13 Day Southern Explorer
13 Day Southern Explorer
Discover the south on this tour that takes you from The Big Apple all the way to Magic City on this adventure that shines a spotlight on the scenic Great Smokey and Blue Mountains and through to the birthplaces of Blues, Jazz and Country & Western music.
Tour highlights
  • Visit the historically iconic Liberty Bell in the city of Philadelphia.
  • Walk the sophisticated streets and uncover the wonders of Washington D.C.
  • See the natural splendour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Embark on an optional tour of Graceland to see the Elvis mansion.
  • See the sights, taste the wonders, and hear the magnificence of New Orleans.
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Day 1: Arrive in New York
Arrive in New York and make your way to your hotel located downtown. The evening is yours to relax or explore the bustling city.
  • Standard: Hotel Edison, or similar
Day 2: New York - Philadelphia - Washington
Today you say farewell to the metropolis of New York and head for the sophistication of Washington D.C, but before arriving, you will have chance to stop in Philadelphia to see the iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
  • Standard: Omni Shoreham Hotel, or similar
Day 3: Washington D.C
Take a sightseeing tour of the landmarks found throughout the city, including the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capital Building, the F.B.I Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
  • Standard: Omni Shoreham Hotel, or similar
Day 4: Washington D.C - Williamsburg - Roanoke
Leave the state capital behind for Williamsburg. Stroll along the Duke of Gloucester Street and see the impressive public buildings, traditional houses and visit the College of William and Mary. Spend the evening at your leisure in Winston/Salem.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn Tanglewood, or similar
Day 5: Roanoke - Blue Ridge - Cherokee
Head on through the Blue Ridge Mountains and arrive early afternoon in Cherokee at the epicentre of North Carolina.
  • Standard: Brookstone Lodge, or similar
Day 6: Cherokee - Great Smoky Mountains - Nashville
Embrace the fresh air and stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a look into Appalachian farmer life at the Mountain Farm and Museum before continuing on to Nashville, the home of Country & Western music.
  • Standard: Guesthouse International, or similar
Day 7: Nashville - Memphis
Head across the stunning Tennessee countryside to the city of Memphis. Tour the city and see the Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. Take an optional tour in the afternoon to Graceland, a must for Elvis Presley fans.
  • Standard: Sleep Inn at Court Square, or similar
Day 8: Memphis - Jackson - New Orleans
Continue on today to the Magnolia State of Mississippi. Pass by the state capital of Jackson and on to Louisiana and the exciting southern city of New Orleans.
  • Standard: The Blake Hotel New Orleans, or similar
Day 9: New Orleans
Indulge in the French flavours of New Orleans while exploring the French Quarter with its signature cobblestone streets lined with jazz clubs and Creole restaurants.
  • Standard: The Blake Hotel New Orleans, or similar
Day 10: New Orleans - Mobile - Pensacola
Drive along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home.
  • Standard: Hampton Inn Cordova Mall, or similar
Day 11: Pensacola - Orlando
Head through the rural landscape of Florida to the horse ranches of Ocala. Progress on through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on through to Orlando for an evening arrival.
  • Standard: International Palms Resort & Conference Centre, or similar
Day 12: Orlando
Visit the highlights of Orlando as you wish, with attractions such as Universal Studios, Sea World or Disney World Resort’s theme park.
  • Standard: International Palms Resort & Conference Centre, or similar
Day 13: Orlando - Kennedy Space Centre - Miami
Tour the Kennedy Space Centre, home of America's space programme with your tour ending upon arrival in Miami for your return flight home.
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Accommodation as described or similar
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Included sightseeing as described
  • + 1 pre night NYC
  • Optional Experiences
  • International flights in Tour Only price

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