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Southern Stars

New Orleans to Atlanta

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The one that journeys from New Orleans to Atlanta & glamps in the Great Smoky Mountains

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    6 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 34 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Driver team

New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, The Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Lynchburg

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About this trip

This trip hits all the glittering stars of the American south in 11 days, from the sultry jazz and sumptuous food of New Orleans, down through other musical meccas like Memphis and Nashville before the show stopping finale - glamping under canvas in the majestic Great Smoky Mountains.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    New Orleans

  2. 2 2 nights

    Memphis

  3. 3 3 nights

    Nashville

  4. via via

    Lynchburg

  5. 2 2 nights

    The Great Smoky Mountains

  6. Atlanta

DAY 1 - New Orleans

New Orleans

The love-child of French & Caribbean culture, New Orleans will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • EatWith Dinner in New Orleans with creole specialities & Southern hospitality

DAY 2 - New Orleans

New Orleans

We'll kick off the festivities today with a swoon-worthy walking tour of the French quarter, jamming in Jackson Square before sampling beignets & marveling at elegant, pre-war mansions, all to the sweet sounds of Southern jazz, of course. Then it's time to head for the New Orleans school of cooking to trade tales with your new friends over some traditional gumbo.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Airboat Swamp Tour

    USD $60.00

DAY 3 - New Orleans to Memphis

New Orleans

Bidding farewell to New Orleans, we're off to another musical mecca...

Memphis

Welcome to Memphis. It's time to pay homage to 'The King' today, as we're going to Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis. Then it's time to pay appreciation to another King, Martin Luther King JR, as we visit the Civil Rights museum, learning all about the vital force of the civil rights movement, before heading to sun studios, the place where Elvis recorded his very first song. What a day; and we're not even done with Memphis yet.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City Orientation

  • See the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios in Memphis

DAY 4 - Memphis

Memphis

Now we're nice and intimate with Memphis, it's your own day to explore. Take a taste of traditional food in downtown, visit the museum of soul music, check out the famous zoo and aquarium or take a tour of the Wiseacre brewery. No matter what you choose to do today, you'll fall in love with this invigorating city.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Legendary Sun Studios

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit Graceland

DAY 5 - Memphis to Nashville

Memphis

See ya, Memphis, Nashville is calling!

Nashville

Pull those boots out. Home to some of the musical greats, this city also played a crucial role in the civil rights movement. Tonight we'll have dinner at the famous woolworths where the first sit-in took place to desegregate lunch counters.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Dinner at Woolworths

DAY 6 - Nashville

Nashville

Today is yours to explore Nashville but if you're into your music or just want to experience this place's local heritage, we recommend checking out the Johnny Cash museum, to learn all about one of the best selling artists of all time.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum

DAY 7 - Nashville

Nashville

Today it's time for more nourishing Nashville. Truly a musical paradise, a tour around the Country Music Hall of Fame will give us the lowdown on this city's musical past. Then, with the smell of Southern delicacies in the air, the city is ours to explore.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

DAY 8 - Nashville to the Great Smoky Mountains via Lynchburg

Nashville

Thanks for the hospitality Nashville!

Lynchburg

Next, it's time to head Jack Daniels Distillery for a guided tour and whiskey sampling. before heading to the "Land of the Blue Smoke"

The Great Smoky Mountains

Named by the Cherokee for its bluish haze and mist like clouds, we'll settle down in this mountain paradise with our luxury glamping yurts, surrounded by pristine views and lush forestlands. Tonight we'll swap stories under the canvas of stars.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Tour & Tasting of Jack Daniels Distillery

DAY 9 - Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

As well as all that natural beauty, the Smoky Mountains are packed with options for unforgettable adventure activities. Today you can try your hand at ziplining, soak up that scenery atop a horse or whizzing around on your very own ATV. The choice is yours.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • ATV

  • Ziplining

  • Horseback Riding

DAY 10 - Great Smoky Mountains to Atlanta

The Great Smoky Mountains

Today, we travel to the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta where our tour ends on arrival.

Atlanta

Tissues on deck & souvenirs in tow, it's time to say our goodbyes. This has been the journey of a lifetime, so make sure to keep in contact for a reunion trip soon…

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This trip can be booked in smaller or bigger sections, so you can pick your dream adventure, tailored for you

Where You'll Stay

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    Under Canvas Glamping

    The Great Smoky Mountains, United States

    A luxe glamping experience in the Smoky Mountains lets you sleep under the stars, with luxury amenities that keep things nice and cosy

    2 nights

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Glamping - Luxury Camping

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