Deep South & Delta Blues
|Atlanta, Georgia, USA
||Atlanta, Georgia, USA
“The main reason I went on this trip was to see big cities like Atlanta, Memphis and New Orleans. The real highlight ended up being the small town of Clarksdale, Mississippi – a place I’d never heard of. Hopson’s Commissary used to be the store on an old cotton plantation where workers and slaves could purchase basic items. These days it is a bar full of antiques including an old barbershop, carousel horses, posters and hats, where you can explore and play with everything. I also tried fried green tomatoes at the Ground Zero Blues Club.” Claire Baxter, Destination Manager Central & North America.
Why we love it:
- A journey through America’s cultural and musical heritage. Travel back in time to the beginning of country and western music and the birth of the blues.
- Along the way we learn how these unique musical genres sprung out of America’s past and how they have influenced popular music today.
- Starting from Atlanta, Georgia, we travel to Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans; places that resonate in the annals of music history along with names like Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong and Elvis.
- As well as paying homage to these icons, we also visit places that are indelibly etched into the fabric of the American story; places at the forefront of issues like slavery and civil rights.
- On this journey you'll discover that the Deep South is indeed the heart and soul of America.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Atlanta - Nashville
- Your tour will start at 7:30am at the Fairfield Inn Atlanta Airport North. As this is an early start we recommend that you book a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be booked at the same time you book this tour. After leaving Atlanta we take the road towards Nashville. We stop at Lynchburg and pay homage to Tennessee’s most famous drop by enjoying a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery for a serving of southern hospitality before making your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music and home to the famous Wildhorse Saloon and Country Music Hall of Fame.
- You can also participate in free line dancing lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon if you so desire.
Day 2: Nashville
- As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state’s second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville will be free to enjoy indulging in the vast array of music and entertainment options on offer.
- There are varying entrance fees for the sites and shows that you may wish to visit or attend. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a great introduction into the history and roots of country music. The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running radio show. You can enjoy performances at the Grand Ole Opry House located 14 kilometres (9 miles) east of the city.
Day 3-4: Memphis
- Your next destination is a three and a half hour drive away. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. Located in an area that was traditionally the hub of the Black community, it is a place where you can enjoy street music as well as checking out some blues music in the blues bars in the evening.
- A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to ‘Graceland’, the home of Elvis Presley and the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House! You will also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and a place where many great names have passed through.
- Outside of music, you may also like to pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Day 5: Clarksdale
- You will see the humble beginnings of ‘The King' with a visit to Elvis Presley's birthplace home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Then it's on to the Robert Johnson's legendary ‘Crossroads’ at the junction of Highway 49 and the fabled Highway 61, where he famously sold his soul to the Devil, who in exchange, tuned his guitar and gave him the talent so he could invent the blues! You will spend the night in a hotel in the cotton belt town of Clarksdale.
- In the evening you will visit Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club.
Day 6: Natchez
- You will follow the river road south to the oldest established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is considered the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat.
- You will have time to wander around and admire the magnificent antebellum mansions that will remind you of the days when wealthy plantation owners ruled the roost in the Deep South.
Day 7: Lafayette
Accommodation: BW River Inn Natchez or similar, Natchez
- You will travel deep into the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana and the city of Lafayette, where live Cajun and Zydeco music fills the air of Angelle's Whiskey River Landing on the banks of the Vermilion River. Named one of the ‘top 50 bars in America’, this is a great place to enjoy a cold beer and soak up the scene at what has got to be one of America's premier live music experiences.
- The Acadiana region downtown is where the nightlife takes place with various dance clubs and sports bars, and you can find the university crowd in the McKinley Street area.
Day 8-10: New Orleans
Meals included: 1 dinner
Accommodation: BW Landmark French Quarter or similar, New Orleans
- Your next stop is that major metropolis of the Deep South – New Orleans, Louisiana, otherwise known as ‘the Big Easy’. Here you will discover an eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifested in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as just ‘the Quarter’.
- Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city and all its many attractions combine makes it one of the most visited cities in USA – a trend that was only momentarily halted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. You will step back in time to when life was slow and graceful and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on the famous and delicious local cuisine that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana.
- Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all continuing your indulgence and appreciation of American music by enjoying some of the many live performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city.
Day 11: Birmingham
Accommodation: Drury Inn Birmingham, Birmingham
- You will continue east into Alabama and on to the state’s largest city – Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and is where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience.
- Today it is home to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Museum next to Kelly Ingram Park, which documents the civil rights movement and its struggles during the 1950s and 1960s. You will visit this museum and reflect on the events of the not so distant past. Nearby is the historic Carver theatre, home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and a place where live performances can be enjoyed.
Day 12: Atlanta
- You will make your way back to Georgia today, where your journey through the musical history of the Deep South ends in the modern metropolis of Atlanta. Your tour concludes upon arrival back at the Fairfield Inn Atlanta Airport North at approximately 5pm.
- Optional post-tour accommodation is available at this hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Atlanta tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
- The services of a professional tour leader.
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Graceland and Civil Rights Museum.
- Transport in a customised vehicle.
- Mississippi riverboat cruise dinner.
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Airport departure taxes
- Any optional tours and activities
- Tips and items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Antebellum mansions
- Country Music Hall of Fall
- Country Western saloons
- Horse and buggy ride
- Sun Studios
- Swamp tour
- The Grand Ole Opry
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures.
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the event of an emergency or if you wish to report a problem on tour please do not hesitate to call Grand American Adventures' toll free* 24-hour emergency contact number.
Toll-Free (*in the US): 1 (800) 786 - 8735
International: 001 (707) 523 - 1800
Possible Itinerary Amendments
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
7 November 2013
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