Deep South Civil Rights Trail

14 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £2249pp

New Orleans 2 nights
Baton Rouge
1 night
Jackson 2 nights
Memphis 2 nights
Nashville 2 nights
Louisville 2 nights
Birmingham 2 nights
Selma 1 night

Day 1: Fly to New Orleans. On arrival make your way to your hotel.

Day 2 New Orleans: : A full day to see as much of this great city as you can. Don’t miss the French Quarter, perhaps take a ride on an iconic streetcar, wander beside the Mississippi, feast on amazing Creole and Cajun cuisine, and be sure to take in some jazz.

Day 3 New Orleans/Baton Rouge: Collect your hire car and head north west for Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana. Attractions in the downtown area range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum and the ultra-contemporary Shaw Centre for the Arts. You’ll also find a whole host of fabulous eateries as well as breweries if craft beer is your thing (81 miles).

Day 4 Baton Rouge/Jackson: Continue north and into neighbouring Mississippi for the soulful city of Jackson (160 miles).

Day 5 Jackson: You’ll find no shortage of things to see and do in Jackson with 29 unique museums and attractions, over 300 restaurants, numerous annual events and festivals, three historic cultural districts and a cool nightlife.

Day 6 Jackson/Memphis: A new day and it’s a new state, this time Tennessee and the urban playground of Memphis, home of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll (210 miles).

Day 7 Memphis: With a revered musical past and present, it’s easy to feel, hear and see the world of Memphis through musical geniuses who helped shape popular American music, such as Elvis, BB King and Johnny Cash to name a few. Popular places to visit include Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Day 8 Memphis/Nashville: Hit the road once more and head north east to the other great music city in Tennessee, Nashville (212 miles).

Day 9 Nashville: Commonly known as Music City and the undisputed capital of country music, Nashville will have your feet tapping in no time. Why not start at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then check out the Ryman Auditorium before seeing the Grand Ole Opry. If country music isn’t to your taste, there’s presidential homes like Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage or bustling neighbourhoods with pockets of cute boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops.

Day 10 Nashville/Louisville: Today’s journey takes you to Kentucky and the city of Louisville, home to the legendary Kentucky Derby horse race and Bourbon (176 miles).

Day 11 Louisville: See the home of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs or visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. We also recommend you take in the East Market District for shops, trendy restaurants and art galleries, learn all about baseball at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, or sample some fine bourbon at one of the distilleries.

Day 12 Louisville/Birmingham: It’s a day on the road as you travel south through Tennessee and into Alabama for Birmingham (366 miles).

Day 13 Birmingham: The largest city in Alabama is unsurprisingly not short on things to do. Be sure to visit the Civil Rights Institute to better understand the history that shaped present-day Birmingham, and follow that with a walk through the Civil Rights District. If time allows, catch a bird’s eye view of the city from Vulcan Tower or explore the world of science and discovery at the McWane Science Centre.

Day 14 Birmingham/Selma: A short drive brings you to Selma, which played a major role in the Civil War and struggle for civil rights. It boasts the largest historic district in the state with a number of exhibits relating to the civil rights movement (87 miles).

Day 15 Selma/New Orleans: All too soon it’s time to return to New Orleans where you drop your car at the airport and depart for your onward journey (303 miles).

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

Accommodation: 3* hotels.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown includes international flights to and from New Orleans,13 days compact 4 door car hire with fully inclusive insurance and 14 nights accommodation.

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