• Oak Alley Plantation

Tours in The Deep South

Tours of the Deep South allow you to experience the area’s famous southern charm and hospitality first hand. Visit the birthplace of the Blues, the capital of country music and more before enjoying a traditional rodeo, staying at a ranch and cruising the Mississippi on a luxury boat. Whether you’re interested in the natural surroundings, big cities or small towns, we’ll help you find a Deep South tour to suit you.

Self drive tours of the Deep South are a great way to experience the variety of this beautiful area. Book our Rhythms of the South Self Drive and you can hit the wide open roads the USA is so well known for as you cruise between historic musical destinations. Soak up the history of Atlanta, listen to country music in Nashville, enjoy the birthplace of the Blues in Memphis, the jazz capital of New Orleans and more as you find your way through this beautiful area.

If you prefer to relax and let someone else do the driving, book our American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis. This luxury river boat will take you from lively New Orleans through sugarcane estates, Angola Prison, historic Vickburg and the casino haven of Greenville before finishing in Memphis.

For the ultimate Deep South tour, book our Gone with the Wind Tour. This 12 day tour takes you through smooth Savannah and lively Nashville, historic Charleston and charming New Orleans. Experience the many different barbecue flavours of the USA’s south as you wind your way through the changing landscapes of the area.

9 days American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis

Guide Price  £4,499  pp  

Sit back, relax and unwind as you voyage up the iconic Mississippi River. Climb aboard the luxurious American Queen River Cruise, the world’s largest river boat, and discover a wealth of fascinating, rich history along the way, while admiring the...

Family holidays

American Queen River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis
13 days Elvis Presley's Memphis Exhibit

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis

Guide Price  £2,599  pp  

The rich musical heritage of the United States traces the dots between blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll, all of which first emerged across a handful of Southern states in the first half of the 20 th century. This...

Fly drive holidays

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis
8 days Ice Cream at A Schwab

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities

Guide Price  £3,399  pp  

Discover the vibrant cities of the USA’s Deep South on this unique eight day small group adventure. This fantastic tour focuses on offering you a wonderful mix of culinary, historic and musical activities and best of all you will have...

Cultural holidays

A Southern Story - Sounds And Specialities
11 days Acorn Street

Brew England

Guide Price  £2,399  pp  

Discover the tastes of Massachusetts and New England on this self drive tour, this tour takes you through some of lesser known areas to experience the real craft beer industry combined with the natural beauty of the New England area...

Cultural holidays

Brew England
13 days Chicago Skyline

The Heartland's Beat

Guide Price  £2,499  pp  

There are not many countries in this world where you are able to spend 12 nights driving through five states learning about the history of the country while enjoying the vast difference in music between the states. The Heartland’s Beat...

City holidays

The Heartland's Beat
14 days Piedmont Park

American South Escorted Tour

Guide Price  £2,699  pp  

Vibrant and full of southern charm, America’s Deep South is something that has to be experienced. Journey through 6 states, each as intriguing as the last, with cities besides the sea, mouth-watering cuisine, endless history and places that have inspired...

Escorted tours

American South Escorted Tour
9 days Creole Queen

Deep South Discovery

 

Get a taste of true southern charm as you set out on a Deep South Discovery tour. Venture through the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana, stopping at vibrant cities ready to welcome you in with classic southern...

Escorted tours

Deep South Discovery
8 days Mississippi River

Rhythms of the South Tour

 

Spend eight days exploring the rhythms of the Deep South, visiting cities that have changed the world’s musical stage. Alongside fellow travellers, journey through the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, and discover a region with music running through...

Couples Holidays

Rhythms of the South Tour
14 days Grand Ole Opry

Rhythms of the South Self Drive

Guide Price  £2,599  pp  

Hit the road on a Rhythms of the South self drive tour and explore Georgia, Tennessee , Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. Spend 14 days discovering the cities that changed the world’s musical landscape and awakened the civil...

USA road trips

Rhythms of the South Self Drive
10 days Bourbon distillery

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

Our Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail self drive takes you on a rich and authentic journey through a timeless celebration of deep southern style. Combine the freedom of moving at your own pace with the expertise of our Destination Specialists; below...

USA road trips

Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail
11 days Nashville

American Rhythms

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

Music and magic collide on this incredible 11-day tour of the American south, which stops at some of the world’s most legendary musical - and historical – landmarks. Our American Rhythms self drive will appeal to music lovers and history...

Self drive holidays

American Rhythms
9 days Mississippi River

Jazzy Jambalaya Adventure Self Drive

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

There’s a reason the city of New Orleans is a bucket list destination for many people visiting the United States. Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, the ‘Big Easy’ is known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant music...

Self drive holidays

Jazzy Jambalaya Adventure Self Drive

Expert Tips

Martyn

Destination Manager

“You must visit the honky-tonk bars in Nashville. Walk along Broadway and you’ll find dozens of them – Legends Corner opens all day till 2.30am and has some excellent live talent.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“I really enjoyed the American Queen paddle steamer cruise. There’s so much to see along the Mississippi, and it’s even more special as the sun sets.”

Omkar

Destination Specialist

“If you like whisky, try to include a visit to the legendary Jack Daniels distillery in Tennessee. Discover what it takes to create that signature taste, and make sure you don’t leave without a bottle.”

Frequently Asked Questions

While the Deep South is known for its love of fried chicken and barbecued meats, there is no shortage of variety here. From the Creole cuisine of New Orleans and its grillades (seared beef medallions over grits with cayenne sauce) to the Cajun soul food of Mississippi with its blue crab and Gulf oysters – a trip to the American South is a mouth-watering culinary adventure.

Overall, many of the southern cities on our Deep South tours are easy to navigate by car, bicycle or using the myriad public transport networks at your disposal. As you would expect with any city, particularly Atlanta, streets can become a little congested, and so we recommend planning your trips ahead of time to avoid frustration.

The weather will naturally vary with each state and is dependent on the time of your visit. Generally speaking, its subtropical climate sees hot and humid summers, with mild, cool winters. Sun-lovers will naturally want to visit between June and August, where temperatures average around 30°C, though it is not uncommon for temperatures to reach 40°C. As such, we recommend you bring a high SPF sun cream, and have bottled water ready. Others may opt to visit during the cooler months of March through until May. Snow is not uncommon in Nashville and Memphis, and though temperatures can go below freezing, you can expect to experience an average of 4 to 10°C.

The American South is a melting pot of culture. Home to pioneers of jazz, rock and roll and country music, its streets are alive with exciting festivals and the tempting aromas of delicious soul food. Catch world-class entertainment, immerse yourself in American history and take in the South’s varied and dramatic landscapes – from rugged mountain ranges and vast plains to thriving marshlands and swamps. 

Why you'll love the Deep South...

• Walking in the footsteps of music legends Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and B.B. King
• Exploring the history of the American Civil War and its citizens’ path to freedom at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
• Enjoying Honky-tonk nightlife in Nashville
• Hiking along the trails of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park
• Sampling world-class bourbon in Tennessee
• Slow-dancing to the sound of smooth jazz in New Orleans
• Coasting down the Mississippi River on the world’s largest paddle steamer, the American Queen
• Savouring the taste of smoky barbecued ribs and pan-fried chicken in Alabama
• Touring Elvis Presley’s former residence, Graceland
• Admiring the exotic flora of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Did you know?

• Louisiana is the only US state without counties. Instead, these areas are designated by parishes.
• Great Smokey Mountain, in North Carolina and Tennessee, is the most visited national park in the USA.
• The world-famous writer Harper Lee originally hails from Monroeville, Alabama.