Come Friday (6th May) we will be flying out of Manchester to Atlanta to start our tour of the southern states of America as shown on the map above.
We will be staying in Atlanta overnight before departing for Mobile, taking in a brief sightseeing tour of the city before we leave.
We spend the night in Mobile then continue our journey through the Gulf States, heading to New Orleans for a three night stay. The following day we have a sightseeing tour which includes the French Quarter, the Garden District and City Park. Of course there are optional tours which we will include in our stay, such as a dinner jazz cruise on Sternwheel Steamboat Natchez along the banks for the Mississippi River and a visit to Oak Alley Plantatation. Leaving New Orleans behind we make a stop in Jackson before carrying on to Memphis for a 3 night stay.
The first day of our stay in Memphis we take a trip to Tupelo to visit the Elvis Birthplace Facility before heading back to the hotel and a free evening. After a good night's sleep (we hope) we go on a tour of Graceland, home of Elvis Presley and an optional tour of Memphis to see Sun Studio, Beale Street and the Rock-n-Soul Museum.
Our next destination is Nashville where, after lunch, we will visit the Ryman Auditorium, the first real home of the 'Grand Ole Opry' and we will also see a show in the evening at the Grand Ole Opry. I love country music so this is a dream come true for me. The following day we hope to do a tour of Nashville and visit the Loveless Cafe , where we may sample some of their award winning country ham and red eye gravy and southern fried chicken.
On our final full day in the Deep South, we head back to Atlanta but will be stopping en route for a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery and Chattanooga, home of the famous 'Choo Choo', with free time to look around before heading for the hotel, where we will stay overnight. Before making our way to the airport for our journey home, on our last day in America we get to visit the World of Coca Cola and will sample over 60 different refreshing flavours from around the world.
Our next stop is the airport where we will board the plane for the 10 hour journey home back to the UK.
I'm sure I will have LOTS of photographs and tales to tell you when I get back on the 18th May. I'm so excited!