Mardi Gras in New Orleans plus Nashville & Elvis Presley's Memphis

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.

    Upon arrival in Atlanta you will met by your Tour Director and transferred to the hotel in Montgomery, Alabama for an overnight stay.

    We travel south through Alabama and 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, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Enjoy a stroll along the famous Bourbon Street, 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! Today is free for you to enjoy the finale of carnival season with New Orleans' most famous event. Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’ and always takes place on Shrove Tuesday. Attended by hundreds of people from across the world, Mardi Gras is all about the music, parades, costumes and atmosphere. Be sure to catch the many beads, trinkets and doubloons thrown from the passing floats. Your Tour Director will provide information on the best areas to be during this fantastic day. Please note that the city is expected to be very busy today.

    Oak_Alley_Plantation,_Louisiana-PLANTATION_HOUSE

    Oak_Alley_Plantation,_Louisiana-PLANTATION_HOUSE

    Spend a further day at leisure in New Orleans or alternatively, why not join our optional New Orleans city tour and Oak Alley Plantation visit? Our guide will take us on a walking tour lasting for approximately 1 hour where you will be introduced to the history and culture of one of America’s greatest and most beautiful cities. We see the French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery, City Park and the historic Garden District. We then continue to Oak Alley plantation, built in 1839 to grow sugarcane and located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It is aptly named due to its 800ft long ally which has a canopy created by a double row of Southern Live Oak trees, a native species to the south-eastern United States. This evening there will be the opportunity to join our optional jazz dinner cruise aboard a paddle wheeler on the world-famous Mississippi River. Enjoy panoramic views of New Orleans’ skyline whilst listening to a lively jazz band.

    Spend another day at leisure in New Orleans, or join us on our optional Jazz Brunch and Swamp Tour. 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

    A day at leisure in Memphis. Known as the home of the Blues, and birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some good old-fashioned southern hospitality in this vibrant city. Alternatively, why not join our fantastic optional Graceland and Sounds of the South excursion. First we visit the famous Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion and then onto the National Civil Rights Museum where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Finally we visit Sun Studios where many artists including Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash, recorded some of their most famous hits. This evening, why not venture to famous ‘Beale Street’. Full of 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 famous.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    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
    Country Music Hall Of Fame

    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

    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 Includes

    • 9 nights hotel 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 & Visits

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

    Optional Excursions & Visits

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

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £400.00 (11 days).

    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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    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome - New Orleans

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    La Quinta Memphis Airport

    La Quinta Memphis Airport - Memphis

    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome - New Orleans


    The Holiday Inn Superdome is located a short walk from the Saenger Theatre and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It features a heated rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness centre, a bar and an on-site restaurant, serving regional cuisine. All bedrooms have a TV, tea/coffee making facilities, Fridge and safety deposit box. The hotel reception is open 24-hours and guests can use the business centre with internet, copy and fax services.

    • Swimming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer

    La Quinta Memphis Airport - Memphis


    The La Quinta Memphis Airport is situated close to Elvis Presley's Graceland, Pink Palace and several other attractions and dining options. Along with an outdoor pool, the hotel has a fitness centre and laundry service. All rooms have refrigerators, TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

    • Swimming Pool
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer

    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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    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 haul 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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