Music & History of the South - 13 Day Self Drive with flights


New Orleans | Jackson | Birmingham | Montgomery | Gulf Shores | Orange Beach | Mobile

Embark on an exhilarating self-drive adventure through the diverse landscapes and cultural gems of the Southern United States. Begin your journey in the enchanting city of New Orleans, where the rhythmic beats of jazz, the aroma of Creole cuisine, and the vibrant energy of the French Quarter set the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Heading north, Jackson welcomes you with its rich history tied to the Civil Rights movement. Continue to Birmingham, known as the "Dinner Table of the South," where delectable cuisine and historical landmarks await exploration. Montgomery, a city pivotal in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement, unfolds its layers of history as you stroll through its walkable downtown.

Venture south to the pristine shores of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, where sugar-white sands and warm Gulf of Mexico waters invite relaxation. Mobile, the historic port city, beckons with tales of Mardi Gras origins and a diverse culinary scene. Conclude your journey back in the vibrant embrace of New Orleans, where another afternoon and night await, promising a final taste of the city's unparalleled charm and cultural richness.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 13 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 12 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 13 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive New Orleans, Louisiana

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone 4*

    Step into the enchanting embrace of New Orleans, a city known for its exotic allure, riverboats gracefully navigating the waters, the soulful melodies of jazz, and the tantalising flavours of Creole cuisine. Your arrival marks the beginning of a journey through a city that never ceases to celebrate life with an unending procession of festivals. As the sun sets, the evening unveils its leisurely charms, allowing you the freedom to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, music, and delectable cuisine.

    Enjoy an entire day at your leisure to explore the wonders of New Orleans. Embark on a walking tour through the Vieux Carre, affectionately known as the French Quarter, where narrow streets wind through charming old buildings and lead to picturesque courtyards. Explore iconic landmarks such as Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and the diverse array of museums that add depth to the city's rich history.

    For a nature-infused adventure, consider a full-day bayou and swamp tour, unlocking the secrets of Louisiana's unique ecosystems. Alternatively, embrace the timeless charm of the Mississippi River with a leisurely riverboat cruise, offering a scenic perspective of the city's surroundings.

  • Day 3

    Jackson, Mississippi

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown 3*

    Journey northward to Jackson, the esteemed capital of Mississippi, and delve into the profound historical sites that played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. Immerse yourself in the Medgar Evers Home Museum, a poignant testament to the struggle for civil rights. Explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which chronicles the impactful events of this transformative era, offering insight into the pursuit of equality. Additionally, marvel at the landmark Mississippi State Capitol building, an architectural gem that bears witness to the state's historical significance. In Jackson, the echoes of the past resonate through these historic landmarks, inviting you to reflect on the strides made in the ongoing journey towards justice and equality.

  • Day 4

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Hotel: Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton 3*

    Today, your journey takes you to Birmingham, hailed as the "Dinner Table of the South." This vibrant city boasts a culinary scene that is a feast for the senses, from America's best barbecue to globally inspired dishes crafted by James Beard Award-winning chefs. Birmingham's dining landscape offers a delightful array of flavours.

    Downtown Birmingham is a hub of entertainment, featuring four distinct districts—Uptown, Five Points South, Avondale, and Pepper Place—each adorned with an abundance of restaurants, bars, and music halls. The city's downtown area also hosts a network of parks, including the expansive 10-city block CityWalk. As Alabama's largest city, Birmingham offers a plethora of attractions and activities to explore.

    Devote a full day to immerse yourself in all that Birmingham has to offer by considering the All-In-One attraction ticket (optional). This comprehensive pass provides access to over ten attractions, including the world's largest motorcycle collection, an airplane museum, a railroad museum, the Birmingham Zoo, Alabama's largest state park, and five downtown Birmingham attractions. Among these are U.S. Civil Rights sites, a science centre, and the awe-inspiring Vulcan—the largest cast iron statue in the world.

  • Day 6

    Montgomery, Alabama

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Montgomery 4*

    Journey southward to Montgomery, a city steeped in history, situated on the banks of the Alabama River, and boasting a highly walkable downtown. Recognised as the best historical city in the United States, Montgomery's significance is deeply rooted in events related to the American Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. It was in Montgomery that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resided and delivered his influential speeches. The streets echoed with the sounds of Hank Williams playing his guitar, Rosa Parks took her historic walk, and Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the president of the Confederate States of America. Immerse yourself in the layers of history that unfold within Montgomery's city limits, where every step carries you through pivotal moments in the nation's past.

  • Day 8

    Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront 3*

    Discover the epitome of relaxation along America's finest coastline at Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. These twin resort cities in Alabama beckon with their pristine white sand beaches and the inviting warmth of the Gulf of Mexico waters. Positioned at the heart of this coastal paradise is Gulf State Park, spanning 6,100 acres and featuring 28 miles of paved trails, over 2 miles of sugary sand beaches, and a diverse array of ecosystems. The park provides accommodations to suit various travel styles, ensuring a comfortable and immersive experience.

    Between the two resort cities, a total of 32 miles (51 km) of delightful beaches await your enjoyment. Immerse yourself in the beachside atmosphere, where beach bars, live music, and delectable seafood await.

    Whether it’s excitement and adventure or laid-back days by the beach you’re after, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a diverse range of experiences. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine sugar-white sand or hop on a cruise to spot playful dolphins in the Gulf waters. For those craving adventure, cast your fishing line into one of the nation's largest artificial fishing reefs on a deep-sea fishing trip.

  • Day 10

    Mobile, Alabama

    Hotel: Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel 4*

    A brief drive leads to the historic port city of Mobile, renowned as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in America and founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory. Mobile stands as a vibrant mosaic of people, flavours, cultures, and traditions. Take a leisurely stroll through Bienville Square, named after the city's founder, where a delightful city park square enveloped by trees invites with a gentle breeze. Legend has it that Bienville's housekeeper first combined African fruit in a fish stew, giving birth to the dish later known as Gumbo.

    Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Mobile, where you must savour the locally born West Indies Salad, featuring crab meat and onions marinated in oil and vinegar. Explore nearby attractions within walking distance, such as the GulfQuest Maritime Museum, the History Museum of Mobile & Fort Conde, and the Conde Charlotte Museum. Mobile unfolds its rich history and diverse flavours, inviting you to discover the charm and unique heritage of this coastal gem. Enjoy a full day exploring.

  • Day 11

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric French Quarter 4*

    Return to New Orleans to enjoy one more afternoon and night in one of the most captivating cities in the world.

  • Day 12

    Depart New Orleans, Louisiana

    Today marks the end of your self-drive adventure in the South. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

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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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