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Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans

12 Days | Take a deep dive into American southern culture on the way to New Orleans

4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
USD $4,844
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This twelve-day Atlanta to New Orleans tour takes you deep into the heart of America’s past for an indepth look at how it shaped today's movement for human rights. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of famous cities where you’ll dig deeper to learn more about the mansions of Savannah, land which once housed vast cotton plantations, the refined elegance of Charleston and the toe-tapping tunes of Nashville, the heartland of country and western music. If you want to do more than just see the sights, this immersive historic tour is calling your name.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of The South: Atlanta To New Orleans including United States Of America
Atlanta, United States
New Orleans, United States
United States
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 31.87 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Wander the historic streets of Savannah trying the local food on a walking tour which blends the city’s history with some of its most delicious eats.
  • Learn about Charleston's rich and complex past with a local storyteller and guide and uncover the ‘lost stories’ of Charleston's rich history.
  • Take a guided tour of Bonaventure Cemetery where you'll hear stories of the fascinating people interred here among the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
  • Earn your place in the Country Music Hall of Fame as you take part in a recording session with a professional sound engineer at the iconic Studio B in Nashville.
  • Get to know the real New Orleans during a walking tour that celebrates the city’s jazz music heritage, stopping off at some lively venues along the way.
  • It doesn’t get much better than Southern food – learn how to cook a classic New Orleans Cajun feast for a true taste of Louisiana.
  • Visit the Whitney Plantation where you’ll get a sobering glimpse at what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The South gets mighty steamy in the summertime. Pack appropriately, drink plenty of water and you might even grow to love it. September through to November is hurricane season, so if you’re travelling over this period you should pack a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.
  • You're in the Deep South of the USA, so expect a lot of (delicious) fried food and barbecue. Vegetarians may have fewer options, as a lot of southern cuisine is meat-based.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

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Map of Best Of The South: Atlanta To New Orleans including United States Of America



11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


Private vehicle


Hotel (11 nights)

  • Atlanta - Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
  • Atlanta - Atlanta History Centre – Curated private tour
  • Savannah - Bonaventure Cemetery tour
  • Savannah – Walking Food tour
  • Charleston – Black History walking tour with a local guide
  • Asheville - Leader-led walking tour
  • Nashville – Leader led walking tour
  • Nashville - Distillery Tours & Tennessee Hot Chicken Dinner
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Nashville - Studio B tour with recording session
  • Memphis - Sun Studio Visit
  • Memphis - Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley
  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum
  • New Orleans - Jazz Music Tour
  • New Orleans - Cooking Class
  • New Orleans – Plantation Tour

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Mary · Traveled November 2022
Would highly recommend this trip. The first part focused more on history of Civil war and slavery in particular with excellent local guides - especially in Charleston. The visits to the plantations were very fair - showed both sides. The second part of the trip focused more on music - country blues jazz. The cookery class on the last day was an absolute highlight!
Review submitted 27 Nov 2022

Alison · Traveled November 2022
This was my first trip with Intrepid and it exceeded my very high expectations. Thanks to a well paced, super- interesting programme , centrally located, comfortable hotels and above all, thanks to the BEST leader - Travis Hanks - for managing our expectations with such good humour and professionalism! This trip rocked!
Review submitted 28 Nov 2022

Jean · Traveled June 2022
feel free to use any of my previous comments
Review submitted 01 Jul 2022
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
USD $4,844