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Overview

Forests, swamps and bayous, combined with high mountain peaks, exciting Cajun-style cities and the laid-back relaxation of South Florida make this a very well-rounded tour.

Detailed Itinerary

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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)

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).

A full day at leisure to take in the French flavor 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.

Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, AL 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 along side the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

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

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).

Visit Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program (admission included). Your tour ends here.

Inclusions

+ 1 complimentary breakfast*
+ 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.
+ See the seats of power of the US Government with a grand city tour of Washington, D.C.
+ Stroll the National Mall witnessing its iconic Monuments Memorials.
+ Drive along picturesque byways crossing the Great Smoky Mountains.
+ Go Honky Tonkin’ and enjoy American music during a tour of Nashville.
+ Take in more American music culture walking down Beale Street in Memphis, home of the Blues.
+ Get a hands-on taste of Southern charm of the American South at the Bellingrath Estate and he Bayou Boardwalk.
+ Dip your toes in the crystal clear and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Pensacola.
+ Witness first hand the ingenuity of the American space program at the Kennedy Space Center.

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotels Used OR Similar
New York - City Hyatt Grand Central
Washington D.C. - Washington Hilton
Roanoke - Holiday Inn Tanglewood
Gatlinburg - Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center Gatlinburg*
Nashville - The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
Memphis - Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
New Orleans - Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Pensacola - Courtyard by Marriott Pensacola
Orlando - Delta Hotels Orlando Celebration
Miami - Holiday Inn Miami Beach-Oceanfront

ALL DEPARTURE DATES ARE GUARANTEED TO OPERATE.

EXPERIENCE MORE (OPTIONALS) Rates available on request
+ Capture the stunning lit up landmarks of Washington, D.C. with a night tour.
+ 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have quoted rates for tour ending in Orlando for 13 Days/12 Nights. This tour can also end in Miami with an additional night stay 14 Days/13 Nights at a supplement cost. Rates available on request.

Please note that the prices are starting from and that upon sending a new request with specific date we will send the applicable rate and availability.

Program Touring / Guide

Escorted Experience

Trip Highlights

New York City - Washington D.C. - Roanoke - Gatlinburg - Nashville - Memphis - New Orleans - Pensacola - Orlando

Fixed Departure
10 May, 2024

Hotel
AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
ON REQUEST

24 May, 2024

Hotel
AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
AVAILABLE

07 Jun, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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21 Jun, 2024

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AUD 5,089 P P single
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05 Jul, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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19 Jul, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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02 Aug, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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16 Aug, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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30 Aug, 2024

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AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
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06 Sep, 2024

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AUD 3,944 P P twin share
AUD 5,342 P P single
AVAILABLE

20 Sep, 2024

Hotel
AUD 3,944 P P twin share
AUD 5,342 P P single
AVAILABLE

27 Sep, 2024

Hotel
AUD 3,944 P P twin share
AUD 5,342 P P single
ON REQUEST

26 Apr, 2024

Hotel
AUD 3,725 P P twin share
AUD 5,089 P P single
AVAILABLE

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