Deep South USA
13 days from £2,792 (was
Musical meccas, soul food, and southern hospitality
The Deep South is more than a place, it’s a mood. Life here is all about letting the good times roll, from knocking back bourbon in New Orleans’ jazz bars, to experiencing Nashville’s neon-lit honky-tonks. Sample that famous southern hospitality on this 13-day tour of America’s southern states, from Texas to Tennessee. Pay tribute to the Elvis in Graceland, join the space race in Houston, tuck into Texan barbecue in Austin, and party the night away in New Orleans’ French Quarter. With finger-licking soul food on the menu, and a constant soundtrack of jazz, blues, and country, this trip hits all the right notes.
Day 1: Hello Texas!
Get ready for a big Southern welcome as you roll into Dallas, before hitting the highway to Austin. A big city with a small-town vibe, Texas' state capital boasts great food, friendly locals, and an eclectic live music scene. Take a tour of the city's highlights before a finger lickin' Texan barbecue dinner.
Day 2: Austin
Immerse yourself in Texan life with a free day in Austin. Kit yourself out with some genuine cowboy boots, tuck into some brisket at a BBQ joint, take a guided kayak or paddleboard tour of Lady Bird Lake, and round off your day with a gig. You're in the Live Music Capital of the World after all.
Day 3: San Antonio
The colourful city of San Antonio is next on the menu, with its historic landmarks, riverside eateries, and Tex-Mex culture. Eat your way round the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico, before a walking tour of the city's best bits, from the Alamo to the lively Mission River Walk.
Day 4: Houston
Head to Texas' biggest city and spend the rest of the day exploring. With bucketloads of history, lots of cool eateries, and an illustrious position in the space race, it's one of the South's most interesting cities. Wannabe astronauts will love the optional behind the scenes pass to the NASA Space Centre.
Day 5: New Orleans
Follow the sound of jazz and the scent of voodoo-infused mysticism to the South's most hedonistic city as we travel across state lines from Houston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana today.
Day 6: French Quarter
Kick off with a tour of the French Quarter, with its cast iron balconies and cobbled streets before sampling sticky beignets (local doughnut). This evening enjoy that famous Southern hospitality with a traditional gumbo dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Day 7: Free day
Spend your free time today marvelling at the elegant architecture, riding antique trams, exploring the Bayou on an optional airboat tour, before a evening on the aptly named Bourbon Street, or an optional Cajun and Creole (fusion cuisine) cooking experience, including cocktails at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SOFAB).
Day 8: Memphis Tennessee
We've got another musical Mecca on the cards today, as we head to the home of rock n' roll. Pay your respects to the King with a visit to Graceland, Elvis' iconic home, and Sun Studios, where he recorded his first song, before a dose of history at the Civil Rights Museum.
Day 9: Blues & BBQs
Get under the skin of Memphis today with some free time to explore. Stroll down the Mississippi riverfront, try the famous Memphis style dry rub at one of the BBQ houses, and visit the toe-tapping Rock and Soul Museum. After dark, check out the legendary blues clubs on Beale Street.
Day 10: Nashville
Pull those cowboy boots on and head to Nashville, hometown of country music. Explore the city's laid-back taprooms, cool arts venues, and Southern-style boutiques, ahead of dinner at the famous Woolworth Theatre where the first sit in took place to desegregate lunch counters.
Days 11 - 12: Bourbon & Country
Spend the next couple of days living like a Nashville local. Taste some local whiskey at Uncle Nearest Distillery, watch a live show at the Ryman Auditorium, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, spend a night at the Grand Old Opry and get your do-si-do on at the neon-lit honky tonk bars after dark.
Day 13: End Nashville
Thanks for everything Nashville! After breakfast, it's time to say your goodbyes and get going to the airport.
Accommodation & Meals
All your accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend most nights in centrally located hotels from well-renowned chains, including one with a guitar-shaped pool in Nashville (subject to change)!
Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.
9 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time. Roll up your sleeves and loosen your belt for this trip, because southerners take the business of food very seriously. Whether it’s po’boys and beignets in New Orleans, or beef brisket and ribs in Texas, the food here is seriously good. The diet can wait.
Dates & Prices
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Most expensive: £1,292 October, 2023
This trip begins on day 1 in Dallas Fort Worth. You’ll need to fly into Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and make your own way to our meeting point. We’ll be travelling to Austin on day 1, so we’d recommend that you arrive the day before the trip begins to ensure you’re at the start point in time. If you’d like to book pre trip accommodation, contact your travel advisor for more information.
The trip ends on day 13 in Nashville. The nearest airport is Nashville International (BNA). Return airport transfers are not included but your tour guide can help you book onward travel. Taxi is the quickest way to get to the airport and takes around 18 minutes depending on traffic.
This trip is designed for those aged 18-35.
For those aged under 21, you may not be permitted entry to bars, clubs or other premises where alcohol is served.
This trip features a slightly larger group size (max 36) and is the perfect choice for travellers looking for a sociable trip with plenty of opportunities to make new friends.