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Much of America’s music finds its roots in the cotton fields, river deltas and smoky clubs of the Deep South. Take a trip through its musical heritage - soulful and gritty blues, bold jazz and country twang.
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14 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, 14 days car rental, maps, driving directions and information package.
Daily, 18 May - 15 Oct '18
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Experience the vibrant live music scene
learn more about America's Civil Rights history
Taste delectable Cajun food
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New Orleans’ unique musical heritage was born from a blending of European instruments with African rhythms. As the only North American city to allow slaves to play native music in public, New Orleans gave birth to an indigenous music: jazz. The city’s music was later significantly influenced by Acadiana, home of Cajun and Zydeco music, and Delta blues. Days 2-3-(B)
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After a short stop in Baton Rouge, continue to historic Natchez which was the greatest of the cotton ports. Next, jump on the famous Natchez Trace Parkway, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. Spend the night in Vicksburg where the US flag was raised and the Confederate lowered on July 4, 1863.
Drive north on the Blues Highway, stopping in Indianola for the new B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Clarksdale’s historic Blues Alley is home to the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the blues. Known as the ‘Home of the Blues’, Memphis is a sound, a groove and a rhythm that races through your soul. Stroll along Beale Street and listen to the blues bands in the local bars. (B)
Many careers of music greats were launched in Memphis including Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, B.B. King and Elvis Presley. Sun Studio is still used by famous recording artists today. Don’t miss Graceland, a shrine to a musical legend.
Your next stop is Music City, home of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Spend a few days exploring the city with its colourful history, famous Music Row, The Ryman Auditorium and the State Capitol, Nashville’s Parthenon. Visit Historic RCA Studio B or attend a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Days 9-10-(B)
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This cosmopolitan city, where Margaret Mitchell penned ‘Gone with the Wind’, is the capital of the South. Created in Atlanta in 1886, Coca-Cola’s status as a cultural icon is mapped out in the World of Coca-Cola where you can sample cola products from around the world. Day 11-(B)
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Continue to Montgomery which was a hotbed of activity for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Visit the Rosa Parks Library to learn about the beginning of the American Civil Rights movement.
Founded in 1702, few cities can boast such a rich history and prime location as Mobile. Visitors marvel at the sheer beauty of the city - breathtaking sunsets, lush foliage, spectacular architecture, amazing museums, diverse arts and culture and famous seafood creations. The day ends with a drive along the coast to New Orleans. (B)
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