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The South Holidays

America’s South boasts famous hospitality and southern belles, glorious beaches, Jazz, Blues & Country and the spiritual home of the cowboy.

New Orleans captivates your senses with its charming buildings, lush courtyards and colourful history. Stay in the legendary French Quarter and experience traditional jazz on Bourbon street.

Louisiana and Mississippi boast majestic, lovingly restored plantation homes with elegant columns, grand staircases and period furnishings that evoke a real sense of the Old South. Stay in Louisiana’s Plantation Country for mansions along the ‘River Road’ or head to Natchez in Mississippi for a delightful, historic city full of charming antebellum architecture.

Memphis and Nashville are at the centre of America’s legendary music history. Memphis is the birthplace of the blues and home to Elvis’ house, Graceland, whilst Nashville is the world famous home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry.

Georgia and South Carolina offer an opportunity to experience a fusion of modern cities, stunning scenery and Southern charm. Plantation homes and graceful architecture, cobbled streets, broad beaches and golf courses all add to the appeal.

Texas will fulfil your dreams of the wild frontier with cowboys, ranches and unending plains. Less well known are charms of the cities, from modern and creative Austin and Houston and Spanish influenced San Antonio to historic Fort Worth where you can still witness cattle drives through the streets today.


Here's a selection of our most popular holidays in the South.
If you'd like to see how you could fit this region into a wider exploration of the country - take a look at our USA Holidays page.

Rhythms of the South
9 days / 8 nights
from £822
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville

  • Best of the Deep South
    18 days / 17 nights
    from £1,878
  • Live Music
  • Graceland
  • Savannah

  • Spirit of Kentucky & Tennessee
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £1,499
  • Music
  • Bourbon
  • Horses
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Classic Carolinas
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £1,715
  • Charleston
  • The Outer Banks
  • Asheville

  • Texan Trails
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £1,221
  • Diverse Cities
  • Wildcatter Ranch
  • Food & Drink

  • Cowboys & Cajuns
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £1,534
  • Fort Worth
  • Dixie Dude Ranch
  • Cajun Culture
  • Live Music

  • Jewels of the Lower Mississippi
    13 nights
    from £3799
  • Experience the mighty Mississippi aboard an authentic paddle steamer
  • Step ashore to discover America’s diverse southern states
  • Soak up the region’s rich musical heritage, friendly hospitality and tasty Creole cuisine

  • America's Music Cities
    8 days / 7 nights
    from £2,299
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville

  • Lone Star & Louisiana Explorer
    15 days / 14 nights
    from £1,064
  • San Antonio
  • Fort Worth


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    New Orleans & Louisiana
    New Orleans captivates your senses with its charming buildings, lush courtyards and colourful history. Stay in the legendary French Quarter and experience lively nights on Bourbon Street, live jazz, voodoo myths and Cajun and Creole cuisine. Just steps from the French Quarter, Downtown offers access to a fantastic choice of restaurants and museums.

    Outside of the Big Easy, head to Plantation Country for a fascinating insight in to a bygone era and crucial period of America's history when the glamour of the beautiful homes contrasted starkly with the ugly reality of slavery.

    Discover colourful Cajun Country; home to peaceful bayous, Cajun music and the friendly town of Lafayette.
    Named after the mighty river that winds along the west of the state, Mississippi is a place of history and intrigue but also boasts charm and spirit.

    Delightful Natchez is the oldest city along the Mississippi River and boasts a wealth of plantation homes and historic antebellum mansions.

    Further north you'll come to the Mississippi Delta; it was here the blues were born and the region is a must for anyone interested in blues and the roots of Rock 'n' Roll. The Magnolia State's most famous son is of course Elvis Presley and his humble childhood home in Tupelo welcomes visitors.
    Memphis, Nashville & Tennessee
    Most American states have an official song – Tennessee has seven!

    The iconic cities of Memphis and Nashville overflow with the sounds of blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country music, yet the surrounding mountains and rivers are every bit as enjoyable.

    Head in to the countryside and enjoy the magnificent panoramas and scenic drives of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and perhaps take a detour to Dollywood for some kitsch theme park fun. Or head to Chattanooga and ride up the steepest passenger railway in the world.
    Soulful Alabama will surprise and delight with its welcoming cities and stunning white sand beaches. Explore the state's Civil Rights Trail in Montgomery and Birmingham and enjoy the music history in Muscle Shoals, famous for its recording studios.
    Georgia is home to ‘Gone with the Wind’ southern charm and historic cities like delightful Savannah, as well as dynamic Atlanta which will surprise with its charisma, culture and civil rights history. Head to Jekyll Island, a tranquil barrier island with glorious natural beaches.
    Texas will fulfil your dreams of a wild frontier populated by cowboys and ranches, but also boasts diverse cities; from modern Austin, Dallas and Houston to Spanish influenced San Antonio, where the new and old are equally cherished. Visit historic Fort Worth where you can still witness daily cattle drives through the streets, or stay on a ranch for a real taste of this cowboy state.
    South Carolina
    South Carolina is home to one of America's oldest and best preserved cities, Charleston. Founded in 1670 and overflowing with charm and hospitality, this elegant city is filled with ironwork balconies, palm trees, historic mansions and churches.

    Once you've had your fill of history and culture, head to one of South Carolina's glorious beaches. To the south is beautiful Hilton Head, a scenic barrier island with 12 miles of sandy beaches, natural dunes and excellent resort hotels. There's also over 40 golf courses, including 24 championship courses.

    In the north of the state is Myrtle Beach, a fun resort town with beaches, fun fairs and boardwalks. There's yet more choice for golf lovers with over 80 golf courses - there's a reason Myrtle Beach is known as the 'golf capital of the world'!
    North Carolina
    North Carolina boasts 300 miles of shoreline and to experience one of the most unique stretches of coastline in the country head to the Outer Banks. Here a skinny string of barrier islands stretch over 130 miles and along with the beaches you'll find history ranging from Elizabethan colonists and Blackbeard the Pirate to the Wright Brothers first flight.

    Further down the coast is the curiously named Cape Fear. Base yourself in Wilmington, a lovely town with a charming riverwalk, and explore Cape Fear's rivers, azalea gardens and golden beaches.

    Travel to the west of the state to be rewarded with incredible mountain scenery. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles Tennessee and North Carolina. This popular national park is home to sensational mountain vistas, wonderful scenic drives and rewarding hiking trails. Base yourself on the edge of the park in nearby Asheville. This vibrant and arty town has a great vibe and is home to numerous breweries as well as the opulent Biltmore Estate.


    Hotel Monteleone
    New Orleans & Louisiana
    from £75
  • Restaurant
  • Revolving carousel bar
  • Rooftop pool
  • Spa
  • Parking from $45 per day

  • Nottoway Plantation
    from £83
  • Restaurant
  • Café
  • Outdoor pool
  • Tennis court
  • Free use of bikes
  • Free parking

  • The Guest House at Graceland
    from £89
  • 2 restaurants & a bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Theatre for movies & live music
  • Evening shuttle to downtown
  • Parking from $10 per day

  • Francis Marion Hotel
    The Carolinas
    from £70
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Parking from $20 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • The Brown Hotel
    from £89
  • 2 restaurants & a bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Parking from $20 plus tax per day

  • Wildcatter Ranch
    from £60
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Horseback riding
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Archery
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi


    Dinner & Jazz Steamboat Cruise
    Approx 3 hours
    from £71
  • Authentic steamboat
  • Cruise down the Mississippi
  • Southern style buffet
  • Live jazz

  • Swamp & Bayou Tour
    Approx 4 hours
    from £42
  • Cajun guide
  • Tranquil swamp & wetlands
  • Alligators & wildlife

  • New Orleans 3 day Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
    Attraction Ticket
    from £39
  • 72 hours of unlimited travel
  • Explore all of the city's top attractions

  • Graceland VIP Tour
    Attraction ticket
    from £82
  • Tour of Graceland
  • Presley Motors, Presley Cycles and Elvis the Entertainer Museum
  • Front of line access & VIP exhibit

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    The South Fast Facts

    Time Zone

    -6 hours

    Flight Time to The South

    9-12 hours


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