Southeast – Beautiful Dixieland
Southeast USA provides a feast of sensory experiences. Historic cities, America’s roots music, tantalizing food, and great outdoors make this region well worth exploring. Nothing defines the American South like “the Big Easy,” New Orleans. Every day is festive in the city that brought jazz to the world continues to bask in the music limelight with street performers, music clubs, and revellers paying homage to its music roots.
The music doesn’t stop there; head to Memphis for blues and home of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis. Line dance to country music in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Explore nature along the miles of coastline that makes up Florida’s pristine beaches and unique marine ecosystems, or Cajun culture on the back bayous of Louisiana among majestic cypress trees and lurking gators.
Food is always in style in the South, where roadside BBQ joints, bayou gumbo shacks, French inspired beignets, and coastal seafood cafes all serve up a delectable dining experience.
10 days from $1500 USD
Southern Food and Music
Group Arrives, has welcome meeting with leader in the evening. Optional group dinner
Savannah today, one of the most beautiful cities in America where you can visit the city markets, sip a sweet tea at one of the many outdoor cafes, take a stroll down the riverwalk and of course don’t forget to indulge in some southern home cooking… fried chicken, grits, red rice and more.
Today we have a short drive to Charleston, the foodie capital of the south where we will have an included southern style dinner
Today enjoy visiting the open markets, take a carriage tour around the city, or visit a few of the historic homes..and don’t forget to take a walk by the Rainbow Row homes.
Heading north to Charlotte you will have an included half day biking and Southern Food tasting tour.
Moving to the capital of country music we arrive in Nashville, where you have a chance to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. In the evening check out live music at one of the local bars, or book ahead and visit the Bluebird Café for a classic, intimate country performance.
Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. Located in an area that was traditionally the hub of the Black community, it is a place where we can enjoy street music as well as checking out some blues music in the blues bars in the evening and some Tennessee BBQ
We have an included visit to ‘Graceland’, the home of Elvis Presley and influence on country, blues and rock & roll music as well as the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House! We also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and a place where many great names have passed through. Outside of music, you may also like to pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Travel deep into the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to the city of Lafayette, where live Cajun and Zydeco music fills the air. Visit a local restaurant later and hear some live music to get the blood pumping.
Our next stop is that major metropolis of the Deep South – New Orleans, otherwise known as ‘the Big Easy’. An eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as just ‘the Quarter’. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city and all its many attractions combine makes it one of the most visited cities in USA – a trend that was only momentarily halted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
9 days from $1350 USD
- Explore Florida’s most vibrant cities, pristine beaches, and diverse ecosystems
- Include hotels or camping to fit your group’s budget
- Experience the Latin and American influences that have shaped the culture
Welcome to the USA!
Arrive in Miami, a vibrant city that pulses with energy. From salsa beat rhythms to Cuban influenced food, you’ll find plenty to jump start your adventure. The colorful art deco district of Miami Beach offers great beach life and exciting evening entertainment.
As there’s a great deal to do in Miami, we recommend arriving a few days before the trip starts to make the most of this exciting city.
Take a drive on Florida’s most spectacular highway – the scenic Overseas Highway – to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. Key Largo is the longest of the Florida Keys and a popular spot for fishing and snorkeling.
Day 3 is a free day for activities. Beyond snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing, it is also possible to explore the unique ecosystem of coral reef with a naturalist.
A slow-moving system of freshwater rivers that is 80 km wide and only a few centimeters deep, Everglades National Park is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the US. Alligators, snakes and sea turtles are common sights in this amazing labyrinth of mangrove waterways and saw grass.
An airboat ride is a unique Everglades experience – glide over swamps and seagrass at exhilarating speeds on an airplane engine propelled shallow-bottomed boat. Keep a lookout for alligators at all times! We can also explore the Everglades eco-system by kayak with an expert naturalist.
Pass through Naples on your way to camp near Ft. Myers. Fort Myers has 70 varieties of palm trees and many tropical flowers. From here you can visit the beautiful island of Sanibel, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. We can canoe in the amazing J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge or relax on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
Day 7 Additional day to explore the pristine beaches and area’s natural reserves by kayak, bike, or on foot.
Today we continue to Orlando where we spend the day on optional activities such as day trip to Cape Canaveral or thrills at Universal Studios. For the nature lover, a day trip to explore Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge provides a chance for sightings of the endangered manatee (seasonal) and to learn more about the conservation efforts to for this fascinating “aquatic elephant.”
With its large Latino population, including many from Cuba, Orlando has an exciting and varied nightlife, not to mention a plethora of shops and outlet malls.
Today is departure day as we say farewell to Florida for memories that will last a lifetime. As there’s a great deal to do in Orlando, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city.
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