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Music, banjo, deep south, Nashville, USA

Deep South Road Trip by Mustang

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

13 Days

Prices Start from

£5,400 ex. flights

Embark on a world-class road trip in a vintage Ford Mustang, navigating between some of the most significant musical and cultural sites in all of the USA and stopping over in the big cities of Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis and the quaint townships of Saint Francisville and Muscle Shoals.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Vintage Mustang, Deep South, USA 1

Drive the Deep South

Drive the roads of three states of the Deep South in an iconic Ford Mustang Convertible.

Music, banjo, deep south, Nashville, USA 2

Recording Studios

Visit the iconic and world-renowned Fame and Muscle Shoals recording studios.

Saint Francisville, USA 3

Saint Francisville

Stay in a preserved historic antebellum plantation home in Saint Francisville.

Historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina, Deep South, USA 4

Explore Charleston

Amble the streets of the historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina.

Why we like it

Without omitting strolls through the French Quarter and private tours of Graceland, this journey unveils the lesser-known highlights of the Deep South. Experience its complex history while having time to experience the birthplace of the blues and follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. Unveiling the studios where the likes of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding recorded, as well as offering VIP access to Grand Ole Opry House, this classic yet immersive route utilises characterful boutique hotels and vintage Mustang road journeys to ensure that the charm of the Deep South is brought to the fore. With opportunities to savour beignets, tour preserved plantations and bike around Nashville, this highly customisable trip moves between cool cities and lazy townships in a multi-state experience.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3
    Nashville
  • Day 4
    Nashville - Muscle Shoals
  • Day 5
    Muscle Shoals - Memphis
  • Days 6-8
    Memphis
  • Day 9
    Memphis - Saint Francisville
  • Day 10
    Saint Francisville
  • Day 11
    Saint Francisville - New Orleans
  • Days 12-13
    New Orleans
Nashville and Cumberland River, Tennessee, Deep South, USA
Nashville and Cumberland River, Tennessee, Deep South, USA

Explore "Music City"

Spend time in the “Music City” of Nashville, embarking on a bicycle journey around some of the city’s lesser-known hotspots and joining a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand Ole Opry House before showtime. You might like to visit the Ryman Auditorium, frequently ranked as one of the top five music venues in the world, which has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, or listen to live music at Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway. The capital of Tennessee, Nashville also houses thriving art galleries and boasts a flourishing cuisine scene that accompanies more than a few stylish rooftop bars.

Memphis, Tennesse, USA
Memphis, Tennesse, USA

Taste PB&J in Graceland

Moving on to Memphis, with its many theatres and delicious eateries, tour Elvis’s legendary Graceland estate and pore over an exhibition of his kitsch artefacts, see his collection of cars and private jets and taste his beloved fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Also embark on a private guided tour of the city, visiting the Sun Studios where BB King and Elvis Presley began their careers and travelling to the National Civil Rights Museum associated with Dr Martin Luther Kings Jr. Alternatively, take a walk down Beale Street, ride the downtown Memphis Trolley or walk along the Mississippi riverfront to cross the Harahan Bridge.

French Quarter, New Orleans, Deep South, USA
French Quarter, New Orleans, Deep South, USA

Beignets & Voodoo in New Orleans

Amble the streets of the thrilling city of New Orleans, bursting with street performers, brass bands and an overabundance of delectable local dishes. Savour some beignets and a coffee whilst listening to a soulful saxophone player in the bustling French Quarter, before returning to the 65-foot rooftop saltwater pool at your hotel for some last-minute Deep South skyline-gazing as the sun sets. While New Orleans is considered a Catholic city, Mardi Gras festivities, jazz funerals and even jazz itself all share roots in Voodoo. Take an exciting look at the relics of voodoo ceremonies, a vampire slaying kit, and age old tools of the trade used by mystical and mysterious inhabitants.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Windsor Court Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • City

Nestled somewhere in between the world-renowned French Quarter and the Warehouse Arts District, the 316-room Windsor Court Hotel is a stone’s throw from live musicians, historic architecture, tantalising cuisine and cutting-edge museums. The property features a spectacular rooftop pool, a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor lounge and deck area from which to absorb the cityscape during the golden hours just before sunset. Fine international and local cuisine is available in The Grill Room, while afternoon tea can be taken in Le Salon.

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The Hermitage Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • City

One of the most iconic and the only five-star hotel in Nashville, this historic property also doubles as a cherished landmark that has hosted the likes of John F. Kennedy, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. An old-world blend of classical Italian and French Renaissance, the magnificent lobby boasts a painted glass skylight through which copious amounts of natural light can stream down on to the grand staircase, marble floors, columns, ornate chandeliers and luxurious fabrics. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as 122 elegantly decorated rooms and suites that blend traditional sophistication with modern elegance, boasting some of the most generous and comfortable living spaces in Nashville.

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Hu. Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • City

Tucked away in the heart of downtown Memphis, close to the banks of the Mississippi River, the Hu. Hotel is a modern retreat that is well placed for exploring the city. Paying homage to the carefree attitude of the region, but intertwined with a contemporary feel, the property offers 110 spacious rooms and suites that boast views across the city and river. The Hu diner offers globally-inspired cuisine that is fused with classics from the South, while the rooftop terrace offers spectacular views of the surrounding cityscape and is the ideal spot to enjoy a cold beverage as the sunsets.

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Blackberry Mountain £££££

  • USA
  • Wilderness
  • Wellness and Spa

A home away from home within the Great Smoky Mountains, the expansive and luxurious Blackberry Mountain estate reached completion in 2019. A base for exploration and a hub for wellness practises, the property is contemporary yet cosy, innovative yet traditional, and effortlessly charming. The estate features 18 opulent one-bedroom stone cottages, 6 ridge-top reclaimed wood cabins and 13 mountain-view houses and mansions, each offering privacy and majestic alpine views. The unique property-type comes with different amenities, which include wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor heated soaking tubs, porches, professional grills, coffee stations and stocked pantries.

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The Peabody Memphis £££££

  • USA
  • City

Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between this historical Blues City’s colourful and celebrated past and the present vibrant cosmopolitan city. Set half a mile from the iconic Beale Street, this landmark thirteen-story downtown hotel is known for its grand marble-columned lobby. Its 464 fully renovated rooms and suites are decorated with a mix of traditional and modern touches, soft neutral shades and elegant materials that are accented by commissioned wall art inspired by the landscapes of the Deep South.

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All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

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A note on price

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Price
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When to travel

USA in July

Being one of the hottest months of the year, with temperatures regularly reaching 28°C in the big cities, July remains a peak time to visit the US.

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