Southern United States & Florida Tour - Cosmos® Travel

The Old South & Florida (8290)

13 Day Tour from New Orleans to Orlando

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Enjoy the sights and sounds on this wondrous vacation through the heart of the South, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Your trip starts in New Orleans, where you’ll experience the city on your sightseeing tour. Visit the French Quarter, see the stately mansions and clanging streetcars, and learn about New Orleans’ unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery. Then, drive through the heart of Cajun Country to elegant Natchez, where you can admire a pre-Civil War home. See the passing rural landscape of Mississippi as you cross the state and venture into Tennessee. In Memphis, visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grand estate. In Nashville, see the famous sights and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. No vacation to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and you’ll have reserved premier seating for a Grand Ole Opry show!

Stop in Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, before heading through Chattahoochee National Forest to the metropolis of Atlanta. Enjoy a tour of Atlanta and leisure time to explore the city on your own. Continue to Savannah for a trolley tour, time to discover the city, and a 2-night stay. Your vacation ends with a 2-night stay in the “capital” of Disney’s entertainment parks, Orlando. If you want to experience the charm of the South, this 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

1 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts

 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–Jackson–Memphis

Drive a portion of the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson, then north 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 platinum audio tour focuses on the splendid 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, National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Martin Luther King Jr. Visit the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy. After a brief orientation tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore further or relax.

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.

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.

BreakfastContinental 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.

BreakfastContinental 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). Also on the list is exciting Universal 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: 24

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 (ST)
MEMPHIS Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (MF)
NASHVILLE Inn at Opryland (MF)
ATLANTA Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown (ST)
SAVANNAH Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District (MF)
ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

New Orleans
Natchez
Memphis
Nashville
Savannah
Orlando

New Orleans

Court Of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Court Of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Experience a leisurely jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant. This restaurant is not only known for its sumptuous food but also for its rich history. The location has long played a significant role in the history of the French Quarter and old New Orleans. You'll be entertained by the Jambalaya Jams trio, while enjoying a selection of over eighty items prepared fresh daily.

Approximate value: $38 USD per person

Jean Lafitte Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation

Jean Lafitte Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation

Get ready for an exciting adventure! Take a thrilling ride through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, accessible only by airboat. The captain, a native of the area, offers a colorful history of the Cajun way of life. You'll come face to face with alligators, snakes, and other native creatures while touring their neighborhood. Bring your camera to capture the thrills and chills of this unforgettable swampland journey! This airboat holds 21 passengers.

Approximate value: $85 USD per person

Jean Lafitte Small Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation

Jean Lafitte Small Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation

Get ready for an exciting adventure! A small 10 passenger airboat is used for maximum speed and excitement on this tour. Take a thrilling ride through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, accessible only by airboat. The captain, a native of the area, offers a colorful history of the Cajun way of life. You'll come face to face with alligators, snakes, and other native creatures while touring their neighborhood. Bring your camera to capture the thrills and chills of this unforgettable swampland journey!

Approximate value: $105 USD per person

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with R/T Transportation

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with R/T Transportation

Head down to the swamp on a real life adventure - view fascinating plant life, live alligators and many other wild creatures as you glide down haunting bayous lined with moss-draped cypress trees in a pontoon-style boat. Tour at 10:00am with hotel pick up at 9:00am. Tours last approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Includes return transportation to New Orleans.

Approximate value: $49 USD per person

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire," "Primary Colors," and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of Our Lives." Your guided tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history.

Approximate value: $62 USD per person

Plantation & Swamp Tour

Plantation & Swamp Tour

Tour Destrehan Plantation, established in 1787, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the lower Mississippi Valley. This majestic antebellum plantation home watches over the banks of the Mississippi River, only a few minutes upriver from New Orleans. Costumed docents will intrigue you with the history of the Destrehan family's sugar dynasty, historic events that occurred at this site, and the unique architectural features of the plantation. Daily trade demonstrations by costumed artisans give an insight to long-forgotten skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago. Then it's a short ride to the Manchac Swamp where you will cruise through a privately-owned wildlife refuge, home to the legend of "Rougarou", the Cajun werewolf. You might not find the "Rougarou", but you'll get up close and personal with some alligators in an area where time seems to stand still.

Approximate value: $87 USD per person

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ-New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat! Enjoy casual buffet-style dining and live jazz by the world renowned "Dukes of Dixieland." The Steamboat NATCHEZ decks, engine room, and bars will be open for your enjoyment either before or after dinner.

Approximate value: $79 USD per person

Natchez

Historic Antebellum Home Tour and 3-Course Dinner

Historic Antebellum Home Tour and 3-Course Dinner

Experience stepping back in time at Glenfield Plantation, a cottage home, Circa 1787-1845. Stately antiques are well preserved in this English Gothic Antebellum home which witnessed a Civil War skirmish on the grounds. A 3-course plated meal with a glass of complimentary wine or mint julep together with a Historic home tour given by the 5th generation homeowner will surely delight your evening in Natchez, MS. Listed on the National & State Register of Historic Places and Landmarks.

Approximate value: $43 USD per person

Memphis

Sun Studio, Beale Street & Dinner

Sun Studio, Beale Street & Dinner

Step back in time when you enter the famous Sun Studio, where Sam Phillips first recorded future stars such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and 18-year-old Elvis Presley! Afterward, enjoy dinner at the King's Palace Cafe, which offers authentic Southern delicacies and Memphis BBQ. Evening includes dinner, a drink and admission to Rum Boogie Cafe. ( restaurant may change due to availability)

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Nashville

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Show

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Show

Nashville Nightlife is Music City's premier entertainment theater. After a buffet dinner, you'll hear all the songs that have made Nashville famous worldwide. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith! The show celebrates today's country and honors tradition. Show and dinner last approximately 2.5 hours.

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

Savannah

Savannah Theatre Shows

Savannah Theatre Shows

The two-hour musicals at the Savannah Theatre will have you smiling, laughing, singing along and tapping your toes. The Theatre will present "Southern Nights", "Jukebox Journey" and "Savannah Live" over the course of the season. (Exception is December performance will be "A Christmas Tradition")

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

Orlando

City Tour of Orlando

City Tour of Orlando

The first point of interest on the City Tour is a journey around Lake Eola. See the heart of downtown Orlando. Then its on to Winter Park where you will join the narrated scenic boat cruise from which you can view the abundant homes of the city and its college from the waterway. Back on dry land, you will be given free time to wander the boutiques and stores of Park Avenue, Orlandos famous shopping and dining district. To finalize the afternoon we head south through the attraction region to the City of Celebration, Disneys vision of the perfect community. Available on Sundays and Wednesdays only.

Approximate value: $69 USD per person

Gospel Brunch & Orlando CityTour

Gospel Brunch & Orlando CityTour

Begin your morning with a Gospel Brunch at The The House of Blues. Then begin your City Tour with a journey around Lake Eola. See the heart of downtown Orlando. Then its on to Winter Park where you will join the narrated scenic boat cruise from which you can view the abundant homes of the city and its college from the waterway. Back on dry land, you will be given free time to wander the boutiques and stores of Park Avenue, Orlandos famous shopping and dining district. To finalize the afternoon we head south through the attraction region to the City of Celebration, Disneys vision of the perfect community.

Approximate value: $99 USD per person

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Your chance to explore space travel and experience history in the making! Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour through the Kennedy Space Center complex, and a visit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Approximate value: $104 USD per person

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