United States: Deep South Highlights
Your United States tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 15 nights in 4-4.5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 15 days car hire
- Swamp & Bayou tour
- Graceland Tour
Your United States travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2:
Explore Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky and home to the annual Kentucky Derby horse race, held in late April or early May. Discover the city’s treasure trove of Victorian architecture, and don’t miss the Muhammad Ali Center, a non-profit museum telling the story of the acclaimed boxer, and including plenty of boxing memorabilia. This city’s cool bar and restaurant scene is definitely worth sampling too – feast on the world-famous fried chicken or sip on a bourbon or two in a hip bar.
Continue to Bowling Green in the heart of Caves and Lakes region. Explore the natural wonders of this outdoor playground with a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the world’s largest cave system and a World Heritage site. Head deep underground to discover 350 million-year-old rocks, or stay above ground for hiking, riding and kayaking among the beautiful scenery. Back in town, make time for the National Corvette Museum, a popular stop on Route 66.
Days 4 - 5: Nashville
Drive north through Chattanooga to the music capital of Nashville, a site of pilgrimage for aspiring songwriters and country music fans the world over. Visit the largest music museum on the planet, the Country Music Hall of Fame, which features all of your favourite country music legends. Listen to the beat of the city’s soundtrack and enjoy a live performance at the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Otherwise perhaps try a cosy honky-tonk bar, the more grand setting of symphony hall or the famous Bluebird Café. Whatever your music tastes, be sure to soak up Nashville’s rich musical heritage, feel the country rhythm and devour the sizzling southern soul food.
Days 6 - 7: Memphis
Head to Memphis, the musical heart of the USA and home of the blues, gospel music and birthplace of rock‘n’roll. The city oozes old-world charm, its faded streets lined with Civil War-era buildings, vintage stores, fabulous restaurants, as well as some diverting museums. Follow in Elvis’ footsteps and enjoy live music in Beale Street or perhaps tour the kitsch home of the man himself at Graceland. Music lovers flock here to tuck into tasty barbecued food and tap along to the music. Of course there’s the Elvis connection, but there’s so much more to this riverside town.
Day 8: Natchez
Follow in the footsteps of the southern belles and Civil War soldiers in Natchez, nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, and admire the grand antebellum mansions. Many of the town’s heritage buildings were spared damage during the American Civil War, and still remain standing today. Perhaps take a look at Longwood, the USA’s largest octagonal house. Once you’ve soaked up the history, try the delicious local speciality of crispy fried chicken with coleslaw and freshly baked cornbread while watching the sunset over the river.
Day 9: White Castle
Continue on to White Castle, where you’ll stay on the historic Nottoway Plantation, a beautiful Greek revival mansion with lavish interiors, built in 1859. Tour the house and learn its fascinating history, and how sugar cane farming and slavery has shaped its story. Admire the fine interior décor where chandeliers and gold trim do not look out of place, and later on tuck into tasty Cajun and Creole cuisine including fried green tomatoes with Louisiana blue crab or St Louis Pork ribs – delicious!
Days 10 - 12: New Orleans
Complete your Journey in the soulful city of New Orleans, a cultural mishmash of food and music bursting with history. Lively New Orleans oozes character and charm; it’s a fascinating city steeped in history with influences from all over the world. The birthplace of jazz has music at its heart and is guaranteed to show you a good time. So fill your bowl with steaming jambalaya, head to a late-night jazz club and meander through historic streets. While you’re here, visit South Louisiana’s wetlands, an important ecosystem filled with pristine lakes, marshes and bayous with the occasional lurking alligator.
Day 13: Mobile
Discover the history of Alabama in Mobile, where you can head to the Battleship Memorial park to tour the World War II battleship the USS Alabama and the USS Drum submarine from the same era. Check out the neoclassical architecture of the 19th century Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in the city. When not swotting up on your history, be sure to try the sizzling southern food and fresh Gulf shrimp in one of the many restaurants.
Days 14 - 15: Montgomery
Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, home to the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, named after the pioneering Civil Rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in 1955. For something a bit different, experience life in the 19th century at Old Alabama Town, a collection of historic homes that have been saved from demolition and restored to their former glory.
Days 16 - 17: London
Return to Atlanta and depart for the UK.
Hotels on this United States holiday:
- 3.5* Galt House Hotel
- 3* Staybridge Suites
- Nashville - 4* Loews Vanderbilt
- Memphis - 4.5* Peabody Memphis
- Natchez - 4* Monmouth Historic Inn
- White Castle - 3* Nottoway Plantation
- New Orleans - 4* Hotel Monteleone
- Mobile - 4* Battle House Renaissance
- Montgomery - 3* Hampton Inn and Suites
Here are some of our other holidays to United States
New YorkReduced room rate
New York: New York - 3.5* Distrikt Hotel3.5 StarsRead more >>
Enjoy being right in the heart of Manhattan at this hotel, which features an eye-catching design and unique artwork displayed in the lobby. In your spacious room, you will find award-winning beds and decadent bathroom amenities – exactly what you need after a busy day of exploring. Family rooms provide plenty of space for everyone, while Collage Bistro and Bar serves a delicious breakfast. Feast on salmon bagels from the renowned Davidovich Bakery, and enjoy a steaming cup of Distrikt Blend coffee. Fancy an afternoon of relaxation? Make the most of the hotel’s happy hour, from 2-7pm, and sample some of the uniquely-crafted cocktails. The Island Leaf is our favourite.3 Nights from£925 pp£539 ppBook by 11 Jul 2017
Las Vegas - 4* Tropicana Las Vegasescape4 StarsRead more >>
Boasting a tropical character and a South Beach rhythm and vibe, classic rooms here feature plantation shutters and plush chaise longues. Cool off from the midday heat at the award-winning pool, voted the best in Vegas; set across almost two acres, you can relax amidst lush palm trees and gently-flowing waterfalls. Fancy a game of blackjack? Make use of the swim-up casino table and try your luck while sipping a cocktail. Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation at the expansive Glow Spa, which offers more than 50 treatments, and take your pick from four dining venues. Feast on fine Italian cuisine at the award-winning Bacio restaurant, or tuck into prime cuts of steak at Biscayne. From stand-up comedy to music and magic shows, the entertainment opportunities after dark are endless. Looking to simply relax over a nightcap? Head to Chill’m, which specialises in delicious frozen cocktails.3 Nights from£1073 pp£579 ppBook by 11 Jul 2017
Las Vegas - 4.5* MGM Grand Hotel & Casinoescape4.5 StarsRead more >>
Fronted by the iconic 45-foot bronze lion, this statuesque resort boasts modern rooms and suites with chic designs. Grand Queen rooms provide plenty of space, and boast spectacular views over the world-famous strip. Cool off in one of four pools, or float gently around the lazy river. Hire a pool cabana, and enjoy your very own private patio, flat screen television, and mini refrigerator to keep the drinks ice-cold. The Grand Spa features 30 treatment rooms, as well as saunas, whirlpools and lounges to help you recharge and revitalise. Ask the concierge to arrange a round of golf at one of the nearby courses, and practice your swing. Watch the magnificent acrobats in the Cirque Du Soleil show, or marvel at illusionist David Copperfield’s legendary tricks. When it comes to dining, you will be truly spoilt for choice. Choose from a plethora of international dishes on display at the Grand Buffet, or dine at the acclaimed Hakkasan restaurant, which promises authentic Cantonese cuisine at its best. After dark, dance the night away to world-famous DJs at Hakkasan Nightclub, or retreat to the Ling Ling Lounge, illuminated in soothing hues of blue, and raise a toast to paradise.3 Nights from£1083 pp£589 ppBook by 11 Jul 2017
New York: New York - 4* Grand Hyatt New York4 StarsRead more >>
Step into the grand lobby of Grand Hyatt New York with a fabulous Midtown Manhattan setting, beautiful guestrooms and a professional, friendly staff. Just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Grand Hyatt New York boasts an ideal Manhattan location, and from your hotel room it's a pleasant stroll to Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway theaters, restaurants and world-famous shopping areas.3 Nights from£958 pp£599 ppBook by 11 Jul 2017
New YorkReduced room rate
New York: New York - 3.5* The Westin NY Grand Central3.5 StarsRead more >>
The Westin NY Grand combines the atmosphere of a boutique hotel with the attentiveness of a world class hotel. Featuring 773 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, our Manhattan luxury hotel offers the ultimate in accommodation and amenities. Guests at our hotel can enjoy a convenient location just a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal, one of the city's main hubs. Our Grand Central hotel offers guests a uniquely New York experience. From an elegant ballroom to the sophisticated dining room at Leona's, the decor of our hotel captures the essence of the city skyline. Surrounded by architectural gems such as the Chrysler building, Grand Central, the Morgan Library and more. The New York Helmsley keeps good company. Our full-service hotel provides convenient perks such as concierge services, an elegant restaurant, a bar and lounge, efficient business center and executive board rooms and more. Adding panache to any vacation or business trip, The New York Helmsley is New York City's premier hotel. Located in the heart of midtown, our hotel puts guests just steps away from top attractioins such as Bryant Park, The Empire State Building, Time Square and more. View our New York City guide to explore a wide variety of things to do and see during your stay at The Westin NY Grand Central.3 Nights from£1092 pp£609 ppBook by 11 Jul 2017