Rhythms of the South

French Quarter, New Orleans
12 Days

Spend this CostSaver trip being immersed in the music, culture and romance of the enchanting Deep South.

Meander through charming squares admiring the stately mansions and Spanish moss-draped oaks, feel the buzz of Bourbon and Beale streets, toe tap at the local honky tonks and pay homage to the "King" as you tour Graceland. From Jazz to Blues, to Rock & Roll and Country this is a journey that is steeped in musical history and full of Southern charm; a recipe for success.

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  1. Welcome to Atlanta, a city with charming Southern hospitality. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Fairfield Inn and Suites Atlanta Downtown
  2. This morning's drive through Atlanta takes you past the headquarters of two of America's best known corporations: CNN and Coca Cola. After, head to Savannah, where visitors from around the world are drawn to the charming antebellum homes and cobblestone streets.
    hotel:Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District
  3. This morning, why not board an optional trolley for a guided sightseeing tour through Savannah's Historic District, driving past stately mansions and parks with hanging Spanish moss, Davenport House, Forsyth Park, River Street, City Market, Colonial Park Cemetery and Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace. Later, join your traveling companions for an optional excursion to Fort Pulaski followed by lunch at The Crab Shack, a local landmark on Tybee Island.
  4. Travel from Savannah to Alabama's state capital, Montgomery. The streets of Montgomery are steeped in civil rights history from Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King Jr. Learn about the civil rights movement and see many of these historic sites.
    hotel:Comfort Suites Montgomery
  5. This morning, set out for “The Big Easy” where you are taken on an orientation tour experiencing unique cultures, food and music with a Local Specialist. The rest of the day is yours to relax, settle in or explore further on your own.
    hotel:Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter
  6. This morning, perhaps head out to the swamps for a guided tour to see alligators in the Cajun backwaters of Louisiana or join an optional walking tour of the French Quarter ending with a jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. This afternoon is free to explore this vibrant city on your own – visit a jazz club or enjoy beignets with coffee at Café du Monde. This evening, perhaps take an optional jazz cruise along the Mississippi.
  7. Set out for Natchez, where have a chance to join an optional visit to Stanton Hall, one of the fully restored antebellum homes Natchez is renowned for.
    hotel:Days Inn Natchez
  8. This morning, drive to Memphis, a city steeped in music history from BB King to Elvis. On arrival in Memphis, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. This evening is at leisure to sample the music scene on Memphis' famous Beale Street and experience some authentic Memphis-style BBQ or take an optional visit to the Rock n' Soul Museum with dinner at Blues City Cafe.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Memphis Downtown
  9. Start the day with a visit to Sun Studios where Elvis was discovered, followed by a pilgrimage to the museum dedicated to the late Elvis Presley, Graceland. The mansion was purchased by the “King” back in 1957 for $100,000 when he was just 22 years old. Later, perhaps take an optional musical tour of historic Memphis as musicians entertain you while you travel the streets of Memphis.
  10. This morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast of Southern fare served family style at one of the oldest cafés in Memphis. Then, the morning takes you from the home of the blues to the home of country music – Nashville, “Music City USA” for a two-night stay.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Quality Inn and Suites Downtown Nashville
  11. This morning explore Nashville with an orientation tour, passing well-known sites including historic Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol and Centennial State Park, home to the world's only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens. Explore the vibrant heart of Nashville's entertainment industry at Music Row, home to hundreds of businesses dedicated to music. Visit Studio B where the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton, among others, recorded some of their albums. Next is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to view memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. This afternoon is free to pursue your own interests. This evening, perhaps attend an optional live recording session at the Grand Ole Opry, home to America's longest-running live radio program
  12. Depart from Nashville International Airport at your leisure or head south toward Atlanta where your trip comes to an end upon arrival at Atlanta International Airport. A stop will also be made at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Atlanta Downtown Hotel for guests extending their stay in Atlanta.

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Meal Summary

8 Breakfasts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour seeing CNN and Coca Cola Headquarters
  • Orientation tour where you will learn about the civil rights movement
  • Spend the morning with a Local Specialist seeing the downtown area and the Garden District before visiting one of the above-ground cemeteries the city is known for
  • Visit Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his revolutionary albums before heading to his home, Graceland, to tour the grounds
  • Iconic Breakfast at a classic American “greasy spoon” restaurant for a typical Southern family-style breakfast
  • Sightseeing of Nashville, including a visit to Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
20 May 17 31 May 17 $1,950pp
$1,950 pp
10 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 $1,950pp
$1,950 pp
22 Jul 17 2 Aug 17 $1,895pp
$1,895 pp
23 Sep 17 4 Oct 17 $1,950pp
$1,950 pp
14 Oct 17 25 Oct 17 $1,950pp
$1,950 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $825.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $129 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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