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New Orleans to Nashville and Memphis: 11 days

New Orleans is one of America's most colourful and diverse cities. From the music, to the cuisine, lively streets and friendly, engaging locals, a visit to New Orleans is a treat. Fly to Nashville, also known as "Music City" and best known for its role in country music, and home of the Grand Ole Opry. Travel to Memphis, take a cruise on the Mighty Mississippi, learn the history of the civil rights movement and visit Graceland - home to the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley.  

With centrally located hotels and an itinerary that allows for plenty of free time, enjoy the 3 cities of New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis on this wonderful tour of the Deep South. 

* Price includes 1 domestic flight, 10 nights' accommodation, planned tours, guides and more. Price does not include international return flights to USA.

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to New Orleans are approximately $1,500 - $1,800 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

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Day 1: Arrival in New Orleans

Welcome to the wonderful city of New Orleans. On arrival at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Explore the famous French Quarter, the oldest neighbourhood in New Orleans known for its restaurants, jazz scene, nightlife and unique architecture. 

Overnight in New Orleans: Wyndham French Quarter, Hampton Inn Downton or similar (Classic); Loews, W New Orleans or similar (Deluxe)

Day 2: New Orleans City Tour and Mississippi Paddle Boat Tour

This morning take a city tour of New Orleans. Visit the French Quarter - a unique cultural hub including Jackson Square where you can enjoy street performers and local art. Continue to Bayou St. John, Lake Pontchartrain & Causeway, visit the Garden District in all its opulence and take a stroll in Audubon Park.

This tour is with a local tour company. The meeting point for the tour is a 10 minute walk from your hotel and you will be required to meet there. 

Jackson Square is a lovely place to spend some time and you may wish to have lunch here (at your own expense) before meeting for your next tour - a Mississippi River cruise on an authentic steam-driven paddleboat (2 hours). 

Overnight in New Orleans: Wyndham French Quarter, Hampton Inn Downtown or similar (Classic); Loews, W New Orleans or similar (Deluxe)

Day 3: Creole culture & history on a Plantation Tour

Spend the morning at leisure in New Orleans. In the afternoon take the Laura Plantation tour, a historic sugar plantation built in 1805. Immerse yourself in Louisiana's rich Creole culture and history, visit the historic buildings and slave cabins where West-African folktales of Br’er Rabbit were recorded. Visit luscious gardens and relax in a rocking chair on the porch of a historic antebellum mansion while gazing at the Mississippi River. A unique experience and one that has been awarded a top regional attraction. 

Please note: you will be collected for the tour from the pick up point at the ticket office. This is around a 10 minute walk from your hotel and you will be given all documentation and instructions prior to the tour. 

Overnight in New Orleans: Wyndham French Quarter, Hampton Inn Downtown or similar (Classic); Loews, W New Orleans or similar (Deluxe)

Day 4: Take a boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous

This morning enjoy a Swamp & Bayou Tour - take a leisurely cruise through the mysterious bayous and backwaters, where you can get up close and personal with 10-foot alligators, long-legged waterfowl and exotic subtropical flowers. Float along the waterways in a custom built swamp boat and discover the Cajun joie de vivre - from the swamps, bayous and waterways flows the Cajun way of life. The tour includes the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the Barataria Preserve.

Please note: you will be collected for the tour from the pick up point at the ticket office. This is around a 10 minute walk from your hotel and you will be given all documentation and instructions prior to the tour. 

Spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure - discover the local restaurants, Cajun cuisine, music and nightlife of this vibrant city with a rich culture and history. 

Overnight in New Orleans: Wyndham French Quarter, Hampton Inn Downtown or similar (Classic); Loews, W New Orleans or similar (Deluxe)

Day 5: Fly to Nashville and enjoy an afternoon at leisure

Today, make your own way to the airport for your mid-morning flight from New Orleans to Nashville with Southwest Airlines. This can be easily arranged by booking a taxi or asking at the front desk of your hotel. We can arrange a private transfer however it is much cheaper to arrange your own way of getting there. 

The flight time is around 1 hour 25 mins and on arrival in Nashville make your own way to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Nashville.

Overnight in Nashville: Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn Vanderbilt or similar (Classic); Sheraton or similar (Deluxe)

Day 6: Explore Nashville, the "Music City"

This morning you will be collected for your Nashville City Tour. Nashville is famous for its country music scene and music history. Visit famous Honky Tonk Row and Studio B where Elvis recorded the majority of his hits as did Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and many more musicians. 

But there is more to Nashville than its music - see the Parthenon, the world's only full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Visit the State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall and Farmers Market. 

In the afternoon, take a Star's Home Tour. This driving tour features the homes of country music greats such as Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Hillary Scott, Martina McBride and more. Enjoy the inside information from your local guide. 

Overnight in Nashville: Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn Vanderbilt or similar (Classic); Sheraton or similar (Deluxe)

Day 7: Grand Legend Tour and The Grand Ole Opry

This morning take a Grand Legends Tour (8.30am-12.30pm). The tour includes a backstage dressing room tour of the all new Opry House - home to The Grand Ole Opry - a weekly country music stage show that is now world famous and is responsible for making country music itself famous. Get a behind the scenes look at the show, a true entertainment phenomenon. Included in the tour is a visit to The Gaylords Opryland Hotel and enjoy a tour of the incredible 4.5 acre resort with its beautiful indoor gardens and waterfalls. The tour concludes with a ride on a Delta River flatboat.

You have the option of a transportation and show ticket to The Grand Ole Opry, available Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with an additional charge. 

Overnight in Nashville: Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn Vanderbilt or similar (Classic); Sheraton or similar (Deluxe)

Day 8: Travel to Memphis

Depart for Memphis mid-morning by private car - you will be collected from your hotel in Nashville and taken to your hotel in Memphis. Enjoy the drive (around 3.5 hours), arrive mid afternoon and spend the evening at leisure in downtown Memphis. 

Overnight in Memphis: Comfort Inn, Doubletree or similar (Classic); Peabody, Westin or similar (Deluxe) 

Day 9: Discover Memphis City and Graceland - the home of Elvis

Memphis, Tennessee is known as the birthplace of blues and rock 'n roll and was home to the King of Rock 'n Roll - Elvis Presley. It's known for its sunny weather, Victorian mansions and if you like BBQ - Memphis is the place to eat!

Spend a full day touring the highlights of Memphis including downtown Memphis, the famous Beale Street and Cotton Row Studios. Step out of the music scene and back in time to visit Victorian Village, the original neighbourhood of Memphis lined with mansions built in the 1800s.

Continue the tour with a visit to Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968 and now a National Civil Rights Museum, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Peabody Hotel known for the Peabody ducks that live on the roof and make their daily march down the red carpet to their favourite fountain. Visit Sun Studio and the Memphis Pyramid before taking a Platinum tour of Graceland. Elvis memorabilia galore and the eclectic tastes of Elvis and his home dècor make for an interesting tour through his former home - the cotton fabric lined pool room, the jungle room with green shagged carpets (also on the ceiling)... Wander the grounds of the mansion including the car museum and the meditation garden where Elvis and members of his family have been buried. 

Spend the evening at leisure in Memphis. 

Overnight in Memphis: Comfort Inn, Doubletree or similar (Classic); Peabody, Westin or similar (Deluxe)

Day 10: Mississippi River Cruise

This morning take a 90 minute river cruise on the Mighty Mississippi. See and learn about the Mississippi River history with a live historical commentary. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the city of Memphis. 

Overnight in Memphis: Comfort Inn, Doubletree or similar (Classic); Peabody, Westin or similar (Deluxe)

Day 11: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today your tour ends. Make your own may to the airport in time for your flight home or onto your next adventure.

 

Please note: The tours on this holiday are run by local tour companies. Unless otherwise stated you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the meeting point for each tour. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your hotel. All tours are based on a driver guide - meaning that your driver is your tour guide. 

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 11 day tour of the Deep South travelling to New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis.
  • 10 nights' accommodation.
  • Domestic flight from New Orleans to Nashville.
  • Private airport transfer on arrival in New Orleans. 
  • Private transfer from Nashville to Memphis
  • All transport throughout the tour (as per itinerary). 
  • English speaking guide (for each tour you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
Highlights:
  • New Orleans itself is a highlight! Enjoy the vibrant city, the friendly locals, spend time in the French Quarter and Jackson Square. 
  • Tour the bayous and backwaters on a swamp tour - home to alligators, exotic flowers and wildlife and a culture of its own. 
  • Take a Plantation tour and learn the history of the slave movement. 
  • Travel to Nashville - take a walk on Honky Tonk Row, visit the only other life size Parthenon outside of Greece and visit the famous Studio B where many world hits were recorded.
  • Take a Grand Legends Tour and visit the Opry House - home to the Grand Ole Opry.  
  • Tour Memphis, including a visit to the eclectic and opulent former home of Elvis Presley, Graceland.  
MORE INFO

Travelbay USA - 11 Day Deep South Tour 

How to get there:
This tour starts in New Orleans and ends in Memphis.

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

Timezones:
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

Visa information:
Travellers on an Australian passport will need a visa for the USA.

You can find out more information and apply for ESTA (USA visa waiver) here.

For more general information on visas please see here.

Currency information:
The currency used in the USA is the US Dollar.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash to convert when there – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Tipping and Tour Guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping. Really this is a personal matter, not obligatory and at your discretion. However in the USA tipping is common and in some cases expected. 

Wages in the USA are much lower as they take into account tipping. 

We have provided the below indication as a guide only. As a default, 15% is good to keep in mind. 

  • Airport porters: $1-2 per bag
  • Hotel porters: $1-3 per bag
  • House keeping/room service: not obligatory but can make a difference, a few dollars left on your pillow.
  • Fast food: no tip
  • Dining: 15-20% for the waiter.
  • Tour guides and drivers: $5 or more depending on their service. 

For tour guides and drivers, it is not expected and can be at your own discretion. If you have received great service then feel free to tip generously.

Vaccination Information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. 

Climate:
The states of Louisiana and Tennessee have a humid subtropical climate. The summers are long, hot and humid and the winters are short and mild. Rainfall is common, especially in the afternoons. June, July and August are the wettest months and October is commonly the driest month. 

Temperatures:  In summer (June to September) the temperatures average around 32°C (90°F) but it is the humidity that makes it hot. In winter (December to February) the average high is 18°C (63°F). 

Nashville and Memphis are slightly cooler than New Orleans and see a little less rain.  

Peak Season: Spring time (February to May) is the most popular time to visit the Deep South as the weather is mild. This also combines with the popular Mardi Gras season and other special events. 

Population (USA): 326.5 million

Language: English

Currency: US Dollar

Predominant religion: Christianity

Travelbay Tip:

Extend your holiday and see more of the USA.

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TERMS
Terms & Conditions

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book all the flights that are listed as being included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 50 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: available on request. 
  • Minimum group size is 1.
  • Maximum group size: There is no maximum group size as for this holiday you will join other tour groups for the tours listed. If you have a large group and would like a private tour, please contact us. 
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you.

    Inclusions:

    • 10 nights' accommodation - 4 nights in New Orleans, 3 nights in Nashville and 3 nights in Memphis. 
    • 1 domestic flight: New Orleans to Nashville. This flight will be with Southwest Airlines. 
    • Private transfer from Nashville to Memphis. 
    • Private airport transfer on arrival in New Orleans.
    • Free WIFI in hotel room. 
    • English speaking guides (for each tour you will have a different guide).
    • Group tour transportation based on minibus. Includes hotel pick-up and drop-off in New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis. 
    • Laura Plantation Tour, Swamp Tour, Nashville Grand Legends Tour, Graceland Platinum Tour and Memphis and New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise tour. 
    • Admissions to Graceland and Grand Ole Opry backstage. 
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
    • All transport as per itinerary. 
    • Taxes and service fees.

    Exclusions:

    • International airfares to and from USA.
    • All meals.
    • Drinks for all meals.
    • USA visa waiver. Please see the MORE INFO tab for more information on visas. 
    • Hotel and airport baggage gratuity.
    • Tour guide gratuity and all other tips and gratuities.
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
    • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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