Take a handful of US states, mix them with vibrant cities, breath-taking landscapes, small American towns, musical roots, history and culture, delicious food, open space and you have the beautiful Deep South.
Deep South USA is rich in adventure and UK tour operators ‘America As You Like It’ and ‘Travelplanners’ have introduced NEW itineraries embracing the different ways that this region can be explored and to welcome UK visitors looking for the 'real' America experience. As the trend in slow travel grows, the Deep South is the perfect destination to kick back and explore at your own pace, listening to that iconic soundtrack and tasting every dish on the menu.
Travelplanners have launched a brand-new itinerary; Ultimate Sights and Sounds of the South which offers a great drive through all 5 Deep South states. This tour combines bucket list stops and must-see sights along with the opportunity to get off the beaten track to discover what makes the Deep South such a memorable destination. Highlights include time to explore the French Quarter and beyond in New Orleans, the bayous and plantation homes of Louisiana, Elvis’s Graceland home and the sights of Memphis, Elvis’s birthplace in Mississippi; Tupelo, Alabama’s music city; Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, famous for its NASA Space Camp, the home of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, The Great Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton’s Pigeon Forge and the home of Country Music; Nashville.
Prices are from £1929 per person including direct flights, 15 nights’ accommodation based on two sharing and car hire.
RV Road Trip
The RV rental industry has been growing rapidly and recent events have caused a massive spike in interest. America As You Like It has created a brand-new tour; Epic Deep South by RV. This is the ultimate way to experience the great outdoors, with stops in state parks such as the Desoto State Park at Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama, a drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway and overnight in Natchez State Park and My Old Kentucky Home State Park Campground. Blues fans will get their fill with stops in Clarksdale and Memphis. Bourbon lovers can enjoy the taste of Bardstown which is known as “Bourbon Capital of the World” with a three night stop here.
Prices from £1595 per person based on 4 sharing. Includes return flights from London to Nashville (Direct with BA), RV Rental for the duration and first night’s hotel accommodation in Nashville.
Escorted tours for Solo Travellers
Solo travel is a big trend that looks set to stay and specialist Just You offers a 14 day tour of America’s Music Heritage which takes in some of America’s greatest music destinations and experiences including; Studio B and Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Muscle Shoals Studio, Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace, Sun Studios and Graceland and a jazz brunch in New Orleans.
Prices from £3999 per person including flights based on October 2021 departure.
One of the best ways to see the landscape and history of the Deep South is from a river boat cruise along the Mississippi. North America Travel Service specialise in tailor making itineraries around river cruise holidays. In 2021 they are offering a holiday that includes 7 nights on-board the American Queen sailing from New Orleans to Memphis. Ports of call: Nottoway, the largest plantation in Louisiana, St Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Port of the Mississippi Delta. The holiday also includes 3 nights in New Orleans pre-cruise with a New Orleans traditional jazz brunch, a driving tour of the city and a New Orleans Attractions Pass. Plus, 2 nights in Memphis post cruise including a walking tour and a Memphis Attractions Pass.
Prices from £5252 per person including flights and based on twin occupancy (Inside cabin on-board American Queen) and flights in September 2021. Sailings are available in both directions throughout the year. Range of staterooms and suites available.
For more information on any of the above:
Alabama Tourism: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Louisiana Travel: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tennessee Tourism: firstname.lastname@example.org