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Flavours and Sounds of the Deep South

Private Travel | General Interest 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £3295

Journey through the Deep South to discover the region's intriguing history, distinctive cuisine and influential music. Begin with an exploration of the Smoky Mountains, where winding roads and trails will lead you to glorious natural vistas. Continue to the country music epicentres of Nashville - home of the Grand Ole Opry - and Memphis, where you gain insight into the Civil Rights movement and tour Graceland, Elvis's famous mansion. Next, learn about Vicksburg's significance during the American Civil War, before the final leg of your journey delivers you to New Orleans. Here you cruise the bayous, sample authentic Cajun cuisine, admire Creole architecture, and listen to live jazz.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the lively music venues that line the streets of Nashville
  • Sample the iconic barbecue flavours of Memphis on a food tasting tour
  • Tour Graceland, Elvis’s former mansion and now a museum
  • Learn more about the American Civil Rights Movement at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
  • Discover Civil War history at Vicksburg National Military Park, the theatre for a number of key battles
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Atlanta, USA

Fly directly from the UK to Atlanta, Georgia. Collect your hire car and drive to The Ritz Charlton for an overnight stay. Alternatively, privately transfer to your hotel and collect your hire car the following day. (N)

Day 2: Asheville

This morning, take the opportunity to explore Atlanta city – fondly nicknamed the ‘Big Peach’. Then drive to Asheville, North Carolina, where you check into the Grand Bohemian Asheville for a two-night stay. This vibrant city is situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains, providing a great base to venture out into the area. (B)

Day 3: Asheville

Today, you may wish to visit Biltmore Estate, a 19th-century Châteauesque mansion with sprawling grounds in Asheville. Alternatively, take the day to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where there are many walking trails to discover. Typified by beautiful tree-clad slopes, the national park is the most visited in the country and boasts some of the highest mountains in eastern North America. (B)

Day 4: Nashville

Take the scenic drive to Nashville, Tennessee, and stay two nights at the Hutton Hotel. This property is set in the lively West End neighbourhood and has a prime location near Music Row. We recommend visiting the country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B, the world-famous recording studio once used by Elvis and Dolly Parton. Tonight, you may wish to book to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry. (B)

Day 5: Nashville

Today, take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry to learn the stories of country music greats from past to present. Tickets are also included for a self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, and formerly the Union Gospel Tabernacle in the 1880s. (B)

Day 6: Memphis

Drive to Memphis and stay at The Peabody Memphis, a historic downtown property just a stroll away from Beale Street. This afternoon, join a barbecue tasting tour to sample mouth-watering food from some of the best eateries in town. Authentic regional favourites on offer include dry-rubbed and wet ribs, pulled pork, and pork nachos. (B)

Day 7: Memphis

This morning, visit Graceland, the opulent former mansion of Elvis Presley. Take an audio guided tour around the property and see many other exhibits housed in the complex, including a range of famous outfits and cars belonging to ‘The King’. This afternoon, visit the Civil Rights Museum where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. Located at the Lorraine Motel, this fascinating museum explores the history of the American Civil Rights movement. (B)

Day 8: Tupelo

Travel to the Elvis Presley Birthplace museum and stay overnight at the Courtyard by Marriott. You’ve the opportunity to visit the humble home where Elvis was born, a museum based on his life, and a memorial chapel where you can watch footage of the sort of church services that so inspired him. (B)

Day 9: Vicksburg

Journey south to the historical town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the location for a number of crucial battles during the American Civil War. Stay two nights at the historic Anchuca Inn, a landmark antebellum home furnished with fine antiques and art. (B)

Day 10: Vicksburg

Tour an impressive antebellum home, or drive along the Vicksburg National Military Park’s 26-kilometre route for insight into the historic Vicksburg Campaign. There are more than 1,400 memorial monuments, tablets and markers dotted around the 10-square-kilometre park, with many historic bridges, cannons, and a visitor centre. (B)

Day 11: New Orleans

Drive to New Orleans, Louisiana: the last destination on your Deep South journey. You’ve the remainder of the day to explore this melting-pot city. Tonight, you may wish to venture to Frenchman Street to experience the live music performed in its intimate jazz bars. Spend three nights at The Roosevelt New Orleans. (B)

Day 12: New Orleans

Join a private walking tour of New Orleans this morning to learn about the history and blend of cultures that make this city anything but typical. Experience the famous French Quarter with its Caribbean-colonial architecture, cafés and antique shops. This afternoon, join an optional cookery demonstration to learn how to create Cajun and creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya or barbecue shrimp. (B)

Day 13: New Orleans

Today is at leisure. For insight into this region’s antebellum history, you have the option to visit one of the historical plantations in the area. Alternatively, take a thrilling airboat ride through the swamps and wetlands on the outskirts of the city, where you may see alligators. (B)

Day 14: Fly to the UK

Return your hire car and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Tour standards: Superior tours are based in 4-star accommodation.

Other cruise options & tailor-made travel: For a price quotation based on alternative accommodation, to discuss flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings specialist.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
    The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

    This luxury hotel is set in downtown Atlanta's business district, a short walk from the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium. Its rooms and suites are smartly furnished in an executive style, featuring a palette of greys and creams. Many boast expansive views across the city. Room amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite television, tea and coffee facilities, iPod docks, laptop safes, minibars and ironing facilities. For drinking and dining, there is a steakhouse restaurant serving seasonal Southern American cuisine; a separate bar; and a take-away coffee shop.

  • Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
    Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection

    This attractive hotel is situated just across the road from the fairy-tale Biltmore Estate, forming part of the Biltmore Village enclave. Within its Tudor-style façade are sumptuously furnished rooms and social spaces. Nods to traditional rural living are sprinkled throughout, such as antlers-turned-chandeliers, mounted animals and decorative branches. There is a lobby with a four-sided, focal-point fireplace; an atmospheric bar and restaurant; an art gallery showcasing local and international artists; and a spa. Room amenities include tea and coffee facilities, cable television, telephone, safety deposit box, writing desk, and alarm clock.

  • Hutton Hotel
    Hutton Hotel

    Set on the doorstep of Music Row, this modern hotel affords an enviable location for fans of Nashville's musical heritage. The guestrooms and suites - the latter boasting floor-to-ceiling windows - have a smart, refined design. Room amenities and services include a flat-screen TV, walk-in shower, writing desk, laptop safe, free Wi-Fi, in-room dining, valet laundry, and daily housekeeping. Characterful nods to Nashville's musicality are sprinkled around Hutton Hotel, from vintage record players to guitar paintings. There is even a vinyl library. Other facilities include a live music venue, a 24-hour fitness centre with spa treatment rooms, a restaurant, a bar, and a coffee and cocktail cart. Complimentary electric cars are available for hire on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • The Peabody Memphis
    The Peabody Memphis

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Peabody Memphis is a 1920s landmark nicknamed 'The South's Grand Hotel'. The Italianate grandeur of its exterior is reflected throughout the interior. There is an ornate lobby with fountain centrepiece - famously frequented by ducks during an eccentric ceremony. There is also a high-ceilinged ballroom decorated with chandeliers and swirling stucco, and an indoor pool complete with voluted columns. Rooms are elegant and traditional in décor, echoing the property's 1920s heritage. Room amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen cable televisions, Egyptian-cotton sheets, games consoles, and Wi-Fi (with surcharge). Further facilities at the Peabody Memphis include a fitness centre, spa, two restaurants, a rooftop bar, and a selection of shops. Elvis's former mansion, Graceland, is a 15-minute drive away, while Beale Street's famous blues clubs are a stroll down the road.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Tupelo
    Courtyard by Marriott Tupelo

    This executive-style hotel is conveniently positioned just off Highway 45, a short drive from Elvis Presley's birthplace and the BancorpSouth Arena. Facilities include a bistro restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, coffee shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms are smart and comfortable, with amenities including air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, complimentary weekday papers, and coffee and tea facilities.

  • Anchuca Historic Mansion & Inn
    Anchuca Historic Mansion & Inn

    Named after the Choctaw word for 'happy home', this 19th-century mansion is a landmark of Vicksburg and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It sits slightly raised on a grassy slope, flanked by leafy trees along an attractive residential road. The Greek Revival exterior features a striking pillared canopy. Inside, Anchuca's style is classical, with ornate drapes, handsome mantelpieces, hanging portraits, four-poster beds and antique wooden fixtures. Room amenities include flat-screen cable television, coffee makers, mini fridges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a library-cum-tearoom, a classically shaped outdoor swimming pool, and outdoor courtyard seating. Breakfast is served daily in the Garden Room.

  • The Roosevelt New Orleans
    The Roosevelt New Orleans

    This grand hotel is situated near New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Catering to business and leisure visitors alike, it was built in the 1890s, while its interior reflects the high-end fashions of the 1930s and '40s. There is a lavish lobby adorned with chandeliers, mosaics, ornate arches, potted palms, and a remarkable conical pendulum clock - built in 1867. There is also a rooftop pool, spa, cocktail lounge, coffee lounge, rooftop bar and Italian restaurant. Rooms are well lit and elegantly appointed. Amenities include flat-screen televisions, writing desks, ottomans, mini fridges, Bluetooth alarm clocks, and Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3295 per person

High season from £3995 per person


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

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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

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  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Car hire
  • * The support (if required) of an English-speaking local representative
  • * Excursions and tickets where detailed

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