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Spirit of the South Summer 2018
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: USA and Canada 2018

Float like a butterfly in your Blue Suede Shoes as you pay homage to the Kings of the Ring and Rock 'n' Roll-tracing Tennessee's jazz and juke joints and the bourbon and bluegrass plains of Kentucky horse-racing country along this Deep South musical meander to The Big Easy.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Memphis, New Orleans
  • Orientation of Atlanta, Asheville and Nashville
  • Visit CNN Studios, Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kentucky Horse Park or International Museum of the Horse, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Corvette Musuem, RCA's Studio B, the Country Music Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Cumberland Gap, Grand Ole Oprey, Sun Studios
Dining Highlights
  • 16 full breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Details
Tour OperatorTrafalgar Tours
OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2017
Duration
17 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
Itinerary
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1AtlantaArrive Atlanta: Welcome to Atlanta. At 6 p.m. gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception
Sheraton Atlanta
Day 2AshevilleAtlanta - Asheville: Explore Atlanta as you make your way to the CNN Studios to join an Inside CNN VIP Tour for a behind-the-scenes experience at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide.Full Breakfast
Renaissance Asheville
Day 3GatlinburgAsheville - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gatlinburg (2 Nights): Start the day with a guided visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore Estate. Next, head for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at the Visitors' Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life with a Local Specialist. Also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Full Breakfast, Dinner
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Day 4GatlinburgGatlinburg: A full day at leisure for optional activities. Go walking, cycling or visit Dollywood.Full Breakfast
Day 5LexingtonGatlinburg - Cumberland Gap - Lexington: Stand in awe at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and continue through Kentucky into Lexington. Delve into equine culture at the Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm. Explore the world renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Full Breakfast
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Day 6LouisvilleLexington - Louisville (2 nights): Visit Old Friends, a horse retirement farm, and Cultural Insight, where you will meet equine residents. Next, travel along the Bourbon Trail to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world's most award-winning distillery, for an insider's look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon, tasting a sample of the final product. Continue on to Louisville where you are treated to a Be My Guest dinner after meeting Mr. Rahaman Ali (Muhammad Ali's younger brother) for a guided visit of their Childhood Home Museum.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 7LouisvilleLouisville Sightseeing: Head to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted The Kentucky Derby since 1875. And then you're off to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. The afternoon is at leisure before Regional Meal of authentic Kentucky cuisine.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 8NashvilleLouisville - Bowling Green - Nashville (3 Nights): Stop at the Corvette Museum showcasing the American sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. This afternoon arrive in Nashville to meet your new travel companions.Full Breakfast
Renaissance Nashville
Day 9NashvilleNashville Sightseeing: At RCA's Studio B this morning, 'meet' another music legend with a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of Cash tunes with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash (or a family member). Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum-a collection of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams and Garth Brooks. Later, embark on a your choice sightseeing experience, exploring the Johnny Cash Museum or a tour of the Ryman Auditorium.Full Breakfast
Day 10NashvilleNashville At Leisure and Sightseeing: Write your own song of the South on a full day at leisure before heading to the Grand Ole Opry. Full Breakfast
Day 11MemphisNashville - Memphis (2 Nights): Head for the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll on Beale Street where we meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. The former Lorraine Hotel, where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down, is the backdrop for the National Civil Rights Museum, where we visit before a free evening. Full Breakfast
Sheraton Memphis Downtown
Day 12GRACELAND EXCURSIONGraceland Excursion: Head to Graceland, a tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Pay a visit to Sun Studios, where the first Rock 'n' Roll single was recorded in 1951. Tonight, embark on a your choice dining experience where you choose from a selection of local eateries.Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
Day 13NatchezMemphis - Natchez: Tour the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner beginning at the private residence of Joe Stone, whose 1850s home features a gallery collection of rare maps, a quaint billiards hall, and exquisite ornamental glasswork. Joe performs on his Steinway grand piano before heading to the 1804 residence of Esther Carpenter, a former Four Seasons chef, with whom you'll enjoy a traditional four-course Deep South dinner.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Natchez Grand
Day 14New OrleansNatchez - Oak Alley - New Orleans (3 Nights): Join costumed Local Specialists at Frogmore Plantation and Gins, before meandering through the charming Louisiana countryside to Oak Alley Plantation. The spicy scents of Creole cuisine linger on this evening's visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking where we will enjoy a fun cooking demonstration before a Regional Meal.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Sheraton New Orleans
Day 15New OrleansNew Orleans Sightseeing and At Leisure: Trace the cosmopolitan history of New Orleans with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the famous above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon at leisure.Full Breakfast
Day 16New OrleansNew Orleans At Leisure: Today is free before joining your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of Two Sisters.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 17Depart New OrleansDepart New Orleans: Take a transfer to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans.Full Breakfast
Dates/Pricing
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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
May 23, 2018$4,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
May 30, 2018$4,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 12, 2018$4,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 19, 2018$4,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
October 31, 2018$4,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
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