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Journey through the American Deep South

Group Tour | General Interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3995

Delve into the fascinating history, sounds and flavours of America’s Deep South on this comprehensive group tour. Explore charming cities, including Nashville, Memphis, Charleston and New Orleans. Visit the old haunts of legendary country, blues and rock musicians. Along the way, taste distinctive regional cuisine, learn about the South’s turbulent past, and tour a world-renowned whisky distillery.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic streets of Charleston
  • Tour the Graceland Mansion, former home of Elvis Presley
  • Discover the rich history at a Cherokee reservation in the Smoky Mountains
  • Experience live jazz during a farewell dinner cruise on the Mississippi River
  • Small group size – maximum 20 people
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Atlanta

Fly directly from London (regional connections available) to Atlanta with British Airways. On arrival, transfer to JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead for a 1-night stay. (N)

Day 2: Atlanta & Savannah

This morning, tour Atlanta city, with visits to the National Historical Park and Krog Street Market. The highlight of your tour is a stop at Martin Luther King Jr’s former home and burial place. This afternoon, travel to the charming seaport of Savannah, known for its architecture and restored historic district. Stay overnight at DoubleTree Savannah Historic District (or similar). (B)

Day 3: Savannah & Charleston

Begin the day with a walking tour around the historic district of Savannah to explore its old-world appeal and visit a historic home. Continue to Charleston, one of the oldest cities in the US and renowned for its southern charm. The city boomed through the slave and cotton trade up to 1861, when nearby Fort Sumter’s bombardment triggered the American Civil War. Take a tour of Charleston, including a horse-drawn carriage ride, learning about its intriguing history. Overnight at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Riverview (or similar). (B)

Day 4: Asheville

Visit the Boone Hall Plantation, where the stately ‘Avenue of Oaks’ leads to the Colonial Revival plantation house which contains a number of historical slave cabins. This afternoon, head inland to North Carolina towards Asheville, gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Overnight at Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area (or similar). (B)

Day 5: Chattanooga & the Smoky Mountains

Travel to Biltmore Estate for wine tasting. Later, drive west to Chattanooga and journey through the Smoky Mountains area with a stop at a Cherokee Nation reservation where there will be free time to explore the visitor center and have lunch (at own expense). Stay tonight at Kinley Hotel. (B)

Day 6: Lynchburg & Nashville

Make a brief stop at the Trail of Tears memorial site. Then head northwest to Lynchburg for an introduction to the art of distilling Tennessean whiskey at the world-famous Jack Daniel’s distillery. Continue north to Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and the heartland of country music – a position which has earnt it the epithet of ‘America’s Music City’. An orientation tour is given upon arrival. Visit Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame. This evening, there is an optional visit to either the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium for a country music concert (at own expense). Overnight at Gaylord Opryland Resort. (B)

Day 7: Memphis

Depart this morning to Memphis, known for the Mississippi Delta blues and the cotton trade. Take a tour of the city, including visits to the iconic Beale Street – whose clubs and restaurants provide a melting pot of music genres – and the Civil Rights Museum, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Later, visit Graceland, the opulent mansion of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley. Overnight at The Guest House at Graceland located close to the mansion. (B)

Day 8: Natchez

Travel south into the Mississippi Delta and stop at the birthplace of blues music, Clarksdale. It is here at the crossroads of highways 61 and 49 that Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil for his amazing guitar talent. Visit the Clarksdale Delta Blues Museum, then follow Route 61 – the ‘Blues Highway’ – and finish at Natchez, a bustling port during the heyday of the cotton trade. Overnight at Natchez Grand Hotel. (B)

Day 9: New Orleans

Today, visit Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation, which provide a powerful testimony of the Antebellum South’s past. At Oak Valley Plantation, there are exhibits shining a light on slavery, the Civil War and the significance of sugarcane cultivation. Laura Plantation differs in that it was run by several generations of women, making it very unique. Arrive in New Orleans late this afternoon and stay at TheTroubadour Hotel New Orleans for 2 nights. This property is centrally located and near to the French Quarter. (B)

Day 10: New Orleans

Take a tour of ‘The Big Easy’, exploring the city’s highlights including its oldest neighbourhood, the French Quarter, founded by the French in 1718 but also reflective of the art and architecture of the Spanish era. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on a jazz cruise on a steamboat. (B, D)

Day 11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London, arriving the following day. (B)

Day 12: Arrive in London


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Pre-tour extensions are available in Atlanta and post-tour extensions are available in New Orleans. Please speak to a Cox & Kings travel specialist for further details.


Tour standards: Superior tour departures are based in mainly 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
    JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

    Located in Atlanta's exclusive business, retail and entertainment district, the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead combines approachable luxury with a prime location. A host of attractions are to be found nearby including the High Museum of Art, a cluster of independent art galleries, Phipps Plaza and the Atlanta Zoo. The hotel offers direct access to Lenox Square Mall, so sophisticated shopping is also within easy reach. There are two on-site restaurants with plenty of Southern-inspired dishes on offer, while leisure facilities include a fitness centre and a large indoor pool. Features: 367 rooms & 4 suites, 2 restaurants, cafe, gym, indoor swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, iron, hairdryer, tea & coffee facilities, Wi-Fi.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District
    DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District is located between iconic River Street and the City Market. The three Telfair Museums are less than a mile away, as are Forsyth Park and the Savannah Historic District. Also within easy reach are the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum and Wormsloe Historic Site. Guestrooms are bright and well-appointed, with bold splashes of colour. There is a welcoming bistro, which offers an all-you-can-eat 'Southern Lunch' buffet, as well as an on-site 'pub'. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. Features: 151 rooms, restaurant, bar, gym, outdoor swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Riverview
    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Riverview

    Springhill Suites Charleston Riverview offers all-suite accommodation with views of the Ashley River and Ripley Point Marina. The spacious rooms each have a sitting area and a kitchenette. Charleston's historic district is only a few kilometres away and can be reached by the hotel's complimentary evening shuttle service. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an outdoor saltwater swimming and whirlpool, and a jogging trail. Features: 123 suites, breakfast room, gym, outdoor swimming pool, jogging trail. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, sitting area, kitchenette, tea & coffee facilities, mini-fridge, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area
    Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area

    Opened in 2018, the Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area is located a short drive from downtown Asheville, near the I-26 and I-40 exchange. The hotel is directly opposite the Asheville Outlets and close to the Biltmore and Blue Ridge Parkway. A hot buffet breakfast is served daily and there is a range of popular restaurants within easy reach of the property. The Asheville Regional Airport is just over 10 minutes' drive and can be reached by a regular shuttle service. Features: 114 rooms, restaurant, bar, gym, indoor swimming pool, airport shuttle. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, mini-fridge, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Kinley Chattanooga, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
    Kinley Chattanooga, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    The Kinley Chattanooga Southside is a stylish and welcoming base from which to explore the cultural offerings of downtown Chattanooga. The hotel channels the vibe of its surrounding community, displaying arts and crafts from local purveyors and with items from local artisans available for purchase. There are two excellent dining options, while the distinctive decor and exceptionally friendly staff will make guests want to linger in the bar and longue areas. The property is centrally located in the walkable neighbourhood, which includes an eclectic range of shops and eateries, the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, and the Songbirds Guitar Museum. Features: 64 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, bar, cafe, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, mini-fridge, Wi-Fi.

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

    The Gaylord Opryland Resort is set within nine acres of airy indoor gardens. Guests can stroll through lush greenery and waterfalls that lie under climate-controlled glass atriums. The resort offers a multitude of dining and drinking options, as well as extensive leisure and fitness facilities including three swimming pools and a superb spa. The beautifully designed guestrooms are comfortable and well-equipped. Located a short distance from the downtown area of Nashville, attractions such as the Grand Ole Opry, General Jackson Showboat and Opry Mills Factory Outlets are all within easy walking distance. Features: 2,712 rooms & 176 suites, multiple restaurants & bars, 3 swimming pools, gym, beauty salon, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, mini-fridge, Wi-Fi.

  • The Guest House at Graceland
    The Guest House at Graceland

    Fans of The King and all travellers to Memphis will enjoy the glam decor and warm welcome at The Guest House at Graceland. Located just steps from the Presley mansion, the hotel is also well located for exploring the shops, restaurants and live music venues of Memphis. Facilities include a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, two dining options, and even a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies. The hotel operates an airport shuttle service as well as a shuttle taking guests to and from neon-lit Beale Street. Features: 430 rooms & 20 suites, 2 restaurants, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym, laundry service, theatre, event space, airport shuttle. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, mini-fridge, tea & coffee facilities, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Natchez Grand Hotel
    Natchez Grand Hotel

    The Natchez Grand Hotel sits on a bank overlooking the Mississippi River. The historic walking trails, parks and meticulously well-kept antebellum homes of Natchez are all within easy walking distance. Guestrooms and public areas are decorated in a traditional style with dark wood furniture, and many rooms offer views of the river. Facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness centre. Features: 119 rooms, restaurant, gym, swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, mini-fridge, tea & coffee facilities, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans
    The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans

    The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is in the city's central business district. The guestrooms are elegant, colourful and well-appointed. The public spaces are equally inviting, and a rooftop bar offers 360-degree city views. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the restaurants, music venues and architectural delights of the French Quarter. Features: 184 rooms, restaurant, rooftop bar, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

Superior group tour flights

Upgrades & regional air connections
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city. We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Important information
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation. Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
13 Aug 2022 - 24 Aug 2022 £4,195 £0 £895 Reserve
10 Sep 2022 - 21 Sep 2022 £4,395 £0 £895 Reserve
12 Nov 2022 - 23 Nov 2022 £3,995 £0 £895 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - flight upgrades available
  • * Small group size - maximum 20 people
  • * Direct international flights with British Airways
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * Daily breakfast & 1 dinner
  • * Welcome drink to meet the group & guide
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at hotels

Destinations on this tour

  • Asheville

  • Nashville

    The capital of Tennessee was named after Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

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  • Memphis

    One of the more historic and culturally significant cities of the Deep South.

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  • Explore stunning mountain and coastal scenery, archaeological sites and mysterious green valleys.

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  • New Orleans

    New Orleans is a blend of various cultures, traditions and nationalities from its past.

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  • New Orleans

    New Orleans is a blend of various cultures, traditions and nationalities from its past.

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