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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

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • 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

Southern Stars New Orleans to Atlanta

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • EatWith Dinner in New Orleans with creole specialities & Southern hospitality
  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets
  • City Orientation
  • See the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios in Memphis
  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios
  • Dinner at Woolworths
  • Tour & Tasting of Jack Daniels Distillery

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Airboat Swamp Tour USD $60.00
  • Visit Graceland
  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • ATV
  • Ziplining
  • Horseback Riding

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

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

    Throughout this trip you'll be resting your head in cool, comfy & quality hotels. And then we've got something special up our sleeves, a show stopping finale glamping under canvas in the Smoky Mountains.

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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This trip includes 2 nights glamping in the Great Smoky Mountains. You'll be sleeping triple-share in a luxurious Safari-style tent with comfortable beds, high quality shared bathrooms and cafe-style dining options. Lucky you. This is seasonal and trips travelling in Winter or Shoulder seasons will stay at alternative accommodation. Ask your travel agent or Contiki for details.

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…

Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.