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America’s South and Cajun



From $4,489* pp | 14 Days •  19 Meals  *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy. 

Discover the unique culture and hospitality of the American South, spending time in Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge, Natchez, and New Orleans.

  • Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry, the “home of American music.”
  • Immerse yourself in the grace and elegance of the antebellum South while touring the Natchez mansions.
  • Head on down to the bayou and relax on a narrated cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin swamp.

Nashville to the Big Easy, Bring your Banjo

Join us on a journey through the American South. Discover the region’s unique culture and welcoming hospitality. Travel to the famed musical cities of Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans, revelling in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Explore the mysterious swamps and bayous of Cajun Country. Feast on flavourful Cajun cuisine. Step into the pre-Civil War South and uncover the elegant lifestyles of the wealthy while visiting colonial era mansions. Experience the magic of the exciting French Quarter in New Orleans. This experience through the music, cuisine, opulence, and friendly culture of America’s south is sure to captivate your senses.


Day 1. Atlanta, Georgia – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in lively Atlanta, a city that blends warm southern hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication.
icons_therma  High 23  Low 11   icons_hotel  Hilton Atlanta


Day 2. Atlanta – Nashville, Tennessee

Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. En route, stop in the charming city of Chattanooga. Enjoy free time for lunch and exploration before continuing on to Nashville for a relaxing three night stay. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at your welcome dinner at the famous Wildhorse Saloon, home of a 3,300 square foot dance floor that is used every night of the week by dancers and revellers.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner   icons_therma  High  22  Low  9   icons_hotel  Gaylord Opryland Resort


Day 3. Nashville

Today, get acquainted with America’s capital of country music. Begin by discovering the famous Old Ryman Auditorium*; then take in Broadway and 2nd Avenue, home to Nashville’s music bars. Head to Music Row and see the recording studios and publishing houses of the music industry. Continue on to the Parthenon, a replica of the original in Greece. Enjoy some free time before an evening visit to the world’s longest running radio show, the Grand Ole Opry. It has been delighting audiences for more than 85 years! This is a chance to watch the show being performed as it’s broadcast live on both radio and television. After the show, get a behind-the-scenes look at the music during a backstage tour of the Opry** – discover the history and learn about the operation of the show during a talk with the Grand Ole Opry staff.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  22  Low  9   icons_hotel  Gaylord Opryland Resort


Day 4. Nashville

Take a fascinating journey through the history of country music. Experience the magic, the stories, and the music on a guided tour through the world-famous RCA Studio B in the heart of Music Row. Although Elvis lived in Memphis, many of his recordings were made here in Nashville at this studio. Have the chance to record your own hit! Next, experience music’s past and present at the state-of-the-art Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. Explore its interactive exhibits and tear-stained lyric sheets, an absolute must for all music fans. Learn about the Hatch Show Print, the original printer of the concert flyer for famous country musicians and have the opportunity to see how they are still printed today.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  22  Low  9   icons_hotel  Gaylord Opryland Resort


Day 5. Nashville – Memphis
Travel to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Get to know the city on a one-of-a-kind tour. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights. You may even be tempted to sing along! Tonight, enjoy dinner at a popular local barbecue to savour the local flavour. Later, with some leisure time, you may immerse yourself in the city’s energetic music scene on world-famous Beale Street. Stroll along this world-famous street’s lively and historic entertainment district, alive with the buzz of live music, throngs of music lovers and the glow of city lights.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High  22  Low  9    icons_hotel  Sheraton Memphis Convention Centre


Day 6. Memphis

Pay homage to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with a pilgrimage to Graceland. Step inside Elvis’ former home for a personal look into the man behind the legend. The tour includes admission to all of Graceland’s extravagant attractions – including the mansion and the automobile museum. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore Memphis on your own.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  22  Low  9   icons_hotel  Sheraton Memphis Convention Centre


Day 7. Memphis – Jackson, Mississippi – Natchez

We leave Memphis today for the state of Mississippi. Our first visit is Jackson, the state capital. Enjoy free time for lunch before heading to the traditional southern town of Natchez, which feels like it has stopped in time. This evening, get a taste of historic plantation life when you dine at a local, privately-owned antebellum plantation home.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma High  26  Low  13   icons_hotel  Natchez Grand Hotel


Day 8. Natchez

Natchez was largely spared from the destruction of the Civil War, so it’s a fantastic example of how life was in the pre-Civil War Deep South. We’ll see some of the town’s most beautiful historic buildings, including elegant southern mansions, churches and public buildings. The rest of the day is free for you to wander around this charming town.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  26  Low  13   icons_hotel  Natchez Grand Hotel


Day 9. Natchez – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Lafayette

This morning travel to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. Set out on a guided tour of the Louisiana State Capitol Building and learn about the state’s most influential political figure, Governor Huey Long. Hear the stories and legends from the time of his governorship and witness the location of his untimely assassination at the State House. Continue on to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country. Visit Martin Accordions, a family-owned accordion shop. Learn about this intricate craft and listen as the Martin-family band entertains you with music and stories.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner   icons_therma  High  26  Low  14   icons_hotel  Hilton Lafayette


Day 10. Cajun Country

Today, immerse yourself in the vibrant Cajun culture. Begin at the Acadian Cultural Centre at Jean Lafitte National Park for an introduction to the history and culture of Cajun Country. Next, visit Vermilionville, a 23-acre living history museum and folk life park showcasing the Cajun and Creole heritages. Later, cruise along the eerie bayous and through the Atchafalaya Basin — no trip to Cajun Country would be complete without seeing the swamp!

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High 26  Low  14   icons_hotel  Hilton Lafayette


Day 11. Lafayette – New Orleans

The day begins with a visit to peaceful Avery Island, the birthplace of the famous McIlhenny’s Tabasco Pepper Sauce. Continue on to the “Jazz Capital of the World” — New Orleans — your home for the next three nights.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High 27  Low  14   icons_hotel  Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans


Day 12. French Quarter

Today, take a walking tour of the French Quarter. The steamy streets of New Orleans surround you with elegant villas with balconies of delicate iron lace. Stroll past the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace and explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to independently discover the “Big Easy.”

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High 27  Low  14   icons_hotel  Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans


Day 13. New Orleans

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin along historic Esplanade Avenue. See St. Louis Cemetery #3, which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Return to the French Quarter this afternoon and have time at leisure. Tonight, enjoy an elegant dinner at the Court of Two Sisters, one of New Orleans’ most renowned restaurants.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High 27  Low  14   icons_hotel  Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans


Day 14. New Orleans – Tour Ends

After breakfast your tour comes to a close and we say goodbye.

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Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.


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small x red icon  Comprehensive travel insurance

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  • Georgia is 15 hours and Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana are 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
  • The highest elevation on this tour is 600 feet (183 metres) above sea level (Nashville).
  • The currency in the United States is the United States Dollar.
  • For electricity, the United States uses 120 Volts.
  • Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.


June 2016.

Jun 16 – Jun 29.                     $4,489

September 2016. 

Sep 8 – Sep 21.                      $4,489

October 2016.

Oct 6 – Oct 19.                        $4,489


February 2017.

Feb 2 – Feb 15.                     $4,489

March 2017.

Mar 2 – Mar 15.                     $4,489

Mar 9 – Mar 22.                     $4,489

April 2017.

Apr 6 – Apr 19.                       $4,489

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