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America's Deep South


Route:
  • UK
  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Houston
  • UK
Tour Pace:

10 DAYS from £2069pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Nashville, Music City USA
  • Audio tour of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley
  • Dinner at BB King's on Beale Street, Memphis
  • Visit the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Visit a local whisky distillery in New Orleans
  • See NASA's Houston Space Centre

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America's Deep South

America's Civil Rights Movement, music heritage and space exploration all came to a head in the explosive and exuberant atmosphere of the nineteen sixties.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Atlanta

Your journey starts with a flight from London's Heathrow on the scheduled services of British Airways directly to Atlanta where our coach and tour director will be waiting to transfer you to your city hotel. Join your fellow travellers in the evening for a welcome dinner.

2
Atlanta to Nashville

This morning, after breakfast, begin your day with a brief city tour of Atlanta and then head off to Nashville. Stop along the way at the historic Lookout Mountain with its fabulous views across terrain fought over during the America Civil War then later on visit the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg where the eponymous whiskey has been made since 1884. Interestingly Lynchburg, with its red brick courthouse and quaint general store has just one traffic light and is a dry county! After a break for lunch continue on through Tennessee to 'Music City USA' Nashville, a town set amidst rolling farmland known worldwide as the home of country music.

  • Dinner
3
Nashville

For music listeners, your tour begins here with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a huge museum of all things Country and Western with films, videos, costumes and home to Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac. Next continue to the Johnny Cash Museum to admire never-beforeseen historical documents, awards and costumes. Your group will also have the chance to visit one of Nashville's famous honky-tonks playing live country music as well as the Ryman Auditorium and the impressive Parthenon - the only full scale replica of the Greek Parthenon giving reason for its nickname 'Athens of the South'.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Evening music concert at the Grand Ole Opry

4
Nashville to Memphis

Following breakfast begin the day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio regularly used by stars such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and The Everley Brothers to name just a few. The tour will then head for Memphis, yet another highlight of this Southern Musical Medley tour. On arrival in Memphis you will take a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum built on the spot where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. Telling the story of the black fight for freedom from slavery through to the Civil Rights Movement of the early fifties and sixties, prepare yourself for an emotional and unforgettable experience. This evening, after checking into your hotel we've arranged dinner at BB Kings Blues Bar for a great night of Southern food, musical sounds and hospitality amongst the lively atmosphere of Beale Street.

  • Dinner
5
Memphis

Today features another first for the music lover - a visit to Graceland the home of Elvis, one of the most iconic houses in America and final resting place of The King. Enjoy an audio tour through the decadent and quirky rooms including the 'jungle den' where he used to watch football games and Kung-fu movies. Next watch the famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby at the Peabody Memphis Hotel, a unique tradition dating back to 1933! Then we move onto Sun Studio where Elvis recorded his first hit and where you can still see Jerry Lee Lewis' piano. Admire architectural landmarks such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church whilst your guide entertains you with entertaining tales about this rowdy riverside town and its inhabitants. Tonight is at leisure for you to explore and experience the many bars, restaurants and music scene of Memphis.

6
Memphis to New Orleans

Today the tour leaves Memphis and follows the path of the mighty Mississippi River and travels deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta via Jackson before crossing the border into Louisiana. Driving across Lake Pontchartrain on the longest causeway in the world you will arrive in New Orleans, a melange of European style and Caribbean flavours and a city full of flamboyance, festivities and a whole lot of soul. We've arranged to take you to the New Orleans School of cooking this evening for an entertaining demonstration from one of their Creole/Cajun experts with dinner included and the chance to try a New Orleans speciality such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines.

  • Dinner
7
New Orleans

In the morning, after breakfast visit some of New Orleans highlights including the famous French Quarter taking in Bourbon Street, the art galleries and antique shops of Royal Street and Jackson Square with its many artists, museums and fortune tellers. The rest of the day and evening are for you to enjoy at your leisure, but make sure you live the New Orleans' motto 'Laissez les bons temps rouler' - let the good times roll!

8
New Orleans

Today is a free day for you to enjoy and relax in New Orleans in your own time. Stroll around the market in the French Quarter, stop for some lunch at one of the many oyster bars and restaurants, shop for antiques and trinkets or book yourself a tour through the Louisiana bayou aboard an airboat. This evening you can take your pick of the many excellent bars, eateries and music venues for where this laid back city, The Big Easy, is world renowned.
Optional excursion (bookable locally): Gray Line Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

9
New Orleans to Houston

This morning it's time to leave New Orleans and travel to Houston to catch your return flight back to the UK the next day. There will be a stop along the way in Lake Charles for an hour or so for you to stretch your legs and have some lunch. Arriving in Houston in the early hours of the evening there will be a short orientation tour before returning to the hotel.

10
Houston to the UK

The final day includes a visit to Houston's Space Centre, home to N.A.S.A and the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples on public view. You'll also see Mission Control that guided the first moon landings as well as original Saturn, Mercury and Apollo rockets that have been at the forefront of space exploration since the early sixties. (We suggest you visit www.spacecentre.org for a full flavour of this fascinating experience). Sadly, your southern tour of music, culture and history is at an end and it is time to depart for the airport to catch your return direct flight back to Heathrow with British Airways.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for entry into the USA for UK passport holders. You will need a tourist card which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form provided either on the flight or on arrival at the airport. You will need to obtain an ESTA visa This must be applied for at least 7 days before you are due to land in the USA. Please advise if you would like us to arrange this for you. All UK passport holders must have a Bio-metric ePassport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you are expected to arrive back in the UK. Important note: if you do not have a Bio-metric ePassport, you will be refused entry into the USA. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be who will be able to arrange the ESTA visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £25. If you wish to apply for the visa yourself, you can do so online by visiting the website. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Atlanta International Airport with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 56cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 20, and the maximum will be 45. If in the unlikely event there are less than 20 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in America is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500-£700 per person will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
Tipping
It is customary to tip your guide and driver. This is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately £4 per person per day

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
11 Oct 201820 Oct 2018£1959
31 Oct 201809 Nov 2018£1799
2019 Dates
Travelling alone?

We have a limited number of single places with no supplement on this tour. Once these have been sold, a single supplement will apply for single travellers on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

Coach Facilities

All coaches feature reclining seats, air-conditioning, onboard bathrooms and, for all 2018 departures, they provide free Wi-Fi internet access.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dollar

Average Flying time

8 hours

Min/Max temperature

13 °C / 30 °C

Spoken languages

English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Atlanta

Nashville

Memphis

New Orleans

Houston

What to pack
  • What to Pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping
Customer Rating:
10/10
Yasmin Meyrick
16th Oct 2017

They were all great

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elsie Rigden
10th Apr 2017

All hotel were comfortable and clean

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Linda Barnsley
5th Mar 2017

All accommodation was as described and met our needs

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Basil Zienko
21st Nov 2016

Happy with all the hotels. All of our guides were really nice people and I felt he tried to do everything right for us to get the best experience.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael & Julie Mccartney
27th Oct 2016

A wonderful holiday.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Aurora Stenhouse
27th Oct 2016

The best tour we have ever been on! Our guides Norma and Randy were awesome, both so obliging and Randy was like a human encyclopedia. Norma was so thoughtful and enjoyable. Our driver was also great, very helpful.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Roger Hunter
27th Oct 2016

A very good trip which exceeded my expectations. Randy our guide was first class, as was our driver.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Matthew Barton
11th Oct 2016

All in all excellent value for money and thank you to the reps for making it a truly memorable holiday. The hotels were in excellent locations and the included dinners were all very memorable. I particularly enjoyed the trip to Studio B and Sun Studio.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Lynda Norrie
11th Oct 2016

Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable. One hotel was good and the other were excellent.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mrs And Mr Cane
11th Oct 2016

Cannot fault the trip at all. Monty was an excellent tour guide, he made everyone feel relaxed and well informed about upcoming activities. He also made every effort to remember the entire group by name and speak with us on a daily basis to make sure we were all happy. We also loved having Alvin as our driver.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Colin Lant
11th Oct 2016

We had a fantastic time. The tour guide was excellent and the bus driver was really great as well. We really enjoyed our time away on holiday so thanks.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mrs And Mrs James
11th Oct 2016

A great holiday, the guide was excellent and was very clued up on all the events we took part in.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Jenny And Graham Gallon
11th Oct 2016

Monty has been a brilliant tour guide.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Henry Hurst
11th Oct 2016

A very smooth and relaxing journey. Although I was travelling on my own I always felt included with everybody else. The guide was always there for questions and Alvin was really good.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Bray
18th Apr 2016

The hotels were excellent and a lot better than I was expecting. The staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Andrew Patchett
10th Nov 2015

All quite exceptional, especially the Gaylord Opryland, a complete experience!
All locations were very well chosen ,superb and very convenient.
The service in each and everyone was as you would expect in the USA, prompt engaging and very obliging.

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