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Self-Drive: Musical Flavours of The Deep South

9 days from £1815 per person

Discover the sweet soul of America’s great musical cities as you lose yourself to the rhythms of the melodic flavours and captivating charm of the Deep South. Explore at your own pace during this self-drive adventure that starts in Louisiana, travels through the great Mississippi and ends in the rolling hills of Tennessee country. Soak up the sights, savour the music and delight as you uncover the deep rooted heritage and rich culture of these Southerly states. Starting in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, enjoy the diversity of the city inspired by the unique blend of cultures. Sway to the blues and get your rock on in Memphis, home to the great Elvis Presley before you reach your final stop, Nashville; where country music emanates through the city streets and the warm southern hospitality leaves you feeling like you don’t want to leave.

Route: New Orleans – Memphis - Nashville

Itinerary Highlights

Sample mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine as you delve into the soulful city of New Orleans, where every week there is a different festival, parade or event to be celebrated.

Memphis attracts visitors with a passion for music, it’s a hub for the blues and rock and roll, as well a shrine to the stars that have found fame here over the years.

In Nashville, the heart and soul of country music, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous 90 years ago.

Itinerary: Self-Drive: Musical Flavours of The Deep South

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to New Orleans, Louisiana. On arrival you will collect your hire car from the airport and drive to your hotel, located in the heart of the historic French Quarter. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. Alternatively, delve into the soulful city and start exploring the history rich streets or enjoy a bite of mouth-watering Cajun or Creole cuisine. (N)
Accommodation in New Orleans: Le Pavillon Hotel (or similar)
New Orleans is a city like no other; home to a diverse mix of cultures, a vibrant music scene, tantalising cuisine and a visible rich history. The unique blend of architecture reflects the cities multicultural heritage, including Creole cottages, antebellum mansions and the quaint ornate balconies of the French Quarter. You might choose to take yourself on a self-led waking tour today. Sights to see include the St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, Pirates Alley and the legendary Café du Monde. (N)
Accommodation in New Orleans: Le Pavillon Hotel (or similar)
It is no exaggeration that every day in New Orleans is filled with the sweet sounds of music, be it from parades, festivals, live music events, or simply just emanating out of one of the many jazz bars. You might choose to spend today exploring the musical scene of New Orleans, discovering the origins and traditions of various genres. (N)
Accommodation in New Orleans: Le Pavillon Hotel (or similar)
Today you will hop in your car and begin your six hour journey north to Memphis. You might choose to make a slight detour via the New Orleans Plantation Country, in-between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Here you can learn about the history of the plantations or join a swamp tour before continuing on your journey. This evening, you might want to head straight out and begin enjoying Memphis, the birthplace of rock & roll, blues, and soul. We recommend heading to a local BBQ restaurant for dinner tonight. (N)
Accommodation in Memphis: The Guest House at Graceland (or similar)
Today is free for you to explore Memphis at your own pace. You might choose to start the day off by going for walk along Beale Street, a significant location that’s home to many blues bars. Make your way to Sun Studio for a tour of this iconic recording studio or enjoy exploring Graceland, a shrine to the great Elvis Presley, the king of rock & roll. (N)
Accommodation in Memphis: The Guest House at Graceland (or similar)
Today you will drive for around three and a half hours through the rolling Tennessee countryside until you reach Nashville, where cowboy culture and music flow through the city streets. Today is free for you to explore the city at your own pace. You might choose to head straight to Printers Alley, where you will find local musicians performing the likes of country, blues and jazz. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere and get your fill of signature southern delicacies such as hot chicken, biscuits or meat and three. (N)
Accommodation in Nashville: Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland (or similar)
Today is again free for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville at your own leisure. You might choose to start the day off by visiting the country music hall of fame, one of the world’s largest museums and research centres dedicated to the preservation of country music and musicians. From here you can take a free shuttle to RCA’s Studio B recording studio. Later on you might choose to visit the Johnny Cash museum, join a tour of the Ryman auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of bluegrass music. (N)
Accommodation in Nashville: Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland (or similar)
Spend this morning enjoying any last minute souvenir shopping, before driving to Nashville International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and board your international flight back to the UK. (N)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

We design unique, tailor-made holiday itineraries to suit you, by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, or if you require some advice, please call us or complete the enquiry form online for a quotation.

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Car hire as specified

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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For over 30 years, Pettitts Travel have led the way in creating authentic, tailor-made holidays. Our knowledgeable team have first-hand knowledge of our destinations and no two itineraries we prepare are the same.

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