The toe-tapping tempo of New Orleans is evident from the very moment you touch down. Yet your elegant hotel, the renowned Roosevelt New Orleans, provides a haven of tranquility. Your first evening has been left free to relax or explore independently.
Stay: Three Nights: The Roosevelt New Orleans
Meet your travelling companions during a Welcome Breakfast. Then, for a leisurely insight in to the sights and sounds of the 'Big Easy', you'll be joined by a local guide for a tour. Begin in the French Quarter, then detour past the oaks and mansions on St Charles Avenue. At Mardi Gras World later, you'll get closer than ever to the ornate and vibrant floats as you're guided through the float den. Tonight, take to the historic waters of the mighty Mississippi on a resplendent paddle-wheeler, enjoying a Creole dinner and live music from a jazz band.Daily :
Get to the heart of local culture on your chosen activity today. Hit the streets on a walking tour to discover the secrets concealed within the French Quarter. Or cruise the mysterious bayou to learn about Cajun life as you look out for the resident alligators. Gumbo is synonymous with New Orleans, so why not learn how to cook this famous Cajun dish with a New Orleans native? In the evening, when the streets begin to fill up with fun-loving locals and bass lines rumble from deep within the city's jazz clubs, you'll be led from your hotel back to the French Quarter by a Dixieland Jazz marching band in your very own secondline parade. On arrival, dine at your choice of restaurants in this famous district. For mouth-watering Creole-style seafood choose Bourbon House. Or, enjoy classic French Creole dishes with a modern twist at Tableau. We've found delectable steaks for you at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. Or, Arnaud's serves classic New Orleans cuisine in a fine dining setting. Hunger satisfied, and if you're in the mood, follow the crowds to Bourbon Street and see where the night takes you.Daily :
While you may have fallen for New Orleans' endless delights, there's plenty more in store as you continue through the Deep South. First stop is Oak Alley - a magnificent mansion and plantation located in Vacherie, Louisiana. With a local guide, wander beneath a 240-metre-long canopy of oak trees then tour the restored Greek-revival-style antebellum mansion and its grounds, including a look at reconstructed slave quarters. Onwards and you'll visit the former sugar plantation of Houmas House. On a tour of the mansion and gardens, you'll be fixed to the spot by the story of the eight ancient oak trees, as well as the ghost tale of 'The Little Girl'. Will you glimpse her by the stairway? Pause in the state's capital, Baton Rouge, as you make your way to Natchez and onto Monmouth Historic Inn, an antebellum home turned hotel. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect mint julep, the signature drink of the South, before a lavish five-course dinner at Restaurant 1818 within your hotel.
Stay: Natchez, Monmouth Historic InnDaily :
Begin your day with a Southern-style breakfast in the Garden Room. As the location of a 47-day siege during the American Civil War, this morning’s first stop - Vicksburg, Mississippi - is simply bursting with history. Here, explore the Vicksburg National Military Park, which commemorates the campaign, siege and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. Arrive later in Memphis, Tennessee - the city that many consider to be the home of rock’n’roll. Be dazzled by the neon signs and awed by the blues guitar riffs along Beale Street, before you drive by the mighty Mississippi. Your hotel, The Peabody Memphis, is a long-standing symbol of Southern elegance, and also home to one of the city's most famous attractions - the Peabody Ducks. Since 1932, a parade of ducks has waddled to and from the hotel's fountain in the main lobby twice daily. You'll eagerly await this spectacle on arrival.
Stay: Two Nights: The Peabody MemphisDaily :
In what is sure to be a highlight, you will enjoy a visit to Graceland - the former home of Elvis Presley. Treasure the chance to literally walk in the mega-star's footsteps as you peruse the fascinating memorabilia, offering a candid insight into the life of ‘The King’. Be sure to stop by the Automobile Museum to see more than 20 vehicles owned by Elvis, including his flamboyant Pink Cadillac. Next up is your chance to select from one of three activities. For music-loving guests, a visit to Sun Studio is a must, spotlighting the history of the legendary recording home for artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Keeping in tune with the music theme, perhaps a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory is more up your alley, where you'll be treated to an intimate look at the makings of the world's greatest guitars. Or, visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King.Daily :
Through the years, Nashville has retained its status as the heartland of country music. A guided tour this afternoon will put you in the centre of this rollicking music mecca as you discover the places that have given the city its reputation as ‘Music City.’
Stay: Two Nights: Renaissance Nashville HotelDaily :
Which side of Nashville will you explore today on your selected activity? You might like to learn how music has evolved over time with a visit to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as Studio B. Perhaps tour the historic letterpress showroom at Hatch Show Print, which has been in operation since 1879. Or, visit the Jack Daniel's Distillery. Tonight, delight in a performance and a post-show tour at The Grand Ole Opry House. Home to the iconic concert and radio broadcast held each week since 1974, it's the location of the longest running radio broadcast in history.Daily :
From beaches to farmland, mountains to marshes, energetic cities to sleepy towns, the state of Georgia has it all. Today though, you'll head for the stunning skyline of Atlanta and delve deeply into the state's capital on a guided tour.
Stay: The Atlanta Marriott MarquisDaily :
If you've ever wondered what happens in a newsroom when the cameras aren't rolling, you'll love this morning's behind-the-scenes tour of CNN’s global headquarters. Arrive later in Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia, and choose one of three walking tours. Perhaps take in the city’s antebellum architecture. Pull up a bar stool and sample the region’s finest craft beers from more than 200 taps at historic saloons and taverns. Or visit the Victorian District where you can wander through tree-lined streets, home to gothic mansions. Tonight you will enjoy a private dinner in Savannah’s only 18th-century mansion. Savour new Southern cuisine as you relish the stunning architecture.
Stay: Andaz SavannahDaily :
Enter Lowcountry, a glorious stretch of coast between South Carolina and Georgia characterised by its marsh grasslands, Spanish moss-covered oaks, rivers and ocean. In true Southern style, today's drive is relaxed and languid, finishing up in South Carolina’s Charleston. Known for its rich history and well-preserved architecture, Charleston boasts a wonderful blend of historic homes and grand residential gardens, along with more contemporary attractions including its markets as you'll discover on a tour. The simple foods of Lowcountry are soul warming, and we've left the evening free for you to experience it on your own. Your Tour Director can recommend the best places for delights like shrimp and grits and she-crab soup. Later, perhaps commemorate your Charleston visit with a photograph in front of the iconic pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park.
Stay: Two Nights: Belmond Charleston PlaceDaily :
After a morning to yourself, set out to discover 18th-century Drayton Hall today, the only home on the Ashley River to have survived the Revolutionary and Civil wars. This unique property has been preserved to its near-original condition so visitors can appreciate its authenticity. Tonight, enjoy a private dinner in the Plantation Stableyards at Middleton Place. One of South Carolina’s most enduring icons, this historic plantation is the birthplace of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and home to America's oldest landscaped gardens.Daily :
Leaving Charleston today, head for the balmy stretches of Myrtle Beach. Then make a stop in historic Wilmington before arriving in Raleigh in North Carolina, known as one of the country's fastest growing cities.
Stay: Holiday Inn Raleigh DowntownDaily :
On the horizon today is the mighty capital of the USA, Washington DC.
Stay: Two Nights: The Fairmont Washington DC GeorgetownDaily :
You're treated to an insight into the United States’ proud military and political history on a tour today. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, see the White House and visit the National Mall, which is home to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and several poignant war memorials. The National Mall was the site of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.Daily :
Set your sights on Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American democracy. Here, a city tour includes the Liberty Bell, as well as a visit to Independence Hall, where America’s founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Continue on to New York.
Stay: Three Nights: InterContinental New York BarclayDaily :
New York's famous districts and landmarks are yours to discover today. From Fifth Avenue to vibrant Times Square, Broadway’s glitzy Theatre District to the Lincoln Center, you'll see it all. You’ll also drive through Greenwich Village, Soho and the Financial District including Wall Street. Feel like exploring some more? In New York City, the options are endless and you've the remainder of the day to soak up the energy at your own pace. Will you catch a Broadway show, delve into the arts scene or simply wander along the atmospheric streets?Daily :
Discover a new side to the city as you select your Freedom of Choice activity. You might like to visit the Statue of Liberty and gaze upon this remarkable icon of freedom and of the United States. You will also cruise to Ellis Island. Alternatively, pay a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, located on the World Trade Center site. Wander through the museum, take a few solemn moments in front of the memorial and try to see to the top of the new One World Trade Center. For those who simply can't resist those iconic city views, head to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center. Sports fans, meanwhile, will jump at the chance to join a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium. After your activity, enjoy your final afternoon at leisure exploring this iconic city before a Farewell Dinner this evening.Daily :
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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