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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.

Mississippi River

Rhythm Of The South Tour

  • 8 Days
Spend eight days exploring the rhythms of the Deep South, visiting cities that have changed the world’s musical stage. Alongside...
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Creole Queen

Deep South Escorted Tour

  • 9 Days
Get a taste of true southern charm as you set out on a Deep South Discovery tour. Venture through the...
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Piedmont Park

Escorted Tour From Atlanta

  • 14 Days
  • 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,...
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Hicago To Detroit Road Trip

  • 13 Days
  • 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...
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Martyn, Destination Executive

“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.”

Martyn
Destination Manager
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.”

Christie
Destination Executive
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“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.”

Omkar
Destination Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the food like in the Deep South?

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.

Is it easy to get around in the Deep South?

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.

What’s the climate like in Southern USA?

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.

What’s the food like in the Deep South?

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.

Is it easy to get around in the Deep South?

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.

What’s the climate like in Southern USA?

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.

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