Rhythms of the South - 14 Day Self Drive with flights


Atlanta | Nashville | Memphis | Vicksburg | New Orleans | Pensacola | Tallahassee | Savannah | Charleston

Begin your journey in Atlanta, where the city's dynamic history intertwines with contemporary energy. In Nashville, delve into the soulful melodies of country music, visiting iconic sites like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Continue to Memphis, where the echoes of blues and rock 'n' roll resonate on legendary Beale Street and at Elvis Presley's Graceland.

Vicksburg invites you to witness the Civil War's impact at the National Military Park, a poignant historical site. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural fusion of New Orleans, where the French Quarter and Bourbon Street beckon with lively festivities.

The coastal beauty of Pensacola, historical richness of Tallahassee, timeless charm of Savannah, and the elegance of Charleston complete your Southern odyssey. Each city contributes a unique note to the symphony of Southern culture, creating an unforgettable self-drive experience rich in history, music, and the diverse flavours of the American South.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 14 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 13 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 14 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Atlanta, Georgia

    Hotel: Candler Hotel Atlanta Curio Collection by Hilton 4*

    Arrive in Atlanta, where you can collect your car and make your way to your hotel.

    Dive into a day of exploration in Atlanta, a city that originated as a pivotal railroad junction in the 1830s and rapidly evolved into the transportation hub of the South. Its strategic significance played a major role in drawing the attention of General Sherman's Union Army, leading to the city's destruction during the Civil War. Immerse yourself in the rich history by visiting landmarks such as Fairlie-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park, or the Atlanta History Centre. Each site offers a unique perspective on the city's past, providing a glimpse into its diverse heritage and historical significance.

  • Day 3

    Nashville, Tennessee - 248 Miles

    Hotel: Holston House Nashville 4*

    Embark on the journey from Atlanta to Nashville today. Pause along the way to experience the charm of the iconic Chattanooga "Choo Choo" train. In Lynchburg, delve into the storied legacy of the renowned Jack Daniel's whiskey distillery. Carry on with your travels, anticipating an evening arrival in the vibrant city of Nashville.

    Immerse yourself in the harmonious vibes of the country music capital as you visit the renowned Grand Ole Opry and the esteemed Country Music Hall of Fame. Gain insights into the South's tumultuous history at the Tennessee State Museum.

  • Day 5

    Memphis, Tennessee - 214 Miles

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Memphis Downtown 4*

    Depart the Nashville today with ample time, ensuring a timely arrival in Memphis for a delightful late dinner.

    Explore the birthplace of the blues, savouring the soulful tunes in one of the captivating Beale Street blues bars. Venture out for a captivating tour of Elvis Presley's iconic home, Graceland, where you can marvel at the original bomber, Memphis Belle, or opt for a unique monorail experience to the distinctive Mud Island.

  • Day 6

    Vicksburg, Mississippi - 242 Miles

    Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites Vicksburg 3*

    Today, explore the profound historical significance at Vicksburg National Military Park, a poignant tribute to the campaign, siege, and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. Traverse the expansive grounds adorned with more than 1,300 monuments, markers, and plaques, and follow the winding 16-mile tour road that offers a comprehensive view of the site's historical landmarks. Discover the solemnity of the national cemetery within the park, the largest burial ground for Civil War Union soldiers and sailors in the nation, housing over 17,000 graves. This sacred space stands as a solemn testament to the sacrifices made during a pivotal period in American history.

  • Day 7

    New Orleans, Louisiana - 205 Miles

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans 4*

    Today you drive through the heart of the old South, passing through Natchez and Baton Rouge, as you make your way to the vibrant city of New Orleans. Nestled between Lake Pontchartrain and the mighty Mississippi River, the unique geography of New Orleans has significantly influenced the flavours of the only cuisine native to North America.

    In the Big Easy, where European culture meets Southern charm, take a leisurely stroll through the iconic French Quarter, marvelling at its distinctive architectural elegance. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Bourbon Street, experiencing the spirited festivities that define this dynamic city. Consider a steamboat river tour aboard meticulously restored paddleboats, providing a delightful way to connect with the mighty Mississippi and absorb the rich history of this culturally diverse and enchanting destination.

  • Day 9

    Pensacola, Florida - 208 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Pensacola Beach 4*

    Transition from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquillity of beach blankets. Unwind on the pristine white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, indulging in refreshing swims in the warm, azure waters of the Atlantic Coast. Explore the charming Seville District in Pensacola, where history meets modernity, or venture to the idyllic beaches of Santa Rosa Island. Whether strolling through historic streets or basking in the coastal beauty, find serenity and relaxation in the coastal retreat that awaits.

  • Day 10

    Tallahassee, Florida - 206 Miles

    Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee 4*

    Take a scenic journey along the Gulf Coast today, traversing untouched wildlife preserves and captivating natural habitats that punctuate the landscape. Along the way, explore charming fishing villages and the allure of the Emerald Coast, offering delightful distractions on your route. As you venture forward, discover the enchanting blend of southern charm and timeless allure in Tallahassee. Here, antebellum architecture gracefully mingles with modern innovation, creating a landscape that pays homage to history while embracing contemporary vibrancy. Enjoy the harmonious balance of tradition and progress as you immerse yourself in the unique charm of Tallahassee.

  • Day 11

    Savannah, Georgia - 298 Miles

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Savannah 3*

    Nestled in the embrace of history, Savannah boasts some of the South's most exquisitely restored houses. Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of this historic city with a leisurely afternoon stroll, discovering the meticulous restoration that graces each architectural gem. Seize the opportunity to unwind and savour the tranquillity as you enjoy a delightful picnic in one of the city's many lush green parks. Savannah invites you to relish both the grandeur of its well-preserved past and the serenity of its picturesque outdoor spaces, creating a perfect blend of history and leisure.

  • Day 12

    Charleston, South Carolina - 106 Miles

    Hotel: HarborView Inn, Charleston 4*

    Charleston stands as a true embodiment of the grandeur and elegance that defines the South. The city's allure is heightened by the beauty of its tree-lined avenues, weaving a picturesque tapestry that enhances the timeless charm of its antebellum architecture. Charleston invites you to stroll through avenues adorned with magnificent trees, each contributing to the city's unique blend of sophistication and Southern grace.

  • Day 13

    Atlanta, Georgia - 314 Miles

    Hotel: Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown 3*

    Leave South Carolina’s coast and head back inland on your return trip to Atlanta. This is the last night of your tour of the South. This would be a good time to relax and take stock of a wonderful trip.

  • Day 14

    Depart Atlanta, Georgia

    Today marks the end of your Rhythm's of the South Self Drive adventure. Relax for the morning and then 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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