Music Cities of the South - 11 Day Self Drive with flights


Nashville | Muscle Shoals | Memphis | New Orleans

Follow the melody on a captivating self-drive holiday through the heart of American music, exploring the iconic cities of Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans along with a stop in the hidden gem that is Muscle Shoals. Over 11 days, your journey unfolds as a rhythmic tapestry, blending the foot tapping twang of country in Nashville, the soulful history of Muscle Shoals, the electric blues vibes of Memphis, and the lively jazz tunes of New Orleans.

Cruise through Nashville's Broadway, where honky-tonk melodies fill the air, delve into the soulful history of Muscle Shoals' famed recording studios, visit Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Beale Street. In New Orleans, wander through the historic French Quarter, savouring the unique blend of Creole cuisine and jazz rhythms that define the city.

This self-drive adventure promises not just a road trip but a harmonious exploration of the musical heritage and cultural diversity that make these Southern cities truly unforgettable.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 11 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 10 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 11 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Nashville - Music City Revelry

    Hotel: Virgin Hotels Nashville 4.5*

    Arrive in Nashville, the undisputed capital of country music. After picking up your rental car, check into your accommodation and dive into the vibrant melodies of Music City.

    Explore the legendary Ryman Auditorium, where the echoes of country music's storied past resonate. Immerse yourself in the Country Music Hall of Fame, a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits celebrating the genre's luminaries. Spend evenings wandering along Broadway, where the twang of live music spills from honky-tonk bars, creating an electrifying atmosphere.

  • Day 4

    Muscle Shoals - A Soulful Interlude - 128 Miles

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa 4*

    Depart Nashville and head west to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a hidden gem nestled along the Tennessee River. Despite its small size, Muscle Shoals has played a significant role in shaping the sound of American music, particularly in the realms of soul, R&B, and rock 'n' roll, it was the ‘hit recording capital of the world’ in the 60’s and 70’s. Spend an unforgettable evening in this legendary town, perhaps visiting FAME Studios and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where artists like Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones recorded some of their most iconic tracks; both are still working studios and available for tours. 

  • Day 5

    Memphis - Blues and Soulful Rhythms - 156 miles

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Memphis Downtown 4*

    En route to Memphis today, it's worth taking a slight detour to Tupelo, a city that is best known as the birthplace of Rock and Roll icon, Elvis Presley. If you want to take the Elvis "Grand Tour" it's best to get there early. You'll begin at the King's birthplace itself, the humble two-room house where Elvis was born in 1935. You'll also see the Elvis Presley Museum, the singer's childhood church and many other historic sites, including a replica of the green 1939 Plymouth that took the Presleys on their fateful trip from Tupelo to Memphis.

    When you arrive in memphis, check into your accommodation and let the rhythmic pulse of Beale Street guide you through this city's musical history.

    Visit Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis Presley, and explore Sun Studio, where the raw sounds of legends like Johnny Cash and B.B. King were immortalized. Stroll along the Mississippi River, absorbing the cultural vibrations that permeate the city. In the evenings, savour the distinctive flavours of Memphis barbecue in the city that claims its rightful place in the pantheon of American music.

  • Day 7

    New Orleans - Jazz, Creole, and Celebration - 394 Miles

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans 4*

    Continue your journey south to New Orleans, a city where the spirit of jazz, Creole culture, and lively celebrations converge. Check into your accommodation in the heart of the French Quarter and let the vibrant energy of the Big Easy envelop you.

    Explore Jackson Square, where street performers and artists create an ever-changing tableau. Take a steamboat cruise along the mighty Mississippi River and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of iconic Bourbon Street. Indulge your taste buds in the delectable delights of Creole cuisine, from beignets at Café du Monde to gumbo and jambalaya at local eateries.

  • Day 11

    Depart New Orleans

    As your Music Cities of the South Self Drive concludes, spend your final day in New Orleans revisiting favourite spots or discovering hidden gems. Explore the historical architecture of the French Quarter, wander through the Garden District, or savour a final meal at one of the city's renowned restaurants.

    Reflect on the soul-stirring melodies and vibrant cultures you've experienced throughout the journey, creating memories that will resonate long after your adventure ends. As you bid farewell to the rhythmic heartbeats of Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Memphis, and New Orleans, you'll carry with you the harmonious spirit of the American South.

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Guide Price: £2,199

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Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include flights from the UK, pre-booked accommodation, car hire with unlimited mileage. Note: Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard. Prices based on travel in low season (November & December 2024). For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please contact us for details.

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