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The Deep South

  • Atlanta, Great Smoky Mountains, Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans
The Deep South The Deep South
£ 8095

 Combining the boisterous, round-the-clock city of New Orleans with the icon of country music that is Nashville. The historic charm of Atlanta with the natural majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains. This self-drive into America’s Deep South is a truly rewarding experience.  

You’ll start with a couple of days in charismatic Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., before driving north to stay at the ultra-luxurious Blackberry Farm. Here, in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains,you’ll be able to fill your days with outdoor adventures that include kayaking, hiking and fly fishing 

Leaving this incredible wilderness behind, you’ll set off to discover the music-loving cities of Nashville and Memphis, visiting attractions like Presley’s Graceland and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Your next drive brings you to Natchez, a town overflowing with stately antebellum mansions, and finally to Louisiana’s New Orleans - famed for its atmospheric French Quarter. 

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    Day 1-2 London - Atlanta 
    London - Atlanta 

    Your journey begins with a flight to Georgia’s charismatic capital, where you’ll be staying at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. From here you’ll find yourself within easy distance of attractions like Centennial Olympic Park, home to the 1996 Olympic Games, the enormous Georgia Aquarium and the interesting World of Coca-Cola museum.  

    As well as being a key player in the Civil War, Atlanta was the epicentre of the Civil Rights Movement and the birthplace of one of its principal figures – Martin Luther King, Jr. During your stay, make your way to the historic Sweet Auburn district to visit King’s boyhood home and trace his remarkable legacy at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park.  

     Stay: Two nights at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta  

    Day 3-5 The Great Smoky Mountains 
    The Great Smoky Mountains 

    From Atlanta, you’ll drive your hire car north up into the Great Smoky Mountains, the 

    south’s starring natural attraction whose fog-shrouded slopes straddle the Tennessee-North Carolina border. As well as the beauty of its ancient mountains, the park is famed for its diversity of flora and fauna which includes white-tailed deer, salamanders and the iconic black bear.  

     The celebrated Relais & Châteaux resort, Blackberry Farm is a fine base for hiking and biking these idyllic foothills. Other activities on the menu include archery, birdwatching, fly fishing in crystal-clear streams and kayaking across sparkling mountain lakes. You can even explore the park on Blackberry Farm’s well-trained horses. The property also has its own tennis, swimming and golf facilities.  

     Stay: Three nights at Blackberry Farm  

    Day 6-8 Nashville

    few hours’ drive west brings you to Nashville, the undisputed heart of country music where Ryman’s Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame are among the must-see musical attractions. Enjoy wandering the downtown District neighbourhood which is crammed with Southern eateries and honky-tonk bars, as well as museums dedicated to country music legends like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.  

    Stay: Three nights at Noelle  

    Day 9-11 Memphis

    On day nine you’ll follow the signs to Memphis, checking into the landmark Peabody Hotel upon arrival. From here you’ll enjoy easy access to the myriad attractions of this music-loving city, from Presley’s Graceland mansion to the legendary Sun Studio where he, B.B. King and Johnny Cash all recorded albums. The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music are other must-sees, as is the National Civil Rights Museum which offers a moving insight into the south’s complex racial history.  

    Stay: Three nights at The Peabody 

    Day 12-13 Natchez

    Continue driving south and you’ll soon find yourself in Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi. Lying at one end of the stunning Natchez Trace Parkway (formerly a Native American trade route), Natchez is best known for its abundance of lavish antebellum mansions and plantation homes, headlined by the likes of Melrose, Stanton Hall and Longwood. Meanwhile, visits to Emerald Mound and the Grand Village provide a deeper insight into the area’s rich Natchez Native American heritage. Nearby Vicksburg is another key site for those interested in the Civil War.  

    Your hotel is a National Historic Landmark, occupying an early 19th-century antebellum mansion adorned with period furnishings and framed by 26 acres of meticulously manicured gardens.   

    Stay: Two nights at Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens 

    Day 14-17 New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Further down the Mississippi, with its exuberant display of French, Caribbean and African influences, New Orleans needs little introduction. Enjoy wandering the historic French Quarter, a National Historic Landmark where restaurants serve Creole and Cajun staples (delicious gumbo, jambalaya and Bananas Foster) and music fills the air from every bar, club and street-corner saxophonist. At its heart, Bourbon Street embodies New Orleans’ party spirit with its round-the-clock nightlife. 

    Make time, too, for a stroll around the leafy Garden District where you’ll find extravagant antebellum mansions and the historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. The perfect finale to your journey through the Deep South.  

    Stay: Three nights at Hotel Peter & Paul 

    Day 18 New Orleans - London 

    Board your international return flight home. 

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