Top off a musical adventure through Nashville and Memphis with the epic New Orleans Jazzfest.

Bring your dancing shoes and jazz hands because we’re getting bluesy. This adventure from Atlanta to New Orleans takes you through the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis with all the sights, food and tunes you could ever ask for. Drip sauce down your fingers at a Memphis-style barbecue, learn to line dance in Nashville, visit the Jungle Room in Graceland, let your hair down on Bourbon Street and finish it all off with two days at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Travel more, deposit less. Book now with just £50!

Save a space on your 2019 trip with only a £50 deposit until 31 August 2018.

Terms & Conditions

Start
Atlanta, United States
Finish
New Orleans, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Festivals and Events
Code
SSRF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Visit America's Southern Music gems of Atlanta, Nashville, and Memphis before heading to New Orleans to enjoy two days at the NOLA Jazz Festival - ticket included!

  • Stay in the comfort of hostels and budget accommodation - no camping necessary!

  • Get the floorboards shaking at a honky-tonk in Nashville

  • Indulge in the rich, barbecue-heavy cuisine of the South, with portion sizes fit for the King (Elvis, of course)

  • Explore the hedonistic pleasures of Bourbon Street

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

Itinerary

Welcome to the South! Touch down in Atlanta, Georgia, and meet your fellow travellers at 6pm this evening. Join them for an optional group dinner or head out on your own to explore. Atlanta is a popular tourist city with a fascinating history and a booming music and arts scene. If you arrive early, why not visit the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site and learn more about Atlanta and the United States' turbulent past.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive approximately four hours to Nashville, Tennessee, with an optional tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery on the way. On arrival, take an orientation walk around Broadway in the centre of town and then free time for the rest of the afternoon. There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City: check out some of iconic music venues like Grand Ole Opry House or the Ryman Auditorium. In the evening, you can visit the famous Wild Horse Saloon to try line dancing or enjoy a night out on the Hony Tonk Highway, a road packed with live music venues and bars playing country music and partying all day, every day.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lynchburg - Jack Daniels Distillery Tour - USD15
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today's free for you to continue exploring Nashville. You're in the home of country music, so why not visit the Country Music Hall of Fame or take a tour of  RCA Studio B. This historic studio was instrumental in the development of Nashville's musical reputation and artists like Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and Willie Nelson have recorded music here. The King himself, Elvis Presley, is also said to have recorded over two hundred songs in its hallowed halls. Take a break, grab and beer and treat yourself to some hot fried chicken, then meet back up with the group because your door cover to the Station Inn and The Listening Cafe is covered.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nashville - Door Cover, The Station Inn & The Listening Room Cafe
Optional Activities
  • Nashville - Grand Ole Opry Tour - USD40
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame - USD26
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Say farewell to Nashville but don't get the blues. Or do, because the next stop is Memphis and there aren't many better places to feel a little bluesy. Visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, on an optional tour to pay your respects to the King and see the famous Jungle Room, then eat like a king at an Memphis-style BBQ dinner. Memphis is home to the annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and dinner is included in your trip, so all you need to bring is good attitude and an empty stomach.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Memphis - Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley - USD45
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit Sun Studio this morning, yet another legendary studio and the scene of THAT photo. You know, the one with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins standing around the piano during a jam session. There are several optional activities to choose from following the tour including a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory or the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Be sure to try the fried chicken and discover the fascinating history of Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken then, in the evening, hit up iconic Beale St for all your musical and nightlife needs.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Memphis - Sun Studio tour
Optional Activities
  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum - USD16
  • Memphis - Stax Museum of American Soul Music - USD13
  • Memphis - Gibson Guitar Factory - USD10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today involves a long drive through Mississippi to reach The Big Easy – New Orleans. Check into the hotel on arrival, then it's out for dinner and a walk around the buzzing French Quarter and its world-famous strip of hedonism: Bourbon Street. It's a never-ending party here and like any party destination, it can be equal parts entertaining and terrifying, but with bars, restaurants and serious people-watching opportunities, there's no denying it's a damn good time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is finally here. With over ten stages and a diverse range of musical styles, Jazzfest has been called the country's best festival and was named Festival of the Year several times in the past. It's an inseparable part of the city and since its inception it has hosted a huge variety of local and international musicians, from small local acts to worldwide superstars. Beyond the music, there’s sizzling Cajun food and southern delicacies aplenty (smoked brisket anyone?), cultural exhibitions and a palpable buzz in the air. Make sure you’ve got your schedule sorted and dive on in!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • New Orleans - Jazz Fest Ticket
Optional Activities
  • New Orleans - Bourbon Street - Free
  • New Orleans - Preservation Hall Jazz - USD15
  • New Orleans - Cemetery Tour - USD25
  • New Orleans - Mississippi River Steamboat Jazz Dinner Cruise - USD63
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Cruise the food stalls and the stages catching old favourites and discovering new ones, then hit Bourbon Street or choose to take a jazz dinner cruise on a steamboat down the Mississippi River. If the festival as got you all fired up with the spirit of jazz, make sure you check out an act in Preservation Hall, a historic venue dedicated to intimate acts and keeping legacy alive. Don't forget to organise a farewell dinner or dance with your group on the final night!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • New Orleans - Jazz Fest Ticket
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Stick on some Billie Holiday and play a sad trombone – your Jazz adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. Your free to depart at any time after check out, but there's no need to leave New Orleans just yet. Why not nurse the post festival blues with a Cocktail Tour with Urban Adventures?
Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/New-Orleans-tours.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Nashville - Door Cover, The Station Inn & The Listening Room Cafe
  • Memphis - Sun Studio tour
  • New Orleans - Jazz Fest Ticket

Dates & availability

Trip search is unavailable.

There are currently no scheduled departures on our American Jazz Festival Tour trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.

Prices may change, so secure your trip today!
Jump to a departure month
Looking for flights? We can help you book flights from all major UK airports plus help with transfers, insurance, and extra accommodation.
Call us for free on 0808 274 5111

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.