From Po Boys to Gumbo, oysters to beignets, there's plenty of delectable cuisine to be uncovered on a foodie exploration of the Deep South. Experience the flavours of Tex-Mex in Houston; visit the home of Tabasco Sauce and savour the spices of Cajun cooking; discover Nashville's renowned hot chicken and visit the breweries of Asheville, the BBQ joints of Atlanta and the southern seafood dishes of Savannah on this falvourful self-drive adventure.

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Day 1

Houston

Houston is a cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of restaurants but, as it’s Texas, the highlights are Tex-Mex, barbecue or a mouth-watering steak.

Day 2

New Orleans

Leaving Texas, cross the border to begin your true deep south experience. En route to New Orleans, stop in Lake Charles or Lafayette to sample the boudin, a local speciality sausage, then visit Avery Island, home of Tabasco Sauce. New Orleans invented the cocktail, so this afternoon’s cocktail walking tour is the ideal start to your stay in the Big Easy.

Day 3

New Orleans

A foodie’s heaven, New Orleans is bursting with flavour. From Po Boys to gumbo, oysters to beignets, the options are endless. Spend a few hours learning and tasting at the New Orleans Cooking School and then explore the city and its food at leisure. (L)

Day 4

Jackson

If Mississippi had an official state food, it would undoubtedly be catfish. Usually breaded and fried, you’ll find it throughout the state.

Day 5

Memphis

Known as the home of Elvis and for its fascinating music history, Memphis is also one of the best destinations in the US for barbecue. Mouth-watering ribs are a highlight of any visit to this city.

Day 6

Memphis

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Day 7

Nashville

Known as ‘Music City’, Nashville’s emerging culinary scene is attracting its own share of visitors. The speciality here is hot chicken – a spicy, deep-fried dish served with white bread and pickles. Visiting a Honky Tonk in Nashville is a must-do, and your Honky Tonk Bar Pass includes exclusive credit vouchers to spend in three of the best.

Day 8

Nashville

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Day 9

Asheville

Asheville is home to a community of culinary collaborators whose aim is to bring unique and memorable food and drink experiences to visitors and locals alike. Boasting more breweries per capita than any US city, the local beers are plentiful.

Day 10

Charleston

Charleston is a culinary capital. An abundance of fresh, local ingredients, award winning chefs and an expanding craft beverage range add up to a must-see destination for foodies. Taste your way through this historic city on a Savour the Flavours Tour.

Day 11

Charleston

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Day 12

Savannah

This charming southern city draws visitors with its tree-lined streets and antebellum architecture, but the food is also a highlight. Drawing from the heritage of southern cooking, with plenty of fresh seafood and local ingredients, the options are endless.

Day 13

Atlanta

Atlanta has long been known as a hub of southern cooking, with classics including fried chicken, country fried ham and sweet iced tea featuring heavily on menus. However the city has an amazing variety of dining options, from food trucks to BBQ joints to fine dining. While here, visit the World of Coca-Cola, where you can taste more than 100 beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company around the world.

Day 14

Atlanta

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Day 15

Birmingham

A relative new comer to the foodie scene, Birmingham is now consistently rated amongst the best up and coming culinary destinations in the country. Make sure to visit the original Whistle Stop Café, which is still serving up fried green tomatoes.

Day 16

New Orleans

A final night in New Orleans to try anything you missed the first time. Drop your car in New Orleans, or continue back to Houston for a complete circle trip.

Day 17

New Orleans

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