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Country Roads of the Deep South

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $4,687 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Nashville, Memphis, Greenwood (MS), Natchez, Lafayette, New Orleans ...more Nashville, Memphis, Greenwood (MS), Natchez, Lafayette, New Orleans
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Nashville

    Welcome to Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and the USA’s glittering centre stage. From the Everly Brothers' “Bye Bye Love," to Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman," the streets are paved with talent. Your airport transfer will whisk you to your hotel.Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and mingling with guests at 18:00 followed by a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Renaissance Hotel, Nashville
  2. Day 2 Take centre stage in Nashville

    Start your day with an orientation tour of music city. You'll visit the picturesque Riverfront Park, Tennessee State Capitol and the 132 acre Centennial State Park, where you'll encounter an exact replica of the Parthenon. Pass by the city's lively honky-tonks and street performers on Broadway, as you make your way to the Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Built in 1885 as a building for religious gatherings, it held its first concert in 1892, before opening its doors to Hollywood greats. It is here where Johnny Cash first met June Carter, where bluegrass was born and where country music found an audience. Tonight, head to the famous Grand Ole Opry, the world-renowned country music stage and longest-running radio broadcast in U.S. history.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Hotel, Nashville
  3. Day 3 A day of legends

    Go behind the scenes of a Nashville recording studio. This intimate experience introduces you to a performing artist, musicians and the techniques behind a song’s development. Make a stop at Nashville’s Farmers' Market and Market House to explore its artisanal crafts and produce.Explore Nashville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Nelson’s Green Brier, a local Tennessee distillery and home of the Original Tennessee Whiskey. Alternatively, visit the National Museum of African American Music, which shares the story of the American soundtrack through history and interactive technology.Tonight's dinner at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant will introduce you to the colourful flavours of Nashville. Perhaps try the crabmeat cheesecake.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Renaissance Hotel, Nashville
  4. Day 4 Heading back home to Memphis

    This morning you'll head to Memphis. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time visiting this vibrant city, you’ll be drawn in by the lively melodies coming from Beale Street.Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of the city, followed by a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the National Civil Rights Museum. While there, you’ll be guided through five centuries of The Civil Rights Movement history and its impact on our culture today.End your day by joining a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a private evening at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The museum is part of The Soulsville Foundation, which aims to prepare young adults for life success and inspire future artists.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis.
  5. Day 5 A day dedicated to the King

    Begin you day with a visit to Sun Studio, the “birthplace of rock and roll”, where music legends, including B.B. King, Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded.Make your way to the magnificent Graceland, the former home of the "King of Rock and Roll," Elvis Presley.Dinner this evening will be served at The Beauty Shop, a former parlour turned whimsical New American eatery where Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla, was said to get her hair done.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis.
  6. Day 6 Memphis to Greenwood

    Travel through the Mississippi Delta down the Mississippi Blues Trail, a route that tells the stories of bluesmen and women. Explore the Delta town of Greenwood at your own pace, before heading to the Viking Cooking School for a hot tamales cooking demonstration - a regional specialty.Later, dine on a mouthwatering dinner at a James Beard Award finalist restaurant that features southern inspired dishes that include produce local to the area.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Alluvian, Greenwood.
  7. Day 7 Moving on to Natchez

    Learn more about Southern history and hospitality as you head to Natchez. Tour the historic antebellum mansions, and discover the preservation efforts of later generations to tell the story of African-Americans through the decades, understanding that slavery and cotton allowed plantation owners to build these mansions. Test your mixologist skills as you concoct a traditional Southern cocktail, the Mint Julep. Minty, cooling and with a touch of sweetness, you're sure to learn a few party tricks to bring back home with you. Enjoy an evening to yourself. Ask your Travel Director for restaurant suggestions and discover one of the wonderful options in town.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens.
  8. Day 8 Natchez to Lafayette

    Move on to Lafayette for a taste of the Cajun and Creole culture. Get to know more about Cajun culture and how it is defined by its roots.Head to the Acadian Cultural Center followed by a unique Cajun music experience.A genre rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians, it is both eclectic and joyous. Learn more about this fast tempo music and its history from a local accordion maker and musician.In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette.
  9. Day 9 Lafayette for foodies

    Start the day with a crawfish farm tour just outside the city. You will be joined by a Local Expert who will help you catch your lunch the old-fashioned way, using hand nets. You’ll be taught how to prepare a traditional boil, before sitting down to the meal. If crawfish are out of season, you'll take part in a boil experience with seasonal seafood. Later, enjoy time at leisure or head out on an optional swamp tour.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette.
  10. Day 10 Welcome to the Big Easy

    New Orleans is a lively and dynamic city, known for its vibrant culture and electric jazz festivals. On the way down south, stop at the Tabasco® Factory for a self-guided tour and discover how the world-famous red hot pepper sauce is made. This afternoon, head to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where you’ll learn more about the city’s diverse cuisine with a guided tour and included lunch.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, New Orleans.
  11. Day 11 Festivities in New Orleans Relaxed Start

    Get to know the city with a Local Expert as you discover each neighborhood's unique architecture and explore the vibrant art scene. See how the community comes together through celebration.In the afternoon, take your pick of optional activities, perhaps getting to know the local culture through a jazz music experience or by meeting a voodoo specialist.End your day by joining your fellow travellers at a Celebration Dinner at the Palace Cafe - a contemporary and upbeat Creole restaurant at the foot of the French Quarter.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, New Orleans.
  12. Day 12 Depart New Orleans

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your adventure comes to an end with a departure to the airport.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Nashville: Visit Nelson’s Green Brier, a local Tennessee distillery and home of the Original Tennessee Whisky. Learn more about the process that creates this drink's unique taste.
  • Nashville: Learn the story of the American Soundtrack as you visit the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "It’s magical to see how a group of guests come together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that’s happening because they start planning their own ‘post-arrival’ activities before the travel day has finished."

Authentic Dining

  • Nashville: Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests to mingle before sitting down to a Welcome Dinner with wine.
  • Memphis: Dinner this evening will be served at The Beauty Shop, a former beauty parlour turned whimsical New American eatery, where Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla, was said to get her hair done.
  • Greenwood (MS): Dine on a mouthwatering dinner at Fan and Johnny’s. The restaurant’s chef is a James Beard Award finalist and dishes include soul-food inspired creations featuring produce local to area.
  • Natchez: Test your mixologist skills as you concoct a traditional Southern cocktail, the Mint Julep. Minty, cooling and with a touch of sweetness, you're sure to learn a few party tricks to bring back home with you.
  • Lafayette: You will be joined by a Local Expert who will help you catch your lunch the old-fashioned way, using hand nets. You’ll be taught how to prepare a traditional crawfish boil. If crawfish are out of season, you'll take part in a boil experience with seasonal seafood.
  • New Orleans: End your day with a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), 2 Dinner (D), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 2 Lunch (L)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Nashville: Attend the show that made country music famous. The Grand Ole Opry is the stage that showcases the past, present and future of country music. This live performance show brings rising talent, superstars and country legends together, along with bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more.
  • Nashville: Pass by the city's lively honky-tonks and street performers on Broadway, as you make your way to the Ryman Auditorium, former and original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Built in 1885 as a building for religious gatherings, it held its first concert in 1892, before opening its doors to Hollywood greats. It is here that Johnny Cash first met June Carter, where bluegrass was born and where country music found an audience.
  • Nashville: Make a stop at the Nashville Farmer's Market and Market House to explore its artisanal food stalls, crafts and produce.
  • Nashville: Visit Nelson’s Green Brier, a local Tennessee distillery and home of the Original Tennessee Whisky. Learn more about the process that creates this drink's unique taste.
  • Memphis: Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of the vibrant city rich in blues, soul, and rock n roll history.
  • Memphis: Visit Sun Studio, also known as the “birthplace of rock and roll," where music legends, including B.B. King, Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded some of their iconic hits.
  • Greenwood (MS): Explore the Delta town of Greenwood at your own pace, before heading to the Viking Cooking School for a demonstration class that introduces you to a savoury regional specialty, Hot Tamales.
  • Lafayette: Visit the Acadian Cultural Center. Your Local Expert, a park ranger from the National Park Service, will guide you through the fascinating history, culture, plight and prosperity of the Acadian people.
  • New Orleans: This afternoon, head to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where you’ll learn more about the city’s unique and delicious cuisine with a guided tour and included lunch.
  • New Orleans: Stop at the Tabasco Factory for a guided tour as you discover the process of making this world-famous red hot pepper sauce.

Insight Experiences

  • Nashville: Go behind the scenes of a Nashville recording studio. Meet a performing artist as your learn about the musicians and techniques behind a song's development.
  • Memphis: End your day with a private evening at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The museum is part of The Soulsville Foundation, which aims to help young people prepare for life success and inspire future artists.
  • Memphis: Join a Local Expert as you wander the rooms of Graceland Mansion and discover the place that Elvis Presley once called home.
  • Natchez: Connect with locals as you tour the beautiful Antebellum Mansions while reflecting on the reality of America's history, and learning new lessons about the preservation efforts of later generations.
  • Lafayette: A genre rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians, Cajun music is eclectic and joyous. Learn more about this fast tempo music and its history from a local accordion maker and musician.

Insight Choice

  • Nashville: Learn the story of the American Soundtrack as you visit the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

Make Travel Matter

  • Memphis: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and embark on a poignant and important tour through five centuries of the Civil Rights Movement. Pay your respects to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn about his impact on the world.

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