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This is a journey through America’s cultural and musical heritage, from the Civil Rights Movement to the beginning of country music, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.
Destinations > The Deep South > Deep South & Blues
12 nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and transportation as specified and services of an Explore! tour leader.
Selected Dates, Apr - Sep '19
This trip is a bucket-list adventure through six of America's southern states, mixing history, music, culture and food to give a real insight into the southern psyche. Listen to jazz, blues and country music as it oozes out of the very soul of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans; take a Southern cooking class and look for alligators on a swamp tour; learn about the slave trade and the Civil Rights movement, and be bowled over by the infectious southern charm of the locals.
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Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement
Southern cooking class
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Explore this charming historic city which boasts 21 squares filled with statues and fountains, taking in the key sites and finishing at City Market, the commercial and social centre of Savannah since the early 1700s.
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Nestled beneath a canopy of live oak and magnolias laced with Spanish moss, Bonaventure is a Southern Gothic sculpture garden where locals have been interring their dead on the grounds of this former 18th century plantation since well before the Civil War. Later, travel north to scenic Charleston.
Start the day taking in the history, culture and architecture of Charleston. The historic district boasts handsome old houses and charming little streets. Visit Magnolia Plantation, a historic plantation house that was founded in 1676, and is steeped in over 300 years of family history. This evening participate in a hands-on Southern cooking lesson and create a meal to enjoy at the end of class. (D)
Travel inland to Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and one of the most important Confederacy areas during the civil war. En route, stop in Augusta, hometown of The Godfather of Soul, Mr James Brown.
On the way to Nashville, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site to listen to his story, follow in his footsteps and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Later, arrive into Nashville, the country music capital of the world, and try some line dancing lessons.
This morning visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and take a guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B, where artists such as Elvis and Dolly Parton recorded over 35,000 songs. Broadway is lined with honky tonks and live music venues playing not only country, but all music genres, a great way to enjoy the evening.
In Memphis, choose to visit the National Civil Rights Museum or the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Enjoy live music along Memphis’ famous Beale Street. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map.
Tour Graceland, the home of ‘the King’, Elvis Presley. The afternoon is free to explore, and perhaps sample some of the city’s best barbecue.
Travel down The Blues Highway, with a stop in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Legend says that it was here that Robert Johnson, the godfather of the blues, sold his soul to the Devil. End the day in the historic riverboat gambling town of Vicksburg along the Mississippi River.
Experience the tranquillity of a swamp from a boat, looking out for alligators and birds. After arriving into New Orleans, the evening is free to explore the French Quarter and its many bars, restaurants and live jazz venues.
The day is free to explore everything the ‘Big Easy’ has to offer. Explore the Garden District, tour the famous cemeteries, join a jazz cruise, or stop by Cafe du Monde for beignets.
The adventure concludes this morning.
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