Spirit of the South
Trace Tennessee’s jazz and juke joints and the bourbon and bluegrass plains of Kentucky horseracing country along this Deep South musical meander to The Big Easy. Experience the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, strap in for a history lesson in NASCAR racing and tour the city of Memphis. Touch on the history and culture with these unmissable experiences and more.
Spirit of the South
Day 1 : Charlotte
Transfer to your hotel and then this evening, meet your travel director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception.
Hotel: Hilton Charlotte Centre City
Day 2 : Asheville
This morning, after a city orientation, visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Charlotte before heading to Asheville.
Day 3 & 4 : Pigeon Forge
Take a self-guided visit to the Biltmore Estate, then Continue to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Centre and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Overnight in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy a day at leisure in the Smoky Mountains.
Hotel for 2 nights: Black Fox Lodge
Day 5 : Lexington
Drive through Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, stopping in Berea. In Lexington visit Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co, for a tour and tasting.
Hotel: Hilton Lexington Downtown
Day 6 & 7 : Louisville
Visit a horse retirement farm, then embark on your choice of sightseeing experience. This evening enjoy dinner at the Muhammad Ali Centre with a local. Arise to an orientation tour, spend the morning at the Kentucky Derby Museum then enjoy a free afternoon before a Kentucky Regional Dinner.
Hotel for 2 nights: Embassy Suites Louisville
Day 8-10 : Nashville
Visit Bowling Green’s National Corvette Museum. Continue into Tennessee, arriving in Nashville this afternoon. Wake up and explore Music City then find your rhythm at RCA’s Studio B and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Later, embark on your choice sightseeing experience. Enjoy a day at leisure before heading to the Grand Ole Opry.
Hotel for 3 nights: Renaissance Nashville
Day 11-12 : Memphis
Head for the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll on Beale Street, then stop at former Lorraine Motel. Visit Graceland and Sun Studio, which recorded the first Rock ‘n’ Roll single.
Hotel for 2 nights: Crowne Plaza
Day 13 : Natchez
Kick off at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. ‘Connect with Locals’ at an 1850s private residence. Visit the 1804 residence of former Four Seasons chef Esther Carpenter to enjoy a traditional three course Deep South dinner.
Hotel: Magnolia Bluffs
Day 14-16 : New Orleans
Visit Frogmore Plantation and Gins to discover the Mississippi Delta’s cotton plantation heritage, continue onto Oak Alley Plantation, enjoy a cooking demonstration before indulging in dinner of Creole cuisine. Enjoy a city tour of New Orleans with a local specialist, then spend the rest of your time exploring on your own.
Hotel for 3 nights: Sheraton New Orleans
Day 17 : New Orleans
Transfer to New Orleans International Airport.