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Southern Explorer Escorted Tour

New York * Philadelphia * Washington * Williamsburg * Winston/Salem * Ashville * Great Smoky Mountains * Nashville * Memphis * New Orleans * Pensacola * Orlando * Miami

This 12 day escorted tour takes in the history of Washington and Philadelphia, the sounds of the deep south, and the advances in spaceflight in Florida.

2018 - 12 days from £2,216 per person twin share + flights


Day 01 - 02 - UK - New York 

Your holiday begins with a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York. Transfer independently to your New York downtown Hotel. Afternoon and Evening at leisure to see some of the sights of the "Big Apple". 

Overnight (2): Lexington Hotel - New York

Day 03 - New York - Philadelphia - Washington, D.C.

Transfer from New York to Washington, D.C. via Philadelphia, where you will stop to see Independence mall and Liberty Bell.

Overnights (2): Washington Hilton - Washington DC 

Day 04 - Washington, D.C. 

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 John F. Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute.

Day 05 - 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 may apply). Evening at leisure in Roanoke.

Overnight (1): Holiday Inn Tanglewood - Roanoke

Day 06 - Roanoke - Blue Ridge – Gatlinburg

Today, travel along portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for an early afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, in the heart of Tennessee

Overnight (1): Edgewater Inn - Gatlinburg

Day 07 - Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains - Nashville 

Enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the Mountain Farm and Museum to glimpse the life of an Appalachian farmer. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country & western music.
Overnight (1): Clarion Nashville Downtown - Nashville

Day 08 - Nashville - Memphis 

Depart Music City today, traveling across the beautiful Tennessee countryside. Arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music and cotton, where you will take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene, as well as the Civil Rights Museum. This afternoon, fans of "The King of Rock and Roll" can tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).

Overnight (1): Guesthouse at Graceland - Memphis

Day 09 - Memphis/Jackson/New Orleans 

Today's tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass by Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans - the most exciting city in the South. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to partake in a Jazzcruise aboard an original Mississippi Steamboat (optional).

Overnights (2): Staybridge Suites New Orleans French Quarter - New Orleans

Day 10 - New Orleans 

A full day at leisure to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow, cobblestone streets which are lined with many fine restaurants and Dixieland jazz clubs. An escort will assist you with planning the day's activities - perhaps a swamp tour, a visit to a nearby plantation followed by a relaxed Jazz Brunch or a night-time stroll through the uniquely fascinating French Quarter.

Day 11 - New Orleans - Mobile - Pensacola 

This morning, travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, Alabama to the city of Pensacola. En route visit o­ne of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included)

Overnight (1): Hampton Inn Cordova Mall - Pensacola

Day 12 - Pensacola - Orlando 

Travel through rural Florida 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.

Overnights (2): Radisson Celebration Resort - Orlando

Day 13 - Orlando 

Day at leisure. Spend the day relaxing by the pool, or visit o­ne of Orlando's well known attractions, such as Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney/MGM/Studios, or experience Disney's wildest adventure yet, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park (admissions not included).

Day 14 - Orlando - Kennedy Space Center – Miami

Drive to the Kennedy Space Center, home of America's space program (admission included). The tour of the complex takes you to the launch pad of the Space Shuttle and there will be time to explore the space museum before continuing o­n. Arrive in Miami by early evening. Your tour ends upon arrival in Miami.

Overnight (1): The Hall - Miami Beach

Day 15 - Miami – UK

Take a stroll down Miami Beach for a brunch, before checking out of your hotel and transferring independently to the airport to check in for your flight home.

Day 16 - Arrive UK 



Departure Dates 



Single Traveller 


Twin Share 

May 03, 17, 31 £2,879 £2,216
June 14 £2,879 £2,216
June 28 £3,358 £2,696
July 12, 26 £3,358 £2,696
August 09 £3,358 £2,696
August 23 £3,019 £2,307
September 06, 20, 27  £3,019 £2,307
October 05 £3,019 £2,307
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Tour Price Includes:

  • Schedule flights with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 12 nights Accommodation
  • 1 night pre-and-post accommodation - unguided
  • Porterage
  • Air Conditioned tour coach
  • Tour Guide from Day 2 to Day 13

Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Gratuities
  • Airport Transfers

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