Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise
14 nights. March 2019 - February 2020. From £2299.00.
Journey through America's southern musical heartland
This fully escorted tour takes in Nashville, the undisputed capital of Country Music, Memphis, Elvis' hometown, Tupelo, the 'King's' birthplace, and laid-back New Orleans, the cradle of the blues and Dixieland jazz, before you board a well-appointed ship for a relaxing eight-day cruise across to the sun-blessed resorts of Mexico and the Caribbean. Crammed with unforgettable highlights, the holiday unveils the world of WC Handy, 'Fats' Domino, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Elvis.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend a night in the original 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' station hotel
Explore Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry
Visit Memphis, Tennessee, home to the 'King'
Enjoy an evening on Memphis' famous Beale Street
Discover Elvis' birthplace in tiny Tupelo
Spend two nights in the Big Easy, New Orleans
Take in the atmosphere of the fabled French Quarter
A cruise including three port calls and full days in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel in Mexico
Spend a last night in Hank Williams' Montgomery, Alabama
Seven nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good hotels in Chattanooga (1 night), Nashville (1), Memphis (2), New Orleans (2) and Montgomery (1)
Seven nights' full-board accommodation on board MS Carnival Dream, sharing an inside cabin with onboard tips included
Return flights from your chosen airport to Atlanta
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager (the ship's staff and crew will take care of you during the cruise) 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.
Day OneFly to Atlanta, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and make the journey into the southeast corner of Tennessee and your historic overnight hotel in Chattanooga, of 'Choo-Choo' fame, and a former riverside trading post much fought over during the American Civil War.
Day TwoAfter a brief tour of Chattanooga, which is beautifully set on a bend in the Tennessee River, in the heart of land once settled by the Cherokee Nation, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded Tennessee hills and farmland to Nashville, for an overnight stay. Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and to scores of hugely accomplished guitar-pickers and songwriters, Nashville is every inch one of America's foremost music cities.
This afternoon, an optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B - home to countless country hits and a galaxy of Elvis's RCA recordings - as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Day ThreeLater today you head for Memphis for a two-night stay in another of the cradles of American music, on the bank of the 'Big Muddy', the mighty Mississippi. This evening, soak up the atmosphere of famous Beale Street.
Day FourDon't miss the optional full day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include legendary Sun Studio, where in 1951 'rock 'n' roll' was born with the recording of 'Rocket 88', and history changed forever three years later with Elvis's rendition and 'live' recording of Arthur Crudup's 'That's Alright, Mama'. You'll then make your way to Elvis Presley Boulevard to pay a visit to Graceland, the King's home, last recording studio and final resting place.
After a fascinating day, enjoy another evening in Memphis, perhaps sampling pork ribs - the city is known as the 'Barbecue Capital of America'.
Day FiveLeaving Memphis today you'll complete your Elvis journey with a visit to Tupelo, where you might wish to visit the tiny house that was the star's birthplace, before continuing south through Mississippi, following the course of 'Ol Man River' towards Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, for a two-night stay in the great city of New Orleans. Waste no time in soaking up the atmosphere of one of the most exuberant places on the face of the planet.
Day SixAn optional guided city tour this morning introduces the 'Big Easy', including the fabled French Quarter of time-warped, iron-balconied buildings centred on Jackson Square. This afternoon, take the optional Bayou and Alligators tour for a glimpse of the city's surrounding Creole country and wildlife, before returning to the city for another night of hot music and even hotter Creole food, or perhaps join the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
Day SevenToday you'll bid temporary farewell to the US and board Carnival Dream for the seven-night cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico. Settle in and explore the ship's facilities. Consider an upgrade to an outside stateroom - a small supplement to our price buys you an unforgettable ocean view.
Days Eight and NineEnjoy the pool, spa or perhaps just a seat at the bar on your first days at sea.
Day 10The first port of call is Montego Bay - or more affectionately MoBay - in Jamaica. Kick back to the saucy rhythms of reggae and enjoy time shopping for hand-woven straw hats and delicate wood carvings or, more simply, relax barefoot at one of the many beach bars.
Day 11Today is spent in Grand Cayman, where you may choose from a range of optional tours sold on board, including the best scuba diving in the kaleidoscopic Caribbean Sea. Otherwise stretch out on the glimmering white sands at Seven Mile Beach or stroll the shops, cafes, and museums in George Town.
Day 12Enjoy a full day in the celebrated Mexican resort of Cozumel. Locally bookable activities include sight-seeing tours, as well as sub-aqua diving and a submarine tour.
Day 13Another day is spent relaxing at sea as Carnival Dream sails back across the Gulf of Mexico towards the USA.
Day 14Arrive back in New Orleans this morning and spend the last night of the tour in Montgomery on the banks of the Alabama River and former home to the legendary Hank Williams.
Day 15Today, after a free morning, you'll head back into Georgia to Atlanta for your return overnight flight.
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AccommodationDeep South Hotels and Caribbean Cruise
The hotels used on our tours 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, and there will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby. You will also enjoy seven nights on board the cruise ship Carnival Dream.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
Passports and visasWhen 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 adviceVisit 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.
On your flightAll 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.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
TippingGratuities 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. When on board your cruise, tips are included in the tour price.
SmokingSmoking 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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 hotelsShould 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.
Hotel roomsStandard 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.
Departure update – 11th November 2019Please note the order of the ports of call on this cruise itinerary have been amended by Carnival. The cruise inclusions have been unaffected by this change.
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