Enjoy the sights and sounds on this wondrous vacation through the heart of the South, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Your trip starts in New Orleans, where you’ll experience the city on your sightseeing tour. Visit the French Quarter, see the stately mansions and clanging streetcars, and learn about New Orleans’ unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery. On this special departure, you’ll visit New Orleans at its best – during Mardi Gras! Experience the colorful parades, floats and costumes of “Fat Tuesday”, try the famous King Cake, and don the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple. There really is no better time to soak up New Orleans’ joie de vivre.</BR></BR>Then, drive through the heart of Cajun Country to elegant Natchez, where you can admire a pre-Civil War home. See the passing rural landscape of Mississippi as you cross the state and venture into Tennessee. In Memphis, visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grand estate. In Nashville, see the famous sights and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. No vacation to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and you’ll have reserved premier seating for a Grand Ole Opry show!</BR></BR>Stop in Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, before heading through Chattahoochee National Forest to the metropolis of Atlanta. Enjoy a tour of Atlanta and leisure time to explore the city on your own. Continue to Savannah for a trolley tour, time to discover the city, and a 2-night stay. Your vacation ends with a 2-night stay in the “capital” of Disney’s entertainment parks, Orlando. If you want to experience the charm of the South, this vacation is for you!
Sightseeing:In New Orleans and Nashville; orientation tours in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Memphis, St. Augustine; Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, Mardi Gras parade, Savannah Trolley Tour, pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
NEW ORLEANS Sheraton New Orleans (SF)NATCHEZ Hampton Inn & Suites (ST)MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)NASHVILLE Inn at Opryland (MF)ATLANTA Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown (ST)SAVANNAH Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District (MF)ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center (F)
1 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts, 1 dinner
NOTE:This special departure include all activities on our regular departure, plus a themed Mardi Gras dinner. Itinerary and prices are subject to change for the February 26, 2017 departure.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.