A classic ‘road trip’ across America has been immortalised in numerous movies and to enjoy this iconic experience at least once in a lifetime is surely a must.
On our tour, we explore the Deep South, renowned for its gracious hospitality, spicy Creole and Cajun cuisine, charismatic southern drawl and of course, the most popular music genres of the 20th century – jazz, rock n’ roll, the blues and country, all combined with a fascinating journey through Texas, the lone star state.
Your journey begins in the laid-back city of Atlanta. Travel through the rolling rich farmland of Tennessee, enjoying a true slice of unspoilt 50’s America, calling in at the legendary Jack Daniel’s Distillery to learn how this world-famous whisky is produced. Stay two nights in Nashville, affectionately known as ‘Music City USA’, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a treasure trove of exhibits and memorabilia through the decades.
Hear the echoes of Elvis as well as a host of other music legends at the RCA Studio B. Enjoy a live country music show and soak up the ambience of a honky-tonk bar – or two! In Memphis a guided tour round 1950’s Sun Studio and a visit to the iconic Graceland mansion will provide a fascinating insight into the life of Elvis, the ‘King’ of rock n’ roll and you’ll learn more about one of the USA’s most historical milestones at The Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was shot.
Ride the classic Amtrak train, through the cotton fields of Mississippi to Louisiana’s moss-covered bayous and New Orleans, ‘The Big Easy’ where the motto “laissez les bons temps rouler’ (let the good times roll) is alive and well. Wander the cosmopolitan French Quarter, browsing the galleries and antique shops, enjoy some laid-back jazz during a dinner cruise on board a classic steamboat or tour the swamps, known for their alligators and snapping turtles!
Admire the sweeping vistas of the Southern Texas Plains and visit the Johnson Space Centre and NASA’s ‘Mission Control’ in Houston, from where the Apollo 13 crew was saved from almost certain disaster by some of the best scientists and engineers in the world. Stay just around the corner from the Alamo in San Antonio, originally settled by the Spanish but then becoming synonymous with Davy Crockett and the Mexican siege of 1836. Finally, experience Dallas, the ‘Big D’, the setting of the world’s most watched TV series of the 1980s as well as the famous assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Packed with the biggest names from start to finish, this fourteen-day show-stopper – with a solo version also available – will step you back in time for an unforgettable adventure in the USA.