Experience real southern hospitality from New Orleans to Charleston.
Enjoy classic architecture, history, music and food on this adventure through the southern states of the USA. Kick things off in Atlanta before heading down to Savannah, Charleston and Asheville where charming homes, wide front porches and cobbled streets evoke an old world feel. Get among nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains, before heading over to Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans for a serious injection of blues and music. Graceland, Bourbon Street, Blues Alley, Sun Studio and the Country Music Hall of Fame are just a handful of the possible attractions available to see.
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Embark on a road trip across one of the most colourful, musical and hospitable parts of the USA: the Deep South. This diverse trip takes you through six states and the best of the region's contrasting cities, from the historic settlements of Savannah and Charleston, to the mountain town of Asheville and the musical centres of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans
A journey through the USA wouldn’t be complete without a lesson in history. Charleston’s story is told through the former auction rooms of the Old Slave Mart and in the fields of the cotton plantations
Experience the pinnacle of pop culture with a visit to Graceland, the iconic home of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley
Y'all might think you don't like country music, but Nashville’s honky-tonks may well change that. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and then check out a live band in town
Lively New Orleans is a great place to round off your trip. Discover French, Creole, Spanish and American influences in the Big Easy's architecture, food, history and music, and you won't find a cocktail more colourful than the city's signature drink, the Hurricane
The southern states of the USA can be really hot and humid in the summer. September through to November is also hurricane season, so prepare for potentially wet weather.
You'll be travelling in a van with a group of travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure, however and you might even make some long-term friends.
You're in the Deep South of the USA, so expect a lot of (delicious) fried food and barbecue. Vegetarians may also have limited options, as a lot of southern cuisine is meat-based.
In some of the cities we visit, some neighbourhoods are deemed more unsafe than others. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as your leader will point you in the right direction. You just may need to be more aware of your surroundings.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. See trip code SSKES for our special JazzFest departure
Our Southern Comfort USA trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 19 reviews in the last year.
The Southern Comfort tour gave us a great overall appreciation for the southern cities - insight into the history, music, culinary flavours and uniqueness in architecture. Free time to explore independently appreciated. Being in a small group (13) is beneficial - it’s a tour that caters for all age groups but being fit seniors did enable us to keep up with the young! With basic accommodation in some locations and transport in a small 14 seater vehicle you need to be flexible. Our guide was super organised and enthusiastic. The Intrepid itinerary ticked all the boxes for us.
Review submitted 19 Jun 2018
This was a great trip and introduction to the southern states of the USA. perfect length of time in each place and the driving did not seem too onerous. great good, great music and great travel buddies :)
Review submitted 17 Jun 2018