Nashville – Memphis – Natchez – New Orleans
Costsaver believe that the most important part of travelling is the memories that you make along the way, and that’s why their holidays are always superb value for money. On your travels, there is an expert Travel Director on hand to help, 3 and 4-star accommodations, luxury coach transport, city tours and lots of meals provided. You’ll have plenty of time to treat yourself to a range of Optional Experiences or discover the hidden gems in the locations you visit in your own way. Costsaver’s holidays are designed for independent travellers who have the initiative and creativity to search for exciting places to explore; they’ll take care of the finer details so that you can spend more time enjoying your customisable holiday.
Firstly, arrive in Nashville, ‘Music City, USA’ where you will have some time to settle into your room at the The Inn at Opryland. The next morning enjoy a complimentary breakfast before touring Nashville, seeing the Tennessee State Capitol and Centennial State Park, home to the only full-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens in the world.
Next, explore the lively centre of Nashville’s entertainment industry at Music Row and visit Studio B where Dolly Parton amongst other famous artists recorded some of their albums. Then go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and see memorabilia from country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring Nashville or make use of the hotel’s indoor pool. This evening, enjoy a live recording session at the Grand Ole Opry, which houses America’s longest-running live radio programme. The next day in Nashville is also free for you to savour Nashville’s various different attractions. Visit the Johnny Cash museum or head to the Belle Meade Plantation. Your knowledgeable Travel Director will be around to help you plan your day, including helping to book a self-guided tour through Ryman Auditorium or a guided tour of the Belle Meade Plantation.
The next morning, from one music obsessed city to another, you’ll leave Nashville and travel to Memphis. Home to “The King” who needs little introduction, music is the life blood of this toe tapping city with bluesy Beale St. a fine example of this. Arriving here you’ll dive straight in with an orientation tour viewing the impressive Memphis Pyramid and the historic Peabody Hotel. Next, see the Lorraine Motel, perhaps one of the most significant site of the entire Civil Rights Movement, the very place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. With an afternoon and evening free, you might want to check out our Optional Experiences. You could visit the Rock N’ Soul Museum, which displays wonderfully curated exhibits that tell the story of the birth of rock and soul music before grooving on over to Beale Street for a BBQ dinner at a lively joint that serves up Southern treats accompanied by live music, naturally. Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
Prepare to start your morning with a taste of the local Memphis cuisine that is sure to have your mouth watering. This morning’s Iconic Breakfast is Southern food, served with the same hospitality you’ll find all throughout this city. You’ll likely find yourself rolling out of a classic all-American diner, full of good eats and ready for all the excitement your next stop has to offer. Arrive at Sun Studio, where Elvis was first discovered back in 1954 and where you’ll experience the legacy left behind by the ‘King of Rock n’ Roll’ himself. Today will be a special one for Elvis fans as you have the chance to make the pilgrimage to Graceland.
The next day is also free to enjoy at your own pace. Spend the day further exploring Memphis or head out on an excursion: a Backbeats Musical Mojo Tour will take you on a music bus with a Beale Street musician around Memphis’ musical hotspots; an Elvis Presley Birthplace Tour will take you to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, with the opportunity to see where he lived for 13 years and other notable sites from his life.
Leave Memphis the next day, under the guidance of your passionate Travel Director, you’ll soon understand how, and why, this important thoroughfare was originally established as a footpath by Native Americans and was later used by explorers, traders and travelers, including the Ohio River Valley boatmen who were known as ‘kaintucks’. We’ll arrive on the banks of the Mississippi as we pull into Natchez, where the unique architecture of the South could be further understood as you explore the antebellum homes that are scattered here on our Optional Experience. These large mansions were originally built as plantation homes and remained untouched throughout history. If you feel like taking a closer look, you’ll have the chance to visit an Antebellum Classical Revival mansion, Stanton Hall. In the evening, join an optional mixology class at the National Historic Landmark – the Dunleith Historic Inn, followed by a delicious elevated Southern dinner.
Enjoy the Hampton’s free hot breakfast and sample the divine waffles for yourself before heading south to New Orleans, passing over the longest bridge over water in the world. A Local Specialist for a city tour will meet you, with highlights including the French Market, Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral, the Garden District and an above-ground cemetery offering a unique outlook on life and death. The evening is free to enjoy New Orleans’ cultural wonders or simply relax at your hotel for the evening, the Wyndham French Quarter, New Orleans. A plethora of amenities are offered to guests, including complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness centre and the only indoor heated swimming pool in the French Quarter. Warm, welcoming rooms feature complimentary bottled water, a flat screen HDTV, and hair dryer, as well as plush beds for a comfortable, refreshing night’s sleep.
The next day travel over the world’s longest continuous bridge over water as you journey towards ‘The Big Easy’. Famed for its Mardi Gras celebrations and diverse culture, everything in New Orleans is a little larger than life. The weddings are bigger, the funerals are louder, the food is unique, and every single day is a cause for celebration. Meeting up with a Local Specialist on arrival you’ll head out on a city tour. You’ll also visit one of the city’s many unique cemeteries, taking a peek around the elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Tonight, we recommend you sample some good Creole cooking, and in our opinion there’s only one place to go for the best food in town – the New Orleans institution, Dooky Chase. Hotel: La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham New Orleans Downtown
Waking up with an extra NOLA induced spring in your step, today is entirely free for you to explore and perhaps try an Optional Experience. With the day ahead of you, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time. Head back to the cute cafes and decadent mansions of the Garden District, have your fortune told in Jackson Square or eat your way around the many incredible restaurants and cafés that dot around the city as you refuel from your adventures. If the swamps and bayous are on your list, there’s the Option to get out on the water with a boat trip through the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Led by a local guide who’ll share their in-depth knowledge of the region they’ll keep a keen eye out so you can, spot ‘gators, eagles, snakes and egrets as you cruise these wild wetlands on this afternoon adventure.
It’s your final full day in NOLA and the final day of your trip, so make sure you go out in style. Why not join an Optional Experience cooking demonstration to learn how you can recreate some of the city’s tastiest dishes once you return home. The New Orleans School of Cooking is hosted by local chefs who share tips and stories, plus there are plenty of tasters to keep appetites at bay. Or visit the WWII Museum, designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life. Jazz fans can opt into a Jazz Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River, accompanied by the sounds of the Grammy nominated band Dukes of Dixieland, played by a live band.
This fabulous escorted tour is the ideal way to experience Southern America’s musical, historical and cultural gems. From Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion to the elegant Antebellum Era mansions in Natchez, you’ll experience Southern hospitality whilst learning more about this region’s rich past. With plenty of opportunities to personalise this trip, you can have leisurely strolls around exciting cities and peaceful moments relaxing by the hotel pools whenever you feel like it. There’s no better way to experience America’s Southern wonders! Call one of our travelplanners 020 3542 8888 to book this superb escorted tour today!