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Southern Discovery Fly Drive Holiday

14 days from £1,309pp

Atlanta – Chattanooga – Ashville / Smoky Mountains – Louisville – Nashville – Memphis – Birmingham

On this 14 day journey you will have chance to explore the cities of The South along with its culture, fantastic cuisine and famous music. Starting in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, discover the historic architecture of downtown, before continuing onto Chattanooga where you will be able to take a cruise on the Tennessee River. Your next stop is Smoky Mountains National Park where you can admire breathtaking views over the misty peaks. Next up is Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby and to many bourbon distilleries, then, continue onto the country music capital of Nashville, where you can visit the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Your next stop takes you to another music city – Memphis. Make sure you visit the famous blues bars and try out the well-known barbeque ribs before heading onto your last stop, Birmingham where you can watch some last minute jazz before boarding your flight home.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the capital of Georgia with its great attractions including the World of Coca-Cola - the world’s best-known drink brand and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • Explore trails while hiking in the picturesque Smoky Mountains and take a city tour in the bourbon city of Louisville
  • If you love music, there’s no place better than Nashville where you can experience live country music and for blues and rock ‘n’ roll visit Memphis, where at the lively venues in both cities

Remember, we can tailor-make your fly drive holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: London – Atlanta

Arrive into Atlanta international airport, pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Stay 2 nights Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Atlanta Downtown (or similar).

Day 2: Atlanta

Explore the sights of Atlanta such as world class shopping, family attractions, fascinating museums and historical points of interest, including Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Margaret Mitchell’s House, the famous writer of ‘Gone with the Wind’. For family attractions visit the Atlanta Zoo to see the giant pandas and the World of Coca-Cola to explore the story of this world’s famous drink.

Day 3: Atlanta – Chattanooga (approx. 118 miles)

Enjoy a scenic drive north into the state of Tennessee and to the quaint town of Chattanooga. This charming city lies along the Tennessee River and the mountains of Southeast Tennessee. Stay 2 nights at Hampton Inn and Suites Chattanooga/Downtown (or similar).

Day 4: Chattanooga

The eco-friendly town is set in a delightful riverfront location offering a variety of attractions and activities. Ride the free electric shuttle to explore the historic downtown area, cruise down the Tennessee River taking in the scenic vistas from Lookout Mountain and experience famous MoonPie, a tasteful snack which has been made daily at Chattanooga bakery since 1917!

Day 5: Chattanooga – Asheville / Smoky Mountains (approx. 201 miles)

Depart Chattanooga driving along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to Asheville, in North Carolina - your base to venture out to explore the glorious views of the Smoky Mountains. Stay 1 night at Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown (or similar).

Day 6: Asheville – Louisville (approx. 360 miles)

Today, head to the southern charms of Louisville, Kentucky’s largest town where you can discover an eclectic variety of attractions from sports, history, music and an amazing food. Be sure to stop by the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, a popular tourist attraction for all ages. Stay 2 nights at Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown (or similar).

Day 7: Louisville

Perhaps start the day on Museum Row with the Muhammad Ali Center, pick up a customised baseball bat from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, take a cruise on the Belle of Louisville or perhaps visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. The city is also a home to famous bourbon, you can visit many distilleries and bourbon bars for its authentic experience. There’s plenty to explore in this southern city.

Day 8: Louisville – Nashville (Approx. 174 miles)

Take a leisurely drive across the state into the country music capital of Nashville. You can stop for a hike in Mammoth Cave National Park and explore the cave labyrinths system (advanced booking required). Stay 2 nights at Hotel Indigo Nashville (or similar).

Day 9: Nashville

You will have a full day to explore the city and attractions that are on offer. By day, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, or head out to Lynchburg for a tour of the famous Jack Daniel’s whiskey Distillery. By night, visit the ‘country’s most famous stage’ Grand Ole Opry and stop in Honky Tonk district where you can enjoy live music, as well as great food and drinks, until the early hours.

Day 10: Nashville – Memphis (Approx. 210 miles)

Today you will be driving from one ‘Music City’ to another – from the home of country music to the birthplace of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll! En-route, perhaps stop at Natchez Trace State Park for lunch with a wilderness scene, where picnic facilities are available to enjoy the outdoors. Continue your journey on to Memphis. Stay 2 nights at Madison Hotel (or similar).

Day 11: Memphis

This wonderful city is located on the Mississippi River, and is renowned for its influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated here. Attractions include Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis Presley and now a museum, the Sun Studio where Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and B.B. King recorded their famous songs. For those who love the outdoors head to the Mud Island River Park, where you can rent pedal boats for the best view of the Memphis Skyline. Spend the evening along Beale Street one of the iconic streets in America with its colourful collection of jazz and blues bars. Enjoy your dinner in one of many restaurants in downtown city.

Day 12: Memphis – Birmingham (Approx. 239 miles)

Today, drive through the heart of the South to the historic town of Birmingham, popular for its jazz scene and involvement with the civil rights movement. Break your journey with a stop in Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley and visit the famous house where he was born. Stay 2 nights at Hampton Inn Suites Birmingham Downtown Tutwiler (or similar).

Day 13: Birmingham

Spend the day enjoying jazz clubs, theatre shows, fine dining and lots of outlet shopping. Take time to learn about the Civil rights history at the Civil Rights Institute, visit the world’s largest cast iron statue overlooking downtown Birmingham - the Vulcan and perhaps see a great collection of vintage motorcycles restored to theirs original specifications at the Barber Motorsports Museum.

Day 14: Birmingham – London

Your road trip ends today upon check out of your hotel. Return your rental car before boarding your overnight flight back to London.

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Included in your Fly Drive Holiday

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Economy flights
  • Airport taxes, fuel & duty
  • Car rental where stated
  • Any applicable offers

Not included: Airport transfers, one-way car-hire drop off fees, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses

Flights from regional UK airports available

Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.


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