Texas, Presley's Memphis & New Orleans
14 nights. May - September 2018. From £2449.00.
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An extraordinary journey through the southern states
Combining the magic and musical wonders of the 'Southland' with the 'Big Country' sights and sounds of Lone Star State Texas, this wonderful escorted tour, where each day brings a host of new delights, takes in Jazz City New Orleans, Space City Houston and Tex-Mex capital San Antonio, visits colourful, Bohemian Austin, 'cattle-town' Forth Worth and oil-rich Dallas, before ending with two of America's greatest music cities, Elvis' beloved Memphis and Country Music capital Nashville.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Montgomery, the resting place of country legend Hank Williams
Journey through the sleepy Alabama countryside
Spend two nights in New Orleans, the irrepressible Big Easy
Take in the atmosphere of NOLA's famous 'French Quarter'
Visit the historic Oak Alley Plantation
Discover Louisiana's Creole nature trail, the 'All-American Road'
Houston, home to the world-famous NASA Space Centre
San Antonio, capital of Tex-Mex culture
Relive the heroics of Davy Crockett at The Alamo
Colourful Austin is Texas's music capital
Enjoy two nights in 'cowboy town' Fort Worth
Catch a cattle drive at the Stockyards
Explore historic Dallas
Cotton capital Memphis, Tennessee, was home to Elvis Presley
Entrance to Sun Studios and Elvis's beloved Graceland
Enjoy the atmosphere on famous Beale Street in Memphis
Discover Nashville, world country music capital
14 nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Montgomery (1 night), New Orleans (2), Lake Charles (1), Houston (1), San Antonio (2), Austin (1), Forth Worth (2), Little Rock (1), Memphis (2) and Nashville (1)
Return scheduled flights
Coach touring as described in the itinerary
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Atlanta, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to Montgomery, Alabama, resting place of country superstar Hank Williams.
Board the coach to head south across sleepy Alabama, into Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans, the fabled 'Big Easy', for a two-night stay. Enjoy your first evening in this intoxicating place, perhaps joining the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
This morning's optional guided tour introduces the 'Big Easy', including the fabled French Quarter. This afternoon, take the optional Louisiana Swampland excursion for a glimpse of the city's surrounding countryside. Head back to the 'Quarter' tonight, to enjoy the atmosphere of the place that gave the world Jazz Music a century ago.
Travel west across Louisiana, crossing the Mississippi and calling at Oak Alley Plantation, where the events that shaped the history of the South are brought to life in this great antebellum mansion and grounds. Continuing west, you'll overnight in Lake Charles, in the heart of 'Creole Country'.
Today's fascinating tour takes in the Creole Nature Trail, a feast for wildlife-lovers and sightseers, with visitor centres bringing opportunities to spot birds and other swampland creatures, including alligators. Drive along the Gulf Coast, and enjoy the journey to Houston.
A visit to the NASA Johnson Space Centre, the heart of the moon-landings nearly 50 years ago, is an incomparable taste of modern history, brought to life in restored 'Mission Control' and by the sight of the towering 'Saturn V' rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit. Continue to San Antonio for two nights.
Discover the capital of Tex-Mex culture today, reliving the Siege of The Alamo, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of General Santa Anna, and exploring the famous River Walk that snakes its way across the city.
Head to Texan State Capital Austin, home to countless music clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings' magazines might spawn a famous name or two, when they're in town. Always home is the world's largest urban bat colony, a thrilling sight when it takes to the skies at dusk!
Journey north to 'cattle-town' Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, with its wooden boardwalks and store fronts, recreating the days of the Old 'Wild' West.
Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a 'cattle-drive', before travelling to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the events of November 1963, which are faithfully recreated in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking Dealey Plaza. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin' Western Saloon.
Sit back and relax on today's journey from Fort Worth to Little Rock, Arkansas, home to the William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, which honours Arkansas' most famous son. Perhaps visit the colourful River Market District, with its restaurants and bars.
Journey into Tennessee and Memphis, on the bank of the 'Big Muddy' Mississippi. Elvis's hometown boasts a musical heritage to match any world city and a host of historic landmarks. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps checking out the Stax Records Museum or the more sombre Museum of Civil Rights, then soak up the atmosphere of famous Beale Street.
Enjoy the included full-day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include a visit to legendary Sun Studio as well as Elvis's beloved Graceland, home and final resting place of 'the King'. This evening, why not try some delicious pork ribs? Memphis is America's barbeque capital!
Head to Nashville, undisputed capital of Country Music, and home to countless 'guitar-pickers' and songwriters. An optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B - where countless country standards and Elvis' RCA hits were recorded - and to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded hills and farmland of Tennessee, to historic Chattanooga, of 'Choo-Choo' fame, a quintessential southern trading town beautifully set on bend in the river, then continue to Atlanta Airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful journey through America's fascinating Southern Heartland.Back to top
AccommodationTexas, Memphis and New Orleans Touring Hotels
The hotels used will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Casino age restrictions
Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
*The GBP100 discount offer applies to new bookings made between 7th Feb & 5th March (inclusive). Prices shown do not include the discount. The GBP100 per person discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (JAZZ) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
*Low deposit of GBP79 per person applies to new bookings only made between 28th December 2017 and 31st March 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top