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Country Roads of the Deep South

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $4,550 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans ...more Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, 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.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Renaissance Hotel
  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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Hotel
  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 the Nashville’s Farmers' Market and Market House to explore its artisanal food stalls, crafts and produce.Later, visit Nelson’s Green Brier, a local Tennessee distillery and home of the Original Tennessee Whiskey. Learn more about the process that creates this drink's unique taste.Tonight's dinner will introduce you to the colourful flavours of Nashville.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Renaissance Hotel
  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 visit the National Civil Rights Museum. While there, you’ll be guided through centuries of Civil Rights Movement history and its impact on our culture today.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 prepare young adults for life success and inspire future artists.(Breakfast)

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

    Begin you day with a Visit 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    Travel to 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 demonstration class that introduces you to the regional specialty, Hot Tamales.Later, dine on a mouthwatering dinner at Fan and Johnny’s. The restaurant’s chef is a James Beard Award finalist and features southern inspired dishes that include produce local to the area.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    Learn more about Southern history and hospitality as you head to Natchez. Tour the historic Antebellum Mansions while reflecting on the reality of America's slavery history, and learning new lessons about the preservation efforts of later generations. 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.(Breakfast)

    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 countryside. Get to know more about Cajun culture and how it is defined by its French 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.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    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.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    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.(Breakfast / Lunch)

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

    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 geting to know the local culture through a jazz music experience or by meeting a voodoo specialist.End your day with a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your toe-tapping adventure comes to an end with a departure to the airport.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • 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
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • 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 Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

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.
  • Highlight Dinner in 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.
  • Highlight Dinner in Greenwood: 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.
  • Cocktail- Making Demonstration in 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: This afternoon, head to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where you’ll learn more about the city’s cuisine with a guided tour and included lunch.
  • New Orleans: End your day with a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experience

  • 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.

Top Rated Highlight

  • Visit the Grand Ole Opry in 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.
  • Visit the Ryman Auditorium in 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.
  • Visit Nashville's Farmer's Market and Market House: Make a stop at the Nashville Farmer's Market and Market House to explore its artisanal food stalls, crafts and produce.
  • Visit Nelson's Green Brier Distillery in 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 City Tour: Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of the vibrant city rich in blues, soul, and rock n roll history.
  • Visit Sun Studio in 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.
  • Hot Tamales Demonstration at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood: 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.
  • Visit the Acadian Cultural Center in 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.
  • Visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in 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.
  • Visit the Tabasco Factory in 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.

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