About the tour: Mardi Gras in New Orleans plus Nashville & Elvis Presley's Memphis

The USA is ideal touring territory, fly to Atlanta and join us as we tour America’s Deep South. This American dream holiday, combines the world’s most exciting street party with some of the country’s greatest music cities. Experience the lively jazz of New Orleans, before joining the celebrations of Mardi Gras. Throw in the country sounds of Nashville, the rock ‘n’ roll of Memphis, add in the birthplace of Elvis, Graceland – and you’ve got yourself a musical exploration you’ll never forget! This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes

  • 9 nights hotel with 3 continental breakfasts
  • Return flights to Atlanta
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Escorted in the USA by a Tour Manager

11 days from £1,899 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

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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    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: Continental Breakfast (2018 only)
    New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Included highlights

    • New Orleans

    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: the city is expected to be very busy today.

    Mardi Gras
    Mardi Gras

    Included highlights

    • Mardi Gras

    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 alley 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.

    Mississippi Jazz Dinner Cruise

    Included highlights

    • New Orleans

    Optional highlights

    • Mississippi Jazz Dinner Cruise
    • New Orleans Guided City Tour
    • Oak Alley Plantation

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

    Enjoy a scrumptious array 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.

    New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Included highlights

    • New Orleans

    Optional highlights

    • Jazz Brunch and Swamp Tour

    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.

    Included highlights

    • Memphis
    • Tupelo

    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, where 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 Racquetball building, ending at the Meditation Garden, which was one of Elvis’s favourite places and one he used for relaxation and reflection.

    Then it's onto the National Civil Rights Museum where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated (entrance not included).

    Finally we visit Sun Studio, where you can hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis’s first microphone, see loads of memorabilia, hear how Elvis came to record there and the story of the studio that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and many more, including, more recently, Irish rock band U2 and Maroon 5.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Graceland & Sounds of the South

    Optional highlights

    • Graceland & Sounds of the South

    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: Continental Breakfast (2018 only)

    Included highlights

    • Nashville

    Spend the day at leisure in Nashville, or join our optional excursion.

    First, we visit 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?

    The Country Music Hall of Fame
    The Country Music Hall of Fame

    Included highlights

    • Nashville

    Optional highlights

    • The Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Studio B

    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 highlights

    • Chattanooga

    Arrival in the U.K.

    Travel Insurance from £80.00 (11 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £569.00 (11 days).

    Prebookable Excursions

    Excursion 2019 2020
    Dinner Jazz Cruise on Mississippi £70.00 £75.00
    Earlybird Jazz Brunch and Swamp Tour £85.00 £90.00
    Excursion Package £195.00
    Excursion Package-New Orleans,Memphis,Nashville £199.00
    Memphis:Graceland & Sounds of the South £90.00 £95.00
    Nashville:Studio B, Music Hall of Fame, Opry Mills £70.00 £75.00
    New Orleans & Oak Alley Plantation £55.00 £60.00

    Mardi Gras in New Orleans plus Nashville & Elvis Presley's Memphis 11 days from £1,899pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    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.

    You will stay for one night in Montgomery at the Drury Inn & Suites, or similar, and four nights in New Orleans at the Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome, or similar. In Memphis you will stay for two nights at the La Fairfield Inn Memphis & Airport, or similar, and in Nashville, you will stay for two nights at The Inn at Opryland, or similar.

    All hotels are of European minimum 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. 

    Your Flights

    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.

    Return flights are from London Heathrow direct to Atlanta. Regional connections may be available 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.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

    Customer Reviews

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