Mardi Gras in New Orleans plus Nashville and Elvis Presley's Memphis by Air

11 days from £1749pp.


Mardi Gras

Visit: Mardi Gras, USA

Oak Alley Plantation

Visit: Oak Alley Plantation, USA

Beale Street

Visit: Beale Street, USA

Nashville

Visit: Nashville, USA

Combine the world’s most exciting street party with some of the greatest music cities in America.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Visa/ESTA is required prior to travelling. Please call for more details.

    Fly to Atlanta. Transfer to Montgomery, Alabama for an overnight stay.

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    New Orleans

    We journey through Mississippi and on to New Orleans, Louisiana for a four-night stay. Spend the evening at leisure soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the historic French Quarter, listening to the infectious sounds of the Dixieland rhythms, which spill out onto the streets.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras

    Happy Mardi Gras! It's New Orleans' premiere party season – time to join a party attended by people from all over the world, to enjoy life and have a good time! You have a free day to experience and celebrate Mardi Gras at its very best – it's sure to be a party you'll never forget! Your Tour manager will provide information on where to find the best areas to be during this fantastic day.

    Evening of Jazz

    Live Jazz

    New Orleans – otherwise know as the ‘the Big Easy’ – has numerous famous attractions, such as the lively French Quarter where you can listen to the infectious sounds of the Dixieland rhythms which spill out onto the streets, and historic Jackson Square, dominated by Saint Louis Cathedral. It's a wonderful city of contrasts where black and white, young and old, rich and poor, sane and insane live side by side – a city where you can be as eccentric as you like and still be perfectly normal! Enjoy a free day to explore the city independently, or join our optional sightseeing tour which visits many of New Orleans’ most famous attractions. Later, we continue to Oak Alley Plantation, with its quarter-mile canopy of giant oak trees and grand Antebellum house where you can enjoy a tour around the house with a guide dressed in period costume. Sit on the porch and sip a glass of Oak Alley’s Famous Mint Julep, a refreshing mixture of 3 parts bourbon, 1 part mint syrup and crushed ice, finished off with a sprig of fresh mint. This evening, join our optional evening dinner cruise aboard a paddle-wheeler on the world-famous Mississippi River, with live jazz and traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine. Our jazz cruise will take you along the world-famous Mississippi River. Savour the traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine as you enjoy panoramic views of New Orleans’ sparkling skyline whilst listening to the sounds of a lively jazz band – sure to get your toes tapping and your taste buds tingling!

    Swamp in New Orleans

    Swamp Tour

    Spend the day at leisure or join our optional jazz brunch and swamp tour excursion. Enjoy a scrumptious display of hot and cold dishes at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant, accompanied by the sound of gentle music played by the jazz trio, which adds to the ambience. The restaurant is in a lovely setting, with most seating in a large French Quarter courtyard dominated by an enormous wisteria. Later, we head down to the swamp to experience the rich wildlife of this region. View fascinating plant life, see exotic flora and fauna, live alligators and many other wild creatures, as your swamp boat floats leisurely beneath cypress trees covered in Spanish moss.

    Tupelo

    Tupelo

    Today we leave Louisiana to travel to Memphis, Tennessee for a two-night stay, visiting Tupelo en route. The city of Tupelo is famous as the place where Elvis Presley was born and is now the site of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Complex. Here you will have free time to visit the museum which displays Tupelo artifacts, and the tiny, two-roomed house in which Elvis was born on 8th January 1935 (admission is extra, paid locally.) The building stands in its original location and has been restored to its original condition, decorated with period furniture. The actual building of the church that Elvis attended with his family is also located at this site, moved here from its original location for visitors to see and enjoy the story of Elvis’s childhood and first music. We continue to Memphis, home to the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. You will have the opportunity to enjoy some good old-fashioned southern hospitality in this vibrant city. This evening, why not venture to famous Beale Street? With jazz clubs, bars, eateries and street entertainers, it’s a great place to soak up the atmosphere, take in the live music and enjoy fantastic food – especially the spare ribs, for which Memphis is so famous.

    Graceland

    Graceland

    Don’t miss our optional, full-day excursion to visit Elvis Presley’s mansion, Graceland. Here you can join an audio tour which will guide you around the house and the grounds, including the Jungle Room, Pool Room and Music Room, plus the Hall of Gold and Raquetball building, ending at the Meditation Garden, said to be one of Elvis's favourite places and one he used for relaxation and reflection. Then it’s on to Sun Studio for our Sounds of the South excursion, where you can hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis’s first microphone, see plenty of memorabilia, and hear how Elvis came to record there. You'll also learn the story of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and many more, including more recently, Irish rock band U2 and American pop rock band, Maroon 5.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Nashville

    Nashville

    We travel to ‘Music City’, Nashville for a two-night stay. The city is known the world over as the birthplace of country music. However, Nashville is also a thriving hub for visual arts, theatre, film, fashion, local food and products for you to explore and enjoy.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
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    Country Music Hall Of Fame

    Spend the day at leisure in Nashville, or join our optional excursion, first to the undisputed home of country music, Studio B – your chance to visit the most famous recording studio in America, where incredible artists like Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers have laid down their much-loved music tracks. You can even sit at the piano which Elvis used on many of his tracks – a 1942 Steinway which has not left the room since the studio opened in 1957. Then it’s on to Nashville where you will see all the landmarks of the city within historic Downtown Nashville: Fort Nashborough; the State Capitol; the Parthenon; Vanderbilt University; and Ryman Auditorium. The tour will also feature a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, with exhibitions spread over two floors in an impressive building, the windows of which represent the keys on a piano, the round discs symbolising the different sized records and CDs on which country music has been recorded, and, from the air, the building is the shape of a bass clef. The corner of the building represents a 1950s cadillac tail fin. After free time to explore the city of Nashville, we visit a local shopping mall for some US-style retail therapy. This evening, why not head into the city?

    • Included meals: Breakfast
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    Chattanooga Choo Choo

    Depart Nashville and head to Chattanooga, synonymous with the famous train and song, for a short visit before continuing to Atlanta airport for the overnight return flight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrival in the U.K.

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 9 nights' accommodation with 5 continental breakfasts
    • Fully escorted in the USA by a Leger Tour Manager
    • Return flights to Atlanta
    • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
    • Air-conditioned coach travel

    Included Excursions

    • Tupelo and Memphis - The story of Elvis and the Blues
    • Chattanooga - Famous train and song
    • Mardi Gras - Celebrate Mardi Gras at its very best

    Optional Excursions

    • Dinner Jazz Cruise - On the Mississippi
    • New Orleans City Tour and Oak Alley Plantation
    • Graceland and Sounds of the South Excursion
    • Nashville: Studio B & the Country Music Hall of Fame and Shopping Mall
    • Jazz Brunch and Swamp Tour

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £400.00 (11 days).

    Flight Information

    Return flights are with British Airways or Delta Airways from London Heathrow direct to Atlanta. Regional connections may be available if flying with British Airways, at a supplement. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply.  Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    All hotels are of a minimum European 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby. 

    Please note due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over. 

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    Guesthouse International Inn & Suites

    Guesthouse International Inn & Suites

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    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

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    La Quinta Memphis Airport

    La Quinta Memphis Airport

    Guesthouse International Inn & Suites


    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome


    La Quinta Memphis Airport


    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome


    La Quinta Memphis Airport


    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel in comfort and style

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long hall flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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