Listen to the sounds of the south, Ray Charles’ Georgia on My Mind might just become your theme song for the journey through the Southern States of America. You will see the birthplace of Elvis, the grave of Hank Williams, as well as visit the BB King Museum and the home of Sleepy John Estes. See a 145-foot waterfall underground and sing along to Chattanooga Choo Choo.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
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Itinerary (16 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
The holiday begins and ends in Atlanta where you can learn about the rich history...
The holiday begins and ends in Atlanta where you can learn about the rich history and progress of the refreshing beverage that was created over 110 years ago at the World of Coca-Cola, see the home where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind and visit the famous Fox Theatre.
2 nights in Atlanta
Atlanta to Macon
Collect your car from downtown Atlanta as the driving part of your American fly-drive holiday...
Collect your car from downtown Atlanta as the driving part of your American fly-drive holiday is about to start. A short drive of just over the hour to get you into the swing of things as you head for Macon where you will be able to visit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame featuring Otis Redding, Little Richard, James Brown & many other Georgia artists.
1 night Macon
Macon to Montgomery
Cross over the state border into Alabama and on to Montgomery where you can go...
Cross over the state border into Alabama and on to Montgomery where you can go to the Hank Williams Museum then go visit his grave if you wish. Otherwise, you might like to remember Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who changed history by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
1 night Montgomery
Montgomery to Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama is another place well known for its 1963 civil rights campaign but also...
Birmingham, Alabama is another place well known for its 1963 civil rights campaign but also for its Jazz: you can visit the Jazz Hall of Fame and Caver Hall where just legends as Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton once played and experience it for yourself in one of many bars and clubs.
1 night Birmingham
Birmingham to The Shoals
It is only a short drive on to The Shoals where you can tour the...
to The Shoals
It is only a short drive on to The Shoals where you can tour the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, where you are greeted by a wax figure of Nat King Cole; it is full of pictures, clothes and of course instruments and recording gear. You can also visit the Muscle Shoals studio and FAME where the Swampers backed so many stars and the home of the “father of the blues,” the W.C. Handy Home & Museum. The list of who has recorded in The Shoals reads like a Who’s Who of Music Greats with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and is still used today: Kid Rock and Steven Tyler have recorded there recently.
2 nights The Shoals
The Shoals to Indianola
Just 90 minutes gets you to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis and from there...
Just 90 minutes gets you to Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis and from there it is just under three hours driving through Greenwood and the verdant Mississippi Delta to Indianola where you can tour the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center which showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. The Club Ebony, a historic blues venue, was part of the chitlin circuit where black performers found refuge during the Jim Crow era and reopened in 2023 after a lengthy closure – it has been welcomed back with open arms.
1 night Indianola
Indianola to Memphis
On your way to Memphis, stop into Clarksdale where you can trace the history of...
On your way to Memphis, stop into Clarksdale where you can trace the history of the blues in an old train depot, now the Delta Blues Museum. You will need three nights in Memphis as there is so much to see and do. Top of most people’s list is Elvis Presley’s beloved mansion Graceland which has recently had a multi-million-dollar facelift where you can easily spend a whole day. Visits to the Sun Studio where Rock ‘n Roll was first recorded and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music are essential and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is brilliant too: so are the many eateries with live music.
3 nights Memphis
Making your way towards Nashville, stop in Jackson TN to visit the home of blues...
Making your way towards Nashville, stop in Jackson TN to visit the home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes and the adjacent Delta Heritage Center. Go back to the “roots of Rock” at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame also in Jackson. You will have three nights in Nashville giving you two full days to visit the Johnny Cash Museum, the Ryman Auditorium, the 1940’s home of the Grand Ole Opry and be part of a radio broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry any Friday or Saturday night. Try the infamous Nashville Experience at the Wild Horse Saloon, enjoy live music across the city and learn about the musical history at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
3 nights Nashville
Nashville to Chattanooga
A good lunch stop today would be in the quaint town of Lynchburg, TN at...
A good lunch stop today would be in the quaint town of Lynchburg, TN at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, a southern Mansion, before a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery. From there it is an easy drive into Chattanooga of the train fame. Have two nights here to see Ruby Falls, a 145 foot flowing waterfall in a cave over 1100 feet underground, ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway, to top of Lookout Mountain from where you can see seven states from the famous Lover’s Leap. Downtown there is also an excellent aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art.
2 nights Chattanooga
J Smith - Travelled New York to Toronto
I have just returned from a tailor made holiday made possible by Jeannette Dembrey. This was the first time I had ever organised such a major holiday and as it was a gift for my children after my retirement it was really important to get things right. I went to quite a few agencies but Jeannette was way better than any of the people who I spoke to. She was so professional and wanted me to get the best from the money I could afford. The holiday was absolutely amazing and everything went like clockwork. Jeannette had thought of everything even the connections between places and the things we would do in each town. We stayed in 6 hotels altogether starting in New York and ending in Toronto. I am amazed at how smoothly it went. Even my son who has travelled all over the world was impressed with the way things had been organised. I cannot praise Jeannette enough for her professionalism. Thank you Jeannette. I would recommend you to anyone with the satisfaction of knowing that you did an amazing job. Thank you.