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America's Music Heritage - Mardi Gras Special Departure

USA & Canada
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSUTDSM

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​Music is at the heart of this fantastic tour, with the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans the star of the show. You'll also experience the capital of country music, Nashville, and step inside Elvis Presley's opulent mansion Graceland. On this special departure, you'll also visit sites linked to the US Civil Rights Movement and see author Harper Lee's hometown.

Music is at the heart of this fantastic tour, with the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans the star of the show. You'll also experience the capital of country music, Nashville, and step inside Elvis Presley's opulent mansion Graceland. On this special departure, you'll also visit sites linked to the US Civil Rights Movement and see author Harper Lee's hometown.

PRICE FROM ? £3999 per person
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What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 13 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 14 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • ​Tour of Atlanta, including Martin Luther King Museum
  • Nashville tour
  • Visit Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame & the Muscle Shoals Studio
  • Visit Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace
  • Sun Studios & Graceland
  • Tour of Stanton Hall, an antebellum mansion
  • Walking & sightseeing tours of New Orleans
  • Join the Mardi Gras parade
  • Tour of Mobile, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Visit Monroeville, the birthplace of author Harper Lee

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK to Atlanta
  • ​Depart on your scheduled flight to Georgia's capital Atlanta today.​
  • DAY 2 Atlanta
  • ​​Our day begins with an included tour of Atlanta, including entrance to the Martin Luther King museum.
    Get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome dinner this evening. ​
  • DAYS 3 & 4 Nashville
  • ​​Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and the country music capital of the world. This is where we spend the next two nights, with a sightseeing tour of its highlights included on day 3.
    On day 4 we'll visit Studio B, which became famous in the 1960s for its part in the Nashville Sound, which revived the popularity of country music. We'll also head to the Country Music Hall of Fame, to see a huge collection of artefacts connected with the genre.
    The perfect way to end the day is with an optional evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most important venues for country music anywhere in the world.​
  • DAY 5 Muscle Shoals
  • ​Sitting on the Tennessee River is the area of Muscle Shoals, and it's where we head for an overnight stay.
    Another day inspired by music begins with a visit to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to see exhibits ranging from gold discs to costumes worn by the likes of Hank Williams and the Commodores. We also step inside the FAME Studios, where music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Otis Redding have recorded, and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. ​
  • DAY 6 Memphis
  • ​​We make our way to another great musical city today – Memphis, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River.
    En route we call at Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. We'll see the house where he was born and visit a museum which is home to one of the finest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.​
  • DAYS 7 & 8 Memphis
  • ​​On day 7 we'll learn more about Elvis, starting with a visit to Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings. Next we'll head to Graceland, the opulent mansion where the King of Rock 'n' Roll lived until his untimely death in 1977.
    You can explore Memphis at your own pace on day 8. A stroll along Beale Street, which is lined with blues clubs, restaurants, shops and bars, is a great way to soak up the city's vibrant atmosphere​.
  • DAY 9 Natchez
  • ​​We'll leave Memphis today and head to Natchez. This historic city boasts a great number of well-preserved antebellum mansions and we will step inside one of these today. Stanton Hall was built in 1859, and was occupied by Union troops during the American Civil War. Our guided tour here will give us a fascinating glimpse into the life of wealthy cotton merchant, Frederick Stanton, and his family.​
  • DAY 10 New Orleans
  • ​​New Orleans is our destination today, and we'll stay here for two nights. Also known as the 'Big Easy', this exciting city is the home of jazz, and on our walking tour of the French Quarter we'll hear snatches of music as we stroll along historic streets.
    This evening, why not head to Bourbon Street with your travelling companions to enjoy a drink and a meal and soak up the lively atmosphere of this iconic street, where music spills from every doorway.​
  • DAY 11 New Orleans
  • ​​We'll discover even more of New Orleans on an included sightseeing tour this morning. Then in the afternoon the pace steps up as you get to join the Mardi Gras parade. This is the last day of the carnival season and turns into one huge party with music, parades, floats and colourful costumes. Your included ticket gives you the wonderful opportunity to soak up this unbelievable atmosphere and well and truly get into the party spirit.
  • DAY 12 Mobile
  • ​After yesterday's Mardi Gras festivities, we'll enjoy a slightly slower paced day today. Founded in 1702 as Louisiana's original capital, Mobile is where we're headed. On arrival, an afternoon tour will introduce its highlights, which include beautiful mansions and pristine gardens.
    This evening you might choose to head to a seafood restaurant, Mobile's location on the Gulf of Mexico means you'll be spoilt for choice.​
  • DAY 13 Montgomery
  • ​​Our final destination is Montgomery, where we stay tonight. En route we'll make a stop at Monroeville, the hometown of Harper Lee, whose novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a classic of modern American literature. Here we'll see the building which was the inspiration for the courthouse that appeared in the film adaptation. We'll also call at Selma, the starting point of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. This historic protest, and the participation of Martin Luther King Jr, raised awareness about the need for a national Voting Rights Act.
    We then continue to Montgomery. This is where, in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, therefore violating segregation laws and ultimately helping to initiate the civil rights movement.​
  • DAYS 14 & 15 Atlanta to UK
  • ​​On day 14 we'll transfer you to the airport in Atlanta for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 15.​
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Accommodation

    • The Ellis Hotel
    • Set in an elegant and storied building, this contemporary hotel offers casual rooms with modern decor, bamboo panelling and limestone bathrooms. They also feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Free coffee is served in the lobby, and a bistro offers farm-to-table cuisine and there''s a fitness center.
    • Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown-Stadium
    • Clarion Hotel Downtown Stadium is located in Nashville city centre. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, microwaves, fridges and a desk. Other hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool, a fitness room, a restaurant and bar.
    • Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
    • The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa is ideally situated within the Muscle Shoals area. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi (in public areas), indoor & outdoor pools, fitness centre & sauna. Additionally there is a restaurant & bar within the hotel. Rooms are furnished with a safe & TV.
    • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown
    • The Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Memphis is located in a great position within walking distance of many of Memphis' attractions.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, coffee-maker and iron.
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez is located in downtown of Natchez. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, flats-screen TVs, coffee-making facilities, minifridges and microwaves. Hotel further benefit from an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.
    • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    • The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a contemporary hotel located near to the French Quarter. Hotel amenities include a bistro which serves New-Orleans inspired cuisine, a bar, fitness centre and rooftop pool.
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile-Downtown Historic District
    • In the historic district of downtown Mobile, this modern hotel features stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as coffeemakers. Daily hot breakfast (served on-site) is included and takeout breakfast bags available during weekdays. There''s an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
    • Doubletree by Hilton Montgomery Downtown
    • This contemporary downtown hotel offers a modern restaurant, buffet breakfast and lunch, plus all-day Southern-style meals. There''s also a fitness center and an outdoor terrace garden. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as chic decor and custom-designed beds.
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Optional Excursions

  • Enjoy an evening at the iconic Grand Ole Opry
  • Explore Louisiana's swamps & visit a traditional Southern plantation
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Further Information

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