Explore the highlights of the south on this independent journey driving through Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Packed with history, glorious architecture, famous landmarks and friendly people to meet, it’s no wonder the southern region of the United States holds so much appeal. Discover this charming corner of the US at your own pace.

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Visit historic Savannah, whose charm can be found in its 21 squares filled with statues, fountains and lush vegetation.

Chance to visit the Biltmore Estate, a 250 room French chateau, and explore the house and acres of gardens and grounds.

Immerse yourself in the music scenes of Nashville and Memphis where the roots of country and blues music were formed.

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Day 1

Atlanta

Upon arrival, collect your car and drive to your hotel in downtown Atlanta.

Day 2

Atlanta

Spend the day exploring Atlanta from its place in the Civil Rights movement to the iconic attractions of today. Drive to the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., see the Ebenezer Baptist Church where three generations of the King family preached and Dr. King’s burial site. This afternoon visit the headquarters of CNN and go Inside the CNN Studio to watch behind-the-scenes action of the newsroom. 

Day 3

Atlanta - Savannah

This morning, depart for historic Savannah. The Historic District of Savannah is the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark district in the United States and its charm can be found in its 21 squares, filled with statues, fountains, and lush vegetation. Upon arrival, explore Savannah and learn about its Civil War history and important buildings spanning three centuries worth of architectural styles. (B)

Day 4

Savannah - Charleston

The Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina offer as much history, culture, and natural beauty as almost anywhere in the United States. En route to Charleston, travel through moss-draped, tree-lined roads to Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest living and working plantations. 340 year old Charleston oozes Southern charm. From its cobble stone streets and rainbow coloured colonial homes to landmarks that pay homage to historic battles, the city has an abundance of fascinating sites.

Day 5

Charleston - Asheville

This morning drive to Asheville, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville boasts diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant downtown, and numerous historic and architectural attractions such as Biltmore, the largest home in the United States. This afternoon, visit the Biltmore Estate’s home and gardens. This 250-room French château was completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. Acres of beautiful gardens and grounds can be explored.

Day 6

Asheville

Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway are a must while in Asheville and there are a number of places to visit. See such sites as Grandfather Mountain. Towering above Northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is the region’s premier and most ecologically diverse nature preserve.

Day 7

Asheville - Nashville

Upon arrival in Nashville, explore the city to see such sites as the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. You will also visit Historic RCA Studio B – where Elvis and others recorded over 35,000 songs. This evening, at your leisure, enjoy the area between Broadway and 2nd Avenue, filled with entertainment venues, and night clubs, known locally as “honky tonks”.

Day 8

Nashville - Memphis

Memphis is where the roots of Blues, Country and Gospel music formed in the 1930’s. Visit The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and learn about the explosion of Sun Studio, and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70’s, to its global musical influence. No trip to Memphis is complete without a visit to Graceland. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Learn of Elvis’ humble beginnings through to his rise to superstardom. See how a rock ‘n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. After dinner, spend time on Beale Street, the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock-n-roll, R&B, and gospel.

Day 9

Memphis - Jackson - Vicksburg

Travel to Jackson. Jackson is a treasure trove of African-American and Civil Rights history. Upon arrival, follow the Civil Rights Driving Route featuring sites such as Freedom Corner and explore the Farish Street Historical District. This evening will be spent in Vicksburg. 

Day 10

Vicksburg - New Orleans

Upon arrival in New Orleans, explore this amazing city. Visit one of the city’s famous resting places. With a spooky history, and unique, ornate tombs, Lafayette Cemetery is a popular location for movies shot in New Orleans. Of course the French Quarter is the most famous New Orleans neighbourhood. Filled with nightclubs and bars, it is a great place to spend the evening.

Day 11

New Orleans

Enjoy a walking excursion of the French Quarter, America’s oldest and most unique living neighbourhood. Return your rental car.

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