Creole Queen

7 day escorted tour itinerary

Romantic Trails Of The South Tour

A truly southern adventure

This escorted tour is the ultimate way to see the best of the Deep South in just one week. From New Orleans to Atlanta, this tour will take you through some of the most atmospheric locations across four States including a full day at leisure in New Orleans where you can explore the cobbled streets of the historic French Quarter, take a streetcar ride through the beautiful Garden District and enjoy delicious Creole cuisine in one of the city’s fantastic restaurants. You will also have the opportunity to visit an antebellum mansion in Natchez and see the key sites of ‘home of the Blues’ on an included Memphis city tour. Use your free time in Nashville to take in some of the fantastic Country music museums like historic RCA Studio B and the Johnny Cash museum and a comprehensive city tour of Atlanta will get you an insight into the rich heritage of this cosmopolitan city Enjoy the benefit of having a tour director along the way, enabling you to really make the most of your exciting journey through the Deep South.

2018 Tour Departures

Multi lingual departures

11th, 25th May 2018

8th June 2018

7th, 21st September 2018

5th October 2018

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Experience a free day in New Orleans
  • Take a tour of Memphis' lively Beale Street
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Atlanta
  • Tour an antebellum mansion

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
7 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights
  • Welcome reception
  • Services of a tour director
  • Six nights hotel accommodation
  • Memphis city tour
  • Atlanta city tour
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Baggage porterage
Not included
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals unless stated

Itinerary Breakdown

Welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana’s most important port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since Siegur de Bienville laid out the city’s streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, architecture and of course the music. Transfer independently to your hotel. Your tour director will be available to you in the evening to plan your stay in this charming and bustling city.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

The day is yours to explore the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities and for you 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

Today you will enter the state of Mississippi as you travel towards Natchez. Every year thousands of people come to Natchez for the pilgrimages that offer visits of the many antebellum homes in the area. The gracious citizens open their homes, which have been lovingly restored, so that visitors can get a glimpse of the southern prosperous life. The town itself is a great example of late 19th century architecture. Enjoy a stroll through town and peek into the charming shops.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Vue of similar

Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis. As a large river port, it was one of the most important links in the cotton trade before the Civil War. Memphis is also known as the home of the blues. It was here that W.C. Handy first played his Memphis Blues and many other tunes that earned him the reputation of ‘Father of the Blues’.

A brief city tour will take you to the city’s liveliest street, Beale Street, where the blues and other types of music are played nightly in almost a dozen clubs. Travel along historic Front Street, known as Cotton Row in the days when cotton traders and merchants conducted business here. Look across the Mississippi River to Arkansas as Hernando de Soto did in 1541, as the first European to see the Big River.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Guest House at Graceland or similar

Continue on to Nashville, known as the capital of country music. The city earned its title with the very first airing of the WSM Barn Dance radio program, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry. The newly renovated Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, once home of the Grand Ole Opry, the studios near Music Row, and Opryland itself attest to Nashville’s reputation as the most important city in country music.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Inn at Opryland or similar

Leaving Music City, we head to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo and which has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. In the afternoon, our trails lead us to Atlanta, stopping in Roswell, GA on the way, home to Bulloch Hall, one of the outstanding plantation homes of the area. Then back to Atlanta, for your last night’s stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Express Downtown or similar

Your tour director will be on hand to assist you in arranging transfers to Atlanta International Airport or with sightseeing if you want to see more of the city. Then you can say goodbye to Atlanta and board your return flight home.

Points of Interest

  • New Orleans

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Historic French Quarter
    • Creole cuisine
    • Lively Bourbon Street
    • The open air French Market
    • Beautiful Garden District
  • Natchez

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital
    • Natchez National Historic Park
    • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
    • Old South Winery
    • Antebellum mansions
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Elvis Presley's former home Graceland
    • National Civil Rights Museum
    • Memphis BBQ
    • Beale Street Entertainment District
    • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Nashville

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Honky-tonks on Broadway
    • Southern cuisine
  • Atlanta

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop in beautiful Chattanooga
    • Atlanta Botanical Garden
    • Centennial Olympic Park
    • Underground Atlanta
    • Shop in Buckhead's boutiques