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Southern Music & Dixieland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - UK / Atlanta
Your SSA Travel begins with a daytime flight to Atlanta, where you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Baymont Inn & Suites (B)

Day 2 – Atlanta / Mobile
This morning's included city sightseeing tour taking in landmarks such as the Olympic Centennial Park, Georgia Dome, CNN Centre and the State Capitol Building. We move on to Mobile, one of the first port cities of America and steeped in three centuries of history.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Bellingrath

Day 3 – Mobile / New Orleans
Today we leave Mobile behind and continue our journey through the Gulf States heading to New Orleans for a three night stay. Our early arrival into New Orleans will allow you free time to explore and savour this truly unique American city.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express French Quarter (B)

Day 4 – New Orleans
To help you make the most of every minute in the “Big Easy” and to give you your bearings in this enthralling city, we have an included sightseeing tour this morning. Your leisure time this afternoon could be fully occupied with food and music. Shop and stroll as you catch the strains of this big hearted place. Our optional excursions in New Orleans are varied.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express French Quarter (B)

Day 5 – New Orleans
Enjoy all that the Big Easy has to offer.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express French Quarter (B)

Day 6 – New Orleans / Tupelo
An early depature takes you from Louisana to Mississippi and the state capitol, Jackson. We will briefly join Natchez Trace Parkway as we continue en route to Tupelo.
Hotel: Baymont Inn(B)

Day 7 – Tupelo / Memphis
We begin our day with a visit to the Elvis Birthplace facility that includes the birthplace home, memorial chapel, museum and Elvis Presley Park, which will transport you on a journey that takes you from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer. After time to explore we take a leisurely drive and depart Tupelo, heading for Memphis ‘Home of the blues’ for a two night stay. On arrival in Memphis, your time is at leisure for the remainder of the day, to enjoy the southern hospitality and explore the Mississippi-side attractions in the second largest city of Tennessee.
Hotel: Days Inn Graceland (B)

Day 8 – Memphis
No visit to Memphis is complete without a tour of Graceland, so we take you this morning to the lavish former home of Elvis Presley. Now an amazing memorial to ‘the king’, this massive mansion still houses his cars and personal possessions and has become a shrine of pilgrimage for many a thousand devoted fans. Love it or hate it, you have to agree it’s a singularly American one-off. Your time is your own after the tour, and Memphis exudes a bygone charm, which changes at night to the laid back strains of the blues.
Hotel: Days Inn Graceland (B)

Day 9 – Memphis / Nashville
Following an early departure from Memphis, we head to the country music capital of the world, Nashville. Arriving in Nashville early afternoon provides the perfect opportunity to visit the Ryman Auditorium. This evening enjoy an included visit to the Grand Ole Opry. This was where stars like Elvis Presley and Hank Williams first unleashed their talents on the road to fame. Wonderfully preserved, with its wooden pews and housing memorabilia from Country and Western’s greatest stars, this is your introduction to Nashville.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown (B)

Day 10 - Nashville
A full day at leisure to see your choice of sights and do your own thing at your own pace. Whether you’ve decided to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, mooch around on Music Row, shop in the Church Street galleria, seek out the homes of the stars or just soak up all the atmosphere, we are sure you will enjoy this remarkable city. However high your expectations, Nashville will never disappoint.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown (B)

Day 11 - Nashville / Atlanta
On the final day of your Deep South tour we return to Atlanta, stopping en route at Chattanooga - that ‘choo-choo’, its claim to fame! We then continue for the final leg of your stateside journey to Georgia and our starting point. Arrive at Atlanta airport in ample time to check-in for your trans-Atlantic flight.

Day 12 - Return Landing
Morning arrival at your chosen UK airport - times vary.

Inclusions

  • ■ Trans-Atlantic flights on scheduled airlines
  • ■ 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • ■ Services of a professional SSA Travel Tour Director days 1-11
  • ■ Excursions described as included in the itinerary
  • ■ Baggage

Please be aware:
2010 itineraries may vary slightly to the 2009 itinerary shown. Please contact reservations for more information.

   
   
   
   
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