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The Old South & Florida (8290)

13 days from New Orleans to Orlando

2019 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 one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, 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 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.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing with Local Guide

BATON ROUGE
Orientation tour

NATCHEZ
Visit Pre Civil War Home

MEMPHIS
Orientation tour; visit Graceland

NASHVILLE
Reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry; tour RCA Studio B; Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Country Music Hall of Fame

CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive

ATLANTA
Orientation tour

SAVANNAH
Guided trolley tour

ST. AUGUSTINE
Orientation tour

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Transportation:

Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

2 breakfasts, 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 with a guided tour. 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. Enjoy a full day at leisure. Stroll 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

Day 6

MEMPHIS–VISIT TO GRACELAND VISIT. 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. Return to Memphis mid-afternoon and, if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some southern barbecue at Central BBQ. Perhaps stop by the Gibson Guitar Factory for a tour or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit famous Beale Street, and explore the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R & B and gospel.

Day 7

MEMPHIS–NASHVILLE. This morning leave the home of the blues for Nashville, the “Capital of Country Music.” Afternoon arrival in Nashville. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Day 8

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, sightseeing with a local guide includes 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.

Day 9

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 10

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

Day 11

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.
Continental Breakfast

Day 12

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.
Continental Breakfast

Day 13

ORLANDO. Your vacation ends this morning. 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

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"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

ATLANTA Quality Suites Buckhead Village (ST)
MEMPHIS Hilton Memphis (SF)
NASHVILLE The Inn at Opryland, Gaylord Hotel (MF)
NATCHEZ Hampton Inn and Suites Natchez (ST)
NEW ORLEANS Sheraton New Orleans (SF)
ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista (MF)
SAVANNAH Best Western (MF)

 Optional Excursions

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