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The Old South and Florida

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Florida   Louisiana   Tennessee  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: March - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1699 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1784 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 New Orleans

Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.


Day 2 New Orleans

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.


Day 3 New Orleans

A full day at leisure. Roam through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans’ only steamboat.


Day 4 New Orleans–Baton Rouge–Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.


Day 5 Natchez–Jackson–Memphis

Drive to Jackson, then north through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the “Home of the Blues,” why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalized in WC Handy’s famous songs? (B)


Day 6 Memphis–Graceland Visit–Nashville

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided platinum audio tour focuses on the splendid garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Afterward, the “Capital of Country Music,” Nashville.


Day 7 Nashville

Its association with country music has made the name “Nashville” world famous, but it’s not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start the day with a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac. This evening, you have reserved premier seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.


Day 8 Nashville–Chattanooga–Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. After an included sightseeing tour of the city, the rest of the day is yours to explore or relax.


Day 9 Atlanta–Savannah

We head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon’s TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his “March to the Sea”), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own. (CB)


Day 10 Savannah

A day at leisure to explore. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and majestic gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, where you can learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history. (CB)


Day 11 Savannah–St. Augustine–Orlando

Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the Oldest House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando. (CB)


Day 12 Orlando

A full day to relax and explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Your Tour Director will suggest a varied and exciting selection of optional outings, such as Disney’s huge entertainment parks, including the Magic Kingdom®, Animal Kingdom®, Epcot®, and MGM Studios®. Also on the list are SeaWorld® (America’s biggest marine life park) and exciting Universal Studios®.


Day 13 Orlando

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Orlando International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.


Vacation Highlights

Sightseeing:
In New Orleans, Nashville, and Atlanta; Savannah Trolley Tour; orientation tours in Baton Rouge, Memphis, and St. Augustine; Natchez including a pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry.

Scenic Highlights:
French Quarter, Cajun Country, and Chattahoochee National Forest.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in New Orleans, Nashville, and Savannah; services of a professional Tour Director.



Hotels

NEW ORLEANS Sheraton New Orleans (SF)
NATCHEZ Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez (ST)
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)
NASHVILLE Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (F)
ATLANTA Country Inn & Suites Buckhead (MF)
SAVANNAH Inn at Ellis Square (ST)
ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott-Marriott Village (F)

Meals

1 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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