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Deep South BLT

Starting in Georgia’s capital Atlanta and ending in the buzzing city of New Orleans, you’ll explore the deep south’s famed music areas from country in Nashville to the birthplace of rock and roll in Memphis. Experience adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains and soak up the quirky arts scene and craft culture in Asheville. Not forgetting all the food in between. This 8 day tour brings you the very best of the South.

North America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DSB/208570
  • Starts: Atlanta, United States
  • Finishes: New Orleans, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Atlanta
  • Asheville
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans

Itinerary

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Day 8: Memphis - 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. Your tour ends on arrival so make sure to book extra nights here, and download our city guide, to get the best out of this charming city.This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 2, Hotel: 5
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion
  • Creative galleries in the River Arts District, Asheville
  • 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
  • Southern hospitality


Reviews (2)
Katie Posted on: 

This was my first trip to the USA, and I went with my sister who has done 2 previously and has always raved about it. 3 months later, and I'm still not over it! It's true that your most memorable moments will be the unexpected (usually silly ones). ...Like playing crazy golf in Gatlinburg for a good 3 hours, long after the complex had closed and the lights went off; being chased by zombies and clowns in Birmingham (google Sloss Fright Furnance!); ignoring all the famous Blues bars on Beale street and instead doing the macarena in a crazy 70's disco club... Meeting up with a bunch of strangers can be nerve-wracking, but after a day or so we had already made a tonne of memories, inside jokes and had the odd existential crisis (I'm looking at you, Gary!). Our trek leader, Glen was brilliant. He had a great sense of humour and put up with our weirdness pretty well. The only fault I can find with this trip is that it simply wasn't long enough. I spent one day before the trek started exploring New Orleans, but 9 days wasn't enough. I definitely recommend booking extra time either end - NOLA is the perfect starting point for the trek, there is so much to see and do. I recommend taking a Voodoo tour and partying in the Cats Meow Karaoke bar (try the hurricane). This trip was absolutely incredible, I made brilliant friends and we have spoken nearly every day since we parted ways. I miss you guys!

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PAUL D. Posted on: 

Had the best trip on the Deep South BLT, Gatlinburg, Nashville and New Orleans were the highlights of the trip but it would not have been the same if it wasn't for the great group of people I was with and our amazing tour leader Christine! There was not one bad point in the trip at all, I just wish we could spend more days in some of the places we visited. Book this trip, you wont regret it.

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