American Rhythms Fly Drive Tour

10 Nights

New Orleans, LA

You’ll discover American music’s most iconic music styles like jazz, blues, soul, country, and of course, rock and roll, among many others. You’ll begin your toe-tapping tour in New Orleans where you’ll appreciate the Crescent City’s magnificent architecture in its well-known neighbourhoods like Bourbon Street and French Quarter as well as be serenaded by its world-famous jazz. In Biloxi, the food lover in you is sure to dive into its shrimping trade and cuisine. In Nashville, you’ll explore the capital of country music, inside and out, with stops at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Grand Ole Opry where many a country superstar had their start. No tour of American Music highlights would be complete without paying a visit to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, influential to modern rock and roll music. You’ll close out your music-minded journey with an up-close and personal encounter with music, dancing, and more in lively Lafayette and Cajun Country with its “joie de vivre” attitude that spices up everything about its unique, inspirational culture.

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Highlights

  • Celebrate your first night in New Orleans with Creole or Cajun dinner sure to spice up your life.
  • Take an unexpected step off the “tourist” path to visit 56-foot Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, in (of all places) Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Spend a full, non-stop day appreciating American music history at sites significant to country music such as Opryland U.S.A, Printer’s Alley, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Visit the birthplace of blues music in Memphis that inspired its most famous resident, Elvis Presley, whose famous estate, Graceland, is also here.
  • Choose from over 1300 monuments and markers in Vicksburg National Military Park where you’ll also find the largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers (more than 17,000).
  • Visit the oldest settlement in the Mississippi, Natchez, where you can explore five plantations, including Longwood, the largest octagonal house in the United States.
  • Meet the Acadians (or Cajuns), a culture that arrived in 1765 and has been exemplary of Louisiana’s rich French-American heritage.
  • Adventure deeper into bayou country to witness the unique wildlife (including its famous alligators) then grab a memorable meal
  • Day 1 - New Orleans Arrival
  • Day 2 - New Orleans
  • Day 3 - New Orleans to Biloxi to Mobile to Montgomery
  • Day 4 - Montgomery to Birmingham to Nashville
  • Day 5 - Nashville
  • Day 6 - Nashville to Memphis
  • Day 7 - Memphis to Vicksburg
  • Day 8 - Vicksburg to Natchez
  • Day 9 - Natchez to Lafayette
  • Day 10 - Lafayette to Cajun Country to New Orleans
  • Day 11 - New Orleans Departure

Arrive in New Orleans, one of the most exotic cities in the world, famous for riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and a seemingly endless parade of festivals. On arrival, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. The remainder of your evening is at leisure. Take this opportunity to enjoy dinner at one of New Orleans’ many famous Cajun or Creole restaurants.

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome

Smiling faces exuding warm southern hospitality eagerly await your arrival. For the experience of a lifetime, look no further than the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome. Appreciate the original Andy Warhol titled “Mick Jagger” showcased in our fabulously updated lobby, indulge in our beautifully renovated restaurant and lounge featuring new menus and modern comforts, and let the view from your contemporary room with private balcony take your breath away. You can enjoy all the spectacular sights, from the Mercedes Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Arena, to the Mississippi River and Crescent City Connection, in true Big Easy fashion- relaxed.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore New Orleans on your own. Take a walking tour of the Vieux Carre, popularly known as the French Quarter, a place of narrow streets, wonderful old buildings and beautiful courtyards. Visit Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street and the many museums. Take a full day bayou and swamp tour or enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi.




Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome

Smiling faces exuding warm southern hospitality eagerly await your arrival. For the experience of a lifetime, look no further than the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome. Appreciate the original Andy Warhol titled “Mick Jagger” showcased in our fabulously updated lobby, indulge in our beautifully renovated restaurant and lounge featuring new menus and modern comforts, and let the view from your contemporary room with private balcony take your breath away. You can enjoy all the spectacular sights, from the Mercedes Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Arena, to the Mississippi River and Crescent City Connection, in true Big Easy fashion- relaxed.

This morning, experience the laid-back, sandy side of Mississippi as you make your way through its Coastal region. In Biloxi, seafood lovers will welcome the chance to join a shrimping trip. This unique and interesting cruise will expose you to the spectacular world of sea life caught during a real shrimping expedition. Continue to the grand dame of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Mobile. Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory and nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Mobile continues to impress with its sheer beauty, modern architecture, amazing museums and famous seafood. From here, it’s on to Montgomery. No city has played a greater role in the history of Alabama than Montgomery. From Civil War to civil rights, Montgomery is steeped in history.

Driving Distance: 309 MI / 498 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Wingate by Wyndham Montgomery

Experience a convenient location and friendly service during your business trip when you stay at our Wingate by Wyndham Montgomery hotel. Conveniently located off I-85, our location near Museum of Fine Arts places you within reach of major businesses, great restaurants, and top attractions. Downtown Montgomery is only 15 minutes away.

Head north through the fertile highlands of Alabama to Birmingham. A must-see in Birmingham is the Vulcan. Standing 56 feet tall from toe to spear point, the Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Cast from local iron in 1904, the Vulcan has overlooked the urban landscape of Alabama’s largest city since the 1930s. Continue north to Nashville, a city that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife.

Driving Distance: 283 MI / 456 KM

Meals Included: Ro

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville Music Valley

Property Location With a stay at GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville / Music Valley in Nashville (Donelson), you'll be minutes from Texas Troubadour Theatre and Cooter's Place. This hotel is within close proximity of Nashville Toy Museum and Grand Ole Opry Museum.

A full day to discover the variety of attractions Nashville has to offer, such
as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland U.S.A. and world-famous Printer’s Alley.

Meals Included: Ro

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville Music Valley

Property Location With a stay at GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville / Music Valley in Nashville (Donelson), you'll be minutes from Texas Troubadour Theatre and Cooter's Place. This hotel is within close proximity of Nashville Toy Museum and Grand Ole Opry Museum.

Depart the capital of country and western music for the home the blues. Memphis combines the charm of the Old South with the exciting pace of a modern metropolis. You may wish to tour downtown Memphis with its famous Beale Street, followed by a visit to Elvis Presley’s palatial home, Graceland.

Driving Distance: 210 MI / 340 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis

The Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis is located in the heart of Downtown Memphis in an extremely characteristic and lively area within short walk distance to all sites such as Mud Island, The Cotton Museum, The FedEx Forum and our famous Beale Street just to mention a few.

Today visit Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. There’s over 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road and a national cemetery, the nation’s largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors with graves totaling over 17,000.

Driving Distance: 240 MI / 390 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Quality Inn Vicksburg

The Quality Inn hotel in Vicksburg, MS near the Outlets of Vicksburg gives you more value for your hard-earned money.Our convenient location off Interstate 20, puts our pet-friendly Vicksburg hotel near a variety of attractions.

Today, drive south on the Natchez Trace Parkway which evolved from an Indian trail into a post road and pioneer highway, and on to Natchez, the oldest settlement in Mississippi. You may want to visit a plantation in Natchez (Burn, Dunleith, Melrose, Monmouth or Longwood). Longwood is reputedly the largest octagonal house in the country.

Driving Distance: 90 MI / 150 K

Meals Included: Ro

Hotel Vue

Hotel Vue highlights its orientation to the mighty Mississippi and what this river has meant to this community.  Its décor was been refreshed to intrigue all guests by looking back at Natchez's history throughout its artwork and forward with the comfort and interest of modern accessories.  Details strike a balance between the amenities of a franchised hotel and the uniqueness of a local bed and breakfast.

Today, travel south back into Louisiana
through Alexandria, Ville Platte and
Opelousas to Lafayette, the heart of
Cajun Country where the Acadians, or Cajuns, started arriving in 1765. Today these French-American’s are famous for their joie de vivre which is reflected in their lively dancing, music and spicy food. Upon arrival, you may want to enjoy a walking tour of downtown to discover landmark buildings,
or take a short drive to Acadian Village overlooking the bayou and filled with authentically restored Cajun homes and churches.

Meals Included: Ro

DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

Experience authentic southern hospitality the moment you arrive at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette with a signature, warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in. Set on the banks of the Vermilion River, our striking hotel is just minutes from downtown and offers easy access to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette Regional Airport, and the I-49/1-90 corridor.

A short drive from Lafayette takes you to New Iberia and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco sauce. Other attractions include Jungle Garden, lush with tropical plants, and Bird City, a sanctuary filled with flurries of snow-white egrets. Continue to Morgan City, the “Shrimp Capital of the World,” and Houma, where you may want to take some time for an optional boat tour into the deep swamp and bayou to see alligators and other wildlife. Following the scenic route, and perhaps stopping at Terre Bonne or Southdown Plantation, you will arrive in New Orleans.

Driving Distance: 160 MI / 260 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome

Smiling faces exuding warm southern hospitality eagerly await your arrival. For the experience of a lifetime, look no further than the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome. Appreciate the original Andy Warhol titled “Mick Jagger” showcased in our fabulously updated lobby, indulge in our beautifully renovated restaurant and lounge featuring new menus and modern comforts, and let the view from your contemporary room with private balcony take your breath away. You can enjoy all the spectacular sights, from the Mercedes Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Arena, to the Mississippi River and Crescent City Connection, in true Big Easy fashion- relaxed.

Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.