Get on down in Deep South USA

Get on down in Deep South USA Take a VIP visit to Graceland and soak in the buzzing nightlife of Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville

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Music and food lovers, you’re 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
  • Atol protected
  • Private airport transfers

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Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 TOUCH DOWN IN MUSIC CITY

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    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!

  • Day 02 NASHVILLE LEGENDS AND A CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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    Shrug off your jetlag with a lie-in before heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame to trace the legacy of Nashville’s musicians. This is one of the largest museums dedicated to American folk and vernacular music, a place to tap into a vast wealth of Southern musical knowledge. 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 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.

  • Day 03 BALCONIES, BARBEQUES AND BEALE STREET

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    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.

  • Day 04 WALKING (WITH ELVIS) IN MEMPHIS

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    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.

  • Day 05 LIVING IT UP IN NEW ORLEANS

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    Today we’re leaving Memphis and cruising to New Orleans. 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.

  • Day 06 A LEISURELY DAY AND JAZZ-FILLED NIGHT

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    This morning is yours 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. In the afternoon, turn your hand to classic New Orleans specialities like jambalaya and gumbo – then feast your heart out on the fruits of your labour. This evening we’ll head out into town to uncover the lively heart of this musical mecca. Let the sound of mesmeric melodies jangle your soul as live jazz fills the evening streets. Get the drinks in and bask in the rhythm of the night.

  • Day 07 VOODOO VIBES & CYCLING SIGHTS

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    This morning, take things at your own chilled rhythm as you explore the city. It’s completely up to you how you choose to spend the morning, and your guide will be at hand to offer suggestions. For magic and mystery, head to the Voodoo Museum to uncover New Orleans’ mystical heritage and trace the footsteps of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Discover the richness of the city’s unique folk heritage: an intriguing blend of African beliefs and colonial influences. Or head into the French Quarter for a leisurely morning stroll; lose yourself in wide boulevards and marvel at the graceful architecture that harks back to a bygone era. Alternatively, kick back at the hotel with a good book and a coffee. In the afternoon, we’ll hop on a fleet of bicycles and explore the city together. Come evening, we’ll head to one of the city’s many fine restaurants for a farewell feast. Tuck into delicious local dishes over plentiful drink, toasting to the wonderful adventure we’ve had.

  • Day 08 TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS

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    Flashpackers, it’s time to close the door on your Deep South getaway. Then, it’s over to you to head to the airport in your own time. 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…

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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La Quinta Inn & Suites, Memphis

Urban retreat located in the heart of the city

After leisurely days spent exploring the mecca of rock’n’roll, this is the perfect downtown hotel to put your feet up and unwind.

Why we stay here

Equipped with comfortable, spacious rooms, an indoor pool and abundant breakfast choices, this hotel will leave you feeling refreshed after your urban adventures.

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Hampton Inn & Suites, New Orleans

Downtown hotel in the French Quarter

Step out into a world of heritage buildings and wide boulevards; this well-located hotel puts you right at the heart of the city’s best sights.

Why we stay here

Comfortable bedrooms, hot breakfast and an indoor gym make this urban hotel the perfect place to revitalise after exploring the wonders of New Orleans.

Important Notes

  • 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.

  • Fly into Nashville International Airport (BNA) and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

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