulgence and appreciation of American music by enjoying some of the many live performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space – but be prepared to queue! There will also be the chance to step out of the city and explore the wild river swamplands of Louisiana, where you can head out by boat beneath the cypress trees in search of wildlife.Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Dinner (x1) included

    New Orleans parade band
    New Orleans

     

    Days 6: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens – Natchez.  This morning you enjoy an included visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houmas makes for a wonderful stop. Next you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez’ historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the `Under the Hill’ area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South. You’ll overnight in the historic Briars B&B which offers the charm of the ‘Old South’. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Houmas Plantation
    Houmas Plantation

    Day 7: Clarskdale. Next it’s onto Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry that shaped life for so many in this region. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous `Crossroads’, where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town you’ll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Red’s is definitely worth a visit for live music – an authentic `juke joint’ where you’ll be transported to the real heart of the South! Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

     

    Day 8-9: Tupelo – Memphis.  See the humble beginnings of `The King’ with a visit to the birthplace of E

    Bourbon Street nighttime
    Great nightlife

    lvis in Tupelo, before crossing into Tennessee. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, who influenced country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll music.You also have the chance to visit the iconic Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin’ Wolf to Johnny Cash, and you may like to visit the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. There’s also an opportunity to hear gospel music on Sunday morning. Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

     

    Beale Street sign

    Days 10 – 11:  Nashville.  From Memphis you make your way to Nashville – the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and intimate live music venues playing not only country, but all genres of music.As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state’s second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville is free for you to indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available (entrance fees apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running radio show and a recommended highlight. You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 24 km east of the city. Book before you arrive to avoid missing out as these shows are popular!Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

     

    Day 12: Nashville to Atlanta.  Make your way towards Atlanta, stopping at Lynchburg where you can pay homage to Tennessee’s most famous drink by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery for a serving of Southern hospitality.Your tour of the Deep South ends in the modern day metropolis of Atlanta, known as the New York of the South. If you’re staying on be sure to stop by Gladys Knight’s famous Chicken and Waffles restaurant.Meals: Breakfast included.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

     

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

  • 12 Day/11 night escorted tour
    PDB
    2018
    Tour prices in £’s per person based
    on two adults sharing a double room
    Double
    £
    07 Apr-17 Nov On request
    Prices include:
    11-nights hotel accommodation, escorted tour transportation, excursions as per the itinerary.

    * Be in New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival.  The music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state from blues to bluegrass, and everything in between. A one-day ticket has been included in the price of the tour for you to enjoy the event (25 April departure only).

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Optional Solo Sleeper from £579, subject to availability.

    Just America can offer the full range of Grand American Adventures tours of the USA & Canada
    – please click here to view the PDF brochure

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

    View the Grand American Adventures Booking Conditions

    Just America can offer the full range of Grand American Adventures tours of the USA & Canada

    – please click here to view the PDF brochure