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Spirit of the South

17 Days from $4,433 per person

| Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Trace Tennessee's jazz and juke joints and the bourbon and bluegrass plains of Kentucky horse-racing country along this Deep South musical meander to The Big Easy.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Charlotte

    Immerse yourself in the elegance and style of the South. Your interlude with Dixieland begins in Charlotte. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Dining: Welcome Reception
    Hotel: Hilton Charlotte Center City
  • Day 2: Charlotte – Asheville

    This morning, after a city orientation, learn about the history and heritage of NASCAR at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Charlotte before heading to Asheville.

    Dining: Breakfast
    Hotel: Cambria
  • Day 3: Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Pigeon Forge (2 Nights)

    Explore the elegance of yesteryear, starting your day with a self-guided visit to the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America and former luxurious homestead of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Stroll through acres of landscaped gardens and gain insight into the lives of a great family once considered American Royalty. We continue to the iconic UNESCO-listed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life. We'll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then travel through the centre of the park. We overnight in Pigeon Forge.

    Dining: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    Hotel: Black Fox Lodge
  • Day 4: Pigeon Forge Free Time

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, so named for the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks. Consider a visit to Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton and embark on an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction.

    Dining: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Pigeon Forge – Lexington

    Drive through Kentucky's Wilderness Road Heritage Highway stopping, en route, in Berea. Upon arrival in Lexington visit Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co., offering the unique distinction of being a brewery and distillery, for a tour and tasting.

    Dining: Breakfast
    Hotel: Hilton Lexington Downtown
  • Day 6: Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights)

    'Dive into Culture' today, saddling up for a soulful encounter with the equine residents of a local horse retirement farm, where you'll Make a Difference by contributing to the dignified retirement of thoroughbreds whose careers have come to an end. Then delve into the equestrian heritage of this bluegrass city at the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. This evening, we 'Connect with a Local', and enjoy a hosted 'Be My Guest' dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center with a local guest.

    Dining: Breakfast, Be My Guest
    Hotel: Embassy Suites Louisville
  • Day 7: Louisville Sightseeing

    After an orientation tour, choose to spend the morning at the Kentucky Derby Museum where you may imagine the thundering sounds of thoroughbred hoofs on the celebrated Churchill Downs racetrack as you visit the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. Feel the thrill of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" or perhaps head to the Louisville Slugger Museum showcasing the story of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats in baseball and in American history. Then spend the afternoon at leisure before we tuck into a traditional Kentucky Regional Dinner.

    Dining: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  • Day 8: Louisville – Bowling Green – Nashville (3 Nights)

    Satisfy the petrol-head in you with a visit to Bowling Green's National Corvette Museum where you can admire the sleek lines and engineering feats of this all-American sports car. Leave your need for speed behind and continue south into Tennessee, arriving in Nashville this afternoon to meet your new travel companions.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville
  • Day 9: Nashville Sightseeing

    Tune into the intoxicating sights and sounds of Music City this morning. Find your rhythm as your 'Dive into Culture' at RCA's Studio B and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of Cash tunes with Johnny's granddaughter (or another family member). We'll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and explore the collection of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams and Garth Brooks. Later, embark on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring the Johnny Cash Museum or enjoy a tour of the Ryman Auditorium.

    Dining: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Nashville At Leisure and Sightseeing

    Write your own song of the South on a full day at leisure before heading to the Grand Ole Opry, the home of American music since 1925. Take an optional walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous.

    Dining: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)

    From country to blues, we head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll on Beale Street, where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Our final stop today is the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down. Perhaps visit the National Civil Rights Museum, home to the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Enjoy a Regional Dinner this evening.

    Dining: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    Hotel: Crowne Plaza
  • Day 12: Graceland Excursion

    Visit Graceland to worship at the altar of the King of Rock 'n Roll. Our next stop is Sun Studio, which recorded the first Rock 'n' Roll single. This evening, perhaps enjoy the sounds of Beale Street with your new friends.

    Dining: Breakfast
  • Day 13: Memphis – Natchez

    Kick off this morning's musical interlude at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. 'Connect with Locals' at a 1850s private residence of Joe Stone, who performs on his 1903 Steinway grand piano. We head to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom we'll enjoy a traditional three-course Deep South dinner.

    Dining: Breakfast, Be My Guest
    Hotel: Magnolia Bluffs
  • Day 14: Natchez – Oak Alley – New Orleans (3 Nights)

    'Dive into Culture' at Frogmore Plantation and Gins to discover the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation heritage. We continue through the Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation where the spicy scents of Creole cuisine will linger long after our visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking comes to an end. Enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before indulging in a Regional Dinner of Creole cuisine.

    Dining: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans
  • Day 15: New Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Trace the cosmopolitan history of one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring New Orleans. This evening, consider an optional jazz cruise on the Mississippi River.

    Dining: Breakfast
  • Day 16: New Orleans At Leisure

    Today is yours to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Easy. Take an optional boat trip into the Louisiana swamps or explore the streets of the French Quarter and sample the city's cuisine, which Mark Twain once described "as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin". This evening, join new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.

    Dining: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Day 17: Depart New Orleans

    Your unforgettable encounter through America's South at its end, we take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or consider extending your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.

    Dining: Breakfast

Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 breakfasts
  • 9 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Memphis, New Orleans
  • ORIENTATION of Charlotte, Asheville, Nashville, Louisville
  • VISIT Nascar Hall of Fame, Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kentucky Horse Park or International Museum of the Horse, Alltech Brewing and Distillery, Kentucky Derby Museum or Louisville Slugger Museum, Corvette Musuem, RCA's Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Grand Ole Opry, Sun Studios

Dates and Prices

All dates and prices subject to change. Please see https://www.getours.com/tours/spirit-of-the-south for the latest discounts and departure information for this tour.
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Start Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2020
Return Date: Fri, May 1, 2020
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Start Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2020
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Start Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2020
Return Date: Fri, Oct 30, 2020
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

GATLINBURG

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show

Adult Price: 57.00

Dixie Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America.

Dollywood Theme Park Admittance Tickets

Adult Price: 75.00

Single day admission includes an entire day of access to the best rides, shows and attractions in the Smoky Mountains.

NASHVILLE

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

Adult Price: 28.00

There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show. You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done. Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW. Approx. duration: 2 hours

MEMPHIS

Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade

Adult Price: 24.00

True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits.

Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

Adult Price: 46.00

Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay.

NEW ORLEANS

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Adult Price: 83.00

Enjoy your evening in New Orleans aboard the authentic Steamboat Natchez for a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner while taking in lovely views of downtown New Orleans all while enjoying the sounds of the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland". A full bar is also available for your pleasure. Approx. duration: 2 hours

Swamp And Bayou Tour

Adult Price: 52.00

After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Transportation included. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours