• Mississippi River

Rhythms of the South

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 its veins.

Explore the captivating South, a region full of life and full of passion. Its dynamic culture is defined by its iconic delicacies, legendary history and, of course, its enchanting music. In a region with cities that gave the world jazz, blues, country, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, it’s no wonder music forms the cornerstone of the way of life here. The Deep South’s rhythms are simply inescapable. Let yourself be moved by the soft notes of jazz in New Orleans, pull on your cowboy boots and hit the dance floor of some of Nashville’s many Honky Tonks, and relax into a slower tempo in Memphis as you enjoy some blues on Beale Street.

Along the way, you’ll discover the influences that made the region the musical mecca it is today. Learn of the South’s history, including tales of the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement, as you visit a working plantation, gaze at stunning antebellum architecture and explore Natchez, the oldest European settlement along the Mississippi River.

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
February to May
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Second Line parade

Trip highlights

  • Experience authentic Nashville as you tour the city and go Honky Tonkin’
  • Visit the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Explore Memphis and see the infamous Lorraine Hotel, the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination, and Beale Street, home of the blues
  • Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ fusion of cultures
Royal Street
St. Louis Cathedral

Arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana's most important port city, then make your way to your hotel and settle in. This evening, your tour director will share some top tips and ideas for exploring New Orleans at leisure tomorrow.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Creole Queen

New Orleans is one of the country’s most unique cities, with lots to explore, and it’s up to you as to how you’d like to spend your day. Find yourself captivated by the local architecture, food and music, which illustrate the city’s fusion of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences.

There are a few optional tours that you can participate in and are payable locally. Why not start your day off with a swamp tour and jazz brunch? Afterwards, you can wander the French Quarter and see its iconic wrought iron balconies and cobblestone streets, or perhaps visit a working plantation. You could also discover the city from the Mississippi River on a traditional Steamboat Jazz Cruise.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Natchez Trace Parkway

Today, you’ll get to explore Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge, on a guided city tour. Though it’s a smaller city than New Orleans, Baton Rouge offers a lot of southern flair, including a vibrant culture and stunning architecture.

Leaving Baton Rouge, you’ll take to the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444 mile drive that offers endlessly beautiful vistas and a lot of Native American and European history. You’ll arrive at Natchez, the oldest European settlement along the Mississippi River. Visit one of the area’s impressive antebellum houses and learn about the wealth of those that called it home in the 19th century.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Vue
Beale Street

Leave Natchez behind this morning and enjoy the drive to Memphis. Known as the ‘home of the blues’, Memphis is filled with the sounds of music. Enjoy a guided city tour that will take you to Beale Street, the heart of the city’s music scene, lined with clubs emanating the sweet melodies of blues music. You’ll also get to explore Front Street, which was once known as Cotton Row back when cotton trade formed the backbone of the city’s economy. Later on, as an optional tour that is payable locally, you might like to take a visit to Elvis Presley’s former home, Graceland.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
Nashville

Today, journey on to Nashville, the ‘country music capital’. Spend the rest of the day settling into the city and discovering its rich musical heritage, from the Ryman Auditorium, once home to the Grand Ole Opry, to the studios near Music Row. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Inn at Opryland
Country Music Hall of Fame

Get to know Nashville better as you enjoy a morning city tour. Discover the city’s famous landmarks and visit some of its recording studios. As you explore, keep a listen out - you may just get to hear the next country music hit. You might choose to dive even deeper into the city’s musical scene by including an optional tour Nashville’s Country Hall of Fame and Studio B, which is payable locally. 

This evening, if you’re still up for more entertainment, why not opt to finish off your Nashville experience by enjoying a dinner and a show? This is also an optional experience that is payable locally.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Inn at Opryland
Atlanta BeltLine

Wave goodbye to the music of Nashville and journey on to see the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo. Visit this iconic train and wander the city’s beautiful downtown and riverfront, before travelling back to Atlanta.

This afternoon is the perfect opportunity to explore more of Atlanta and visit the sites you weren’t able to see at the start of the tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton Atlanta Airport West
Centennial Olympic Park

Spend your last morning in the Deep South at your own leisure. With the help of your tour director, prepare for your journey to Atlanta International Airport, or perhaps plan even more sightseeing in this exciting city before you leave.

When the time comes, wave goodbye to this vibrant part of the country and you make your way to the airport to board your plane onwards.

Included

  • Service of an ATI Tour Director
  • Board basis is room only, with one complimentary breakfast
  • Cost of accommodation for a total of 7 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Deluxe (air-conditioned) motor coach
  • International flights and airfare taxes

Not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)