Sights and Sounds of America's Old South
Enjoy two-night stays in three of America's greatest music cities: Jazz cradle New Orleans, Elvis's beloved Memphis and country music mecca Nashville. Witness the rolling beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the charms of laid-back, bluegrass-loving Asheville, and the Southern Belle elegance of Charleston and Savannah. This fascinating tour of the American South, which also offers the chance to visit the Vanderbilts' astonishing Biltmore Estate, is an informative and fascinating introduction to the glorious South.
- A night in Alabama's historic state capital, Montgomery
- Spend two nights in New Orleans, the laid-back city known as the Big Easy
- Discover the French Quarter on an included tour
- Be Elvis's guest at the Graceland hotel in Memphis
- Visit Sun Studio and Graceland
- Enjoy two nights in Nashville, the capital of country music
- The delightful spa-town of Asheville, in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains
- Visit historic Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
- Stay in picturesque Charleston
- Stroll the tree-shaded, colonial streets of Savannah
- Enjoy a trolley tour of Savannah
- 12 nights' room-only hotel accommodation in a series of quality hotels, including the Guest House at Graceland
- Return scheduled flights to Atlanta
- Coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
America's Southern Belles Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Hampton Inn and Suites, Montgomery (night 1)
Set in an old bank building, this downtown hotel is full of character and close to many restaurants and the Alabama River.
Wyndham French Quarter, New Orleans (nights 2 to 3)
Set in the heart of the French Quarter, and within easy walking distance of the mighty Mississippi, this modern hotel has a bar and restaurant, as well as an indoor swimming pool. All rooms are air-conditioned and have TV and coffee makers.
The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis (nights 4 to 5)
The brand new Guest House at Graceland stands just a few steps from the mansion. Inspired by the warm hospitality Elvis reportedly showed his guests, the hotel has two restaurants, a bar, a theatre, a gift shop and a grocery store, plus a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and bar. Rooms are contemporary, and a reasonably priced shuttle service operates between the hotel and Beale Street.
Clarion Hotel Stadium, Nashville (nights 6 to 7)
This impressive, modern hotel boasts a restaurant, a pub and an indoor swimming pool. All rooms have fridges and microwaves.
Four Points by Sheraton, Asheville (nights 8 to 9)
Centrally located in pretty Asheville, close to many shops and restaurants, the Four Points by Sheraton has a restaurant and bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.
Courtyard by Marriott, Charleston (night 10)
This hotel is situated on the banks of the Ashley River, approximately a 20-minute walk or short shuttle ride away from Charleston s downtown area. Spacious terraces surround the outdoor swimming pool and there is a bar and bistro.
Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District, Savannah (nights 11 to 12)
Perfectly located in the heart of Savannah s historic district, this hotel is within easy walking distance to the city s famed squares. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and a roof-top swimming pool.
Single rooms are available for a supplement.
*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
The American arrivals process
British Citizens travelling to the USA now have to register online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure. We will send you the details you will need to complete your online registration, along with your tickets, about two weeks prior to travel.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
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