Get on down in Deep South USA
Days
7
Next group trip
4 Mar
Deposit
£200
Prices between
£1899 - £1949
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  • 7 days
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Trip Highlights

Beale Street
Blues and BBQs

Tuck into a sizzling Memphis barbecue and bar-hop through the iconic blues haunts of Beale Street

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Graceland Graceland Elvis numberplate
Shake, rattle ‘n’ roll

Take a VIP Elvis tour around Graceland, with an inside glimpse into the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s life

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GooGoos GooGoos
Chocolate factory

Learn how to make sweet GooGoos – a Southern delicacy – in a private workshop with wine pairings

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Frenchmen Street Frenchmen Street
Feel the tempo

Experience the thrill of live jazz on legendary Frenchmen Street in New Orleans

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Lorraine Motel Lorraine Motel
History re-lived

See the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and learn the legacy of the Civil Rights movement

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Fontanel Mansion Fontanel Mansion
Nashville legends

Walk around Fontanel Mansion, an ornate log cabin with megastar country music roots

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What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners and a chocolate-making masterclass

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels

  • All activities, from live jazz to Elvis tour, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus

About the trip

Music and food lovers, y’all are in for a treat with this Deep South USA adventure.

You’ll get stuck into a chocolate and wine tasting masterclass in Nashville and feast on flame-grilled ribs with a sizzling Memphis barbecue. Get your dancing shoes on for wild nights in the downtown bars of Beale Street and the Honky Tonk Highway, grooving to the tune of some of the best live bands in town.

Along the way, we’ll get our glad rags on for a French-Creole fine dining experience in the French Quarter of New Orleans before swinging those hips to a live jazz performance on legendary Frenchmen Street. And we’ll learn about the Civil Rights movement with a visit to the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, and embrace all things Elvis with a VIP tour of Graceland.

It’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action – who’s in?

Fancy extending your adventure at a cattle ranch in Texas? Click this way

Where you will stay

The Troubadour Hotel, New Orleans The Troubadour Hotel, New Orleans

The Troubadour Hotel, New Orleans

Smart hotel near the French Quarter

The fairy-lit rooftop terrace is a highlight of this slick hotel within easy stroll of New Orleans’ theatre district and French Quarter.

Why we stay here

Classic southern charm is the name of the game here. Where else could you get rooms with their own signature cocktail set-ups? The top-end coffee makers and retro fridges complete the vibe.

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The Troubadour Hotel, New Orleans The Troubadour Hotel, New Orleans

Holiday Inn Express, Nashville-Downtown

Contemporary hotel on the Honky Tonk Highway

There’s an outdoor pool and gym at this smart downtown hotel within stone’s throw of Nashville’s most happenin’ hubs, including Music City Center, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Lower Broadway Entertainment District.

Why we stay here

We hear the breakfast buffet is unbeatable. After a long night’s partying in Nashville’s bars, refuel with warm cinnamon rolls, pancakes, bacon and Arabica bean coffee.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Touch Down in Music City

Touch down in Tennessee before 6pm and welcome to the bright lights of Nashville. This lively city stirs to the beat of live performances, with toe-tapping musicians and aspiring songwriters flocking here to drink up the rich music scene. Here begins your seven-day adventure of exploring the awesome Deep South. From the Famous Studio B that’s seen many a country music sensation pass through its doors, to the small but iconic Bluebird Cafe, this is a city that pulsates with energy and you’ll arrive just as the neon lights flicker on. Take a private transfer to your hotel and settle in before heading downtown to the heart of the action. Grab drinks with your fellow Flashpackers and enjoy a flavour of the adventure that is to come. Welcome to the Deep South!

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Tennessee

Day 2

Nashville legends and a chocolate factory

Shrug off your jetlag with a lie-in before heading to the Fontanel Mansion for a private tour of the former home of country music megastar Barbara Mandrell. Wander around the 33,000 square-foot log cabin with all the rustic charm you’d expect from country royalty. Afterwards enjoy a Nashville speciality: GooGoo Clusters. This local delicacy combines chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts  – and you’ll be savouring it with an exclusive chocolate and wine tasting at the GooGoo chocolate factory. Tuck in and enjoy: it’s education, after all. The rest of the afternoon is yours. You could check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium or the Johnny Cash Museum. History buffs should see the Ancient Greek Parthenon replica and for anyone feeling peckish, Hattie B’s is calling for some Nashville hot chicken. Come evening, hit up the Honky Tonk Highway – the live music here is not to be missed.

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GooGoo Clusters

Day 3

Balconies, barbeques and Beale Street

After soaking up the country music of Nashville, next come blues and rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis, the hometown of Elvis. We’ll kick things off with a walk around the vibrant streets, soaking in the energy of the city. Grab some of Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken for lunch before checking into your hotel. We’ll then visit the Lorraine Motel, seeing the infamous balcony of Room 306 where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. Now the National Civil Rights Museum, you’ll learn all about the rich history and acts of courage associated with America’s game-changing movement. For dinner, get ready for a smokin’ barbecue – Memphis style. Tuck into sizzling pulled pork and dry-rubbed ribs with your fellow Flashpackers, experiencing the lip-smacking flavours of an authentic Memphis barbecue (with veggie options on-hand, too). We’ll then head downtown to the pulsating Beale Street, where live music flows out of every bar.

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Beale Street

Day 4

Walking (with Elvis) in Memphis

This morning we’ll embrace all things Elvis with a visit to Graceland, the famous mansion where the king of rock ‘n’ roll lived and passed away in 1977. We’ll immerse ourselves in the life and music of a legend on an Elvis Entourage VIP experience, seeing the gold records of hit songs that sold over one billion records worldwide. We’ll get exclusive insight into the Elvis legacy, with a look at his jumpsuits, pink Cadillac, and the place that he called home for over 20 years. The afternoon is then yours to explore Memphis, with your guide on-hand to give you tips. Why not continue your Elvis education with a visit to Sun Studio, where one of America’s most lauded singers recorded his very first song? Or, head to Stax Museum for a flavour of American soul. There’s also the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock N Soul Museum. Bask in the city’s evocative Blues heritage as you make the most of its many delights.  

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Graceland

Day 5

Living it up in New Orleans

Today we’re leaving Memphis and cruising to New Orleans. It’s a six-hour trip through Mississippi to Louisiana so we’ll stop at Clarksdale to see the famous Devil’s Crossroad where Robert Johnson “sold his soul”, and the Ground Zero Blues Club, an atmospheric pit stop owned by Morgan Freeman. We’ll arrive in New Orleans as the evening kicks into gear. Freshen up at your hotel before we head out for dinner in the French Quarter. Our destination is Café Sbisa, one of the oldest fine dining establishments in town, famed for its French-Creole cuisine. Then we’ll head to Frenchmen Street, where the locals go for some of the best live music in the city, with everything from jazz and latin to reggae. Get those Sazeracs flowing and let your jazz-loving soul loose to the hypnotic improvs and saxophone solos. From basement bars to tucked-away hot spots, this is a bourbon-fuelled night out in the world’s most effusive party cities.

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New Orleans

Day 6

A leisurely day and jazz-filled night

Today’s free to do whatever you please – and after last night, you might want a leisurely lie-in and pints of much-needed coffee. Then, head out into the city, soaking in the buzz of Louis Armstrong’s birthplace. We recommend enjoying the incredibly talented street musicians in the French Quarter, admiring the colourful floats at Mardi Gras World or mooching around New Orleans’ maze of quirky shops and galleries. For those of you wanting a spooky experience in this ‘haunted’ city, check out the Voodoo Museum or the Museum of Death. This evening we’ll gather together for a live jazz performance at the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. Let the sound of mesmeric melodies jangle your soul as live jazz fills this renovated shop from the 1800s. There’s a different show every night, with musicians flocking from far and wide to put on a dazzling display of hip-swingin’ jazz. Get the drinks in and bask in the rhythm of the night.

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New Orleans

Day 7

Take me home, country roads

Flashpackers, it’s time to close the door on your Deep South getaway. Head to the airport in your own time but don’t forget, you can always extend the escape with a stay on a Texan cattle ranch. Either way, what a trip it’s been! You’ve jumped head-first into the rich musical heritage of the Deep South, soaking up country tunes in Nashville, blues in Memphis and jazz in New Orleans. You’ve marvelled at Elvis’ jumpsuits on an insider trip to Graceland and partied your way around the iconic bars of Beale Street and the Honky Tonk Highway. This has been a foodie pilgrimage, too, so soar into the skies daydreaming about the GooGoo Clusters of Nashville, sizzling Memphis barbecues, and the oysters of New Orleans. You’ve experienced the real deal here in the Deep South. In fact, we wouldn’t blame you if you disappeared off into the New Orleans sunset, jazz hands and bourbon at the ready…

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Important notes
  • Fly into Nashville International Airport and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

Trip dates

6 Nights
Limited
Deposit
£200
Total £1949
£1899
On Sale
6 Nights
Limited
Deposit
£200
Total £1999
£1949
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