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Deep South USA

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Discover a different side of the USA as you traverse five states on this incredible road trip through the Deep South.  Uncover the fascinating history, musical heritage and distinctive culinary traditions that make Southern culture so unique. 

Compare the ornate colonial buildings of the past with bold modern day architecture as you visit the iconic cities of New Orleans, Savannah, Memphis, Atlanta and Nashville. As the birthplace of the blues and country music, it’s no wonder the Southern “drawl” of local accents has such a musical ring to it. Pay a visit to Elvis Presley’s former home at Graceland, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame and some of the honky-tonk bars along Nashville's famous Music Row. You will also learn about the South’s pivotal place in American history with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum and the birthplace of Martin Luther King. 


Travelling cross-country by air-conditioned coach, you will have some down-time to enjoy the 10 mile stretch of beach on beautiful Jekyll Island, as well as stops in the smaller towns of Mobile, Pensacola and Chattanooga for a truly memorable Deep South experience.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Deep South USA is divided by two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (GMT minus 5 hours) while middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are within the Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours). 
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Flight Duration
Flights are into New Orleans (via Washington ) and depart from Memphis (via New York). Approximate flight duration is 12 – 13 hours each way including stopovers.
Climate

Deep South USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Deep South USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are five star establishments offering fine dining and beachfront shacks cooking the freshest seafood. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt (1994)
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (1960)
“Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

 

Holiday highlights

New Orleans
Sitting on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. The "Big Easy," isknown for its vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. 
Savannah
This coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture. Its cobblestoned historic district is filled with squares and parks like Forsyth Park, shaded by magnolia blossoms and oak trees covered with Spanish moss. The historic district’s architectural landmarks include the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Atlanta 
This large and historic city played a central role in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city's past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. Downtown, 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium.
Nashville 
Widely considered the spiritual home of country music, Nashville is home to a number of legendary venues. these inlude the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show, in Music Valley. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, packed with legendary honky-tonks, dive bars and dance halls.
Memphis

Memphis, along the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, is known for its music and food. Blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll spill out from the clubs along Beale Street, and restaurants dish up barbecue and soul food. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Deep South USA is divided by two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (GMT minus 5 hours) while middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are within the Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours). 
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Flight Duration
Flights are into New Orleans (via Washington ) and depart from Memphis (via New York). Approximate flight duration is 12 – 13 hours each way including stopovers.
Climate

Deep South USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Deep South USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are five star establishments offering fine dining and beachfront shacks cooking the freshest seafood. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt (1994)
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (1960)
“Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for the Deep South

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Afternoon

Depart for the Deep South

Depart Dublin for your flight to New Orleans. On arrival in New Orleans, you will be welcomed by your local guide and taken to your hotel.

Day 2 - New Orleans

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New Orleans City Tour

Begin your morning with a walking tour of New Orleans. Stroll through the Vieux Carré part of town where you’ll see the French Market, Saint Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, a remarkable Spanish building dating from the 18th century. 

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the city of New Orleans further at your leisure.  The city straddles the Mississippi River in the state of Louisiana and is famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles, most notably the Creole townhouses of the French Quarter with large courtyards and intricate iron balconies. St Charles Avenue is famed for its large antebellum mansions in various styles such as Greek Revival, Colonial and Victorian.

Day 3 - New Orleans to Pensacola

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Travel from New Orleans to Pensacola

After a leisurely breakfast you will travel to Mobile, in the neighboring state of Alabama for a visit to the Mobile Botanical Gardens The Mobile Botanical Gardens boast over one hundred acres of paved garden areas and woodland gardens, and features one of the most comprehensive collections of Azaleas along the Gulf Coast. Free time for lunch at your leisure before continuing on to your hotel in Pensacola, Florida. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the “Sunshine State.” Approximate distance from New Orleans to Pensacola: 325km

Day 4 - Pensacola to Jekyll Island

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National Navy Aviation Museum

Depart in the morning for a visit to the National Navy Aviation Museum, the largest such museum in the world and the most visited museum in the state of Florida. The museum features more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.

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Afternoon

Transfer to Jekyll Island

Following this, you will begin your journey to Jekyll Island, the smallest barrier island off the coast of Georgia. En route, enjoy lunch at your leisure before reaching your hotel in the evening. Approximate distance from Pensacola – Jekyll Island: 690kms

Day 5 - Jekyll Island

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Jekyll Island at leisure

Indulge in a full day of relaxation at Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island offers a variety of amenities, including 10 miles of beach, four golf courses, a 250-acre Historic Landmark District, the Georgia Sea Turtle Centre, Summer Waves Water Park, and a tennis centre.

Day 6 - Jekyll Island to Savannah

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Savannah City Tour

Transfer from Jekyll Island toward Savannah. In Savannah, you will visit the historic district, where you will experience the city’s undeniable southern charm. On the waterfront, discover the beautiful cobbled streets of Factor’s Walk and River Street where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, taverns and restaurants. Approximate distance from Jekyll Island to Savannah: 150kms

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Savannah.

Day 7 - Savannah

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Bonaventure Cemetery

In the morning, you will be taken on a two hour walking tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery. This public cemetery, located near the Wilmington River, spans nearly 160 acres. The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie of the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have an afternoon at leisure in charming city of Savannah.

Day 8 - Savannah to Charleston

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Morning

Boone Hall

Depart Savannah for a visit to America’s oldest working, living plantation, Boone Hall. During this visit you will enjoy a guided tour of the mansion, walk through the beautiful gardens and experience the Slave Street & History presentation before travelling onwards to the historic town of Charleston.

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Afternoon

Charleston City Tour

Afternoon city tour of Charleston to include the Battery, Old City Market and the Citadel with some free time for dinner at your leisure before checking in to your hotel. Approximate distance from Savannah to Charleston: 160kms

Day 9 - Charleston to Atlanta

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Travel from Charleston to Atlanta

Depart Charleston for Atlanta, often referred to as “Empire City of the South”

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Afternoon

Atlanta

Upon arrival in Atlanta, enjoy a guided tour which will take you to the trendy Buckhead district, Midtown and Downtown. You will also visit Martin Luther King’s birth home in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood before finishing the day with a “behind the scenes” tour at the famous CNN Studios. Approximate distance from Charleston to Atlanta: 480kms

Day 10 - Atlanta to Chattanooga to Nashville

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Chattanooga's Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Begin the morning with a drive to Chattanooga, known for its Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the largest operating historic railroad in the South. Embark on a one-hour train ride, which begins at the Grand Junction Station, travelling along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga. You will cross four bridges and pass through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858. 

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Afternoon

Depart for Nashville

In the afternoon, depart for Nashville. Nashville is often referred to as “Music City USA” and is the capital of country music in the South. Atlanta to Nashville - Approximate distance travelled: 400km

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Evening

Music Row, Downtown Nashville

Enjoy some live music at one of the many honky-tonks that make up Music Row in Downtown Nashville.

Day 11 - Nashville

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Morning

Nashville City Tour

Start the day with a guided tour of Nashville, during which you will see the Riverfront Train Station, Ryman Auditorium, The Arcade / Avenue of the Arts, Bicentennial, The Parthenon at Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University.

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Afternoon

Country Music Hall of Fame

Enjoy a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is one of the world’s largest museums and research centres dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music.

Day 12 - Nashville to Memphis

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Depart for Memphis

Depart Nashville and head west towards Memphis. Memphis is often considered the home of the blues and rock ’n’ roll. The Delta Blues originated in the Mississippi Delta and artists such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley made their first recordings in Memphis. 

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Afternoon

National Civil Rights Museum

Experience a guided visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, a complex of museums and historic buildings. Its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  Approximate distance from Nashville to Memphis: 340kms

Day 13 - Memphis

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Graceland

Enjoy a morning visit of Graceland, the last home of the “King”, which was turned into a museum after his death.

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Afternoon

Sun Studio & the Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Witness the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, where several blues and rock “n” roll artists first recorded during the 1950s, followed by a visit of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records. This museum pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artefacts, items of memorabilia, and galleries. 

Day 14 - Return Home

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At Leisure

Relax and enjoy a morning at leisure in Memphis before an early afternoon transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight home.

Day 15 - Arrive Home

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Arrive Home

Arrive home in Dublin following your trip to America’s Deep South.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach 4

The Holiday Inn Resort is situated on Pensacola Beach, within walking distance of several bars and restaurants. The hotel features an American style restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with two hot tubs and is a relaxing base for touring in the region. ... read more read more read more

The Holiday Inn Resort is situated on Pensacola Beach, within walking distance of several bars and restaurants. The hotel features an American style restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with two hot tubs and is a relaxing base for touring in the region. 

Hotel address
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
14 Via De Luna Drive
Florida 32561

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Wyndham French Quarter 3

Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans your hotel is within walking distance of many landmark sites in the city. The Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an indoor pool and bar... read more read more read more

Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans your hotel is within walking distance of many landmark sites in the city. The Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an indoor pool and bar

Hotel address
Wyndham French Quarter
124 Royal Street


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Jekyll Island Club Hotel 3

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is located on Jekyll Island and is a Victorian landmark set in an area of unspoiled natural beauty. After a day of touring and sightseeing, guests can relax in the large outdoor pool or stroll around the resort grounds.... read more read more read more

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is located on Jekyll Island and is a Victorian landmark set in an area of unspoiled natural beauty. After a day of touring and sightseeing, guests can relax in the large outdoor pool or stroll around the resort grounds.

Hotel address
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Dr
Jekyll Island
GA 31527
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Savannah Airport Pooler 3

The Holiday Inn Savannah Airport Pooler hotel is a contemporary property, with comfortable bedrooms, an onsite casual dining restaurant and indoor pool.... read more read more read more

The Holiday Inn Savannah Airport Pooler hotel is a contemporary property, with comfortable bedrooms, an onsite casual dining restaurant and indoor pool.

Hotel address
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Savannah Airport Pooler
103 San Drive
Pooler
GA 31322
Savannah
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Town and Country Inn and Suites 3

Located 6km from Charleston city centre, the Town & Country Hotel West Ashley is a relaxing base for touring in the region with features that include a seasonal outdoor pool and onsite restaurant specialising in Southern cuisine.... read more read more read more

Located 6km from Charleston city centre, the Town & Country Hotel West Ashley is a relaxing base for touring in the region with features that include a seasonal outdoor pool and onsite restaurant specialising in Southern cuisine.

Hotel address
Town and Country Inn and Suites
2008 Savannah Hwy
Charleston
SC 29401
Charleston
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Home2Suites Atlanta Downtown 3

Located on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park, Home2Suites by Hilton Atlanta Downtown is within walking distance of several Atlanta attractions and casual dining venues. With comfortable, well equipped suites and a rooftop patio offering spectacular city views, it is an ideal to... read more read more read more

Located on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park, Home2Suites by Hilton Atlanta Downtown is within walking distance of several Atlanta attractions and casual dining venues. With comfortable, well equipped suites and a rooftop patio offering spectacular city views, it is an ideal touring base.

Hotel address
Home2Suites Atlanta Downtown
87 Walton Street
Atlanta Georgia 30303
USA
Atlanta
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Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown 3

Offering a combination of comfort and convenience your hotel is located 2km from the Downtown Nashville entertainment district. The hotel is decorated in bright and colourful tones, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite restaurant and bar.... read more read more read more

Offering a combination of comfort and convenience your hotel is located 2km from the Downtown Nashville entertainment district. The hotel is decorated in bright and colourful tones, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite restaurant and bar.

Hotel address
Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown
211 N 1st Street
Nashville
TN 37213
Nashville
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Comfort Inn Downtown 3

Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis your hotel offers easy access to shops, dining facilities and attractions.  Offering comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and a rooftop pool the hotel is well placed for discovering the city’s famous landmarks,... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis your hotel offers easy access to shops, dining facilities and attractions.  Offering comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and a rooftop pool the hotel is well placed for discovering the city’s famous landmarks, including the famous Beale Street.  

Hotel address
Comfort Inn Downtown
100 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN
US, 38103
Memphis
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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