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Deep South and Festival Sounds

Travel through some of the South’s most iconic music destinations, such as Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans ending with sounds from some of the worlds hottest musicians in the ‘live music capital of the world’ Austin, TX, at the ACL Music Festival 2019. Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Khalid are just some of the acts who have played in here in recent years. In addition to experiencing some of the best music of your life, enjoy some epic foodie offerings, rich history and eclectic charm that only the American South can serve up!

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACL/242002
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Atlanta, United States
  • Finishes: Austin, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Atlanta
  • Asheville
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • East Texas
  • Austin

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Atlanta - Asheville

Head out of Atlanta and the Southern State of Georgia into the wilder region of Asheville. Sandwiched between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge, the self-proclaimed ‘Land of the Sky’, charms visitors with its effortless bohemian vibe and panoramic mountain views. If that’s not exciting enough this mountain city is within the top three U.S. cities for breweries per capita, and good ones too! You’ll have time this evening to suss out the scene.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Civil Rights Institute US$15

02

Day 2-3: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world and you'll soon see why this is the most visited national park in America. To make sure you see as much as possible, the first afternoon is spent in the town of Gatlinburg where you can do some moonshine tasting at a distillery, pop into the park to the visitor centre or just stretch your legs with a short walk. The following day you enter the park with a mixture of driving and walking to really maximize your time in the wonderful scenery! Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, groundhogs and chipmunks, as well as the American Black Bears that call these mountains home.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Distillery moonshine tasting US$5

03

Day 4-5: Nashville

If you weren't a country music fan before, one visit to lively Nashville and you soon will be! Check out one of the biggest music venues in the South, the Grand Ole Opry, and if you're really feeling the country vibe, how about a spot of line dancing? Learn about the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world, or head to the bars on Broadway to hear live bands. One thing's for sure, it's not called 'Music City' for nothing!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
  • Johnny Cash Museum US$19
  • Country line dancing US$10
  • Country western saloons US$varies
  • Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
  • Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90

04

Day 6-7: Memphis

Memphis is the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studiowhere the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Music put Memphis on the map, but this vibrant city is full of history. Pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland, so make the most of this included activity.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
  • Gibson guitar factory US$10
  • Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
  • Elvis Experience US$44
  • Sun Studio US$14
  • Civil Rights Museum US$19

05

Day 8-9: New Orleans

Welcome to a city like no other, New Orleans. Here, booze can be consumed on the streets, voodoo is commonly practiced, it’s against the law to steal someone else’s alligator and the locals move in their own slow southern style. Head into the enchanting French Quarter and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, before tucking into some classic and delicious Southern cuisine. If you're feeling the signature gumbo and jambalaya dishes, why not take part in an optional New Orleans cookery class so you can really impress the squad back home. At night head to the lively Bourbon Street, where almost anything goes. New Orleans is a place full of life and is an experience you won't forget in a hurry!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Antebellum mansions US$12-$25

06

Day 10: Louisiana - East Texas

Search for gators and other wildlife on our optional Louisiana swamp tour, where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery of the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (it’s a must do!). Then the ‘Lone Star State’ bids you a big-hearted welcome for the first of your nights in mighty Texas, a state which is larger than some countries!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

07

Day 11: Austin

Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week. This evening check out the chaos of Sixth Street or the quirkiness of Rainy Street, littered with bars imitating suburbia as you order drinks in converted houses. Alternatively tuck into some world-class barbeque and rest up for a big weekend of fun, music and laughter at the epic Austin City Limits festival.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

08

Day 12-14: Austin

The best music weekend of your life – or at least your time in America - has finally arrived. You’ve been training for it over the course of the last 11 days, but the immense ACL festival is about to kick it up a notch. The Glastonbury-esque festival offers an unrivalled line-up year after year with acts such as Camila Cabello, Phoenix, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lemar and many, many more that have dominated the main stage in recent years. The festival’s fun and friendly atmosphere is in keeping with Austin’s laid back nature and ‘weird’ mentality. If you get peckish throughout the day make sure to check out the ACL Eats Food Court, where the infamous Austin food trucks are stationed. Experience some of the best mainstream acts from all over the world, among budding local artists, with a group of likeminded fellow travellers. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your leader, who will join you at the festival. The best thing about attending a festival in America? Having a bed to recover in at the end of each night! Music and comfort – an unbeatable combo in our eyes!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

09

Day 15: Austin

Your epic weekend of music has come to a close, signalling the end of your tour. You are free to leave at any time after checking out of the hotel. If you aren’t finished with Austin just yet, you can book extra nights with our helpful sales team.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation included
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 4, Hotel: 10
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Tour Highlights:
  • Four nights in Austin and an included ticket to the Austin City Limits Festival
  • Visit Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion
  • Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Hear live country music in Nashville's honky-tonks
  • Dance to blues music on Beale Street, Memphis
  • View the ornate exterior of southern Antebellum mansions