Southern Explorer

Get a hands-on taste of the Southern charm of the American South!
Get a hands-on taste of the Southern charm of the American South! Explore the birthplace of America in Philadelphia by seeing where it all started at Independence Hall and capturing a glimpse of the iconic Liberty Bell. Enjoy a grand city tour of Washington, D.C. Drive along picturesque byways crossing the Great Smoky Mountains. Go Honky Tonkin’ and enjoy country music during a tour of Nashville and Memphis, home of the Blues. Dip your toes in the crystal clear and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Witness first hand the American space program at the Kennedy Space Center and much more!
14 Days from $3035/person CAD
Guided
Off The Beaten Path
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

American South, United States

Departures

Friday Departures from April 17 to October 2, 2020

Included:

  • 13-nights accommodation in premium hotels with a private bath and/or shower
  • Services of a professional multilingual Tour Manager throughout
  • Welcome Reception where you will meet your fellow travellers
  • 1 complimentary breakfast in Gatlinburg
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified per the itinerary
  • Transportation by a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach equipped with Wi-Fi throughout
  • Hotel, state and local taxes, service charges, and porterage service (limit one piece of checked luggage per person)
  • Information kit

Not Included:

  • Airfare unless specified in the tour itinerary
  • Meals are not included in order to allow for more flexibility
  • Laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • All prices are per person
  • Hotel services in the United States and Canada customarily do not include breakfast. If you do not wish to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant (where available), you may frequently find coffee shops and restaurants close by which serve good and inexpensive breakfasts. Some hotels do offer a continental breakfast. Usually, this continental breakfast is basic and contains coffee and pastries. Variations between the different hotels may result in the following also being available, cereal, cheese, fruit, etc.
  • Each passenger travelling on an escorted tour is allowed one piece of checked baggage per person due to space limitations. Additional luggage will be charged at $7.00 per person per day.
  • Due to the nature of this holiday, bags are handled many times, so a durable, reasonably sturdy and clearly labelled bag is required. The Tour Manager will issue you a special luggage tag which should remain on your customer’s bag at all times to help ensure the bag is delivered to, and retrieved from, the hotel room at each destination.
  • All coaches are equipped with air-conditioning and an onboard lavatory. Additionally, coaches may have the following onboard amenities: wi-fi, footrests, luggage nets, movable seats, individually adjustable air conditioning, etc.
  • Complimentary breakfast offered by a hotel may be discontinued at any time with or without notice

Optional Extras:

  • Capture the stunning lit-up landmarks of Washington, D.C. with a night tour and dinner in fashionable Georgetown
  • How about a little bit more country at Nashville’s Country Hall of Fame and experience music production first hand at Studio B
  • Travel back in time by exploring Elvis Presley’s eccentric estate, Graceland
  • Immerse yourself in Southern history and hospitality at an Antebellum Estate and Plantation

Itinerary

DAY 1: NEW YORK CITY ARRIVAL

Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Manager in the evening.

DAY 2: NEW YORK CITY > PHILADELPHIA > WASHINGTON, D.C.

Today our journey begins by leaving the city of Manhattan and travel to Washington, D.C. via Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, where you will stop to see Independence Mall and Liberty Bell.

DAY 3: WASHINGTON, D.C.

Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

DAY 4: WASHINGTON, D.C. > WILLIAMSBURG > ROANOKE

Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).

DAY 5: ROANOKE > BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS > GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS > GATLINBURG

Travel along portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Mountains before entering the breathtaking scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and National Park, before arriving in Gatlinburg in the afternoon and explore some of the unique restaurants on main-street, during this evening leisure time.

DAY 6: GATLINBURG > NASHVILLE

Continue today through Knoxville, the state’s third-largest city before you arrive in the early afternoon in Music City USA, Nashville.

DAY 7: NASHVILLE > MEMPHIS

Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of “The King of Rock and Roll” have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).

DAY 8: MEMPHIS > JACKSON > NEW ORLEANS

Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).

DAY 9: NEW ORLEANS

A full day at leisure to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought-iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.

DAY 10: NEW ORLEANS > GULF OF MEXICO > PENSACOLA

Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, Alabama to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). While visiting Pensacola Beach, walk alongside the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

DAY 11: PENSACOLA > ORLANDO

Travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, the heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando for an evening arrival at your hotel.

DAY 12: ORLANDO

Day at leisure. Revitalize by the pool or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios (admissions not included).

DAY 13: ORLANDO > KENNEDY SPACE CENTER > MIAMI

Visit Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program (admission included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach. Your tour ends here.

DAY 14: MIAMI DEPARTURE

Transfer independently to the airport for your return flight.