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Deep South BLT

  • Code #DSB
  • 8 Days
Duration
8 Days
/7 Nights
Availability
Jul,2019-Oct,2020
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Atlanta
Ends in: 
New Orleans
Accommodation
Budget Lodging
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Trip Overview

Starting in Georgia’s capital Atlanta and ending in the buzzing city of New Orleans, you’ll explore the deep south’s famed music areas from country in Nashville to the birthplace of rock and roll in Memphis. Experience adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains and soak up the quirky arts scene and craft culture in Asheville. Not forgetting all the food in between. This 8 day tour brings you the very best of the South.

Included Highlights 
  • Visit Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion
  • Creative galleries in the River Arts District, Asheville
  • Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Hear live country music in Nashville's honky-tonks
  • Dance to blues music on Beale Street, Memphis
  • Southern hospitality
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
5 Nights

Food & Meals

  • All meals to be paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of all en route accommodation.
  • This tour requires a minimum number of four to operate. On rare occasions we may run with lower numbers.

Resources

Deep South BLT
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New Orleans
Download City Guide
Nashville
Download City Guide
Memphis
Download City Guide

Trek Leaders Who Run This Trip
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Trek Leader
Sarah

Fanny pack wearer that grew up in the suburbs of DC but I sometimes pretend that I'm Irish. I love spending a summer much time as possible outside.

Fave Treat: 
Cookie dough
Fave Song: 
Jimmy by LEJ
Fave Place: 
Crested Butte, CO!

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

 

BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of accommodation types on our BLT tours. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed and any additional upgrade costs for a private room will need to be covered by the passenger(s) en route.

 

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

 

2019 Itinerary

Head out of Atlanta and the Southern State of Georgia into the wilder region of Asheville. Sandwiched between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge, the self-proclaimed ‘Land of the Sky’, charms visitors with its effortless bohemian vibe and panoramic mountain views. If that’s not exciting enough this mountain city is within the top three U.S. cities for breweries per capita, and good ones too! You’ll have time this evening to suss out the scene.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world and you'll soon see why this is the most visited national park in America. To make sure you see as much as possible, the first afternoon is spent in the town of Gatlinburg where you can do some moonshine tasting at a distillery, pop into the park to the visitor centre or just stretch your legs with a short walk. The following day you enter the park with a mixture of driving and walking to really maximize your time in the wonderful scenery! Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, groundhogs and chipmunks, as well as the American Black Bears that call these mountains home.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Distillery moonshine tasting US$5

If you weren't a country music fan before, one visit to lively Nashville and you soon will be! Check out one of the biggest music venues in the South, the Grand Ole Opry, and if you're really feeling the country vibe, how about a spot of line dancing? Learn about the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world, or head to the bars on Broadway to hear live bands. One thing's for sure, it's not called 'Music City' for nothing!

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Johnny Cash Museum US$19
Country line dancing US$10
Country western saloons US$varies
Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90

Memphis is the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studiowhere the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Music put Memphis on the map, but this vibrant city is full of history. Pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland, so make the most of this included activity.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Gibson guitar factory US$10
Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
Elvis Experience US$44
Sun Studio US$14
Civil Rights Museum US$19

Welcome to a city like no other, New Orleans. Here, booze can be consumed on the streets, voodoo is commonly practiced, it’s against the law to steal someone else’s alligator and the locals move in their own slow southern style. Your tour ends on arrival so make sure to book extra nights here, and download our city guide, to get the best out of this charming city.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.9 out of 5

THE DEEP SOUTH USA WITH TREK AMERICA / 2017

hollybroomfield

This trek has everything! Full of Fun, History, Music and Hiking!

Reviewed April 2019

I did this trek back in 2016, not only did I have an amazing time and made life long friends but I also had a blast! There was a lot of history (mainly civil rights and music history), there was music and dancing (NOLA, Nashville and Memphis), Hiking in the Smokys and just a a lot of adventure! My favourite parts were New Orleans so much so I’ve been back twice since and the civil rights history. I made friends for life on this trip and two friends that live across the world from me who I now see at least once a year on a new adventure each time!

KATIE M.

Deep South BLT- Loved it

Reviewed November 2018

Just back from the most jam packed 9 days with the Deep South BLT. Seen so many things in so many different places. Never traveled myself before and never done anything like this before so was terrified before I went. I am 100% glad I done it and would do it again in no time.
Really think this is the best way to make the most of travelling around America, we seen so much you would probably miss doing yourself. Had the best time with the best people. Would totally recommend.

PAUL D.

FUN! Saw some amazing places and had some great experiences

Reviewed November 2017

Had the best trip on the Deep South BLT, Gatlinburg, Nashville and New Orleans were the highlights of the trip but it would not have been the same if it wasn't for the great group of people I was with and our amazing tour leader Christine!
There was not one bad point in the trip at all, I just wish we could spend more days in some of the places we visited.

Book this trip, you wont regret it.

We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

ATLANTA - ATLANTA COUNTRY INN & SUITES

5100 W Fayetteville Rd, Atlanta Airport South, Atlanta, GA 30349

Located just a minutes walk from Turner Field, the home of Atlanta's Major League Baseball team, this hotel offers flat screen tvs, a seasonal outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a restaurant.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £58 | US$89 | Eur73 | AU$118 | NZ$126
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £100 | US$155 | Eur127 | AU$205 | NZ$220
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Transfer from Atlanta Airport: The hotel provides a free airport shuttle (a tip of US$2 per person is recommended). Contact the hotel upon arrival by using the courtesy phone located in the baggage claim area, or proceed to the hotel shuttle pick up area in zone 3. the shuttle operates on a 24-hour loop so it is not imperative to call. Be sure to head to the west exit and follow the purple signage, looking out for a shuttle with the hotel listed. The transfer should take around 7 minutes (Please be aware that there is also a Country Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North so please be sure you are boarding the correct shuttle).

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW ORLEANS - HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEW ORLEANS DOWNTOWN - FRENCH QUARTER AREA

334 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

The hotel offers a free hot breakfast buffet and a 24/7 snack shop. There's also an outdoor pool, an exercise room and a business center.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £137 | US$181 | Eur165 | AU$233 | NZ$245
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

From Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport take the airport transfer shuttle from outside baggage claim. These run regularly and will drop you off at the hotel. A taxi from the airport will be approximately $35.00 and a tip of 15-17% is generally expected.

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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