Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Authentic America
Tour Region: Capital Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, South Region
Tour InformationThe Southern Explorer tour begins and ends as follows:
Duration 13 Days - from New York to Miami
Duration 13 Days - from New York to Orlando
Please view itinerary description below.
New York Arrival
Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.
New York – Philadelphia – Washington D.C.
Transfer from New York to Washington, D.C. via Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, where you will stop to see Independence Mall and Liberty Bell.
Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or stroll the banks of the Potomac River.
Washington D.C. – Williamsburg – Roanoke
Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).
Roanoke – Blue Ridge Parkway – Gatlinburg
Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, nicknamed the “Heart of the Smokies”.
Gatlinburg – Great Smoky Mountains – Nashville
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Mountain Farm and Museum to explore the life of an Appalachian farmer. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country music. Bring your boots and join your fellow travelers at the Wild Horse Salon, where you can kick up your heels and give line dancing a go (optional).
Nashville – Memphis
Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of “The King of Rock and Roll” have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).
Memphis – Jackson – New Orleans
Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).
A full day at leisure to take in the French flavor and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow, cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.
New Orleans – Gulf of Mexico – Pensacola
Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, AL to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). While visiting Pensacola Beach, walk along side the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.
Pensacola – Orlando
Travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando for an evening arrival at your hotel.
Day at leisure. Revitalize by the pool, take a hot air balloon flight or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios (admissions not included).
Orlando – Kennedy Space Center – Miami
Visit Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program (admission included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach. Your tour ends here.
For passengers leaving the tour today in Orlando, tour ends upon check-out from your hotel in Orlando. Tour ends upon arrival at post tour hotel in Miami at approximately 18:00 hours
Prices, Dates and Conditions
|DEPARTURES 2017||PRICE FROM|
|APR 7, 21||1608|
|MAY 5, 19||1608|
|JUNE 2, 16, 30||1608|
|JULY 14, 28||1608|
|AUG 11, 25||1608|
|SEP 8, 22, 29||1715|
YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)
TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
- Visit Philadelphia and view the Liberty Bell
- Comprehensive city tour of Washington D.C.
- See the Lincoln Memorial and “go back in time”
- Visit the Great Smoky Mountains
- Tour Nashville and have time to enjoy the Honky Tonks
- Memphis city tour including the Lorraine Hotel, site of the MLK assassination as well as Beale Street, famous for the Blues clubs
- Visit one of America’s most famous home and gardens: Bellingrath
- Tour Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s Space Program
|1||New York||Grand Hyatt New York|
|2-3||Washington D.C.||Washington Hilton|
|4||Roanoke||Holiday Inn Tanglewood|
|5||Gatlinburg||Edgewater Inn Great Smoky Mountains|
|6||Nashville||Clarion Nashville Downtown|
|7||Memphis||Guest House at Graceland|
|8-9||New Orleans||Staybridge Suites New Orleans French Quarter|
|10||Pensacola||Hampton Inn Cordova Mall / Courtyard by Marriott|
PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: New York, Grand Hyatt New York
POST: Miami, Deauville Miami Hotel
- Washington Monuments at night with dinner in fashionable D.C.
- Visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland home
- New Orleans plantation visit and Jazz Brunch
- Universal Studios in Orlando to see how movies are made
- “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route