Southern United States & Florida Tour - Cosmos® Travel

The Old South & Florida (8290)

13 Day Tour from New Orleans to Orlando

2017 Tour Details

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous vacation through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with two nights in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Nashville and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, Memphis, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

Music fans will be delighted by the included visits to Graceland, the lavish home of Elvis Presley; Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio; the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and glittering costumes; and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll have reserved premier seating for an unforgettable show. History buffs will enjoy visiting not only St. Augustine, but also the Old World city of New Orleans, with its clanging streetcars, stately mansions, and French Quarter. You’ll visit a pre-Civil War home in Natchez, which features fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In Atlanta, you’ll stop at the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A trolley tour in Savannah highlights many attractions of this historic seaport, including Madison Square, designed in the 1830s.

On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also enjoy seeing the countryside between cities. You’ll drive through the heart of Cajun Country from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and through rural Mississippi from Natchez to Memphis. Between Chattanooga and Atlanta, you’ll drive through Chattanooga National Forest.

If you want to experience the charm of the South, this value-minded vacation is for you!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In New Orleans and Nashville; orientation tours in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Memphis, and St. Augustine; Savannah Trolley Tour, pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry. ■ Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in New Orleans, Nashville, and Savannah; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
French Quarter, Mississippi River, Cajun Country, and Chattahoochee National Forest.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

4 breakfast

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 New Orleans

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 New Orleans

A full day at leisure. Roam through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans’ only steamboat.

Day 4 New Orleans–Baton Rouge–Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.

Day 5 Natchez–Memphis

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the “Home of the Blues,” why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalized in WC Handy’s famous songs?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Memphis–Graceland Visit–Nashville

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Afterward, the “Capital of Country Music,” Nashville.

Day 7 Nashville

Its association with country music has made the name “Nashville” world famous, but it’s not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country’s most important. Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac. This evening you have reserved premier seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Day 8 Nashville–Chattanooga–Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy.

Day 9 Atlanta–Savannah

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon’s TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his “March to the Sea”), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Savannah

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Savannah–St. Augustine–Orlando

Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the oldest Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Orlando

A full day to relax and explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Your Tour Director will suggest a varied and exciting selection of optional outings, such as Disney’s huge entertainment parks, including the Magic Kingdom®, Animal Kingdom®, Epcot®, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (formally MGM Studios).

Day 13 Orlando

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Orlando International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLINTON DUNN

Years of Experience: 25

After graduating from Fordham University, I lived in New York City until I inherited a small inn that my grandmother had owned in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. I became immersed in restoring and running it, but after working 24 hour days for 10 years, I was ready for a change. I told a friend I wanted a job where I could travel. He said, "You should do what my ex-wife is doing. She's a Tour Director." That began my wonderful new career over 20 years ago.

Tour Director - CLINTON DUNN

 Accommodations

NEW ORLEANS Sheraton New Orleans (SF)
NATCHEZ Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez (ST)
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis (MF)
NASHVILLE The Inn at Opryland (MF)
ATLANTA Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Buckhead (MF)
SAVANNAH Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District (ST)
ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


New Orleans
Natchez
Memphis
Nashville
Savannah
Orlando

NewOrleans

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Experience a leisurely jazz brunch at the historic The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant located in the heart of the French Quarter.

Price Range: $

Jazz Dinner Cruise on the MIghty Mississippi

Jazz Dinner Cruise on the MIghty Mississippi

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ-New Orleans only authentic Steamboat!

Price Range: $$

Plantation Tours

Plantation Tours

South Louisiana is known for its beautiful antebellum architecture and there are plenty of plantation homes that are within an hours drive from New Orleans. The architecture and beauty of these homes alone is impressive and the stories that go with them are even better. You will learn about the incredible history and culture through a visit to a plantation home.

Price Range: $$

Louisiana Swamp Tours

Louisiana Swamp Tours

Head down to the swamp on a real life adventure. View fascinating plant life, live alligators and many other wild creatures as you cruise down haunting bayous lined with moss-draped cypress trees.

Price Range: $$

Natchez

Dinner and Tour at an Historic Antebellum Home

Dinner and Tour at an Historic Antebellum Home

Experience stepping back in time at Glenfield Plantation, a cottage home, Circa 1787-1845. You'll be welcomed by the owner, then enjoy dinner plus a Historic home tour that will surely be a highlight of your visit to Natchez.

Price Range: $

Memphis

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Step back in time when you enter the famous Sun Studio. After your tour of Sun Studio enjoy dinner at a local restaurant on famous Beale Street which offers authentic Southern delicacies and Memphis BBQ.

Price Range: $$

Nashville

Nashville Nightlife

Nashville Nightlife

Nashville Nightlife is Music City's premier celebration of country music both past and present. You'll be entertained with songs from so many of country music's greats!

Price Range: $

Savannah

Savannah Theatre

Savannah Theatre

The two-hour musicals at the Savannah Theatre will have you smiling, laughing, and singing along.

Price Range: $

Orlando

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Be a part of history in the making as you explore the ins and outs of Kennedy Space Center on this out-of-this-world day tour.

Price Range: $$$

Round Trip Transportation to Universal Orlando

Round Trip Transportation to Universal Orlando

Round Trip transportation to Universal Orlando.

Price Range: $

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